September 17, 2021: IA Ag Cooperative Hit In Ransomware Attack
An Iowa agricultural business, New Cooperative, suffered a ransomware attack and the criminal gang is demanding a $5.9 million ransom. And while the victim and the attacker quibble over if the organization is considered critical infrastructure or not, a vital system is shut down.
New Cooperative confirmed it had been hit with a cyberattack either late Friday or early Saturday and shut down its systems in response. Researchers are saying the cyber gang called BlackMatter, which has Russian ties, perpetrated the assault.
New Cooperative contained the breach and developed a workaround to continue accepting grain shipments and distributing feed.
The cooperative took its computer network offline to isolate the incursion and stopped its soil-mapping software — a master-control system that optimizes irrigation and fertilization — as a precaution.
July 4, 2021: Ransomware Attack on Holiday at ME Wastewater Plant
In northern Maine, Limestone Water and Sewer District was hit on the Fourth of July holiday. Limestone Water and Sewer District Superintendent Jim Leighton said the control computer was hit with the ransomware attack.
April 6, 2021: Ransomware Attacks At 2 ME Wastewater Plants
The April attack occurred in the town of Mount Desert on Mount Desert Island, Maine.
In Mount Desert Island, officials said the attack took computers offline for three days, but treatment plants were not affected because they are controlled manually.
Ed Montague, superintendent for Mount Desert Wastewater, said, “The office computers were down for approximately three working days… Our treatment plants were not affected as they are manually controlled with no automated inputs.” No ransom was paid and no personal information was compromised, Montague said, and town and IT professionals were notified.
July 2, 2021: Ransomware Hits MO City
A ransomware attack shut down the city of Joplin, MO, government’s computer system in early July, city officials said last week.
While the debate on whether to pay the ransom rages, an insurer paid $320,000 to someone not identified, to keep any sensitive information obtained as a result of the cyberattack from being exposed, City Manager Nick Edwards said in the statement.
July 2, 2021: AL Utility Hit In Ransomware Attack
A ransomware attack hit Wiregrass Electric Cooperative (WEC) in Hartford, Alabama, this weekend, officials said. However, there was no compromise of data. In addition, this attack was not connected to the Kaseya supply-chain attack.
January 15, 2021: Hacker Accessed CA Water Treatment System
A hacker was easily able to get in to a San Francisco Bay Area water treatment facility in mid-January and delete programs used to treat drinking water, a senior intelligence official said Thursday.
The hacker used a former plant employee’s username and password to gain entry to the unidentified Bay Area water treatment facility Jan. 15, according to a NBC News report.
June 10, 2021: DoE Nuclear Subcontractor Suffers Cyber Attack
A subcontractor for the Department of Energy (DoE) that conducts nuclear weapons-related work, said it fell victim to a security breach.
Sol Oriens is the name of the consulting firm working with DoE’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the federal agency which has a mission of enhancing and securing U.S. nuclear stockpiles. Sol Orien’s work with the nuclear agency remain unclear to the public at this point.
June 11, 2021: VW, Audi Hit In Cyber Attack
Volkswagen and Audi, VW’s luxury brand, suffered a a data breach that exposed contact information and, in some cases, personal details, like driver license numbers, of customers in the United States and Canada.
June 2, 2021: Ransomware Hits MA Ferry Service
A ransomware attack hit a ferry service between mainland Massachusetts and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Wednesday, officials said.
May 30, 2021: Attack Shuts Operations of Global Meat Provider
Australian and North American units of the world’s largest meat works, Brazil’s JBS SA, suffered a cyberattack over the weekend by an assault on its information systems, effectively shutting down operations in some regions, company officials said.
The attack caused its Australian operations to shut down Monday. The company said it was working to resolve the incident.