Last Week in Ransomware: The Not-So-Funny Edition – 11.13.23

Posted by:

Ransomeware, Todd Laff, Todd Laff Chicago

Financial Fiasco: US Treasury Market in a Tizzy! In a plot twist worthy of a Hollywood thriller, the US Treasury Market got a serious jolt thanks to a ransomware attack on the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). Imagine a digital Godzilla stomping through the financial district, and you’ve got the picture. ICBC, China’s banking behemoth, found itself in the cyber monster’s grip, underscoring just how tangled our global financial web is. In this digital age, it turns out that an attack on one is an attack on all – especially when ‘all’ includes critical sectors like finance, manufacturing, healthcare, and energy. These sectors are the ransomware gang’s favorite buffets, mainly because the pressure to fix things ASAP makes them more likely to cough up the ransom. The lesson? Strong defense and resilience are our shields and swords in this never-ending cyber game of thrones.

Healthcare Hack Havoc: Akumin’s Appointment Apocalypse Down in Florida, healthcare provider Akumin Imaging didn’t just get a headache from a ransomware attack; they got a full-blown migraine, leading them to the bankruptcy court’s doors. Patients faced their own trials, with the company’s systems down and appointment scheduling going kaput. Despite some recovery, including cancer services (phew!), the situation remains a bit of a medical mystery. It’s like a bad episode of “House,” but without the charmingly grumpy doctor. This attack is just the latest in a series of digital assaults terrorizing the healthcare sector, proving that in the world of cybercrime, no good deed (or sector) goes unpunished.

Ransomware Rampage: Everyone’s Invited! If you thought ransomware attacks were exclusive to healthcare, think again! These digital delinquents are throwing a wider net, with attacks up 50% in the first half of 2023 alone. Insurance providers are sweating bullets as ransomware and extortion claims have almost doubled since 2019. The cost? A cool couple billion dollars, give or take. And here’s the kicker: many organizations play hide-and-seek with these incidents, not reporting them and making it harder for the good guys to get a grip on the situation. The government is stepping up to the plate, but it’s like trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle with half the pieces missing.

Cl0p’s Cunning Cyber Capers: Exploiting SysAid And just when you thought ransomware gangs couldn’t get any craftier, along comes Cl0p, flexing its cyber muscles by exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in SysAid software. Previously, using zero-day exploits was the stuff of spy novels and nation-state shenanigans, but now it’s all the rage among cyber criminals. The message to organizations? Beef up that cybersecurity like it’s your digital fortress because in this wild world of ransomware, it’s better to be safe than sorry (or bankrupt).

Stay tuned for more in the world of digital drama next week!


About the Author:

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

Add a Comment