Ransomware hackers threaten Missouri power provider


Ransomware hackers have struck not only a healthcare provider associated with the British government but also a vendor supplying an Ameren Missouri power plant.

One report suggested that the hackers stole two decades worth of files from the vendor whose business list includes Ameren Corp. which is Missouri’s largest utility.

Although no data related to customers was leaked in the incident, highly placed sources say that equipment diagrams and schematics related to two Ameren Missouri power facilities could have been accessed by hackers.

The 3rd party in question happens to be Ohio based LTI power systems and the leaked data files include those related to companies Ameren Sioux Power Plant based in West Alton and the Labadie Power Plant.

A report by Cybersecurity Insiders indicated the hackers stole data from the coronavirus testing center maintained by Hammersmith Medicines Research and posted it online.

The research firm explained the hacking occurred March 14 and was spotted and contained the same day by restoring data from the data backups without paying a ransom.

Cybersecurity Insiders reported that the group spreading Maze Ransomware has pledged last week that it won’t target any healthcare provider at least for few weeks or till the Coronavirus pandemic subsides across the world.

FYI, Hammersmith Medicines is the same company which previously tested a vaccine for Ebola a few years ago and is on the verge of introducing a new vaccine to curb the spread of Wuhan Virus.

Source: Cybersecurity Insiders