FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: May 11th – May 17th

Hey there, FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We’re back with another edition of our weekly cybersecurity roundup where we deliver the most recent comings and goings of the cybersecurity world.

This week we’re bringing you news about how a cyberattack has forced Ireland’s health system to shut down. As well as how hackers have claimed to leak 250GB worth of stolen data from the Metropolitan Police Department. And finally more updates on the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack.

An image of a hospital in light of the recent cyberattacks in Ireland.

Last week Ireland’s national health service operator was hit by a major ransomware attack, forcing it to shut down all of its IT systems, according to a statement issued by Ireland’s Health Service Executive.

The cyberattack has since been described as a significant ransomware attack, prompting health officials to fully shut down all of its systems as a precaution to protect them while assessing the situation. It appears that the ransomware mainly focused on the health services’ central services, however, no ransom demand has been made as of yet. And while the extent of the ransomware is still not known, one maternity hospital has since canceled all of its outpatient appointments.

You can read more about the situation here!

An image of a police offer in light of the recent ransomware attack against the Metropolitan Police Department.

New updates have sprang force in the ongoing ordeal between the Babuk ransomware gang and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, as the cybercriminal group has since released 250GB of stolen data onto the dark web.

Back in April, Babuk first started leaking data concerning the Metropolitan Police Department, just before the MPD confirmed it had suffered an attack. The initial leak was small and appeared to only include information on criminal suspects and disciplinary files. However, after negotiations didn’t progress as planned, Babuk began releasing larger troves of data, this time including more personal and sensitive data, such as financial and marriage history, as well as social security numbers.

In leaked conversations, it appears that the MPD initially offered the ransomware group $100,000 in exchange for the stolen data. However, the Babuk stood by their $4 million demand, and have since claimed to release a total of 250GB of stolen data.

Cybersecurity experts have yet to verify if this claim is true, though Babuk and similar groups have never lied about the legitimacy of the stolen data, though they have misled the public on the amount of information they have.

You can read more about the situation here!

An image of a pipeline in how it relates to the Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack.

The recent cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline has definitely caused a bit of a commotion amongst average citizens and cybersecurity researchers alike. And while government officials have not offered much of a comment as to the ongoing situation, bits of information are slowly being leaked regarding the current ordeal.

While President Biden’s team initially declined to offer further commentary on the current Colonial Pipeline situation, sources now say the pipeline operators have since paid the ransomware group that carried out the operation. The group, previously identified as DarkSide, demanded nearly $5 million, and while sources claim a payment has been sent, they did not specify the amount.

The company, with help from private-sector cybersecurity experts and US government officials, managed to retrieve the most important data that was stolen, according to a person familiar with the response. The person said at least some of the data was not retrieved from the hackers, but by leveraging the attackers’ use of intermediary servers within the United States to store the stolen information.

If you need more insight regarding the current Colonial Pipeline situation, you can check out our coverage here!


That’s all for this week’s roundup folks! We hope you’re staying safe with all that’s going on, especially when it comes to your cybersecurity!

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