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Twelve Connecticut state agencies were impacted by a cyber attack over the weekend. According to reports, the cyber attack appeared to be the nefarious ransomware WannaCry that wreaked havoc worldwide in 2017. Officials say that even though approximately 160 computers across twelve agencies were affected, the outbreak was contained by Sunday night and there were no reports of encryption or data loss. Fortunately, it appears that the state was able to effectively mitigate ill effects from the attack. As we’ve discussed with Arthur House, Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer for the State of Connecticut, our state is an international leader in cybersecurity. This was demonstrated in the state’s response to the attack.
Just under a week into the New Year and the world is already experiencing the first critical vulnerability in 2018. Researchers have discovered two security vulnerabilities that collectively affect most modern chips made by Intel, AMD, and ARM. If exploited, a hacker could potentially steal data from the breached machine ranging from emails and browsing data to login credentials. So, what are these vulnerabilities and what steps can you take to protect your business network from them?
It seems like you can’t open a web browser, scroll through your LinkedIn timeline, or turn on the TV today without hearing about the latest data breach or threat to your cybersecurity. With high-profile breaches like Equifax and global ransomware outbreaks like Bad Rabbit, we’re in a very different world than just a few years ago. Perhaps you find that cyber threats and cybersecurity in general is annoying, overwhelming, or even frustrating but it’s imperative that cybersecurity protection become part of your business strategy. It doesn’t have to be as complicated or costly as you might think.
Last week the third major ransomware outbreak in 2017 was spreading through Eastern Europe and even starting to creep further across the globe. So far striking Russia and Ukraine the most, Bad Rabbit has disrupted industries ranging from media outlets to banks. Some reports even have the attack showing up right here in the U.S. Similar to the Petya/NotPetya ransomware outbreak earlier this year (so similar in fact that Bad Rabbit reportedly shares 2/3 of its code with variants of Petya), this ransomware encrypts a system, requests a ransom (the current rate is about $285 in bitcoin) to decrypt the victim’s files, and then attempts to spread itself across the network. With ransomware and cyberattacks commonplace in today’s world, what takeaways can come out of the Bad Rabbit outbreak to help prevent these types of attacks from derailing your organization?