Tag Archives: Data and computer security

Your next car will be hacked. Will autonomous vehicles be worth it?

Self-driving cars could cut road deaths by 80%, but without better security they put us at risk of car hacking and even ransoms, experts at SXSW say Youre about to drive to work. You turn on the ignition and a message on the dash lights up. Weve hacked your car! Pay 10 bitcoin to get it back. Hacking into software and then demanding a ransom to release it whats known as ransomware is not new. Finnish security expert Mikko Hypponen fully expects it to become a reality […]

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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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Bad Rabbit: Game of Thrones-referencing ransomware hits Europe

NotPetya-style malware infects Kievs metro system, Odessa airport and Russian media, demanding bitcoin for decryption key A major ransomware attack is hitting computers in Russia and Ukraine, bearing similarities to researchers at Russian security firm Kaspersky say that the malware uses methods similar to those used during the NotPetya attack. Among the affected organisations are Kievs metro system, Russian media organisation Interfax and Odessa airport. Interfax was forced to publish to its Facebook page during the outage, since its servers were taken offline for a number of […]

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