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Hollywood hospital becomes ransomware victim

A cyberattack launched against the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has forced staff to declare an “internal emergency” and left employees unable to access patient files.

According to NBC, the Southern California hospital has been left unable to practice its usual day-to-day operations. The hospital’s president and CEO Allen Stefanek said “significant IT issues” were discovered last week, leading to emergency measures including calling for the assistance of the FBI, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and cyberforensics experts.

Cyber criminals turn to ransomware as victims pay out

Foursys today shared the results of its IT security survey, conducted last month. The results, displayed here as an infographic, show that ransomware was behind 42 per cent of security breaches.

More than 400 UK-based IT managers took part in the Foursys survey, revealing insights into their security posture. Over half of the respondents worked in organisations with more than 500 employees.

Attivo Networks Enhances Platform to Detect All Classes of Cyber Threats

This week, Attivo Networks™ announced it has expanded its deception platform to include all classes of cyber threats, including reconnaissance, stolen credentials, phishing and ransomware attacks. The goal is nothing less than to defend Attivo customers from every form of cyber attack with real-time detection of breaches that have bypassed other prevention defenses.

The 3 biggest security threats of 2016

You can hardly look at tech news without seeing reports of viruses, Trojans, data breaches, ransomware, remote hacking, ATM skimmers and plenty of other threats to your money and information. According to security company Kaspersky, 34.2% of computer users experienced at least one Web attack in 2015. More than 750,000 computers were infected with ransomware, with a steady increase every quarter.

New TeslaCrypt’s Shrewd Disguise as CryptoWall

Security researcher Fedor Sinitsyn reported on the new TeslaCrypt V2.0. This family of ransomware is relatively new, it was first detected in February 2015. It’s been dubbed the “curse” of computer gamers because it targets many game-related file types. The attackers are focusing on the U.S. and Germany. Read more.

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