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1/2/2020
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Ransomware Scuttles Coast Guard Facility for 30+ Hours

The attack on the unnamed facility began with a malicious email link.

The Coast Guard usually protects the US from sea-borne dangers, but the service recently found itself the victim of an attack through the Internet. An unnamed Coast Guard facility was knocked offline for more than 30 hours by a ransomware that came ashore in a malicious email link.

According to the Mimecast State of Email Security report, roughly 42% of public sector organizations have suffered from ransomware in the last 12 months, with 73% of those experiencing two or more days of downtime as a result of the attack.

The Coast Guard issued a December 16 security bulletin warning other facilities about the threat, and directing them to take preventive measures.

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