COAST GUARD CAUGHT PHISHING
Ryuk's ransomware is believed to have gained access to the institution's IT network after an employee opened a malicious link in a phishing email. It has encrypted a number of critical files and disrupted cameras and physical access control systems, losing critical control systems.
The warning recommends using other tools to improve network monitoring tools, use the latest antivirus software and regular backups. It is also proposed that network segments be measured to prevent IT systems from entering the Operating Technology (OT) environment.
As the event is still under investigation, no confirmation was made as to when the event occurred, whether Bitcoins was claimed or paid for. However, during a similar incident in the Port of San Diego in September 2018, the attackers demanded a ransom in bitcoins, although the object did not provide information on how much it was paid for.
RANSOMWARE ON THE RISE
In recent years, cybercriminals are gaining popularity for ransomware, ahead of cryptocurrency as their favorite mode of action. Earlier this month, an attacker attacked the Argentine government, demanding 50 BTC to cancel the attack.
Since in most cases, bitcoin is the most advantageous method of payment, it tends to supply fuel to those who like to hide the upper cryptocurrency, since this is just a criminal refuge. But studies show that many of the tools used by these cybercriminals come from government sources.
However, despite all the blame, it is quite possible that Bitcoin will burst into the last laugh, as BTC's demand for escalating ransomware attacks could potentially lead to higher prices.