Germany's Federal Returning Officer, the agency responsible for running next week's elections, was subjected to a distributed denial-of-service attack, AFP reports. The incident occurred as Federal prosecutors continued their investigation into a cyberespionage campaign against the Bundestag and other targets.
The September 6th ransomware incident in South Africa has spread through the networks of the country's Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, according to BleepingComputer. No group has claimed responsibility, and no stolen data have appeared on the usual dump sites. The Department says it has no evidence that any data were compromised, and that it's working to restore its networks.
RagnarLocker earlier this month threatened to dump stolen data should victims work with law enforcement or seek the assistance of third-parties. A second ransomware gang, Grief, has adopted a similarly aggressive stance. BleepingComputer reports that Grief has said it would delete decryption keys if a victim brought in a third-party to negotiate its ransom. "We'll burn your data if you get a negotiator," is how the Register describes the threat. The Register also points out that Grief, already under US sanctions, can't be legally paid in any case.
Akamai, which has been tracking the Kinsing cryptojacking botnet, reports that the threat has evolved from Linux malware to Windows malware.
Marsh's annual report finds that ransomware accounts for a fourth of European cyberinsurance claims.
WIRED offers some sound advice: with this week's patches from Apple, Microsoft, and Google's Chrome, this would be a good time to update all your devices.