Ransomware attack reporting to be mandated | Mandurah Mail

Companies would be forced to report ransomware attacks and new cyber offences would be created under a federal government overhaul.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has flagged new stand alone offences including for cyber extortion and the targeting of critical infrastructure.

Dealing with stolen data knowingly obtained in the course of a separate offence would also be criminalised as would the buying or selling of malware for criminal purposes.

Businesses with an annual turnover of more than $10 million would be subject to a mandatory ransomware incident reporting regime.

“Ransomware gangs have attacked businesses, individuals and critical infrastructure right across the country,” Ms Andrews said.

“Stealing and holding private and personal information for ransom costs victims time and money, interrupting lives and the operations of small businesses.”

Ransomware is a form of malicious software or malware used by cybercriminals to lock someone out of their files or computer.

Hackers demand money in exchange for restoring access.

Ms Andrews stressed the government did not condone ramson payments to hackers.

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Cyber attack hits Gordon’s official website, goes down for hours

Sen. Richard Gordon

GORDON INSISTS BRC PROBE TO CONTINUE: Sen. Richard Gordon maintains that investigations being conducted by the Blue Ribbon Committee on the alleged anomalies in the procurement of face masks, face shields and personal protective equipment (PPEs) by the Department of Health (DOH) through the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget Management (PS-DBM) will continue. (Screengrab/Senate PRIB)

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the ongoing Senate blue ribbon probe into the alleged irregularities in the government’s procurement of pandemic response supplies, the official website of Senator Richard Gordon was hit by a “coordinated online attack” causing the site to shut down for several hours, the senator’s office said.

In a statement on Wednesday, Gordon’s office said the attack happened last October 4.

“We view such service outage or disruption as a serious concern as its timing comes when the Senate Blue Ribbon panel is investigating alleged irregularities in government procurement for COVID-19 supplies and equipment,” said Myke Cruz, an information technology officer in Gordon’s office.

According to Cruz, a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, usually “patched through the dark web by nefarious individuals in exchange for a high price,” caused a web services shutdown from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Administrators of were able to contain the problem by barring entry of traffic from outside the Philippines at around 1 p.m., Gordon’s office said.

However, a foreign-led attack “persisted” until 3:04 p.m.

“Past instances have linked DDoS attacks to destabilizing the online presence of an opposing party,” Gordon’s office added.

His office said traffic requests to Gordon’s website primarily came from China, the United States, Ukraine, and other Southeast Asian countries, causing the “usual bandwidth traffic to rise dramatically from less than 100 megabytes to almost 1.8 gigabytes within an hour’s span.”

“Ang nangyari, pwede mo ihalintulad sa sari-sari store, na usually may regular na bilang ng customer na bumibili sa loob ng isang minuto. Ngayon, biglang dinumog ng lahat ng residente ng Metro Manila ang sari-sari store para bumili,…


Ransomware attack shuts down Indiana health system’s network

Franklin, Ind.-based Johnson Memorial Health was struck Oct. 2 by a ransomware attack that disabled its computer network.

The health system is working with the FBI and cybersecurity experts to restore its computer operations, according to a news release. The health system said ransomware attacks take time to resolve, so it may be several days before its computer systems are fully operational.

No appointments or surgeries have been canceled, the health system said. Patients are expected to receive services as scheduled, but it’s recommended patients arrive earlier than normal, as registration processes are expected to be slower.