News tagged: Hacking
During the past couple months, hackers have attacked multiple nuclear power plants around the United States, reports The New York Times. The identity of the hackers isn't known and we don't know the motive. At least one nuclear facility was actually breached.
Researchers with Check Point Software Technologies say a malware campaign known as CopyCat successfully infected 14 million Android devices. By infecting those devices, the malware was able to generate $1.5 million from fraudulent app installs and advertising.
Bithumb, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, has been hacked. 30,000 customers had their data compromised due to the attack and Korea's Internet & Security Agency is looking into the situation following claims from customers that they lost money.
MeDoc, a Ukrainian tax preparation software company, could be charged with facilitating the spread of the NotPetya malware. It offers the country's most popular tax preparation software, but now authorities are treating the company as though it's a criminal entity.
Though Petya, a recent piece of malware spreading around the world, appears to be ransomware from the outside, it may not actually fit the criteria. Researchers with Kaspersky Lab say they believe Petya is actually a "wiper," not legitimate ransomware.
A cyberattack carried out against the UK's Parliament left members without access to their government email on Saturday. The country's authorities disabled email access to prevent the hack from spreading further in the network. It's not known when the hack occurred.
A web hosting company in South Korea is set to shell out $1 million in Bitcoin to put an end to a ransomware attack. Hwang Chil-hong, CEO of Nayana, says the company has agreed to pay 397.6 Bitcoins to recover the data of 3,400 customers. This is the largest payment in history.
Cyberattacks originating from North Korea have been an issue since at least 2009, according to a US government report. An alert was issued regarding Hidden Cobra, a hacking group in the country that's thought to be engaged in ongoing cyberwarfare attacks.
Election systems in the majority of US states were compromised by Russian hackers, reports Bloomberg. State-sanctioned hackers are said to have attacked voting systems in 39 states. In some cases they accessed campaign financial databases. No results appear to have been altered.
Russia won't admit it was responsible for some of the hacking or other interference seen during the 2016 US presidential election, but president Vladimir Putin is practically endorsing those actions. He says "patriotically minded" Russians may have interfered.
Disney wasn't hacked after all. Despite multiple reports from the media and even some support from Disney itself, it turns out the company wasn't breached and none of its upcoming movies were stolen. Hackers were demanding a Bitcoin ransom to prevent the release of the movie.
Subtitle files that are often downloaded by people with pirated movies/shows are being used by hackers to hide malware. Checkpoint reports the exploit has given hackers a way to control someone's desktop by getting them to load fake movie/show subtitles.
Chaos Computer Club (CCC) recently revealed it had successfully hacked the iris scanner featured on Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Not long after that hack was revealed, Samsung issued an early statement to some media outlets. Samsung says its technology was rigorously tested.
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, told ABC staff today that hackers appear to have stolen Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. They're reportedly threatening to release the film in 20-minute chunks unless Disney pays a ransom in Bitcoin. Disney is refusing to pay.
Security firm FireEye reports hackers "aligned with Vietnamese government interests" are targeting companies, journalists, and governments around the world. They've been carrying out cyberattacks for at least 3 years. The implicated group is known as OceanLotus.
Windows may be the operating system that's affected by the WannaCrypt ransomware, but Microsoft isn't taking all of the blame. Brad Smith, the company's chief legal officer, has pointed a finger at the US government. The NSA knew about the exploit's existence.
Although Microsoft ended its support for Windows XP three years ago, it has issued a rare update to defend computers against WannaCrypt attacks. Ransomware based on leaked NSA hacking tools has been spreading around the world, affecting thousands of unpatched systems.
Ransomware based on leaked NSA hacking tools is spreading around the world and has already shown up in dozens of nations. On Friday, Kaspersky estimated there were at least 45,000 infected computers. Most are located in Russia, Ukraine, India, and Taiwan.
When the FBI couldn't get Apple to create an unlocking tool for the San Bernardino terrorist's encrypted iPhone last year, it ended up spending $900,000 on the task. Senator Diane Feinstein inadvertently revealed that figure during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Shadow Brokers, a hacking group that previously released NSA hacking tools, is now making more alleged exploits from the spy agency available. The files that are being released were previously locked behind a Bitcoin paywall. No one took the group up on their offer last year.