Cybersecurity Weekly: California school ransomware, Office Sway phishing campaign, SNAKE ransomware

A ransomware attack causes a California school district to teach with pen and paper for the week. A new phishing campaign is hosting landing pages on Office Sway. A new strain of ransomware targets business networks. All this, and more, in this week’s edition of Cybersecurity Weekly.

1. Ransomware hits, but doesn’t stop, the Pittsburg Unified School District

The Pittsburg Unified School District is recovering from a ransomware attack over the holiday break, but school remains open as usual. The superintendent announced to students and families that they will be teaching and learning without laptops and internet while the school’s IT department recovers from the attack.
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2. Office 365 phishing emails point to Office Sway

A new phishing campaign was spotted by security researchers last week that hosts the landing page on an Office Sway site. The malicious site will often spoof Microsoft applications, such as Sharepoint or Office 365. If the user is logged into an Office account, links on the page will lead to familiar account pages, making the spoof even more convincing.
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3. SNAKE ransomware targets business networks

The new SNAKE strain of ransomware joins other popular ransomware families such as Ryuk, Maze and Sodinokibi. Security researchers noted trends of ransomware shifting their focus from individuals to enterprises to maximize profits. Unlike other ransomware, SNAKE is designed to target the entire network rather than individual computers or servers.
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