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Second US town pays up to ransomware hackers

Second US town pays up to ransomware hackers

Technology
A town in Florida has paid $ 500,000 (£394,000) to hackers after a ransomware attack. The total paid by Florida municipalities over ransomware in the last two weeks now stands at $ 1.1m.Officials in Lake City voted to pay hackers in Bitcoin after suffering downed computer systems for two weeks.Coastal suburb Riviera Beach recently paid hackers $ 600,000 following a similar incident that locked municipal staff out of important files.According to reports, IT staff in Lake City disconnected staff computers within minutes of the attack starting, but it was too late. Workers were locked out of email accounts and members of the public were left unable to make municipal payments online.The town's insurer was contacted by the hackers and...
North Korea UN ambassador demands US prove ransomware claim

North Korea UN ambassador demands US prove ransomware claim

Technology
North Korea's envoy in charge of U.S. affairs at the United Nations demanded Washington provide evidence to back up its claim Pyongyang was behind the Wannacry ransomware attack, an allegation has said was a "baseless provocation" being used to generate tensions. Pak Song Il told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from New York late Monday that Pyongyang sees the allegation as an effort to create an "extremely confrontational atmosphere." "If they are so sure, show us the evidence," he said. The WannaCry ransomware attack infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service in May. U.S. Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published last week that the U.S. administration had determine...
Trump administration blames NKorea for big ransomware attack

Trump administration blames NKorea for big ransomware attack

Technology
President Donald Trump's administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service. Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Monday night that North Korea was "directly responsible" for the WannaCry ransomware attack and that Pyongyang will be held accountable for it. Bossert said the administration's finding of responsibility is based on evidence and confirmed by other governments and private companies, including the United Kingdom and Microsoft. "North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious. WannaCry was indiscriminately ...
NHS 'could have prevented' WannaCry ransomware attack

NHS 'could have prevented' WannaCry ransomware attack

Health
NHS trusts were left vulnerable in a major ransomware attack in May because cyber-security recommendations were not followed, a government report has said.More than a third of trusts in England were disrupted by the WannaCry ransomware, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).At least 6,900 NHS appointments were cancelled as a result of the attack.NHS England said no patient data had been compromised or stolen and praised the staff response.The NAO chief said the Department of Health and the NHS must now "get their act together".WannaCry, which spread to more than 150 countries in a worldwide ransomware outbreak beginning on 12 May, was the biggest cyber-attack to have hit the NHS to date.The malware encrypted data on infected computers and demanded a ransom roughly equivalent to £230...
'Bad Rabbit' ransomware strikes Ukraine and Russia

'Bad Rabbit' ransomware strikes Ukraine and Russia

Technology
A new strain of ransomware nicknamed "Bad Rabbit" has been found spreading in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere.The malware has affected systems at three Russian websites, an airport in Ukraine and an underground railway in the capital city, Kiev.The cyber-police chief in Ukraine confirmed to the Reuters news agency that Bad Rabbit was the ransomware in question.It bears similarities to the WannaCry and Petya outbreaks earlier this year.However, it is not yet known how far this new malware will be able to spread."In some of the companies, the work has been completely paralysed - servers and workstations are encrypted," head of Russian cyber-security firm Group-IB, Ilya Sachkov, told the TASS news agency.Two of the affected sites are Interfax and Fontanka.ru.Meanwhile, US officials said they ha...