A Washington-based food bank has been hit by a ransomware attack known as GlobeImposter 2.0,which encrypted all computers on their network leaving staff members unable to access files and emails. It has been confirmed that the ransomware attack happened around 2:00 am on Wednesday, June 5th, and at that there was no person present in the office. After the cyberattack, only a single machine has been spared which is currently being utilized to maintain charity activity of the organizations.
Auburn Food Bank is a non-profit charity organization that offers free food to all the families and people within the perimeter of the Auburn School District. Clients may come twice a month to the food bank. There is no income minimum to utilize food bank services.
The malware trojan behind this ransomware attack is the GlobeImposter 2.0, a file-encrypting virus that is an updated version of Globe Imposter, a fake version of the infamous Globe Ransomware Trojan that was released in the final months of 2016. Once installed on the system, GlobeImposter 2.0 virus bring the cmd.exe file to the system, injects dubious registry keys in the Windows Registry, and starts encrypting all data that is found on the infected computer system.
Debbie Christian, Auburn Food Bank Director, confirmed that they will not going to pay the ransom, but they are willing topay for the expense of recreating their computer system. The plan is to rebuild the network and any files that they lost. They don’t have enough budgeted money to pay for the ransom and they are heading into summer when money is already tighter. The director also added that tight security measures will be made and software such as ZoneAlarm Anti-Malware program will be installed to prevent any ransomware attack in the future.
It was estimated that the cost of replacing the impacted computer will be $8,000, but the Auburn Food Bank doesn’t have enough money to purchase new equipment. So, the director of the food bank appealed to people who wants to donate money to help them in replacing the impacted computer. Those who wish to assist the food bank, but cannot do so monetarily, can volunteer their time and skills.Auburn Food Bank is now working for the best malware protection that will protect the bank’s network systems against stealthy hackers.