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Warning About Russia: They Can 'Shut the Power Off'

US says hackers have gained entry to power plants, including nuclear facilities

(Newser) - A US security alert on Thursday contained a jarring warning: Russia has infiltrated the US energy grid and could wreak havoc if it chose to do so. "They have the ability to shut the power off," an exec with the digital security firm Symantec tells the New York ... More »

US Sanctions Russians, Warns of Cyberthreat to Energy Grid

Mnuchin says US won't tolerate 'malign Russian cyber activity'

(Newser) - The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 19 Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 election, including 13 indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller. The penalties also include the first use of new powers that Congress passed last year to punish Moscow for election meddling. Those targets include officials working... More »

Extreme Weather Seen as Major 2018 Risk

World Economic Forum ranks them ahead of global forum

(Newser) - Humans are "pushing systems to the brink, from extinction-level rates of biodiversity loss to mounting concerns about the possibility of new wars," according to the World Economic Forum . On the upside, a stronger economic outlook means global leaders will have "a golden opportunity" to address some of... More »

Trump Aide Blames N. Korea for 'Costly' Cyberattack

'We do not make this allegation lightly'

(Newser) - It's official, according to Trump aide Thomas Bossert: The US publicly blames the massive "WannaCry" ransomware attack earlier this year on North Korea. "We do not make this allegation lightly. It is based on evidence," Bossert writes in the Wall Street Journal . He accuses Pyongyang of... More »

Use WiFi? Security Experts Have Bad News

New vulnerability affects pretty much everyone using WiFi

(Newser) - Bad news for WiFi users: A security expert has found that all WiFi networks are vulnerable to hacking thanks to a weakness in the wireless security protocol WPA2. WPA2 is used to protect most WiFi connections, and the fact that it's broken means attackers may be able to "... More »

Navy Sends Cyber Team to Singapore in Destroyer Probe

Sent to look for 'any anomalous activity'—i.e., a cyberattack

(Newser) - In what Foreign Policy says could be a "startling development in naval warfare," the US Navy is looking into whether last month's crash of the USS John S. McCain , which killed 10 sailors, may have been the handiwork of hackers. Per the Washington Free Beacon , the Navy... More »

FBI Arrests 23-Year-Old Who Stopped Global Cyberattack

Marcus Hutchins had traveled to US for security conference

(Newser) - The British security researcher called an "accidental hero" for helping stop the WannaCry global cyberattack has been arrested after traveling to the US for a cybersecurity conference. According to an indictment released by the Department of Justice, 23-year-old Marcus Hutchins is accused of creating and spreading Kronos malware in... More »

HBO Hack Worse Than Thought

Could be on par with the 2014 Sony hack

(Newser) - The HBO cyberattack appears to be worse than originally thought. A security company hired by the network tells Google that the hackers stole "thousands of ... internal company documents" belonging to HBO as well as "masses of copyrighted items including documents, images, videos and sound," Variety reports. The... More »

After Cyberattack, HBO Episodes Leaked

But it's not yet clear whether 'Game of Thrones' is affected

(Newser) - Watch out for major Game of Thrones spoilers: HBO has been hit by a massive cyberattack, Entertainment Weekly reports. The upcoming episodes of some of the network's series, plus at least one alleged script or treatment, have already been leaked online by the hackers. HBO confirmed the "compromise... More »

There Is Now a 'Vaccine' for the Latest Global Cyberattack

Experts suspect motive for attack isn't money

(Newser) - Security researchers have been unable to find a "kill switch" for the latest cyberattack hitting systems around the world—but they have developed a vaccine. Researchers say that the Petya ransomware will not encrypt files on computers that have the read-only file "C:\Windows\perfc.dat," the BBC... More »

Massive Ransomware Attack Spreading Around the World

Companies across the globe are reporting system disruptions

(Newser) - A massive cyberattack has hit computer systems around the world, the BBC reports. The ransomware attack, which is believed to be a well-known strain called Petya (the updated version is called Petrwrap), was first reported in Ukraine but has quickly spread to Spain, France, Russia, and other countries. Coverage of... More »

British Parliament Locked Out of Email in Cyberattack

Attack from unknown source targeted hundreds of MPs, lords, others

(Newser) - Hackers attempted to break into the email accounts of MPs, lords, and staff in a cyberattack on British Parliament this weekend, USA Today reports. According to an email passed along to the Huffington Post , the hackers were “carrying out a sustained and determined attack on all Parliamentary user accounts... More »

NSA Pins Unprecedented Cyberattack on North Korea

Agency says WannaCry ransom scheme almost certainly came from Pyongyang

(Newser) - Remember the massive cyberattack last month in which victims were told to pay a ransom to have their data unlocked? The NSA thinks it was a scheme by North Korea to make money for its government coffers, reports the Washington Post . A report not yet made public suggests the perpetrators... More »

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 »

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