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Researchers Find 'Best Clue' as to Origins of Ransomware

Code in an early version of WannaCry has a link to North Korea

(Newser) - Security researchers say a leading suspect in the massive ransomware attack is a familiar one: North Korea. Researchers at Google, Symantec, Kaspersky Lab, and Comae Technologies say an early version of the WannaCry software contains code similar to that used by the Pyongyang-linked Lazarus group in a 2015 cyberattack, the... More »

Microsoft Wants Ransomware Attack to Be 'Wake-Up Call'

Company calls for digital Geneva Convention

(Newser) - The massive ransomware attack still reverberating around the world is the kind of thing that is going to keep happening unless rules like those governing conventional warfare are brought in for cyberspace, Microsoft says. Microsoft president Brad Smith warned in a blog post Sunday that the "stockpiling of vulnerabilities... More »

Giant Cyberattack May Get Worse on Monday

Experts predict chaos as users log back on after weekend

(Newser) - As experts scramble to make heads or tails over WannaCry, a global cyberattack unleashed Friday that’s affected up to 200,000 computers in 150 countries, some fear the worst is yet to come. According to the Wall Street Journal , the spread of attacks has slowed down after a kill... More »

22-Year-Old Living With Parents Accidentally Stops Cyberattack

Friday's cyberattack affected tens of thousands in 99 countries

(Newser) - The "accidental hero" who inadvertently stopped Friday's massive cyberattack that affected nearly 100 countries is a 22-year-old who lives with his parents, the Guardian reports. The British cybersecurity researcher—who's keeping anonymous to protect himself—found a nonsensical website address in the code for the ransomware holding... More »

Microsoft Takes Unusual Step After Global Cyberattack

Free fixes for older systems issued

(Newser) - The worldwide cyberextortion attack has prompted Microsoft to take the unusual step of making security fixes available for older Windows systems. Before this, Microsoft had made fixes for older systems, such as 2001's Windows XP, available only to organizations that pay extra for extended support. But millions of individuals... More »

Leaked NSA Hacking Tool Causing Chaos at Hospitals

Hospitals and more in 99 countries hit by major cyberattack

(Newser) - A cyberattack causing chaos for British healthcare and affecting systems in nearly 100 countries originated with a leaked National Security Agency hacking tool, CNN reports. According to the New York Times , the ransomware, which encrypts data so users can't access it, was disseminated through email Friday, infecting computers in... More »

'Every American Should Be Alarmed': McCain on Russia

Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on foreign cyberthreats, Russia underway

(Newser) - "Every American should be alarmed by Russia's attack on our nation." These words from Sen. John McCain, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, as the panel kicked off a hearing Thursday into foreign cyberthreats, with Russia at the top of the agenda, the New York Times ... More »

Trump: It's Time to 'Move On' From Russian Hacking

But he has agreed to intelligence briefing

(Newser) - Donald Trump thinks it's time to "move on" from allegations that Russian hackers interfered with the election he won—but he has agreed to meet with intelligence officials to get the facts. "It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,"... More »

US Hackers Infiltrate Russian Systems Ahead of Election Day

Ready to respond in kind over any 'significant' cyberattack

(Newser) - US military hackers are ready should Russia try any cyber shenanigans during the election Tuesday, NBC News reports. Senior intelligence sources say the US has successfully hacked into various Russian systems, including command systems at the Kremlin, telecommunications networks, and the electric grid. Officials describe this as "preparing the... More »

Hackers Hijack 'Smart Devices' for Huge Cyberattack

Prompting concerns about the 'Internet of Things'

(Newser) - Several "massive" cyberattacks were launched last week, with an "army" of security cameras and DVRs being hijacked by hackers, the Wall Street Journal reports. Even famed security researcher Brian Krebs was affected, and saw his website temporarily disabled. The hackers hijacked up to a million cameras, DVRs, and... More »

Dems: Russia Making 'Serious' Effort to Influence Election

Members of intelligence committees are convinced

(Newser) - The top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees said Thursday they have concluded Russian intelligence agencies are making a "serious and concerted effort" to influence the US presidential election, the AP reports. A joint statement issued by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff goes farther than... More »

The Online Attacks on Leslie Jones Just Got Much Worse

Hacker leaks her personal info and nude photos

(Newser) - Comedian and actress Leslie Jones continues to be the victim of horrific online abuse for the crime of appearing in a Ghostbusters reboot. On Wednesday, Jones' website was hacked, with someone posting nude photos of the Saturday Night Live star, as well as images of her driver's license and... More »

Russian Hackers Swiped DNC's Opposition Research on Trump

And they eavesdropped on chats, emails for a year

(Newser) - Two groups of Russian government hackers—codenamed Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear—pulled a 21st-century Watergate and hacked the Democratic National Committee, eavesdropping on staffers and stealing a huge amount of it opposition research on Donald Trump, the Washington Post reports. According to NBC News , that could include legal documents,... More »

15-Year-Old Boy Arrested in British Telecom Cyberattack

Data breach put 4 million customers of TalkTalk at risk

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a hack that put the 4 million customers of British telecommunications company TalkTalk at risk, the Guardian reports. British police arrested the teen on suspicion of violating the Computer Misuse Act Monday in Northern Ireland and searched his home, according to... More »

Hackers in 3 Countries Tried to Hit Clinton Server

Congressional docs show emails left vulnerable for months

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's private email server was vulnerable to cyberattacks from June to October 2013 when there was no program in place to monitor threats, reports the AP . Shortly after Platte River Networks—which maintained the server at a data center in New Jersey during that time—hired a company... More »

Russian Hackers Suspected in Cyberattack on Pentagon

Emails of 4K Joint Chiefs of Staff employees affected

(Newser) - Officials believe Russian hackers are behind a cyberattack on the Pentagon's unclassified email system that has left approximately 4,000 employees of the Joint Chiefs of Staff without email for nearly two weeks, NBC News reports. The attack happened sometime in the last week of July, and while officials... More »

BlueCross BlueShield Plan Hit by 'Sophisticated' Hack

CareFirst says 1.1M names, ID numbers were breached in June

(Newser) - In the latest cyberattack against a health insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield says that attackers gained access to a database that included the names of 1.1 million people. The company said yesterday that the breach happened in June after a "sophisticated cyberattack." The attackers got into a database... More »

Russia Hackers Had Access to Obama's Schedule

President's whereabouts not classified, but not public knowledge, either

(Newser) - Russian hackers' apparent infiltration of the White House computer network in October wasn't exactly confidence-inspiring, even though it was the unclassified portion of the system that was breached. Now US officials say some of the unclassified information that made its way onto hackers' screens was related to President Obama'... More »

The Most Worrisome Part of the Anthem Hack

Thieves could rack up charges, alter medical records

(Newser) - Health insurer Anthem says medical data and credit card details were not taken in a huge data breach , but analysts warn that the stolen medical ID numbers could be an even bigger headache for customers. Identity thieves could use the numbers to rack up their own medical charges—and in... More »

No. 2 Health Insurer Anthem Suffers Historic Hack

'10s of millions' of Anthem customers have details stolen

(Newser) - In what is believed to be the biggest-ever health care data breach and one of the biggest data breaches anywhere, Anthem says hackers may have stolen the details of tens of millions of customers. The company—America's second-biggest health insurer—says hackers broke into a database that held the... More »

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