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A Food Bank In Washington Fell Victim of a Ransomware Attack

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Ransomware attacks have been mostly seen on profit-making organizations, but this time a non-profit making food bank fell a victim of a ransomware attack. Washington located Auburn Food Bank fell victim of a ransomware attack known as GlobeImposter 2.0. It has encrypted all the computers run on the Food Bank’s network. There is no clue about how the attackers have put ransomware into the network. Only one system is left without encryption which will be used for charity purpose.

Auburn Food Bank is a human empowering nonprofit making organization which offers free food on public places and runs entirely on charity. The Food Bank has denied paying the ransom demand to the attackers because the demands are very high and there is no guarantee that the crooks will decrypt all the files after getting the ransom. They asked to pay 1.2 bitcoins which is almost equal to $9,500.

To show their strength, the crooks decrypted a file, and later asked the ransom amount three times more. The food bank has chosen to change its network and systems instead of paying the unacceptable ransom. Many tools like ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware have today emerged as some of the best tools to deal with such crooks. And the organization is planning on implementing such anti ransomware tools in their new network and systems.

Auburn Food Bank Director, Debbie Christian, said that they are not going to pay the ransom amount and have preferred to vanish all the systems. Even the network server and mail server will also be replaced with new ones. And the plan is to build a new network and new files.

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Russian Lawmakers Plan to Restrict the Email Access Using Telephone Verification

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Russian lawmakers have proposed to make it mandatory for internet users to verify their identity with phone numbers before gaining access to email. The State Duma has already made such a rule that put the same restrictions on the use of all instant messengers. The team of lawmakers led by senators Andrey Klishah and Alexander Bashkin, have also proposed to make it mandatory for email services to block messages containing any information that is banned in Russia. This action needs to take place within 24 hours from the time the state authorities notify of the issue.

The draft law’s explanatory note claims, “The adoption of this legislation will significantly reduce the number of false terrorist messages distributed through email services, create the legal conditions for bringing criminals to justice, and reduce the economic damage from such communications.”

The new email verification law will stop cyber crimes in the country and will provide hassle-free Internet service to Russians. Russia’s RuNet isolation law was also passed earlier this year. Senates Klisha and Bashkin were the co-authors of this law. The legislation is now allowing Russia’s federal authorities to command and take control over Russia’s Internet exchange points with the outside world. Russia can not create an infrastructure with the help of this theoretical law to make the country’s internet operate in isolation from the rest of the world. Russia government’s official censor, Roskomnadzor is authorized for running sustainable and safe internet services in the country.

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