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Ransomware attacks 'getting bolder' – Europol

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Police and the private sector 'confirm a diminishing number of ransomware attacks targeting individual citizens' but adds they are 'becoming more bold' as they look for profitable targets

As ransomware rages, debate heats up on response

Jul 14, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Cities, hospitals, and corporations hit by ransomware face tough choices. Some analysts say there is no clear answer for victims when critical data is locked.

Ransomware 'hero' pleads guilty to U.S. hacking charges

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:41 AM

'I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes,' the 24-year-old Marcus Hutchins, known by his alias MalwareTech,' writes, noting that the charges related to his activity prior to his work in security

'I REGRET THESE ACTIONS.' In this file photo taken on August 14, 2017, Marcus Hutchins (R), the British cyber security expert accused of creating and selling malware that steals banking passwords, arrives with his lawyers at US Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Joshua Lott / AFP

Expect more targeted ransomware attacks in 2019 – SophosLabs

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The report by SophosLabs researchers details changes to the threat landscape over the past year, and outlines 3 major trends and threats we may have to face in 2019

Chip giant TSMC says WannaCry behind production halt

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:00 PM

TSMC says some of its computer systems and equipment in its Taiwan plants were infected on August 3 during software installation. The incident is expected to cause shipment delays and cut third-quarter revenue by 2%.

U.S. says North Korea led WannaCry cyberattack

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Among the infected computers were those at Britain's National Health Service (NHS), Spanish telecoms company Telefonica and US logistics company FedEx

Fake news, cybercrimes to gain more ground in 2018 – cybersecurity experts

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:05 AM

Global losses through business email compromise scams are expected to increase to $9.1 billion in 2018

Hackers could get even nastier in 2018 – researchers

Nov 29, 2017 - 4:08 PM

McAfee researchers say that as ransomware profitability fades in the face of new defenses, hackers will turn to new kinds of attacks that could involve damage or disruption of computers and networks

'Bad Rabbit' ransomware hits multiple countries in large-scale cyberattack

Oct 25, 2017 - 10:24 PM

The ransomware affects a number of organizations in multiple countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Germany, Turkey, and Japan

BAD RABBIT. Screenshot of Bad Rabbit countdown timer from https://www.group-ib.com/blog/badrabbit

UK security researcher 'hero' accused of creating bank malware

Aug 04, 2017 - 4:42 PM

Marcus Hutchins known by the alias Malwaretech is charged in an indictment dated July 12 and unsealed this week by federal authorities in Wisconsin

Focus on defenses as users scramble after global cyberattack

Jun 28, 2017 - 5:30 PM

UPDATED The director of Europol Rob Wainwright says there are clear similarities with the WannaCry incident but warns there are also indications of a more sophisticated attack capability intended to exploit a range of vulnerabilities

Ukraine, Maersk hit in new wave of global cyberattacks

Jun 27, 2017 - 11:05 PM

UPDATED Several companies and organizations are targeted in what appears to be another major spread of ransomware

China issues warning for new ransomware virus 'UIWIX'

May 18, 2017 - 3:25 PM

A University of South Wales cybersecurity researcher says that China is particularly vulnerable because majority of the country s computer users rely on pirated software

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Senator Alan Peter Cayetano answers questions from members of the media during an ambush interview following the recommendation by the Commission on Appointments Foreign Affairs Committee of his confirmation as DFA Secretary at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on Wednesday. Photo by Lito Boras

BSP to banks: Don't pay ransomware attackers

May 16, 2017 - 9:30 PM

While no Philippine bank was affected in the global ransomware attack the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas issues guidelines on dealing with cyber criminals and protecting sensitive data

Peretas minta tebusan besar untuk film Disney yang dicuri

May 16, 2017 - 4:54 PM

Website film Deadline menyebutkan film Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sebagai target utama peretas

Sekuel kelima 'Pirates of the Carribean' sukses diretas hacker. Foto dari website Disney.

Seoul cyber experts warn of more attacks as North blamed

May 16, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The code from the latest attack shares many similarities with past hacks blamed on the North including the targeting of Sony Pictures and the central bank of Bangladesh says Simon Choi director of Seoul internet security firm Hauri

China denies universities hit hard by ransomware

May 16, 2017 - 12:53 PM

These inaccurate statements have seriously misled public opinion caused panic among teachers and students and affected the normal order of instruction and life the China Education and Research Network says giving no further details

What we've learned from the WannaCry ransomware attacks

May 16, 2017 - 12:30 AM

An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen says Microsoft s Brad Smith

BOUND. The WannaCry ransomware attack locked out 200,000 computers, with perpetrators asking for US$300 as a ransom fee. Illustration by Nico Villarete/Rappler

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May 15, 2017 - 9:51 PM

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Cyberattacks level off after global pushback, but fears persist

May 15, 2017 - 6:51 PM

UPDATED The number of victims appears not to have gone up and so far the situation seems stable in Europe which is a success a senior spokesman for Europol says

CYBERATTACK. The world's biggest ransomware attack strikes hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide.

Ransomware hits 'hundreds of thousands' of China PCs – firm

May 15, 2017 - 2:45 PM

UPDATED Of the 29 372 institutions affected more than 4 000 are Chinese universities and research institutions

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Microsoft says cyberattack should be wake up call for governments

May 15, 2017 - 8:22 AM

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith warns of the danger of exploits developed by governments falling into the hands of hackers and causing widespread damage

LESSONS FROM A CYBERATTACK. Microsoft's Brad Smith warns governments against storing computer vulnerabilities. Image of Brad Smith from Twitter.

More cyberattacks feared as work week begins

May 15, 2017 - 6:45 AM

UPDATED Europol executive director Rob Wainwright says the situation could worsen when workers return to their offices after the weekend and log on

CYBER ATTACK. A woman points to the website of the NHS: East and North Hertfordshire notifying users of a problem in its network, in London on May 12, 2017. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

200,000 cyberattack victims in 150-plus states – Europol

May 14, 2017 - 6:47 PM

Europol executive director Rob Wainwright says he is worried that the ransomware attack might spread further once people return to work on Monday

Ransomware, the weapon wielded in cyber attacks

May 14, 2017 - 11:25 AM

How does ransomware work and how can people protect their computers from it?

Microsoft re-releases security update after cyberattacks

May 13, 2017 - 11:00 PM

The tech giant says the update for some older versions will help counter a massive cyber ransomware attacks

Renault shuts down sites after being hit by cyberattack

May 13, 2017 - 6:49 PM

Production remains suspended French carmaker Renault spokeswoman says

ATTACKED. French automobile manufacturer Renault's production remains suspended due to the cyber attack. Logo from Renault's website

Researcher finds 'kill switch' for cyberattack ransomware

May 13, 2017 - 6:21 PM

The researcher warns that people need to update their systems ASAP to avoid attack

ACCIDENTAL DISCOVERY. Twitter user @MalwareTechBlog tweets about the "kill switch" for the cyber attack. Screengrab from @MalwareTechBlog

Manhunt for hackers behind global cyberattack

May 13, 2017 - 7:14 AM

4th UPDATE French police say there were more than 75 000 victims around the globe but caution that this number could increase significantly

CYBER ATTACK. A woman points to the website of the NHS: East and North Hertfordshire notifying users of a problem in its network, in London on May 12, 2017. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

U.S. takedown of huge botnet will lead to temporary spam decline

Apr 12, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Experts predict that the decline will be significant but expect it to rise again after some months

Police, cyber firms tackle 'ransomware' hacking threat

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:21 PM

Hackers are stepping up efforts to turn their exploits into hard cash in recent years by locking unsuspecting computer users data after infecting their computers with malicious software

Canadian university pays ransom to cyberattackers

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:25 AM

Police are investigating the malicious malware attack the latest in a string of hacks targeting Canadian and US institutions including schools hospitals law enforcement agencies and even NASA

PAYING CYBER RANSOM. Image from the University of Calgary Facebook page.

Epidemic of 'ransomware' is growing hacking threat

Mar 23, 2016 - 5:49 PM

The report does not estimate the overall value of ransomware but it finds some 6 million attempts to install such malware which encrypts the contents of a computer and locks the data down unless the user pays a ransom for the decryption key

Mac ransomware found in infected Transmission bittorrent client

Mar 07, 2016 - 1:29 PM

The KeRanger malware on v2 90 of the Transmission client carries a Mac app development certificate but Apple has now revoked that certificate s validity

TRANSMISSION BITTORRENT CLIENT. Transmissions announces that version 2.90 of its client for OS X was infected with ransomware. Screen shot from website.

Suspected child porn user fooled by virus

Jul 29, 2013 - 5:05 PM

A fake FBI warning leads a suspected child pornographer to get caught by police

SUSPECT. Police arrest 21 year-old Jay Riley for child pornography possession after he goes to the police station to verify if a child pornography warning on his computer was legitimately from the FBI. Screen shot from WJLA-TV