School district pays $10,000 bitcoin ransom after cyberattack

April 28, 2018, 4:53 PM LEOMINSTER, Mass. -- A Massachusetts school district was waiting Friday for its computer system to be "unlocked" after it paid a $10,000 bitcoin ransom to hackers following a cyberattack on its system. And despite the nefarious nature of the school system's lockdown, there is no criminal investigation into the matter because... Continue Reading →


Respiratory therapy supplier Lincare agrees to pay $875K to settle data breach lawsuit (and it didn’t involve patient info)

by Evan Sweeney | May 16, 2018 12:14pm The country’s largest provider of home respiratory supplies has agreed to pay $875,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit from former employees whose information was exposed during a 2017 data breach. The settlement (PDF) resolves a lawsuit filed last fall that claimed Lincare failed to implement “the most basic security safeguards” to... Continue Reading →

Call For Researchers: Blockchain Technology Impact on Records

Blockchain technology, or distributed ledger technology, was originally developed as a public transaction ledger for a new peer-to-peer electronic cash system called bitcoin. But what started as the backbone for cryptocurrency now holds new potential as industries and governments examine ways to incorporate blockchain into smart contracts, government records and many other use cases. There... Continue Reading →

Hacked by an 11-Year-Old

The Wordfence team recently sponsored and attended WordCamp Atlanta. Instead of doing the usual boring corporate thing with our booth, we decided to host a capture the flag, or CTF contest. A CTF is essentially a hacking contest. It is a series of puzzles that the contestant needs to solve. They might include decrypting an... Continue Reading →

Net neutrality will end on June 11

The Federal Communications Commission said the 2015 net-neutrality regulations will cease on June 11, Reuters reports. Despite opposition from tech companies, startups and consumer groups, the Republican-controlled FCC argued that the repeal will spur investment by telecoms. Those opposed say the move will give internet providers too much control over how online content is delivered.... Continue Reading →

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