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Malware disrupted Honeywell computer systems. Vaccine-related phishing campaigns are skyrocketing. And Spargo and Sierra Wireless got hit by ransomware. This is CyberScoop for March 24, 2021.

Honeywell disrupted by ‘malware intrusion’

As a $33-billion supplier of aerospace and energy equipment, Honeywell has a big target on its back. On Tuesday, the firm said it had “returned to service” following a breach of its networks. Details were hard to come by, but it’s the latest in a series of disruptive hacks to hit the manufacturing sector. Sean Lyngaas was first on the scene.

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Vaccine scammers are on the hunt

Scams looking to take advantage of people attempting to get vaccinated against the coronavirus are alive and well. In the approximately two months since the first COVID-19 vaccines became available in the U.S., vaccine-related phishing campaigns aimed at stealing victims’ credentials increased by 530%, according to Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 research published Wednesday. Phishing campaigns targeting employees of hospitals and pharmacies rose 189% during the same time period, the researchers found. Shannon Vavra has the story.

Feds quantify ransomware losses over a big six years

Ransomware victims paid attackers at least $144.35 million in bitcoin between 2013 and 2019, according to a recent Federal Bureau of Investigation bulletin that likely fails to account for millions of dollars. The figure, published in a Feb. 4 advisory, is based on the financial losses than ransomware victims reported to U.S. law enforcement over a six-year span in which digital extortion evolved from a rare corporate annoyance to a global black market. An outstanding concern now, though, is the potential damage to state and local resources. “These types of attacks can delay first responders in responding to emergencies or prevent a hospital from accessing lifesaving equipment,” the fact sheet said. Jeff Stone digs in.

Event-planning, telecom firms suffer ransomware infections

Another day, another set of ransomware victims. Spargo, which organizes influential events for Beltway brass, said Sodinokibi ransomware hit its networks. Meanwhile, Sierra Wireless, a big Canadian telecommuniccations provider, said it would have to revise its financial forecast following a separate ransomware attack. It’s no wonder the feds are trying to get a grip on the situation with a new initiative to combat ransomware. Sean has more.

Revenge plot gone wrong

A U.S. judge sentenced a man to two years in prison for deleting more than 1,000 Microsoft user accounts at a company that had given his employer bad reviews about his work. According to the Justice Department, Deepanshu Kher deleted 1,200 of the Carlsbad, California company's 1,500 accounts after he was fired and returned to India, following an assignment at the company to migrate to Microsoft Office 360. DOJ didn't name the California company or the IT consulting firm. Tim Starks has the news.

Hackers publish stolen school data

Ransomware actors recently posted data stolen from the University of Colorado, Boulder and the University of Miami in what appears to be more fallout from the breach of IT provider Accellion’s file-sharing application, an incident that has affected dozens of organizations spanning academia, government and the private sector. It’s the latest update in a sweeping supply chain breach that’s resulted in theft of data from a range of companies, like Shell energy, and government bodies. Benjamin Freed covers the news at EdScoop.

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