Original release date: October 22, 2014 Systems Affected Microsoft Windows Overview Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that infects a computer and restricts access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. This Alert is the result of Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) analysis in coordination with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide further information about crypto ransomware, specifically to: Present its main characteristics, explain the prevalence of ransomware, and the proliferation of crypto ransomware variants; and Provide prevention and mitigation information
Last week Apple announced that it is closing a serious security vulnerability in the iPhone. It used to be that the phone’s encryption only protected a small amount of the data, and Apple had the ability to bypass security on the rest of it. From now on, all the phone’s data is protected
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Original release date: August 18, 2014 US-CERT is aware of a breach of sensitive patient identification information affecting approximately 4.5 million patients and customers of Community Health Systems, Inc. As part of DHS, US-CERT is working together with the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services to assist in sharing specific vulnerabilities and mitigations with the healthcare industry to prevent additional breaches from occurring. US-CERT recommends that individuals who suspect they may have been victimized as a result of this breach report any incidents to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center .