UPDATE: WannaCry Ransomware

WannaCry creators could let Taiwan off the hook

https://www.cnet.com/news/wannacry-taiwan-ransomware-asia/In an email captured in a screenshot submitted by an affected user from Taiwan who claimed to earn only $400 a month, the creators of WannaCry said they realised their campaign was a “total failure” in the country and will decrypt the data of some …

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‘WannaCry’ Malware Cyberattack Slows, But Threat Remains, Experts Say

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/wannacry-malware-cyberattack-slows-threat-remains-experts-say-n759661The 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.

Thousands more were impacted by the …

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What you need to know about bitcoin after the WannaCry ransomware attack

The malicious software locks down victims’ computers and refuses to grant them access to their files unless they agree to pay at least $300 in bitcoin.

Which may have you wondering: What is bitcoin?

Here’s a refresher on bitcoin and how it’s connected to the ongoing security issue.

Full story on The Washington Post

Tim Cook’s refusal to help FBI hack iPhone is validated by ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack

http://bgr.com/2017/05/15/wannacry-ransomware-apple-ios-tim-cook/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 the San Bernardino terrorists.

As a quick refresher, the FBI last year wanted Apple …

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Watching The Awful WannaCry Ransomware Scourge Hit Doctor’s Surgeries

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2017/05/15/wannacry-contagion-sends-doctors-back-to-pen-and-paper/“So just because of some idiot on a computer, I can’t have a blood test?”

An exasperated elderly man barks at a receptionist at a doctor’s surgery in East London.

One responds: “We can’t access the systems where the blood test results go, so it’s …

Read the full article on Forbes

‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack: What we know

https://www.wfaa.com/tech/wannacry-ransomware-attack-what-we-know/439767090“WannaCry” first surfaced at 3:24 a.m. ET on Friday, according to Talos, a security research wing of networking giant Cisco.

The ransomware took advantage of a flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

Microsoft had issued a patch on March 14, but …

Read the developing story here

WannaCry is like a ‘pandemic’ — hopefully it burns itself out, says ex-NATO commander

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/15/wannacry-is-like-a-pandemic--hopefully-it-burns-itself-out-says-ex-nato-commander.htmlA former supreme allied commander of NATO told on Monday that the “WannaCry” malware attack should be viewed as a “pandemic.”

“The key here is its global nature.

We’ve never seen something sweep across the planet at this speed.

It’s very …

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WannaCry Ransomware: Microsoft Calls Out NSA For ‘Stockpiling’ Vulnerabilities

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/15/528439968/wannacry-ransomware-microsoft-calls-out-nsa-for-stockpiling-vulnerabilitiesWhen 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 …

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Hackers who infected 200,000 machines have only made $50,000 worth of bitcoin

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/15/wannacry-ransomware-hackers-have-only-made-50000-worth-of-bitcoin.htmlHackers 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 , despite the large scale of the attack.

On Friday, a virus known as WannaCry …

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Monday morning blues as ‘WannaCry’ cyberattack hits at workweek’s start

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-wannacry-cyberattack-20170515-story.htmlThe initial attack, known as “WannaCry,” paralyzed computers running factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems in scores of countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Spain, India and Japan, among others.

Among those hit were …

Read the Chicago Tribune article here


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