Category: ransomware

2019 was a hot mess for cybersecurity, but 2020 shows promise 0

2019 was a hot mess for cybersecurity, but 2020 shows promise

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New Orleans declares state of emergency following ransomware attack 0

New Orleans declares state of emergency following ransomware attack

New Orleans declared a state of emergency and shut down its computers after a cyber security event, the latest in a string of city and state governments to be attacked by hackers. Suspicious activity...

Justice Dept. charges Russian hacker behind the Dridex malware 0

Justice Dept. charges Russian hacker behind the Dridex malware

U.S. prosecutors have brought computer hacking and fraud charges against a Russian citizen, Maksim Yakubets, who is accused of developing and distributing Dridex, a notorious banking malware used to allegedly steal more than $100...

No one could prevent another ‘WannaCry-style’ attack, says DHS official 0

No one could prevent another ‘WannaCry-style’ attack, says DHS official

The U.S. government may not be able to prevent another global cyberattack like WannaCry, a senior cybersecurity official has said. Jeanette Manfra, the assistant director for cybersecurity for Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security...

Police hijack a botnet and remotely kill 850,000 malware infections 0

Police hijack a botnet and remotely kill 850,000 malware infections

In a rare feat, French police have hijacked and neutralized a massive cryptocurrency mining botnet controlling close to a million infected computers. The notorious Retadup malware infects computers and starts mining cryptocurrency by sapping...

US Cyber Command has publicly posted malware linked to a North Korea hacking group 0

US Cyber Command has publicly posted malware linked to a North Korea hacking group

U.S. Cyber Command, the sister division of the National Security Agency focused on offensive hacking and security operations, has released a set of new samples of malware linked to North Korean hackers. The military unit...

Marcus Hutchins, malware researcher and ‘WannaCry hero,’ sentenced to supervised release 0

Marcus Hutchins, malware researcher and ‘WannaCry hero,’ sentenced to supervised release

Marcus Hutchins, the malware researcher who became known as an “accidental hero” for stopping the WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017, has been sentenced to supervised release for one year on charges of making and...

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As tech giants face Congressional investigation, states must step up regulatory oversight too

Tiffany Olson Kleemann Contributor Tiffany Olson Kleemann is the chief executive officer of Distil Networks. She formerly served in executive roles at Symantec and FireEye and was deputy chief of staff for cybersecurity operations...