Ransomware attack news trending on Google

A Colorado based energy provider dubbed Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) has made it official that it suffered a cyber attack early last month and wiped out historical information collected in the past 25 years, disrupting 90% of automated internal controls to the core.

Although the attack was of ransomware genre, officials related to the energy provider failed to make it public last month for reasons best known to them.

DMEA warned its customers about inflated bills from January 31st next year and promised that it will not impose penalties on the non-payment of dues.

Cybersecurity Insiders learnt that the company’s intellectual stuff, like spreadsheets containing customer details, energy consumption, and forms, were totally corrupted and the entire corporate network was in a non-recoverable state.

Coming to the other news that is trending with ransomware headlines on Google, Kronos Private Cloud has been reportedly hit by ransomware in the last weekend resulting in a serious outage to the HR services of UKG Solutions aka UKG Workforce Central, UKG Telestaff, Healthcare Extensions, and Banking Scheduling Solution Services.

Bob Hughes, the VP of Kronos, apologized for the business inconvenience faced by UKG Solutions and urged them to look for alternate ways to keep their business live.

Thankfully, the other business units of UKG Solutions such as UKG Dimensions, UKG Ready and UKG Pro were not affected by the malware attack, as they were hosted on another server owned by different IT service provider.

Third, is a news related to ransomware that hit a state legislature. Information is out that Virginia’s State Legislature’s office was targeted by hackers spreading the file encrypting malware and bringing the digital access to a big halt.

News is out that an IT company named The Division of Legislative Automated Systems (DLAS) managing the digital services of Virginia General Assembly was hit by a file encrypting malware bringing networking infrastructure, desktop computing related services and printing services to a major halt.

As a precautionary measure, all the computer systems that were networked together were pulled down from the main network by DLAS and a detailed probe is underway on the cause of the cyber attack and its financial impact on the business.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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