Ridley-Thomas sends Yoo cease-and-desist letter over attack website

The race to represent parts of South L.A. and Koreatown on the Los Angeles City Council is turning acrimonious following the launch of an attack website and accusations of cybersquatting.



Mark Ridley-Thomas wearing a suit and tie: L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas sent a cease-and-desist letter to Grace Yoo, his rival in the race for City Council District 10, over a new attack website launched by Yoo. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)


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L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas sent a cease-and-desist letter to Grace Yoo, his rival in the race for City Council District 10, over a new attack website launched by Yoo. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Grace Yoo, a candidate for the Council District 10 seat, last week launched MarkRidleyThomas.com, which criticizes Yoo’s rival in the race, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The site includes news coverage of the supervisor, including a Times story about a probe involving his son and donations to USC. The site also attacks the supervisor for not ruling out a potential run for mayor in 2022.

Ridley-Thomas’s team responded by sending Yoo a cease-and-desist letter that accuses her of “cybserquatting” and defaming him with the website.

“You have intentionally prevented our client from registering a website domain name in his own personal name,” wrote Stephen J. Kaufman, attorney for Ridley-Thomas, in an Oct. 9 letter.

“And, by illegally setting up this website, you have confused and lured unsuspecting members of the public who were seeking to access online information from our client to your own fraudulent website in order to assault them with false and defamatory statements about Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.”

Ridley-Thomas and Yoo were the top vote-getters in the March election, pushing them into a November runoff for the 10th District, which stretches from Koreatown to the Crenshaw Corridor and takes in such neighborhoods as West Adams and Mid-City.

The race is turning out to be an insider vs. outside face-off, with Ridley-Thomas highlighting his decades-long experience in political office and Yoo casting herself as a

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Ran Harnevo, CEO of Homeis, is a technology entrepreneur and an immigrant himself, whose company represents those who often are not. Homeis offers an in-app community for immigrants and a safe space for users to ask about anything from visas to health care. Over the past few months, the platform has transformed into a digital COVID-19 and visa resource center that houses the most up-to-date, accurate info about how the pandemic uniquely impacts immigrants’ specific circumstances and visa status in the U.S. In fact, the visa’s suspension was the single most trafficked day on the Homeis app since the launch of the platform in 2017, witnessing upwards of 300 percent in traffic spikes. 

Software AG Hit by Data-Stealing Ransomware Attack

A major German enterprise software company has become the latest tech name to suffer a likely ransomware attack featuring information theft.

IoT specialist Software AG, which claims to have over 10,000 customers and annual revenue exceeding €800m, revealed the news in a brief update late last week.

The note claimed the attack had been ongoing since Monday and had yet to be fully contained.

“Today, Software AG has obtained first evidence that data was downloaded from Software AG’s servers and employee notebooks. There are still no indications for services to the customers, including the cloud-based services, being disrupted. The company is refining its operations and internal processes continuously,” it explained on October 8.

“Software AG is further investigating the incident and is doing everything in its power to contain the data leak and to resolve the ongoing disruption of its internal systems, in particular to restart its internal systems as soon as possible which had been shut down for security reasons.”

Although the firm’s website appears to be up and running as normal, it is requesting users with support issues to email their problem and leave a number for call back, “due to technical issues with our online support system.”

Researchers MalwareHunterTeam posted on social media that the firm had been hit by the Clop variant, one which usually demands a ransom of $20 million. The group apparently claims to have swiped around a terabyte of data.

The incident is yet another sign of ransomware groups increasingly going after large enterprise targets with deep pockets. They will often perform detailed reconnaissance before striking in advanced multi-stage attacks using APT-style tactics to stay hidden while exfiltrating data and finally deploying the ransomware.

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German tech giant Software AG down after ransomware attack

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Software AG, one of the largest software companies in the world, has suffered a ransomware attack over the last weekend, and the company has not yet fully recovered from the incident.

A ransomware gang going by the name of “Clop” has breached the company’s internal network on Saturday, October 3, encrypted files, and asked for more than $20 million to provide the decryption key.

Earlier today, after negotiations failed, the Clop gang published screenshots of the company’s data on a website the hackers operate on the dark web (a so-called leak site).

The screenshots show employee passport and ID scans, employee emails, financial documents, and directories from the company’s internal network.

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Software AG disclosed the incident on Monday when it revealed it was facing disruptions on its internal network “due to [a] malware attack.”

The company said that services to customers, including its cloud-based services, remained unaffected and that it was not aware “of any customer information being accessed by the malware attack.”

The message about the attack remained on its official website homepage all week, including today.

Software AG did not return phone calls today for additional details or comments about the incident.

A copy of the ransomware binary used against Software AG was discovered earlier this week by security researcher MalwareHunterTeam. The $20+ million ransom demand is one of the largest ransom demands ever requested in a ransomware attack.

Software AG is Germany’s second-largest company with more than 10,000 enterprise customers across 70 countries. Some of the company’s most recognizable customers include Fujitsu, Telefonica, Vodafone, DHL, and Airbus.

Its product line includes business infrastructure software such as database systems, enterprise service bus (ESB) frameworks, software architecture (SOA), and business process management systems (BPMS).

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Ransomware attack on Pooja Bedi’s website

Celebrity Pooja Bedi in a complaint to the Goa Police Cyber Cell on Monday, said that her business website happysoul.in was targetted by hackers, who were now demanding ‘ransom’ in order to restore access to her e-commerce site.

Bedi, who resides in Goa and whose website trades in organic supplements, also took to Twitter with her woe, tagging Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Director General of Police (DGP) Mukesh Kumar Meena, saying the hackers have threatened to sell drugs and narcotics substances on her website, if the ransom is not paid.

“Dear @DGP_Goa my ecommerce website http://happysoul.in HACKED AGAIN last night & this time they state if i don’t pay ransom they will sell DRUGS on my website. I have registered (an) FIR in Old Goa Police Cyber Cell last week but no action from Cops. My company regd in Goa @goacm,” the actress said in a tweet.

“Dear @GoDaddyHelp your team is NOT cooperating with our team for my hacked e-commerce website http://happysoul.in Despite my deluxe security on your server & SSL the hacker hacked AGAIN yesterday made ransom demands threatening 2 sell my data & sell DRUGS on my site,” also tweeted tagging the global website hosting platform.

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