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Putin says Russia would accept conditional handover of cyber criminals to U.S.

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia would be ready to hand over cyber criminals to the United States if Washington did the same for Moscow and the two powers reached an agreement to that effect. Putin made the comments in an interview aired in excerpts on state television on Sunday ahead of a June 16Continue reading “Putin says Russia would accept conditional handover of cyber criminals to U.S.”

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A Fire And Cyberattack Cause Major Blackouts Across Puerto Rico

A large fire at an electrical substation for Puerto Rico’s new electricity provider, Luma Energy, knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of the island’s residents Thursday. At the height of the blackout, nearly 800,000 customers were without power, according to Luma. By midnight, roughly 60,000 customers were still in the dark. “The fire causedContinue reading “A Fire And Cyberattack Cause Major Blackouts Across Puerto Rico”

Joe Biden kicks off Europe visit with warning for Russia

“The United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way, when the Russian government engages in harmful activities,” said US President Joe Biden as he kicked off his first overseas tour as president on Wednesday. “We’ve already demonstrated that. I’m going to communicate that there are consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies, inContinue reading “Joe Biden kicks off Europe visit with warning for Russia”

Germany warns: AI arms race already underway

The world is entering a new era of warfare, with artificial intelligence taking center stage. AI is making militaries faster, smarter and more efficient. But if left unchecked, it threatens to destabilize the world. An AI arms race is already underway. That’s the blunt warning from Germany’s foreign minister, Heiko Maas. “We’re right in theContinue reading “Germany warns: AI arms race already underway”

Adversaries Could Shut Down US Power Grid, Energy Secretary Says

“Everyone needs to wake up and up their game in terms of protecting themselves,” Sec. Jennifer Granholm said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm issued a warning to American companies: our adversaries have the capability to shut down the entire U.S. power grid. When Granholm was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper about vulnerabilities in the electricity grid and whetherContinue reading “Adversaries Could Shut Down US Power Grid, Energy Secretary Says”

Exclusive: U.S. to give ransomware hacks similar priority as terrorism

The U.S. Department of Justice is elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack and mounting damage caused by cyber criminals, a senior department official told Reuters. Internal guidance sent on Thursday to U.S. attorney’s offices across the country said information about ransomware investigationsContinue reading “Exclusive: U.S. to give ransomware hacks similar priority as terrorism”

One-Fifth of U.S. Beef Capacity Wiped Out by JBS Cyberattack

Some U.S. shifts canceled for Tuesday, Facebook posts show Sunday attack forced JBS to shut down some IT systems A cyberattack on JBS SA, the largest meat producer globally, has forced the shutdown of some of world’s largest slaughterhouses, and there are signs that the closures are spreading. JBS’s five biggest beef plants in the U.S.Continue reading “One-Fifth of U.S. Beef Capacity Wiped Out by JBS Cyberattack”

Russian hackers target aid groups in new cyber-attack, says Microsoft

Microsoft says another wave of Russian cyber-attacks has targeted government agencies and human rights groups in 24 countries, most in the US. It said about 3,000 email accounts at more than 150 different organisations had been attacked this week. The group responsible was the same one that carried out last year’s SolarWinds attacks, which Russia’sContinue reading “Russian hackers target aid groups in new cyber-attack, says Microsoft”

Ransomware attack forces shutdown of major U.S. fuel pipeline

A major U.S. fuel pipeline running from Texas to New York has been taken offline by its operator because of a ransomware attack, Colonial Pipeline said Saturday. Why it matters: It’s a significant breach of critical infrastructure and comes on the heels of multiple other major cyberattacks on both U.S. companies and the federal government. Colonial Pipeline, which carries 45%Continue reading “Ransomware attack forces shutdown of major U.S. fuel pipeline”

Scripps Health’s Cyber Outage Caused By ‘Ransomware Attacks’: Cal. Dept. of Public Health

On Friday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) described the ongoing situation at Scripps Heath as a case of “ransomware attacks.” Ransomware typically works by introducing software that encrypts a user’s data and holds the decryption key until the ransom is paid. Once that happens, a typical recourse is to reformat and restore theContinue reading “Scripps Health’s Cyber Outage Caused By ‘Ransomware Attacks’: Cal. Dept. of Public Health”