In the August 23, 2019 edition of our Weekly Cybersecurity Review, 23 Texas towns hit by a ransomware attack, European Central Bank (EBC) shuts down one of its websites after hacker attack, and a package stealing login information targeting Windows operating systems was identified and removed from the repository.
Alarm in Texas as 23 towns hit by ‘coordinated’ ransomware attack
Kate Fazzini, cnbc.com
Twenty-three Texas towns have been struck by a “coordinated” ransomware attack, according to the state’s Department of Information Resources.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software, often delivered via email, that locks up an organization’s systems until a ransom is paid or files are recovered by other means. In many cases, ransomware significantly damages computer hardware and linked machinery and leads to days or weeks with systems offline, which is why it can be so costly to cities.
ECB shuts down one of its websites after hacker attack
Francesco Capepa, reuters.com
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank (ECB) shut down one of its websites on Thursday after it was hacked and infected with malicious software.
The ECB said no market-sensitive data had been compromised during the attack on its Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary (BIRD), which it uses to provide bankers with information on how to produce statistical and supervisory reports.
Malicious package that stole login credentials from Windows users gets removed from npm repository
Ryan Stewart, cyware.com
The npm repository team recently identified a malicious package in their repository and removed it yesterday. The malicious package was found to be stealing login information from various computers in which it was installed on. The malicious package named as “bb-builder” was targeting Windows operating systems.