A Quick Look at Last Week’s Ransomware Madness: 12-04-23

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Hey there, cyber-savvy folks and those who accidentally clicked here while searching for cat videos! Last week in the wild world of ransomware, things went from ‘Yikes!’ to ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’. Let’s dive into the digital deep end!

Ransomware’s “Who’s Who” in Q3-2023: An Ominous Update Imagine ransomware as that annoying relative who keeps getting smarter at ruining family gatherings. Q3-2023 was like their graduation ceremony. These cyberbullies have stepped up their game, making life tougher for the good guys trying to protect our precious data.

The “Power Rankings: Ransomware Malicious Quartile Q3-2023” by Team Halcyon is out, and it’s like the Billboard Hot 100, but for malware. Spoiler alert: none of the hits are dance-worthy. Especially in healthcare, it’s less ‘Staying Alive’ and more ‘Please Stay Alive’.

Healthcare Under Attack: More Thrilling Than Any TV Drama Picture this: Two New Jersey hospitals got hit so hard by ransomware that they started turning away ambulances. Yep, you heard that right. It’s like a bad episode of Grey’s Anatomy, minus the dreamy doctors. Cybercriminals are targeting hospitals like they’re going out of style. Over 500 attacks exposed 52 million patient records – more than a celebrity wardrobe malfunction!

International Cops and Robbers: The Ransomware Edition In a twist fit for an action movie, law enforcement from seven nations teamed up with Europol and Eurojust to nab some big-time ransomware bad guys in Ukraine. It’s like the Avengers, but with less spandex and more subpoenas. Sure, it’s a win, but like playing whack-a-mole at the arcade, the fun never stops in the ransomware world.

When Ransomware Meets Healthcare: Not the Love Story We Want It’s getting real in healthcare with ransomware attacks. Think of a romantic dinner date, but your partner is a computer virus, and instead of flowers, they bring encryption keys. One attack left Ardent Health Services scrambling like eggs on a Sunday morning. With patient care in jeopardy, it’s more ‘ER’ drama than we bargained for.

So, there you have it! A week in ransomware that was more action-packed than a summer blockbuster. Stay safe out there, remember, the only good virus is the one in your antivirus software!


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Online Security Expert Todd Laff reviews online hacks and security issues and how to protect yourself and secure your network.
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