Ransomware Fun Review: 06-03-2024

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In the ever-entertaining world of ransomware shenanigans, last week brought us a whirlwind of chaos at Ascension hospitals. It wasn’t just any chaos; it was a ransomware kind of chaos. Meanwhile, over at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), they were like a parent scolding their kids, alerting nearly 2,000 organizations about vulnerabilities ripe for exploitation. But guess what? Only half of them bothered to lift a finger!

CISA, in their wisdom, found that out of the 1,754 organizations they sent warning letters to, a mere 852 of them bothered to do something about it. It’s like telling someone their shoelaces are untied, and they just stare at you blankly. Despite this valiant effort, CISA still sees room for improvement. It’s like they’re the disappointed teacher saying, “I know you can do better.”

The ransomware rascals, on the other hand, are having a field day with their fancy automated exploits. They’re like the mischievous kids who found a secret passage in the school and are wreaking havoc. The Cl0p gang even managed to infiltrate networks using vulnerabilities in GoAnywhere and MoveIT software. It’s like they’ve got a treasure map to our data and are looting it for all it’s worth.

But fear not, brave souls of the cyber realm! Timely patching is our trusty shield against these digital marauders. Yes, it’s as tedious as sorting socks, but it beats dealing with the aftermath of a ransomware raid, right?

Now, let’s talk about 2023—the year of the ransomware rollercoaster. Victims surged by a whopping 71%, leaving cybersecurity experts scratching their heads. It’s like trying to catch raindrops in a colander. And get this, ransomware was the star of the show, accounting for a third of all incidents. It’s like the villain who’s stolen the spotlight from the heroes.

What’s even more alarming is how these cyber scallywags are getting in. Contractors and service providers are unwittingly opening the back door for them. It’s like leaving your keys in the front door and wondering why someone walked in and redecorated your living room with ransom notes.

But fear not, fellow netizens! There’s hope yet. We can thwart these cyber baddies with a dash of cybersecurity culture, a sprinkle of tech investment, and a dollop of incident response planning. It’s like preparing for battle but with fewer swords and more firewalls.

So, let’s band together, sharpen our digital swords, and march forth into the cyber wilderness. With a bit of vigilance and a touch of humor, we’ll send those ransomware rascals back to the depths of cyberspace whence they came!


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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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