security
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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US Government Fears a Monday Explosion of the Ransomware Plague It Helped Create

As a second wave of the WannaCry Ransomware attack is infecting more systems in more countries, the White House has ordered emergency meetings to deal with a threat that is, in part, the NSA’s fault. Experts believe that we may not even know the extent of how hard the attack hit Asia, and we won’t know until later today. Read More >>

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Global Ransomware Attack ‘Accidentally’ Halted But It’s Probably Not Over

An anonymous 22-year-old security researcher who goes by MalwareTech has, at least temporarily, managed to find a kill switch for the ransomware that spread across the globe yesterday. He insists his discovery was entirely accidental but experts credit his quick action for mostly stopping the malware from spreading to the United States. Read More >>

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There’s a Massive Ransomware Attack Spreading Globally Right Now [Updated]

A ransomware attack is quickly spreading across the globe rendering vital systems inaccessible. Read More >>

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Report: CCTV System in Washington, DC Was Hacked Before Inauguration

City officials and the Secret Service have confirmed that just days before the presidential inauguration, police surveillance cameras in Washington, DC were targeted by hackers. Reportedly, 70 per cent of the CCTV storage devices were infected with ransomware. Read More >>

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ImageGate: Ransomware Spreading Via JPG Files on Social Networks

Who doesn’t love a good scary problem that has a “-gate” suffix? An Israeli security firm has dubbed a particularly nasty outbreak of ransomware “ImageGate” and that will help us all remember that, if you receive a random image on your favorite social network, you probably shouldn’t click it. Read More >>

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The BBC’s Been Tricked Into Serving Dodgy Ads

Naughty cybercriminals have reportedly managed to dupe the Beeb into serving dodgy ads across the pond. The attack, which affected BBC.com, as well as a bunch of other major sites, including MSN, the New York Times and Newsweek, is believed to have been aimed primarily at US-based web surfers. Read More >>

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Yes, Ransomware Can Affect Macs Too

A report from security firm Palo Alto Networks has the paranoid corners of the internet freaking out: the first fully-functional ransomware has been found screwing up people’s Macs. But put down the emergency whiskey, and don’t panic just yet. Read More >>

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Open Source Malware Lets Anyone Hold Computer Users to Ransom

A free collection of files has been discovered that aids in the creation of ransomware; the process of encrypting the contents of someone's computer until they pay to have it unlocked. Set your price and away you go. Read More >>

Crime-Scene
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Man Turned Himself In For Child Porn Because Malware Told Him to

We're already well aware of the damage malware can do to your machine, but apparently, guilty consciences don't fare all that well, either. At least not for one 21-year-old man who, after getting a fake pop-up demanding a fine for the child pornography on his computer, decided to take his laptop straight to the police — and was then promptly arrested on three counts of possession of child pornography. Read More >>

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OMG! Emails From the ‘Director General of Mi5’ Asking for Money are Actually Scams!

It's amazing that people still fall for this crap in this day and age, but anyway, it seems that scammers are emailing people pretending to be part of Mi5 and asking for money. Clearly, it's a problem, because pretty much the most prominent thing on the Mi5 website at the moment is a big notice telling people to not send money in reply to these emails. Duh. Read More >>

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Hackers Are Trying to Hold Your PC For Ransom In the UK

In the sneakiest of instant blackmailing attempts ever, hackers are trying to hold Windows PCs in the UK hostage until victims cough up a "release fee" of £50, and they're using the fear of being caught pirating music to do it too. Read More >>