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Although ransomware on a public sector system isn’t even newsworthy, systems being hit simultaneously across the country is (contrary to popular belief, most NHS employees don’t open phishing emails which suggested that something to be this widespread it would have to be propagated using another method).
The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued a warning on Monday that scammers are taking advantage of people wanting to donate to Hurricane Harvey disaster relief.Authorities are investigating 17 more deaths to determine whether they were storm-related, and they fear many more bodies may be found as floodwaters start receding US-CERT said in a statement: 'Users are advised to exercise caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Harvey, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source.'Fraudulent emails will often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites.'Emails requesting donations from duplicitous charitable organizations commonly appear after major natural disasters.' Donate to chairities you trust that have proven track records Be alert for charities that appear to have sprung up overnight Ensure your money is going to a disaster fun, rather than a general fund for charities Never click links or open attachments in emails unless you know the person who sent it Don't assume charity messages are legitimate Confirm donation numbers before texting or calling to donate Find out if the charity or fundraiser is registered Dan Lohrmann, head of computer security company Security Mentor, told CBS that cyber criminals are posing as members of legitimate foundations to steal money from unsuspecting victims.For example, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund is accepting donations through the Greater Houston Community Foundation.While the domain was propagating, I ran the sample again in my virtual environment to be met with Wanna Crypt ransom page; but more interestingly was that after encrypting the fake files I left there as a test, it started connecting out to random IP addresses on port 445 (used by SMB).The mass connection attempts immediately made me think exploit scanner, and the fact it was scanning on the SMB port caused me to look back to the recent Shadow Broker leak of NSA exploits containing…SMB exploit.