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Weekly Cybersecurity Review - Florida City Pays $600,000 Ransom

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Weekly Cybersecurity Review - Florida City Pays $600,000 Ransom

City in Florida Pays $600,000 Bitcoin Ransom to Hackers

engadget.com - Author: Kris Holt - Date: June 20th, 2019 

Riviera Beach, a city in Florida, is set to pay hackers $600,000 in bitcoin with the hope of having its systems restored. Hackers took over the systems several weeks ago when a police department employee opened a malicious email that allowed them to inject the city's network with ransomware. Security consultants urged the city to pay up, according to the Associated Press, despite the risk the hackers won't restore the systems and files. The city's insurance provider will cover the payment.

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Cron Scheduled Cypytoming Malware Found in the Wild

cyware.com - Author: Ryan Stewart - Date: June 20th, 2019 

A cryptomining malware was spotted by security researchers that leveraged cron scheduler. Researchers from the security firm Sucuri analyzed a Bash script linked with the malware, which downloaded its payload and configuration files into the system. The malware also used cron commands for evading detection, and reinfection. Sucuri researchers suggest that the malware affects desktop installations on top of web servers, and advise users to stay aware of malicious cron processes.

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Javascript Based Trojan Horse Discovered

cyware.com - Author: Ryan Stewart - Date: June 20th, 2019 

Researchers uncovered a new JavaScript-based trojan dubbed ‘MonsterInstall’ which is distributed in the form of game cheats via websites owned by the attackers. Researchers from Yandex discovered the MonsterInstall downloader trojan, who then reported it to Doctor Web's research team for further analysis. Doctor Web researchers analyzed the trojan sample and revealed the following insights. Users are infected by opening a password protected zip folder and running the executable file inside. This installs the MonsterInstall Trojan and loads additional software into the system.

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New Mac Cryptocurrency Miner Found in Cracked Versions of Ableton Live 10

cyware.com - Author: Ryan Stewart - Date: June 21st, 2019 

A new Mac cryptocurrency miner detected as Bird Miner has been found leveraging cracked installer for Ableton Live 10 software for propagation. Ableton Live is a high-end music production software and is used as an instrument for live performance by DJs. The software is also used for composing, recording, mixing and mastering music. Malwarebytes highlights that the malware was first spotted in a pirated Ableton Live 10 installer. Since then, it has been found to be distributed via other software through the same site. The site has been distributing the malware in one form or the other for at least four months.

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32 Koi Stolen from Ohio Man’s Front Yard

cleveland19.com - Sia Nyorkor - Date: June 6th, 2019

A bizarre crime occurred here in Northeast Ohio after thieves stole more than $3,000 worth of koi fish from a resident’s pond. Rich Price said he had just gotten the koi a few weeks ago. He runs a nonprofit Ohio Fish Rescue out of his home and said in recent years Koi have become popular. “That morning I came out and it looked like chocolate milk, it was all muddy again,” he said. “You can usually see them, there’s so many koi in there and I didn’t see one so that’s when I started realizing that the koi were not there." “We saw two guys wearing sweatshirts with the hoodies on, but they never looked up at the camera so they were just basically just scooping fish and running them to their car and we knew they were loading them into tubs or something," he said.

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