The City of Quincy, Illinois' administrative systems were hit by a ransomware attack on May 7, confirmed Mayor Mike Troup in a press conference held on Tuesday. Consulting fees and a ransom were paid but critical services continued to operate throughout the incident.
Ransomware gang Black Basta, which came to prominence in April, has claimed responsibility on its leak site for a ransomware attack on AGCO. An AGCO spokesperson confirmed to ISMG that employee data was exfiltrated during an attack but did not comment on Black Basta's claims of responsibility.
Indian passenger airline SpiceJet says an attempt at a ransomware attack was made against its IT infrastructure on Tuesday night. The airline says the attack was "contained," and it has resumed regular operations. Passengers continued to complain about takeoff delays until noon local time.
The ICO has imposed a penalty of 7.5 million pounds on Clearview AI Inc. for using scraped U.K. citizen facial images for its facial recognition database. The agency has directed the firm to delete images of all U.K. citizens and to stop scraping data from the open internet.
The U.S. Department of Justice has revised its policy on who it charges with violations under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The DOJ now specifies that good-faith security research and researchers cannot be charged under the CFAA because they help improve cybersecurity standards.
An emergency directive from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency advises all federal agencies in the country to immediately patch and address two vulnerabilities - one with a critical CVSS score and the other with a high score - that affect at least five VMware products.
Poor security configurations, weak controls and gaps in authentication protocols are among the common initial access vectors "routinely exploited" by threat actors, the Five Eyes cybersecurity alliance says. Firms offering cybersecurity services weigh in on the gaps and implementation challenges.
Ransomware group Conti, which has been holding to ransom crypto-locked Costa Rican government systems since April, has claimed on its leak site Conti News that it has "insiders" in the country's government, and that they are working toward the compromise of "other systems."
Italian police reportedly thwarted attempts to disrupt online voting for the music competition Eurovision, allegedly perpetrated by a hacking group called Killnet in retaliation for Russia not being allowed to compete at this year's festival, due to its invasion of Ukraine.
Hundreds of thousands of Konica Minolta printers used in businesses have reportedly been vulnerable to three critical flaws since 2019. Although a patch was available, deployment was delayed as the firmware update required physical access to the printers and COVID-19 made that difficult.
The Five Eyes alliance of cybersecurity authorities from the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada issued a warning to managed service providers about targeted attacks, advising MSP customers on how to protect sensitive data and reassess their security posture and contractual agreements.
Viasat's satellite communications suffered an outage an hour before the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on Feb. 24. The company said it was a cyberattack, but did not identify the attacker. The U.S., U.K., EU and Ukraine have now attributed this attack to Russia.
The "financial burden" of a December 2021 cyberattack and the aftereffects of the COVID-19 pandemic forced 157-year-old Lincoln College in Illinois to cease operations on Friday, its president, David Gerlach, says. The school underwent a three-month-long recovery period during enrollment season.
The Ukrainian CERT has issued a statement saying that a "massive" Jester Stealer malware distribution campaign, designed to steal authentication data, is currently underway. The malware, operated by an unknown attacker, self-destructs after its operation is complete, the agency's statement says.
The European Parliament has granted Europol permission to receive and process datasets from private parties and pursue research projects for better handling of security-related cases. Use of these powers will be overseen by the European Data Protection Supervisor and the Fundamental Rights Officer.