October 16, 2018
Ransomware News: Ryuk Targeting Organizations in Canada and United States
A new strain of ransomware is targeting organizations across Canada. Ryuk ransomware is not only targeting specific organizations but exfiltrating data. Typically, ransomware only encrypts information as demonstrated in the case of the Pennsylvania Senate, however, this strain is particularly nasty and taking the extra step to compromise confidential information.
According to reports, Ryuk has hit at least four healthcare organizations, with a typical ransom demand of 40-50 bitcoin ($34,000 to $42,000). Researchers believe the targets are carefully selected and possibly even infiltrated prior to the ransomware attack.
In addition to the attack on Canadian organizations, Ryuk has also surfaced in North Carolina. Onslow Water and Sewer Authority experienced a run-in with Ryuk over the weekend, resulting in a catastrophic loss in their computer networking, according to reports and an untold cost due to business downtime.
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