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Global cyberattack may have aimed for havoc, not extortion

Global cyberattack may have aimed for havoc, not extortion

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The cyberattack that has locked up computers around the world while demanding a ransom may not be an extortion attempt after all, but an effort to create havoc in Ukraine, security experts say. "There may be a more nefarious motive behind the attack," Gavin O'Gorman, an investigator with U.S. antivirus firm Symantec, said in a blog post . "Perhaps this attack was never intended to make money, rather to simply disrupt a large number of Ukrainian organizations." The rogue program landed its heaviest blows on the Eastern European nation, where the government, dozens of banks and other institutions were sent reeling. It disabled computers at government agencies, energy companies, cash machines, supermarkets, railways and communications providers. Many of these organizations had recovered by T...
Tax software blamed for cyber-attack spread

Tax software blamed for cyber-attack spread

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A global cyber-attack that affected companies around the world may have started via corrupted updates on a piece of accountancy software. Fingers are increasingly pointing to a piece of Ukrainian tax-filing software, MEDoc, as the source of the infection, although the company denies it.Malware generally infiltrates networks via email attachments that users click on in error.Microsoft described the method as "a recent dangerous trend".The cyber-attack has caused disruption around the world and infected companies in 64 countries, including banks in Ukraine, Russian oil giant Rosneft, British advertising company WPP and US law firm DLA Piper.Automatic updatesShipping giant Maersk said it was unable to process new orders and was expecting delays to consignments, while one of Europe's largest p...
'Powerful' cyberattack on Ukraine goes global

'Powerful' cyberattack on Ukraine goes global

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A "powerful" cyberattack that started in Ukraine has spread across the world, hitting banks, government IT systems and energy firms.British advertising group WPP said its computer networks in several locations had been targeted.The UK's National Cyber Security Centre is investigating how many more UK firms have been hit and is "trying to get an understanding of a fast-moving situation".:: What is the virus behind cyberattack?Companies in six other countries were also hit, after Ukraine declared it had been struck by the biggest cyberattack in its history.Chernobyl's radiation monitoring system is among the most serious digital networks affected. It has since been shut down, leaving employees to "go out and measure the (radiation)levels with hand-held meters".Image:Flights faced delays at K...
Parliament targeted in 'sustained' cyberattack

Parliament targeted in 'sustained' cyberattack

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A cyberattack on MPs and Peers' emails has prompted Parliament's security team to shut down external access to its systems.An email sent to parliamentarians on Friday and shown to Sky News said: "Earlier this morning we discovered unusual activity and evidence of an attempted cyberattack on our computer network."It claimed that "hackers were carrying out a sustained and determined attack on all parliamentary user accounts in an attempt to identify weak passwords".An attack on all parliamentary user accounts rather than just the publicly listed ones would suggest the attacker had considerable resources to allow them to know the private email addresses used by civil servants.However, an update on Saturday from a parliamentary spokesperson was less specific regarding the range of the attack.I...
NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea'

NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea'

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British security officials believe that hackers in North Korea were behind the cyber-attack that crippled parts of the NHS and other organisations around the world last month, the BBC has learned.Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) led the international investigation.Security sources have told the BBC that the NCSC believes that a hacking group known as Lazarus launched the attack.The US Computer Emergency Response Team has also warned about Lazarus.The same group is believed to have targeted Sony Pictures in 2014.The Sony hack came as the company planned to release the movie The Interview, a satire about the North Korean leadership starring Seth Rogen. The movie was eventually given a limited release after an initial delay.The same group is also thought to have been behind the...