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Pipeline Attackers: We're Closing Down

DarkSide says it lost access to its servers and money, though experts warn it could reappear

(Newser) - The criminal enterprise that's responsible for the long gas lines in the southeastern US has logged off, saying it lost access to the infrastructure it needs to run its operation. "Servers were seized (country not named), money of advertisers and founders was transferred to an unknown account,"...

Ransomware Attack Causes 'Critical Emergency' in Ireland

Country's health service has shut down IT systems

(Newser) - Ireland's health service shut down its IT systems on Friday after being targeted in what it called a "significant ransomware attack." The Health Service Executive said the move was a precaution, and appointments for coronavirus vaccinations were not affected. "We’ve taken a precautionary measure to...

Colonial Paid Ransom to Hackers: Bloomberg

Drivers in Southeastern states can expect 'headaches' for another week or longer

(Newser) - Colonial Pipeline said this week it had no intention of paying ransom to the hackers who crippled its fuel shipments . So how did the company manage to begin restoring operations on Wednesday? As it turns out, Colonial paid a ransom after all, reports Bloomberg . The outlet says the company shelled...

Clock Is Ticking on Pipeline After Cyberattack
Clock Is Ticking on Pipeline
After Cyberattack
the rundown

Clock Is Ticking on Pipeline After Cyberattack

If Colonial system isn't back up in a few days, gasoline prices are likely to rise

(Newser) - The operators of the biggest US fuel pipeline were scrambling Monday to resume operations after a cyberattack forced a shutdown on Friday. The Wall Street Journal reports that because of existing gasoline inventories, the impact shouldn't be too dire if Colonial can confine the outage to less than five...

Cyberpunk 2077 Maker on Hackers' Extortion: We Will Not Negotiate

Ransomware creators steal, threaten to release source code from CD Projekt Red

(Newser) - "You have 48 hours to contact us." That was the ransom note left Monday after a cyberattack against Cyberpunk 2077 maker CD Projekt Red, which has posted the note online and said it's not in the mood for negotiations. The hackers' message indicated that they stole the...

An 'Unprecedented' Ransomware Assault Is Underway

Hospitals are being attacked, US agencies and experts say

(Newser) - Federal agencies warned that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the US healthcare system designed to lock up hospital information systems, which could hurt patient care just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking, the AP reports. In a joint alert Wednesday, the FBI and two...

Most Destructive Hackers Ever? So Says Justice Department

Feds indict 6 Russian intelligence officers

(Newser) - Six Russian military officers sought to disrupt through computer hacking the French election, the Winter Olympics, and US businesses, according to a Justice Department indictment unsealed Monday that details attacks on a broad range of political, financial, and athletic targets, per the AP . However, the indictment does not charge the...

Microsoft Goes After One of World's Biggest Botnets

Trickbot seen as a threat to the November election

(Newser) - Microsoft announced legal action Monday seeking to disrupt the cybercrime digital network known as Trickbot, which is seen as a major threat to the US presidential election, per the AP . The Washington Post calls it one of the world's biggest botnets, one with the potential to gum up state...

When Vegas Schools Declined Ransom, Hackers Took Action

Las Vegas' Clark County School District was targeted late last month

(Newser) - A hacker group has published employee Social Security numbers, student grades, and other sensitive information from the Clark County School District in Las Vegas after it refused to pay a ransom. The largest school district known to be hit with ransomware since the start of the pandemic announced a breach...

This Is the First Death From a Ransomware Attack

Woman dies in Germany after hospital is hit with cyberattack

(Newser) - In a tragic first for humanity, a death in Germany was the indirect result of a ransomware attack. A Duesseldorf hospital was the victim of the attack, and as a result of the attack, it was unable to receive a woman who was on her way there. She was re-routed...

In Wild West of Cybercrime, We Have a &#39;Superhero&#39;
A Modern 'Clark Kent'
Lives in Normal, Illinois

A Modern 'Clark Kent' Lives in Normal, Illinois

ProPublica profiles Michael Gillespie, an unassuming ransomware 'superhero'

(Newser) - He is, as described in a profile at ProPublica , "like a real-life version of Clark Kent or Peter Parker." But 27-year-old Michael Gillespie doesn't battle villains of the usual sort: He has turned into a "crime-fighting superhero"—one recognized by the FBI—in the field...

2nd Florida City in a Week Caves to Hackers
Small Town Forks
Over $500K Ransom

Small Town Forks Over $500K Ransom

To hackers, following cyberattack: 'I would've never dreamed this could've happened,' mayor says

(Newser) - A week after a Florida city caved to hackers demanding $600,000 to rid its computer system of a debilitating virus, another Florida city is following suit. Lake City, some 60 miles west of Jacksonville, will pay hackers 42 bitcoins, or around $500,000, following a cyberattack two weeks ago....

Florida City Agrees to Pay $600K to Hackers

Ransomware attack took Riviera Beach's systems offline

(Newser) - A Florida city has agreed to pay the equivalent of around $600,000 to hackers after becoming the latest victim of a very 21st-century crime. At a meeting Monday, the city council in Riviera Beach unanimously agreed to pay 65 Bitcoin to hackers who had paralyzed its computer system with...

The Tool Used to Hack US Cities? Guess Who Made It

The NSA designed a tool that's now used by America's enemies

(Newser) - An online hacking tool developed by the NSA is being used to cripple American cities and extort millions of dollars from government coffers, the New York Times reports. Called EternalBlue, the tool was stolen in 2016 and dropped online the year after, enabling rogue actors and foreign intelligence agencies to...

Ransomware Attack Hits Another Big City

Baltimore is trying to recover, but it could take awhile

(Newser) - Last year, it happened to Atlanta . This year, Baltimore. The city's online services have been largely shut down since hackers breached servers about two weeks ago, reports NPR . The hackers demanded 13 Bitcoins—worth about $102,000 as of Tuesday morning—but the city is refusing to pay and...

Atlanta's Computers Held Hostage, With a $50K Ransom

'This really is an attack on our government,' Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says of major hack

(Newser) - Atlanta is being held hostage, by computer hackers who want more than $50,000 in bitcoin to stop their siege. "This is much bigger than a ransomware attack, this really is an attack on our government," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a Monday presser about the e-attack,...

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...

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