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Michigan utility shuts down systems, phone lines, email after ransomware attack

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    Last week was a busy week when it comes to ransomware. New victims included a utility company, visitors to a toymaker’s website, pirates sailing The Pirate Bay and many more. Some cyber crooks are now demanding gift cards for ransom instead of bitcoin. While it wasn’t all bad news, there are new decryptors and detectors, the FBI published a new warning about the proliferation of increasingly sophisticated ransomware campaigns.

    Utility company hit with ransomware

    Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL), a Michigan municipal utility, was hit with ransomware after an employee opened an email with a malicious attachment. The ransomware spread, encrypting files on other computers on the internal network; BWL shut down its accounting system, email service for 250 employees and “phone lines,” including the customer assistance line for account inquiries and the line for reporting outages. “Printers and other technology” were also affected.

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