FBI catches heat, HS kids catch a hacking rap, and Albany catches a ransomware infection

www.theregister.co.uk | 4/6/2019 | Staff
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Roundup This week had an Apple engineer fighting the government, an Apache update release, and a security scare at Mar-a-Lago.

While that was going on, here are a few more bits of news that broke.

Day - Data - Exposure - Devices - Internet

Another day, another massive data exposure from devices erroneously left wide open to the public internet.

This time, it's a collection of some 13,500 iSCSI storage devices that were left open to be crawled by Shodan. Researcher "A Shadow" revealed, via a report to ZDnet, that the local storage clusters had been exposed and could have potentially been compromised.

Devices - Report - Number - Boxes - Password

Not all of the devices were left entirely unprotected, however. The report notes that a number of the boxes at least had some password protection.

Now is a good time to check all your attached devices and make sure nothing is left open. We are getting so tired of having to cover these stories.

City - Albany - Place - Nobody - Capital

The city of Albany, best known as the place nobody believes is actually the capital of New York state, has become the latest metropolis to fall victim to a massive ransomware infection.

Earlier this week, city officials reported that nearly all of its services were back online following a ransomware outage that had hit its network.

Services - Orders - Marriage - Certificates - Birth

Among the services that were offline temporarily were orders for marriage certificates as well as birth and death certificates. Fortunately, it appears that the city is recovering well from the incident and no personal information was compromised or data permanently lost.

Should a company fall victim to ransomware, experts recommend that rather than try to pay the demand (which often does not result in full recovery anyway) they look to restore systems from backups, which should be done regularly as a matter of precaution anyway.

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