The State Auditor’s Office reassured 60,000 state employees on Monday that their pay would be deposited on Friday, WSAZ-TV reported. State officials learned two weeks ago that the attack took West Virginia’s payroll time and leave accounting system off line. Since then, the auditor’s staff has worked with payroll administrators in affected state agencies to…

The Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is a member-owned and locally controlled rural electric cooperative that serves more than 34,000 customers in Colorado’s Montrose, Delta, and Gunnison counties. It is part of Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, a cooperative federation that has over 750 members across the United States. DMEA last week revealed that it had discovered a…

Seemingly every day, a new organization announces they’ve been hit by a ransomware attack. The agnostic nature of ransomware leaves no industry immune to vulnerabilities. Be it school systems, healthcare providers, or government agencies, the battlegrounds are increasingly widespread. Companies should operate not on a basis of if they’ll be hit, but when. Executives and…

In a post on a publicly accessible hacker forum, a group calling itself “Desorden” claimed to have stolen databases and other files from breached Acer India servers. The hackers shared a link to a sample of the stolen data and they promised to leak more once they have analyzed it. They also published a video…

Recently I spoke with Ryan Chapman of the SANS Institute, author of the upcoming SANS course FOR528: Ransomware for Incident Responders, on how to better prepare for ransomware. That preparation comes in two forms: planning how you would respond to a successful ransomware attack and overcoming barriers to hardening your network against them. Planning for…

A ransomware attack last fall cost Universal Health Services $67 million in pre-tax losses, the healthcare provider confirmed in an earnings report released today. Referring to it as an “information technology security incident,” UHS officials said the cyberattack forced the organization to suspend user access to several information technology applications in the US during the…

Founded in 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, Seyfarth has over 900 lawyers across 17 offices, providing clients all around the world with advisory, litigation, and transactional legal services. The Am Law 100 firm serves more than 300 of the Fortune 500 companies. Over the weekend, the company fell victim to a ransomware attack that spread aggressively…