Shipping company’s networks in the Americas crippled by ransomware attack

(credit: COSCO) COSCO’s computer networks in the Americas remained completely severed from the Internet on Thursday, almost 48 hours after the Chinese shipping giant reported it was hit by a ransomware attack. In a statement published Thursday, COSCO officials said the failures affected networks in the US, Canada, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Uruguay. […]

Atlanta city government systems down due to ransomware attack [Updated]

Enlarge / The message posted to social media by the city of Atlanta in the wake of an apparent ransomware attack. (credit: City of Atlanta) The city of Atlanta government has apparently become the victim of a ransomware attack. The city’s official Twitter account announced that the city government “is currently experiencing outages on various […]

DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Ransomware attack damages Allscripts’ prescription service — Microsoft scraps health app after one year — Florida Hospital launches tele-ICU

Welcome to Digital Health Briefing, a new morning email providing the latest news, data, and insight on how digital technology is disrupting the healthcare ecosystem, produced by BI Intelligence. Sign up and receive Digital Health Briefing free to your inbox. Have feedback? We’d like to hear from you. Write me at:  RANSOMWARE ATTACK HOBBLES ALLSCRIPTS’ ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION SERVICE: A ransomware attack on US electronic […]

U.S. blames North Korea for WannaCry ransomware attack

(Reuters) — The Trump administration has publicly blamed North Korea for unleashing the so-called WannaCry cyber attack that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies across the globe earlier this year. “The attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible,” Tom Bossert, homeland security adviser to President Donald Trump, wrote in a […]

N. Korea stole cyber tools from NSA, carried out WannaCry ransomware attack – Microsoft chief

Published time: 14 Oct, 2017 12:22 The head of Microsoft accused North Korea of carrying out the WannaCry cyberattack which crippled 200,000 computers in 150 countries earlier in 2017. Pyongyang used “cyber tools or weapons stolen from the NSA,” the company’s president believes. Microsoft President Brad Smith told ITV that he believed “with great confidence” […]

Ransomware key driver of global ‘cybercrime epidemic’ – Europol

Ransomware, a type of malicious software that threatens to publish a victim’s data unless a ransom is paid, represents a major threat to global cyber security, according to Europol. The law enforcement agency’s Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), a report that identifies emerging trends in cybercrime, also placed payment fraud and child sexual exploitation […]

Send nudes: Ransomware demands x-rated photos to unlock victim’s device

Published time: 24 Sep, 2017 15:31 In an entirely predictable development, victims of a new type of ransomware attack are being extorted for 10 nude pictures in order to unlock their computers. There have been several prominent ransomware outbreaks already this year. Perhaps the most high-profile attack was the WannaCry bug which hit more than […]