Computers serving the City of Newark have been infected by ransomware, according to a report by TAPintoNewark. The computers are unusable and the hacker has demanded 1.7 Bitcoin, the equivalent of $30,000 to unlock the City’s system.
The City’s police department’s computers were unaffected by the RSA-2048 encryption that was installed on Newark computers on Friday.
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Posted: April 25th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: New Jersey, Newark, News | Tags: cybercrime, FBI, hackers, malware, New Jersey, Newark, news, ransomware, RSA-2048 encryption, Special Agent Chris Christopherson | 1 Comment »
By Art Gallagher
If you’ve been surfing the net over the last few days, you are very likely at risk for identity theft. Your networks could be at risk.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that hackers have discovered and are exploiting a flaw in Java security that could allow the installation of malicious software and malware on your computer.
DHS is recommending that computer users disable or uninstall Java until further notice.
Most anti-virus, firewall and malware detection programs are not preventing this vulnerability from being exploited.
For instructions on disabling or uninstalling Java click here.
This is a serious problem that has not yet been widely reported in the media.
For more detailed information, read this article by Brian Krebs at KrebsOnSecurity.com
UPDATED: Computer Experts Recommend Disabling Java Unless You Know You Need It
Posted: January 13th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Computer Security, Department of Homland Security | Tags: Art Gallagher, Brian Krebs, computer security, Department of Homeland Security, DHS, hackers, Java 7, Java exploit, Java vulnerability, KrebsOnSecurity, malicious software, malware, MoreMonmouthMusings, Oracle, US CERT | 9 Comments »