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Issue #35 - March 6, 2023

Ransomware gang posts video of data stolen from Minneapolis schools

Source: Bleeping Computer

The Medusa ransomware gang is demanding a $1,000,000 ransom from the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) district to delete data allegedly stolen in a ransomware attack. This ransomware gang, which is different from MedusaLocker ransomware, launched in 2021 but saw a significant spike in malicious activity in 2023.


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Hackers Sell US Lawmaker Data Stolen From Insurance Market

Source: Data Breach Today

Hackers have been selling data stolen from an online health insurance marketplace used by members of Congress and residents of Washington, D.C. Leaders of the House of Representatives in a memo said the data pertains to "numerous" lawmakers -as well as their spouses, dependents and employees - in both major American political parties.




Publicity Stunt: Criminals Dump 2 Million Free Payment Cards

Source: Data Breach Today

Credit Card Market BidenCash Again Leaks Free Data as Marketing Ploy. Here's further proof that cybercriminals are rampant self-promoters: Credit card market BidenCash, which sells compromised payment card data, last week released for free details of 2 million payment cards. The market for carders - aka credit and debit card thieves - trumpets that the release is intended to celebrate its one-year anniversary.




Scrutiny Over Health Data Tracking, Disclosures Grows

Source: Info Risk Today

Privacy concerns over Silicon Valley's collection of sensitive health data from consumers without their knowledge or consent have become enforcement priorities for U.S. federal regulators. Online trackers such as Google Analytics "present significant HIPAA compliance concerns," said Melanie Fontes Rainer, director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.




BlackLotus Malware Bypasses Secure Boot on Windows Machines

Source: Data Breach Today

First in-the-Wild Bootkit Exploits Microsoft Vulnerability, Boots Up on Windows 11. Eset researchers discovered the first in-the-wild bootkit malware, called BlackLotus, bypassing security and booting up on fully up-to-date Windows 11 systems. Security researchers found the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface bootkit in 2022 being sold on hacking forums for $5,000.



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