Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Threat Intelligence

12/20/2019
12:20 PM
100%
0%

New Orleans to Boost Cyber Insurance to $10M Post-Ransomware

Mayor LaToya Cantrell anticipates the recent cyberattack to exceed its current $3 million cyber insurance policy.

The city of New Orleans is planning to increase its cyber insurance policy to $10 million following a Dec. 13 ransomware attack that will likely exceed its current $3 million policy, Mayor LaToya Cantrell confirmed this week. She did not give an estimate of the attack's cost.

City employees first detected suspicious activity early that Friday morning, IT director Kimberly LaGrue told news station 4WWL. Officials say they did not receive a ransom request and all data can be recovered. They did not mention a time frame; however, officials took roughly 4,000 computers offline and are in the process of cleaning them up and investigating them. New Orleans' Fire Department, Police Department, and Emergency Medical Services are running.

The New Orleans attack reportedly started with a phishing email. It's believed the Ryuk strain of ransomware was used in this attack, Bleeping Computer reports, citing files uploaded to VirusTotal. The day after the incident, memory dumps of suspicious files were uploaded containing several references to both Ryuk and the city of New Orleans.

This attack arrived in the midst of a ransomware crisis for the United States, where 11 new school districts have been targeted since October, and municipalities including New Orleans and Pensacola are recovering from attacks. A total of 72 US school districts or educational institutions have suffered ransomware campaigns. Up to 1,040 schools may have been hit.

Read more details here.

Check out The Edge, Dark Reading's new section for features, threat data, and in-depth perspectives. Today's top story: "5 Pieces of GDPR Advice for Teams Without Privacy Compliance Staff."

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio
 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
dichvuvietbaithue
50%
50%
dichvuvietbaithue,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/25/2019 | 10:53:34 AM
thanks
thanks
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
12/28/2019 | 3:30:53 PM
insurance policy
Obviously insurance policy is not a preventive option, then assume they will get additional attacks so they go after insurance.
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
12/28/2019 | 3:32:51 PM
4000 computer
officials took roughly 4,000 computers offline and are in the process of cleaning them up and investigating them I beg this room good amount of effort and cost.
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
12/28/2019 | 3:34:53 PM
phishing email
The New Orleans attack reportedly started with a phishing email. Obviously it is still the human being the weakest link.
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
12/28/2019 | 3:36:35 PM
Schools
. A total of 72 US school districts or educational institutions have suffered ransomware campaigns. Obviously schools are a good and easy target for ransomware.
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
12/28/2019 | 3:39:46 PM
Ryuk
The New Orleans attack reportedly started with a phishing email. It's believed the Ryuk strain of ransomware was used in this attack, Common and easy to do apparently.
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 5/27/2020
The Problem with Artificial Intelligence in Security
Dr. Leila Powell, Lead Security Data Scientist, Panaseer,  5/26/2020
How an Industry Consortium Can Reinvent Security Solution Testing
Henry Harrison, Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, Garrison,  5/21/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
How Cybersecurity Incident Response Programs Work (and Why Some Don't)
This Tech Digest takes a look at the vital role cybersecurity incident response (IR) plays in managing cyber-risk within organizations. Download the Tech Digest today to find out how well-planned IR programs can detect intrusions, contain breaches, and help an organization restore normal operations.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-11059
PUBLISHED: 2020-05-27
In AEgir greater than or equal to 21.7.0 and less than 21.10.1, aegir publish and aegir build may leak secrets from environment variables in the browser bundle published to npm. This has been fixed in 21.10.1.
CVE-2020-10936
PUBLISHED: 2020-05-27
Sympa before 6.2.56 allows privilege escalation.
CVE-2020-6774
PUBLISHED: 2020-05-27
Improper Access Control in the Kiosk Mode functionality of Bosch Recording Station allows a local unauthenticated attacker to escape from the Kiosk Mode and access the underlying operating system.
CVE-2020-13633
PUBLISHED: 2020-05-27
Fork before 5.8.3 allows XSS via navigation_title or title.
CVE-2020-10945
PUBLISHED: 2020-05-27
Centreon before 19.10.7 exposes Session IDs in server responses.