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No one should be letting their guard down now that the WannaCry ransomware attacks have been relatively contained. Experts intimately involved with analyzing the malware and worldwide attacks urge quite the opposite, warning today that there's nothing ...
"PC" stands for personal computer. And that idea of personalization has only expanded as the definition of computer has morphed to include the mobile devices that we carry with us, such as the phones that most people now consider an extension of their ...

In the wake of the ransomware attack on May 12, which affected nearly 300,000 computers across the globe, victims had to decide whether to pay up.
The scenario included malware mimicking some of the traits of WannaCry, including a kill switch function and the targeting of commonly used protocols.
"The IT experts ensured that none of the systems pertaining to pilgrim services was affected by the WannaCry virus. Even those systems affected in the administration wing were also old systems and there was a back-up data.
It's clear the advice didn't reach or sway everyone: The so-called WannaCry ransomware offensive seized an estimated 300,000 computers within the last week, with repairs and other associated costs possibly running into the billions of dollars globally.

WannaCry, the hacking attack that took thousands of computers' data for ransom over the last week, hasn't apparently been very lucrative for its makers so far.
To understand the hunt for the villains behind the WannaCry ransomware attack, imagine the cybersleuthing in this whodunit unfolding like a Hollywood flick.
Hundreds of thousands of computers have been hijacked in the last week by a virus called "WannaCry," which freezes files on computers and demands a ransom for their release.
A machine tied to an IP address associated with the U.S. Army connected to a command and control infrastructure used to send out WannaCry ransomware, CyberScoop has learned based on a list of affected IP addresses provided by a security vendor.
After last week's massive ransomware attack shut down machines around the world, the NSA, which knew of the exploit before it was public, became a target for criticism.
The WannaCry cyberattack that's making headlines this week has squeezed around $80,000 from its victims so far, barely enough to put down a deposit on an apartment in cheaper parts of London.
The WannaCry worm has wrought havoc around the world for days but it is not the first to spread so far, so fast. The history of technology and the net has been regularly punctuated by outbreaks and infections.
The WannaCry ransomware "kill switch" a security researcher commandeered on Saturday that ultimately curbed the epidemic spread of the attack worldwide may not have been a kill switch after all, some security experts now believe.
The attack, known as Wanna Decryptor, WannaCry or WCry, is a type of "ransomware," malicious software that encrypts the files on a computer until users pay to unlock them.

There's not much more topical than cyber security right now. And who better to talk about it than former director of the NSA and ex-chief of the Central Security Service, General Keith Alexander?
Monday, President Donald Trump's Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert confirmed FedEx was hit by the "WannaCry" malware.
Days after the virus first exploded on Friday, Microsoft is pointing the finger squarely at the U.S. National Security Agency, for its role in enabling the virus.
The world hasn't heard too much about computer worms in recent years, at least not ones that go after the general populace and businesses.
Thousands of organizations from around the world were caught off guard by the WannaCry ransomware attack launched Friday. As this rapidly spreading threat evolves, more cybercriminals are likely to attempt to profit from this and similar vulnerabilities.
The WannaCry ransomware sweeping the world hasn't stopped its progress, but quick action by cybersecurity professionals has at least partially limited the damage it does as it goes.
There's very little law enforcement can do to catch purveyors of ransomware - unless they screw up, or anger all the wrong people.
The battle against the WannaCry ransomware continues. (In many spaces it's referred to as WannaCrypt. There appears to be no substantive difference between the two.
Neel Mehta, a security researcher at Google, discovered computer code found in an early version of the WannaCry malware was identical to code used by the Lazarus Group, a hacking group linked to the government of North Korea.
WannaCry paralyzed computers running mostly older versions of Microsoft Windows in some 150 countries. It encrypted users' computer files and displayed a message demanding $300 to $600 worth of the digital currency bitcoin to release them; failure to ...
Cybersecurity researchers said Monday that the massive "WannaCry" virus that has infected computers around the globe was developed using some of the same code used in the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures, raising the possibility that the hackers may have a ...
Global financial and economic losses from the "WannaCry" attack that crippled computers in at least 150 countries could swell into the billions of dollars, making it one of the most damaging incidents involving so-called ransomware.
A massive round of ransomware attacks was observed on Friday across the globe. The attackers successfully infected large institutions and companies in about 150 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Russia, Taiwan, France, and ...
The estimated 200,000 computers crippled worldwide by last week's mammoth ransomware attack could be only the tip of the iceberg, security experts said Sunday.
WannaCry affected an exploit in the windows xp operating system on PCs, and Microsoft shortly sent out a fix for the security flaw.
The WannaCry ransomware attack has quickly become the worst digital disaster to strike the internet in years, crippling transportation and hospitals globally.
When the National Security Agency lost control of the software behind the WannaCry cyberattack, it was like "the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen," Microsoft President Brad Smith says, in a message about the malicious software ...
The first version of the notorious WannaCry virus was curtailed after a whizzkid Brit managed to find a "kill switch" that could stop it spreading.
Computers booting up to start the workweek might continue the spread of "WannaCry," a ransomware attack where hackers lock down a computer and threaten to delete all its data unless a ransom is paid.
The extent of the WannaCry attack prompted questions about what to do in the event of a ransomware infection, with many experts advising against paying the ransom, saying not only could it fail to release the data, it could expose victims to further risk.
The company responded to the attacks with a strongly worded blog post, criticizing governments for "stockpiling" information about cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and likening the WannaCry attack to the US military "having some of its Tomahawk missiles ...
As the world freaks out over the potential loss of massive amounts of data, Taiwan may escape unscathed. On Sunday, the creators of WannaCry ransomware allegedly decided they'll let some Taiwanese victims off the hook, according to Singapore media ...
The proliferation of the WannaCry ransomware last week unequivocally justifies Apple's steadfast refusal to help the FBI break into an iPhone 5c used by one of ...
In the same way that bacteria mutate to become resistant to antibiotics, so has the WannaCry virus. That malware was behind the massive ransomware attack that started Friday, hitting more than 150 countries and 200,000 computers, shutting down ...
"We've never seen something sweep across the planet at this speed," Admiral James Stavridis tells CNBC.
hackers who locked files on 200,000 computers globally and asked for a bitcoin ransom payment to unlock them, have only made around $50,000, an industry source told CNBC, despite the large scale of the attack.
Palo Alto Networks, Symantec and FireEye led the gains on Monday among cybersecurity stocks following the Friday WannaCry malware attack.
The massive malware cyberattack that has struck an estimated 300,000 computers worldwide showed signs of slowing down Monday. But cybersecurity experts cautioned that new versions of the virus could still emerge.
Many of the 200,000 victims in more than 150 countries were still struggling to recover from the first attack of the so-called "WannaCry" virus. Carmaker Renault said one of its French plants, which employs 3,500 people, wasn't reopening Monday as a ...
In Asia, where many offices closed before the WannaCry ransomware struck on Friday, the attack has been less severe than expected.
WannaCry has infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world in 150 countries. The advice is to update Windows to ensure you are protected.
Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have uncovered new evidence linking the WannaCry ransomware code to North Korea. In a post today, the group detailed a segment of code used in both an early WannaCry variant and a February 2015 sample attributed to ...
A ransomware attack that began in Europe on Friday is lingering - and hitting new targets in Japan and China. The WannaCry software has locked thousands of computers in more than 150 countries.


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