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Payouts from insurance policies may fuel ransomware attacks

September 20, 2019 Kathleen Foody - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO – The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000. No way, thought County Commission

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Ransomware: should your client pay the demand?

September 11, 2019 by Jason Contant

If your client suffers a ransomware attack, should they pay the ransom to get their systems up and running again? And if they do pay, does that guarantee the cyber criminals who locked down the systems in the first place

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New ransomware strain results in surge of claims

August 28, 2019 by Jason Contant

A new strain of ransomware caught the attention of one cyber insurer after it experienced a surge in claims over the past few months. The Sodinokibi strain first came to the attention of specialist insurer CFC in April. Cyber criminals

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Holding taxpayers at ransom

August 6, 2019 James Steele, Lawyer, Robertson Stromberg LLP

How cybercriminals are stealing municipal data – and how to prevent it

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Why cyber insurers can expect to make more (and bigger) claims payments

May 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

Not only is the frequency of ransomware attacks skyrocketing, attackers are targeting larger organizations and demanding higher ransom payments. Specialist insurer Beazley released its Beazley Breach Insights report for May last week, finding that ransomware attack notifications against clients increased

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What ransomware attacks cost your clients

March 21, 2019 by Jason Contant

Brokers selling cyber insurance may want to pay attention to a recent statistic: the average financial cost of downtime to a Canadian business following a ransomware attack is 7.5 times higher than the average ransom requested per incident. Canada not

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The latest way cyber-criminals are attacking your clients

February 25, 2019 by Jason Contant

Cyber criminals are adapting their methods by using ransomware in targeted extortions, often with more severe and costly results than indiscriminate attacks. Targeted extortion is when cyber criminals set their sights on a particular, vulnerable organization and look to extort

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How not to deal with a ransomware attack

December 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Your client should never have to negotiate with a cyber criminal even if that client has suffered a ransomware attack, cyber security experts advise. Ransomware is a type of computer malware that prevents clients from either using their computers or

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How ransomware can become a broker’s cyber selling point

December 18, 2018 by Jason Contant

Brokers placing cyber coverage for healthcare clients may want to take note of a new survey that found for many Canadian businesses, ransomware isn’t a one-time occurrence. Of those polled that said they knew of a ransomware attack in their

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Hacked Ontario town recently purchased cyber insurance

September 14, 2018 The Canadian Press

Police in Ontario are warning municipalities about a rash of cyberattacks targeting local governments in which hackers demand a ransom in exchange for access to systems. Ontario Provincial Police did not provide firm numbers on the ransomware incidents but say

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What you need to know about the evolution of ransomware

April 14, 2018 by Jason Contant

Brokers need to stay on top of constantly emerging cyber threats, as cybercriminals continue to adapt their techniques, particularly around ransomware. Criminals are still very successful, says Matt Hartley, vice president of global services and intelligent engineering with cybersecurity company

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Cybercriminals are infiltrating software vendors, launching supply chain attacks

April 11, 2018 by Jason Contant

Cybercriminals are moving into the terrain of supply chain attacks, masquerading as signed apps, and using ransomware as a distraction to steal money from the network. Each of these are “interesting new areas” that cybercriminals may exploit in the future,