Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

8/5/2019
10:00 AM
Steve Zurier
Steve Zurier
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail

8 Head-Turning Ransomware Attacks to Hit City Governments

Hackers know vulnerable systems when they see them, and they also know this: Many government systems are decades old, running Windows 7 and even Windows XP.
2 of 9

1. Georgia/Atlanta Courts

Last month the Georgia court system was hit with a ransomware attack, resulting in at least part of its digital information systems being taken offline. Officials at the Administrative Office of the Courts confirmed the attack and said not all court systems were affected. As a precaution, the network was taken offline and the IT department worked with third parties to determine the nature of the attack. 
The attack on the courts wasn't Georgia's first foray into a ransomware case. Back in March 2018, computer systems for the City of Atlanta were hit with ransomware, an attack that significantly disrupted city government operations and caused millions of dollars in losses. In that case, Atlanta refused to pay the $50,000 ransom and has since paid out millions to recover from the incident.
 
Dark Reading reported the news on July 1. 

Image Source: Adobe Stock: SeanPavonePhoto

1. Georgia/Atlanta Courts

Last month the Georgia court system was hit with a ransomware attack, resulting in at least part of its digital information systems being taken offline. Officials at the Administrative Office of the Courts confirmed the attack and said not all court systems were affected. As a precaution, the network was taken offline and the IT department worked with third parties to determine the nature of the attack.

The attack on the courts wasn't Georgia's first foray into a ransomware case. Back in March 2018, computer systems for the City of Atlanta were hit with ransomware, an attack that significantly disrupted city government operations and caused millions of dollars in losses. In that case, Atlanta refused to pay the $50,000 ransom and has since paid out millions to recover from the incident.

Dark Reading reported the news on July 1.

Image Source: Adobe Stock: SeanPavonePhoto

2 of 9
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Comments
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
Mobile Banking Malware Up 50% in First Half of 2019
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/17/2020
Active Directory Needs an Update: Here's Why
Raz Rafaeli, CEO and Co-Founder at Secret Double Octopus,  1/16/2020
New Attack Campaigns Suggest Emotet Threat Is Far From Over
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer,  1/16/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
The Year in Security: 2019
This Tech Digest provides a wrap up and overview of the year's top cybersecurity news stories. It was a year of new twists on old threats, with fears of another WannaCry-type worm and of a possible botnet army of Wi-Fi routers. But 2019 also underscored the risk of firmware and trusted security tools harboring dangerous holes that cybercriminals and nation-state hackers could readily abuse. Read more.
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How Enterprises are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Organizations have invested in a sweeping array of security technologies to address challenges associated with the growing number of cybersecurity attacks. However, the complexity involved in managing these technologies is emerging as a major problem. Read this report to find out what your peers biggest security challenges are and the technologies they are using to address them.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-20399
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-23
A timing vulnerability in the Scalar::check_overflow function in Parity libsecp256k1-rs before 0.3.1 potentially allows an attacker to leak information via a side-channel attack.
CVE-2020-7915
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-22
An issue was discovered on Eaton 5P 850 devices. The Ubicacion SAI field allows XSS attacks by an administrator.
CVE-2019-20391
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-22
An invalid memory access flaw is present in libyang before v1.0-r3 in the function resolve_feature_value() when an if-feature statement is used inside a bit. Applications that use libyang to parse untrusted input yang files may crash.
CVE-2019-20392
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-22
An invalid memory access flaw is present in libyang before v1.0-r1 in the function resolve_feature_value() when an if-feature statement is used inside a list key node, and the feature used is not defined. Applications that use libyang to parse untrusted input yang files may crash.
CVE-2019-20393
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-22
A double-free is present in libyang before v1.0-r1 in the function yyparse() when an empty description is used. Applications that use libyang to parse untrusted input yang files may be vulnerable to this flaw, which would cause a crash or potentially code execution.