Author: Jacob Sendowski

Jacob Sendowski, Ph.D., is the director of product management at Vectra. Before joining Vectra, he was CEO and co-founder at Souper Products LLC and was a product manager at Intel Security prior to that. He received an undergraduate in electrical engineering from University of California, San Diego as well as a graduate in electrical engineering and doctorate in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

In May 2019, most of Baltimore’s government computer systems were infected with a new and aggressive ransomware variant named RobbinHood. All servers, with the exception of essential services, were taken offline as a result of targeted attacks. In a ransom note, hackers demanded over $75,000 in bitcoin. A week later, all systems remained down for city employees and a full recovery is still in progress today. It was the second major use of RobbinHood ransomware on an American city in 2019, as Greenville, North Carolina, was also impacted. The diagram below illustrates the likely attack progression: Separately, campaigns typically conducted…

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