A press release on Tuesday from the ODNI revealed that the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), their research and development arm, is starting work on the Human Interpretable Attribution of Text Using Underlying Structure program – HIATUS for short.
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This map updates weekly and pinpoints the locations of each ransomware attack in the US, from 2018 to present day. Where available, it includes the ransom amount, whether or not the ransom was paid, the entity and industry that was targeted, and the strain of ransomware used. Our researchers search through state reports, industry news, and cybersecurity databases to find the latest ransomware attacks on US businesses, healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies.
“Pay particular attention to damaging the platters inside the hard drives where data is magnetically recorded” says UMich.edu.
Hard drives will typically have several platters mounted on the same spindle. See featured image. Be thorough.
Physical destruction is generally considered the most secure and permanent type of data destruction, but this must be done to a provable level, as even a small piece of a disk may contain data. Typical techniques include grinding, shredding, incineration, applying corrosive chemicals, or applying extremely high voltage.