Ransomware attack takes US maritime base offline
The Coast Guard says malware forced systems to be shut down for more than 30 hours.
According to Kelvin Murray, Senior Threat Research Analyst at Webroot, “This attack shows how brazen modern ransomware gangs are and how little they fear facing justice. The Coast Guard(USCG) joins a long list of US government ransomware victims of 2019, including police and city municipalities. We expect these type of attacks to continue as they make millions for the gangs involved. One worry is the recent trend for attackers stealing data before they encrypt it, so the possibility of sensitive data being exfiltrated and used for extortion or breach purposes should not be ruled out. Email filtering, staff education, proper password policy, backups and antivirus are some of the main steps involved in preventing these attacks.”