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Deadly Ransomware Attacks Law Company in California

A ransomware having the ability to encrypt computer files recently infected Ziprick & Cramer a law firm situated in California (USA). The malware specimen harmed shared folders' content as well, published softpedia.com dated March 3, 2015.

Following the incident, the law company went an extra mile (though an ordinary cleaning of the affected computer system's hard disk might've served the purpose) by disconnecting the contaminated workstation from its network so the latter remained unaffected overall.

The rest of the computers aren't reported as disturbed even though they shared the hijacked files that the infected computer too accessed on the network.

The administrators at Ziprick & Cramer learnt from specialists' opinion, which they sought for assisting in figuring out what kind of data might have leaked out due to the attack, that the particular ransomware didn't normally exfiltrate data out of the host computer rather it merely locked the same followed with demanding a ransom so the encrypted data could be unlocked and restored.

An investigation carried out into the incident couldn't tell the kind of data the malware locked; however, there was possibility of Social Security Numbers (SSN) as well as driver's license, while understandably it did not encrypt health or medical insurance details and financial accounts.

Ziprick & Cramer, meanwhile after the unfortunate happening, wrote to its customers in a letter to inform that they'd told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the attack and the agency had pledged to extend all cooperation to the law firm.

Moreover, Ziprick & Cramer said that it was deploying further layers of safeguards to keep its PCs protected since it now aimed at deliberately acting towards stopping such offensive hacks from occurring in future.

Furthermore, as a measure of precaution and saving time of each and every client of the firm that include individuals also, the company said it was offering free Internet credit monitoring facility to them covering a year's time.

Ziprick & Cramer further said that in case customers suspected malicious operation in their domains, it was necessary they reported to their Sheriff's office or area cops while lodge a complaint about ID-theft.

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