Tag: ransomware

Civil servant who watched porn at work blamed for infecting a U.S. government network with malware

A U.S. government network was infected with malware thanks to one employee’s “extensive history” of watching porn on his work computer, investigators have found. The audit, carried out by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s inspector general, found that a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) network at the EROS Center, a

Cryptocurrency mining attacks using leaked NSA hacking tools are still highly active a year later

It’s been over a year since highly classified exploits built by the National Security Agency were stolen and published online. One of the tools, dubbed EternalBlue, can covertly break into almost any Windows machine around the world. It didn’t take long for hackers to start using the exploits to run

US Treasury sanctions North Korea over Sony hack and WannaCry attack

The US government has issued sanctions against a North Korea individual and an entity over historical cyberattacks, which wreaked hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. In a statement, the US Treasury named North Korean programmer Park Jin Jyok for working on behalf of Pyongyang for his involvement in carrying

Ransomware technique uses your real passwords to trick you

A few folks have reported a new ransomware technique that preys upon corporate inability to keep passwords safe. The notes – which are usually aimed at instilling fear – are simple: the hacker says “I know that your password is X. Give me a bitcoin and I won’t blackmail you.”

The damage from Atlanta’s huge cyberattack is even worse than the city first thought

More than two months after a cyberattack hobbled many of its critical municipal systems, the city of Atlanta is still sorting through the wreckage of what is likely the worst cyberattack targeting a U.S. city to date. On March 22, Atlanta’s connected systems city-wide were hit with a ransomware message

Boeing reportedly hit by Wannacry ransomware

Boeing has reportedly been struck in a major way by Wannacry, the ransomware that spread like wildfire last year. The Seattle Times obtained a memo from Mike VanderWel, of the company’s commercial airliner division, describing the malware as “metastasizing rapidly.” Wannacry, you may remember, spread using a Windows exploit leaked

Tresorit adds file restore to its e2e encrypted cloud storage service

Europe-based cloud storage startup Tresorit which mainly focuses on selling to small to medium size businesses has added a file restore feature to its e2e encrypted cloud storage platform which it’s touting as a helpful feature if you’re trying to recover from a ransomware attack. Or, more prosaically, if you’ve accidentally deleted