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‘Accidental hero’ halts ransomware attack and warns: this is not over

Expert who stopped spread of attack by activating softwares kill switch says criminals will change the code and start again The accidental hero who halted the global spread of an unprecedented ransomware attack by registering a garbled domain name hidden in the malware has warned the attack could be rebooted. The ransomware used in Fridays attack wreaked havoc on organisations including FedEx and Telefnica, as well as the UKs National Health Service (NHS), where operations were cancelled, X-rays, test results and patient records became unavailable and phones […]

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WannaCry ransomware has links to North Korea, cybersecurity experts say

Similarities spotted between details of last weeks massive cyber-attack and code used by a prolific cybergang with links to North Korean government Two top security firms have found evidence linking the WannaCry ransomware to the prolific North Korean cybergang known as Lazarus Group. Kaspersky and Symantec both said on Monday that technical details within an early version of the WannaCry code are similar to code used in a 2015 backdoor created by the government-linked North Korean hackers, who were implicated in the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures […]

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Massive ransomware cyber-attack hits nearly 100 countries around the world

More than 45,000 attacks recorded in countries including the UK, Russia, India and China may have originated with theft of cyber weapons from the NSA A ransomware cyber-attack that may have originated from the theft of cyber weapons linked to the US government has hobbled hospitals in England and spread to countries across the world. Security researchers with Kaspersky Lab have recorded more than 45,000 attacks in 99 countries, including the UK, Russia, Ukraine, India, China, Italy, and Egypt. In Spain, major companies including telecommunications firm Telefnica […]

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NHS seeks to recover from global cyber-attack as security concerns resurface

Cybersecurity centre says teams working round the clock to fix systems rendered inaccessible by international ransomware attack The NHS is working to bring its systems back online after it became the highest-profile victim of a global ransomware attack and faced renewed concern about the strength of its infrastructure. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said teams were working round the clock in response to the attack, which resulted in operations being cancelled, ambulances being diverted and documents such as patient records made unavailable in England and Scotland. […]

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‘$300m in cryptocurrency’ accidentally lost forever due to bug

User mistakenly takes control of hundreds of wallets containing cryptocurrency Ether, destroying them in a panic while trying to give them back More than $300m of cryptocurrency has been lost after a series of bugs in a popular digital wallet service led one curious developer to accidentally take control of and then lock up the funds, according to reports. Unlike most cryptocurrency hacks, however, the money wasnt deliberately taken: it was effectively destroyed by accident. The lost money was in the form of Ether, the tradable currency […]

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