computer virus

Cyber Attack Sweeps Globe, Researchers See ‘WannaCry’ Link

MOSCOW/KIEV/WASHINGTON, June 28 – A major global cyber attack disrupted computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers last month . The rapidly spreading cyber extortion campaign, which began on Tuesday, underscored growing concerns that businesses have failed to

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Oddities in WannaCry Ransomware Puzzle Cybersecurity Researchers

By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE, May 16 – The WannaCry malware that spread to more than 100 countries in a few hours is throwing up several surprises for cybersecurity researchers, including how it gained its initial foothold, how it spread so fast and why the hackers are not making much money from it. Some researchers have

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Shamoon Virus Returns in New Saudi Attacks After 4-Year Hiatus

By Jim Finkle Dec 1 – A version of Shamoon, the destructive computer virus that four years ago crippled tens of thousands of computers at Middle Eastern energy companies, was used two weeks ago to attack computers in Saudi Arabia, according to U.S. security firms. CrowdStrike, Palo Alto Networks Inc and Symantec Corp. warned of

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Ransomware: No System is 100 Percent Safe

The ABCs of fighting back against ransomware BY Raj Samani After slowing slightly in mid-2015, ransomware has regained its rapid growth rate overall. According to the June 2016 McAfee Labs Threats Report, total ransomware grew 116 percent year-over-year for the period ending March 31. Total ransomware rose 26 percent from Q4 2015 to Q1 2016

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