Week 27 Cyberattack Digest 2019 – Instagram, Georgia court system, Baltimore and others

We have some hot cyber news for you! If you have been waiting for our cyberattack digest, and here is our new cyberattack digest week 27.

Instagrammers are lured by a fake ‘verification’

by SC Media – 5 July 2019

Social networks are common victims of attackers, and yet another issue is up putting at risk Instagrammers.  A new phishing campaign seduces Instagram users with a ‘verified’ badge. A ‘verified’ badge is a little blue check on top of one’s profile page and, no doubt, it is desired by many. News reports reveal that just about one percent of Instagram users have received the verification checkmark. Now, scammers promise to provide users with a ‘verified’ badge and phish victims’ login credentials away. “In order to obtain these checkmark symbols, page owners must meet a list of various requirements and undergo a verification process with their social media provider,” Sucuri researcher Luke Leal explained, “When combined, all of these factors can lead someone to ignore the warning signs and fall victim to phishing attempts. We recently came across this page, which masquerades as a real Instagram Verification submission page.” 

Georgia court system is offline after the attack

by CBS News – 2 July 2019

Another U.S. agency has become victim to a ransomware attack. A state court representative revealed that over the weekend it learned that hackers had broke into the Georgia court system and knocked the whole system offline including the ones of the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts. A spokesman for the state said that the hack was discovered Saturday morning and confirmed that cyber criminals used ransomware holding state court systems hostage.  The state court’s network remains completely offline after the hack, but there’s no evidence that any personal information was accessed by attackers. 

Baltimore employees’ emails  are accessed by hackers

by The Baltimore Sun – 5  July 2019

A database containing Baltimore employees’ emails still cannot be accessed as the city’s computer network was attacked by hackers earlier in May. City Solicitor Andre Davis commented that emails older than 90 days cannot be restored. He believes that the information will be recovered, but it is still not certain. The ransomware attack began on May 7 and brought down the city’s systems. Currently, email access for employees is restored, as well as most electronic payments. Still, the lack of access to the email archive shows how the effects of the attack linger behind the scenes. “As for responsive emails of mayor’s office employees, the mayor’s office is unable to retrieve the emails that you requested due to the recent cyberattack,” a lawyer for the city commented.

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