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Indian-origin Google researcher links ransomware attack to North Korea


Popularly known as " WannaCry ", the ransomware has so far affected more than 200,000 systems in 150 countries. Security researcher Neel Mehta first reported the similarities which were then echoed by other researchers. But according to Michel Van Den Berghe, director of telecom group Orange's cyber security arm, a "second wave" is to be expected. In addition to Russia, China and India have blamed the United States government for developing the original code. Read More »

Microsoft says ransomware attack should be a 'wake-up call' for governments


The security flaw that hackers used to launch the attacks Friday was made public after information was stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency, which routinely searches for flaws in software and builds tools to exploit them. "The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake up call". "There's no waving that away". In China, universities and other educational institutions were among the hardest hit, about 15 percent of the internet protocol addresses attacked, according ... Read More »

(INTC) Position Lowered by Randolph Co Inc

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 50,423,380 shares of the chip maker's stock worth $1,818,637,000 after buying an additional 2,141,570 shares in the last quarter. This represents a $1.09 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.06%. Intel's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 49.29%. Acropolis Investment Management LLC decreased its stake in Intel Co . Read More »

More cyberattacks expected in wake of WannaCry

Companies such as Microsoft and government agencies such as the NSA need to take a proactive approach to dealing with vulnerabilities, Tufekci argued in the New York Times's opinion pages . The hackers exploited a vulnerability exposed through documents leaked from the National Security Agency. He noted, however, the complexity that can be involved in patching a security hole. Read More »

China 'may back' new United Nations sanctions over North Korean missile test


Despite the fact Pyongyang has threatened to reduce Seoul to a "sea of fire" for decades, Moon expressed his desire to revive the "sunshine policy", that had the potential to reestablish lost dialogue between the two Koreas. Citing Uruguay's UN mission, which holds the UN Security Council presidency this month, the AP reported that an urgent meeting about the missile test will be held at the council Tuesday afternoon, NY time , on the request of the U.S., Japan and South Korea. Read More »

Government activates mechanism to prevent cyber attack

Experts were scrambling to determine who was behind the attack, which exploited a security flaw in older versions of Microsoft's Windows operating software. This has led some to call it a ransomworm . Security experts continue to urge victims to not pay the ransom fee. Instead it has asked anyone affected by the attack to report such instances to CERT-In and law enforcement agencies. Read More »

Europol says cyberattack that hit NHS is 'biggest in history and unique'

The most recent attack, using a form of ransomware called "WannaCry" that was discovered by the National Security Agency, targeted a specific vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. Organizations running older, no-longer-supporter versions of Windows were particularly hard hit. To some extent, this is understandable because deploying patches in environments with a large number of systems is not an easy task. Read More »

'WannaCry' ransomware attack: What we know so far

I..." A cyber security firm today said it has detected over 48,000 ransomware attack attempts in the country, with West Bengal witnessing the most incidents. Companies, including Hitachi and Nissan Motor Co., reported problems but said they had not seriously affected their operations. But Europol warns that paying up doesn't guarantee that you'll get everything back. Read More »

Simple things you can do to protect against ransomware attacks


The ransomware locks users files and demands a United States dollars 300 payment to allow access. "A large chunk" of the £1.9bn promised to fight cyber crime went to the NHS, he said. "Obviously, they want those tools in order to spy on people of interest, on other countries, to conduct surveillance", Cluley said. Microsoft Corp president Brad Smith, in a blog post May 14, said the attack is a "wake-up call" for governments in the U.S. Read More »

Shots fired! Instagram launches new face filters to rival Snapchat


Instagram is rolling out eight filters to start but will likely ramp up with more soon. In other words, Instagram is making the case that its face filters are more realistic and life-like than Snapchat's selfie lenses. On his part, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel brushed off investor concerns about competition from Facebook. A new rewind mode plays videos you record in reverse. Read More »

British officials applaud cyber specialist for halting ransomware cyber attack

The Shadow Brokers released Eternal Blue as part of a trove of hacking tools that they said belonged to the USA spy agency . El Mundo reported that the attackers sought a ransom in bitcoin. Amid suggestions outdated software left some health service systems vulnerable after a security package was stopped in 2015, Ms Rudd said it is important to remember the NHS alone had not been affected. Read More »

Attack should be wake-up call for govts

Q: How many people have been affected by the current strain, WannaCry? Among those hit were Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica and FedEx the U.S. One month earlier, Microsoft had released a patch targeting the vulnerability. Jorgensen, who worked for 20 years as a private sector cybersecurity expert before joining UVU, said that debate is already being engaged by his students. Read More »

Microsoft Complains State Hacking Tools Fuel Cyberattack Risks

Computers booting up to start the workweek might continue the spread of "WannaCry", a ransomware attack where hackers lock down a computer and threaten to delete all its data unless a ransom is paid. Friday's attack might prompt companies to reassess the balance. "The expensive part is the clean up of the machine and restoring the encrypted data", he said. Read More »

World braces for more cyber attacks as work week begins

Speaking to ITV News , the Director of Europol , Rob Wainwright said: "We've seen the extent to which the ransomware , which had its infection rates slowed down over the weekend, now mutated by the cyber crime groups behind it". It targeted Microsoft's widely used Windows operating system. "So they no longer get the security updates they should be". "We need to get to the bottom of why the government thought cyber-attacks were not a risk, when a combination of warnings and plain common ... Read More »

DLA Piper gets in lane for €16.3bn European motorway operator bid


Atlantia, controlled by the Italian family, wants to buy Spanish infrastructure peer Abertis. The two companies have long considered joining forces. Abertis also retains a 34 percent stake in towers operator Cellnex Telecom but Atlantia announced that it didn't intend to make a mandatory offer for the whole of Cellnex as part of the Abertis bid. Read More »

New cyber chaos appears to have been avoided in Europe: Europol

And this most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today - nation-state action and organized criminal action. But Europol warns that paying up doesn't guarantee that you'll get everything back. This allowed a kill switch to take effect, stopping the spread of the attacks. Read More »

Latest news and updates as Kim Jong-un threatens war with Trump

North Korea's latest missile launch suggests a major step forward in Kim Jong Un's quest to develop a nuclear tipped intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the US mainland, analysts say . The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) sought to reassure Americans in the mainland anxious about the North's threat. Until now, the island was believed to be outside the range of North Korea's most powerful rockets. Read More »

Global cyber attack: Christian experts react as more details emerge

Meanwhile, automaker Renault decided not to reopen a 3,500-employee plant in France on Monday as a "preventative step". "Scottish Government health officials are now working closely with affected boards to assess the extent of the problem, and take steps to isolate affected systems, which have been affected by a Ransomware cyber-attack of the kind which has also affected health trusts in NHS England". Read More »

Europol says global reach of massive cyberattack 'unprecedented'

A spokeswoman from the West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust said, contrary to reports, they had not been the victim of the cyber attack , instead suffering an unrelated server problem. "We will have free events for users who are so poor that they couldn't pay in 6 month", the Wanna Decryptor reads after infecting a computer. Russian Federation and the United Kingdom were among the worst-hit countries. Read More »

NHS Trusts in Lancashire cancel and postpone appointments after cyber attack

The " Wannacry " virus locks users out of their computers and demands hundreds of dollars from victims hoping to regain control of their documents and data. The hackers exploited software code from the National Security Agency that had leaked online. In a post on Microsoft's blog, Smith says: "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". Read More »