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Australia Sleeps Through 'Biggest Ransomware Attack In History'

Australia Sleeps Through 'Biggest Ransomware Attack In History'

As a loose global network of cybersecurity experts fought the ransomware hackers, Chinese state media said 29,372 institutions there had been infected, along with hundreds of thousands of devices. The company said the virus has been localized and "technical work is underway to destroy it and update the antivirus protection". According to a report in The Intercept , ShadowBrokers, an entity that had previously authentic malware used by the NSA to attack computers around the world, ...


Symantec Blocks 22 Mln Attempted WannaCry Ransomware Attacks

Symantec Blocks 22 Mln Attempted WannaCry Ransomware Attacks

The virus infected over 200,000 computers in 150 countries, locking the contents of their drives unless a ransom of $300 or $600 was paid in Bitcoin. Alex Abdo, a staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, said Microsoft and other software companies have strategically settled lawsuits that could lead to court rulings weakening their licensing agreements.



Evidence points to North Korea in global ransomware attack

Researchers have said that some of the code used in Friday's ransomware, known as WannaCry software, was almost identical to the code used by the Lazarus Group, a group of North Korean hackers which used a similar version for the devastating hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014 and the last year's hack of Bangladesh Central Bank .


'WannaCry': Contrary to Centre's assurance, ransomware to spread rapidly, warn IT experts

'WannaCry': Contrary to Centre's assurance, ransomware to spread rapidly, warn IT experts

Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said about 150 countries had been affected by the attack and more than 300,000 machines infected. He said the situation was under control. Concurring with what Smith highlighted, Software and Freedom Law Centre, India's president and founding director Mishi Choudhary said that the incident was a "flagrant example" of a global blackmail, which was facilitated by "lax attitude of agencies and organisations on cyber security".


United Nations slams DPRK's latest ballistic missile test

United Nations slams DPRK's latest ballistic missile test

It was claimed that the missile is capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead". In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council has promised strong measures in response to Pyongyang's "highly destabilising behaviour" and demanded a halt to "further nuclear and ballistic missiles tests".



Experts probe potential link of ransomware cyber attack to North Korea

Though North Korea has never admitted any involvement in the Sony Pictures hack, security researchers and the USA government are confident in the theory and neither can rule out the possibility of a false flag. But even if they do, it's still possible a separate hacker may have stolen snippets of code from past malware associated with the shadowy group. An official at South Korea's Korea Internet & Security Agency said on Tuesday the agency was sharing information with intelligence officials ...