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The Era of Chaos-Inducing Ransomware Is Here and It’s Scary as Hell

The ‘90s cyberpunk thriller Hackers is used too often to illustrate the fearful future of cyber security, but it’s popular for a reason. The film’s seemingly fictional scenarios keep coming true. Take this week’s global ransomware attack, for instance. It’s a plot twist that would make Matthew Lillard leer at the camera and cackle. Read More >>

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Another Ransomware Attack Is Rapidly Spreading Across Europe

Hackers hit Ukraine’s national bank, the state power provider, an airport, and a number of other agencies and companies with a ransomware attack on Tuesday. This left top-ranking Ukrainian officials unable to access computers and an untold number of citizens unable to access their money. Read More >>

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WannaCry Was Instigated by North Korea, says British Intelligence

Last month the world came face to face with WannaCry, a nasty piece of ransomware that exploited a security hole in Windows, which managed to infect a ridiculous number of computers all over the world - including a large number of NHS systems. Now, though, it seems British Intelligence is blaming North Korea for the attacks. Read More >>

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Hackers Built a Weapon to Trigger Power Cuts—and It Could Work Anywhere

The seemingly local cyberattack that cut power to part of Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, last December could have been a test run. And security researchers now say the malware believed to have caused the blackout is actually modular, mostly automated, and highly adaptable. That means it doesn’t just work on electrical grids in Ukraine. This dangerous cyberweapon might work in London or Paris or New York—anywhere really. Read More >>

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Russian Hackers Testing Malware With Britney Spears’s Instagram 

In an impressive bit of cyber-sleuthing, security researchers have discovered that a nasty piece of malware was being tested by a Russian-speaking hacker group and it was using the comment section of Britney Spears’s Instagram as a way to call home. Read More >>

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Putin Praises ‘Patriotic’ Russian Hackers He Definitely Doesn’t Know or Employ

Vladimir Putin, who apparently had nothing better to do this week, decided to throw water on claims that Russia had direct ties to the DNC email leaks during last year’s US election. Simultaneously, the strongman who has helmed Russia for the better part of two decades endorsed the hacks as being in his country’s best interest. Read More >>

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Hackers Leak Cosmetic Surgery Patient Photos After Obscene Ransom Demands Denied

Not every hacker on the planet is a callous basement dweller. Many are actually using their skills to make the world a better place, securing our favorite websites and vital infrastructures — not to mention all those tiny internet devices with cameras and microphones we’ve idiotically placed throughout our homes where we eat, sleep, and do yoga in the nude. Read More >>

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There Are ‘Thousands’ of Bugs Making Pacemakers Vulnerable to Hackers

The more of our lives are wired, the more they become vulnerable to things like software glitches and hackers. That includes pieces of technology we put in our bodies — recently, it’s become clear that vital medical devices like insulin pumps and pacemakers possess the same vulnerabilities as those ill-advised connected tea kettles. Read More >>

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Subtitles Open You Up to Hackers When Using Popular Media Players

On Tuesday, security research firm Checkpoint announced that its team had discovered a new vulnerability in numerous media players that allows a hacker to take full control of any device when a malicious subtitle file is used. The firm estimates 200 million people are potentially at risk. Read More >>

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It’s Alarmingly Easy to Hack the Galaxy S8’s Iris Scanner

Samsung wants you to think that the iris scan technology on its new flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, is unbeatable. But it should surprise no one who pays attention to the security world that this is not the case. In fact, Samsung’s new iris scanner is very easy to trick. Read More >>

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Report: New Pirates of the Caribbean Being Held for Ransom by Internet Pirates

It’s been a dizzying few days for news about hackers demanding ransom. It’s hard to tell which events are connected. But according to multiple reports, hackers are threatening to leak a major film owned by Disney, and sources tell Deadline that the movie is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales. Read More >>

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Hackers Behind Massive Ransomware Attack Have Made an Embarrassingly Small Amount of Money

The WannaCry ransomware attack that spread around the globe yesterday caused chaos at hospitals, manufacturing shutdowns, headaches for Microsoft, and overtime for cybersecurity professionals. But the hackers responsible for this absurd attack have made relatively little in the way of profits. Read More >>

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NHS Hospitals Have Been Hit by a Major Cyber Attack [Updated]

[Update: It's not just the NHS being affected. It turns out there's a massive ransomware attack going on across the world. Read more here] Read More >>

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Popular Mac App Developers Issue Urgent Malware Warning

It’s been a rough week in Mac security. First, Checkpoint warned users of a Trojan spreading in Europe that was the first of its kind. And now, one of the most prominent video transcoding apps for Mac has a malware problem. Read More >>