Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime

Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting led by the United States that is aimed at combating the growing threat of ransomware and other cyber crime, a senior administration official said. Many ransomware gangs operate from Ukraine and Russia, private sector cybersecurity experts say. Some U.S. officials and analysts have said RussianContinue reading “Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime”

Ransomware: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver discusses ransomware attacks, why they’re on the rise, and what can be done about them.

Ransomware gangs are working with Russian intelligence services, report says

Russian intelligence services worked with prominent ransomware gangs to compromise U.S. government and government-affiliated organizations, according to new research from cybersecurity firm Analyst1. Two Russian intelligence bureaus — the Federal Security Service, or FSB, and Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR — collaborated with individuals in “multiple cybercriminal organizations,” security analysts with the firm say inContinue reading “Ransomware gangs are working with Russian intelligence services, report says”

‘Cyber-attack’ hits Iran’s transport ministry and railways

Message boards in train stations show cancellations though rail operator denies disruptions Websites of Iran’s transport and urbanisation ministry went out of service on Saturday after a “cyber-disruption” in computer systems, the official IRNA news agency reported. On Friday, Iran’s railways also appeared to come under cyber-attack, with messages about alleged train delays or cancellationsContinue reading “‘Cyber-attack’ hits Iran’s transport ministry and railways”

A ‘Colossal’ Ransomware Attack Hits Hundreds Of U.S. Companies, A Security Firm Says

A ransomware attack paralyzed the networks of at least 200 U.S. companies on Friday, according to a cybersecurity researcher whose company was responding to the incident. The REvil gang, a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate, appears to be behind the attack, said John Hammond of the security firm Huntress Labs. He said the criminals targeted aContinue reading “A ‘Colossal’ Ransomware Attack Hits Hundreds Of U.S. Companies, A Security Firm Says”

Luxury cars and $100 bills: Police bust ransomware gang in Ukraine

The bust comes as ransomware has gone from a quietly pervasive cybersecurity problem to a broadly discussed national security issue. Police in Ukraine said Wednesday they arrested members of a major ransomware gang. The arrests mark the first time a law enforcement agency has announced a mass arrest of a prolific hacker group that had extorted AmericansContinue reading “Luxury cars and $100 bills: Police bust ransomware gang in Ukraine”

Moscow protects hackers inside Russia: top US Justice official

The Russian government actively harbors hackers and ransomware extortionists operating from inside the country, the US Justice Department’s top national security official said Wednesday as the two countries’ leaders held talks in Geneva. “There is a lot of ransomware activity that is coming from Russian borders, which isn’t being conducted by Russian government officials, butContinue reading “Moscow protects hackers inside Russia: top US Justice official”

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.”

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”

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