On June 6, the renowned investigative news broadcast "60 minutes" aired the "When Cybercriminals Hold Data Hostage." The segment profiled high-profile targets including the largest meat producer in America, the main source of gasoline for the East Coast, public service networks, and hospitals. These cyberattacks are known as ransomware. In a ransomware attack, target data servers are encrypted and rendered useless until a ransom is paid. Cybercriminals are not picky in choosing their targets. The attacks are completely automated and focus on large and small enterprises including cities. For example, the small town of Leeds, Alabama was a target of ransomware. David Miller, Mayor of the city said, "I didn't know that this malware attack was actually a ransomware attack. As soon as we found that out, that took it to a little different level." And that took its toll on the city with no email and no access to their financial system. The bad news is the city never found out who these crooks were and paid a ransom of $8,000.
Mike Christman who was in charge of the FBI's cybercrime unit, mentioned in the segment, "I think everyone should expect to be attacked."
According to CRN, "The ability to monetize ransomware attacks by threatening to publicly leak victim data has made it more lucrative, while employers continue to fend off insiders with an agenda."
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