Rhode Island Cyber Attacks

Infrastructure Affected

Public Safety
Government
Medical
Education
 
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Public Safety

Pawtucket Fire Department, Providence County

Breach Type - Unknown, Ransomware

Providence Journal

  • The fire department began to experience difficulties in their systems and are attempting to rectify the issue
  • Additional resource were needed as they were brought in to help with the challenges this poses
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WRPI

  • The fire department is still being forced to work without computers following the hack
  • Several firefighters have been contacted through email with their private information being exposed
  • Most work has resorted to old methods such as pen and paper as the computers were slowly being restored
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Rhode Island State Police

Breach Type - Ransomware

Gov Tech

  • Hackers threaten to permanently encrypt years of data
  • More than 30 cyber experts worked on this case
  • Beat the hackers by saving files
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Local Government

Deptartment of Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Human Services, & Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals

Breach Type - Phishing

WPRI

  • Phishing attack targeted Rhode Island state departments
  • 400 state computers infected with malware
  • Hardware devices with lower processing power crashed in the agencies
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State Treasurer's Office

Breach Type - Phishing

WPRI

  • State Treasurer's office falls victim to email phishing scheme
  • Scheme spread to other state agencies & municipalities
  • Notified city information technology
  • No personal information appears to be compromised
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City of Providence Hacked

Breach Type - Hack

Go Local Prov


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Medical

Thundermist Health Center, Providence County

Breach Type - Ransomware

WPRI

  • Thundermist Health Center targeted in ransomware attack
  • Thundermist maintained normal hours of operation with minimal impact to patient care
  • Appointments dependent on access to online medical records were canceled as a result
  • Health center recovering files in hopes to operate normally as soon as possible
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University Gastroenterology

Breach Type - Ransomware

University Gastroenterology

  • Hacker encrypted files within the network
  • University Gastroenterology has implemented additional security measures as precaution
  • Investigations were inconclusive if private patient info was accessible to hacker
  • Offered free credit monitoring and identity protection
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Education

Newport Public Schools, Newport County

Breach Type – Unknown, Malware

Whatsupnewp

  • Newport Public Schools victim of malware attack, internal network affected
  • Attack was isolated to school system network, city of Newport unaffected
  • IT department placed additional security measures, updated hardware
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