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Double-whammy attack follows fake Covid alert with a bogus bank call

The BBC has revealed details of how a food bank in the UK was conned out of about $63,000 (£50,000) by scammers who used two separate attacks to fleece their victims. A food bank is a way for people to ensure they don’t starve. They are a backstop during times of economic uncertainty, and have been hugely important during the pandemic. An attack on a food bank is an attack on the most vulnerable that’s likely to have a significant...

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Black Cat ransomware shuts down Austria’s passport and transport departments after encrypting 3,000 computers

Black Cat ransomware group claims to have hacked some computer systems in the state of Carinthia, Austria, demanding a ransom of $5 million in cryptocurrency in exchange for resetting the compromised systems. Local authorities have already confirmed that they do not plan to negotiate with the hackers or pay any ransom, as there is no evidence that the information was exposed before encryption. Local government IT teams will conduct a...

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College closes down after ransomware attack

Lincoln College, one of the few rural schools in Illinois, said that it will permanently close on Friday, May 13, after 157 years, partly due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and partly due to a long recovery after a ransomware attack in December 2021. The institution notified the Illinois Department of Higher Education and Higher Learning Commission and posted a goodbye note on its website. “Lincoln College has survived many...