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WannaCry Helps Push Cyber-Crime Attacks to New Heights in 2Q17

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WannaCry Helps Push Cyber-Crime Attacks to New Heights in 2Q17

ABSTRACT:  The second quarter of 2017 was the most active 90-day period ever for cyber-crime attacks, according to a new report from security technology firm ThreatMetrix. The Q2 2017 ThreatMetrix Cybercrime Report was compiled using data on actual attacks that occurred from April to June 2017, as detected by the

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Hackers are now using the exploit behind WannaCry to snoop on hotel Wi-Fi

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The APT28 hacking group is behind a string of attacks – but this is the first time it has used EternalBlue.


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A hacking group accused of linked meddling in the run up to the US presidential election is harnessing the Windows exploit which made WannaCry

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/hackers-are-now-using-the-exploit-behind-wannacry-to-snoop-on-hotel-wi-fi/

What you need to know about the Petya and WannaCry cyber attacks

Financial losses, data breaches and reputational damage are just some of the ways a cyber-attack can hit an organisation hard.

The Petya and WannaCry cyber-attacks in May and June are two of the biggest in history and impacted the finances of companies throughout the globe. A recent report by the insurers Lloyd’s of London said a major cyber-attack has the potential to cost as much as a natural disaster. 

WannaCry, which affected numerous organisations, including the NHS, spread to 150 countries and is estimated to have cost the global economy £6bn. 

Petya caused problems with shipping and invoicing for Neurofen manufacturers Reckitt Benckiser, who are expecting to make losses of about £100m as a result of the attack. Some of the world’s largest organisations including Cadburys and Oreo cookies manufacturer Mondelez were also affected by Petya.

A cyber-attack can also lead to a fine for a data breach – a prospect that will become

Read more at: http://www.itproportal.com/features/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-petya-and-wannacry-cyber-attacks/

What you need to know about the Petya and WannaCry cyber …

Financial losses, data breaches and reputational damage are just some of the ways a cyber-attack can hit an organisation hard.

The Petya and WannaCry cyber-attacks in May and June are two of the biggest in history and impacted the finances of companies throughout the globe. A recent report by the insurers Lloyd’s of London said a major cyber-attack has the potential to cost as much as a natural disaster. 

WannaCry, which affected numerous organisations, including the NHS, spread to 150 countries and is estimated to have cost the global economy £6bn. 

Petya caused problems with shipping and invoicing for Neurofen manufacturers Reckitt Benckiser, who are expecting to make losses of about £100m as a result of the attack. Some of the world’s largest organisations including Cadburys and Oreo cookies manufacturer Mondelez were also affected by Petya.

A cyber-attack can also lead to a fine for a data breach – a prospect that will become

Read more at: http://www.itproportal.com/features/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-petya-and-wannacry-cyber-attacks/

$30000 bail set for UK hacker who stopped WannaCry ransomware attack

A US judge in Las Vegas set a $30,000 bail for a well-known British cyber security researcher accused of advertising and selling malicious code used to pilfer banking and credit card information.

Marcus Hutchins, 23, gained celebrity status within the hacker community in May when he was credited with neutralising the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

His attorney, Adrian Lobo, told reporters that Hutchins was not released on Friday because the clerk’s office for the court closed 30 minutes after his hearing concluded, leaving his defence team not enough time to post the bail.

Lobo told a local NBC affiliate that Hutchins would be released on Monday and that she expected him to be on a flight on Tuesday to Wisconsin, where a six-count indictment against him was filed in the US District Court. He was receiving support from a “variety of sources” around the world to post his bail, she said.

Judge Nancy Koppe

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Expert who stopped WannaCry arrested for selling Kronos banking malware

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A cyber security researcher who helped stop the “WannaCry” ransomware attack was arrested by the FBI.
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SAN FRANCISCO — A British computer security researcher initially hailed as a hero for his role in stopping the WannaCry ransomware attack in May

Read more at: http://www.redding.com/story/tech/2017/08/03/security-expert-who-stopped-wannacry-detained-las-vegas/537136001/

WannaCry expert held in cyber fraud

New York: Ironic as it may read but a cybersecurity researcher who was hailed as a hero after he discovered a ‘kill switch’ that put brakes on the fast-spreading ‘WannaCry ransomware in May has been arrested in the US for cyber fraud.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested 23-year-old Briton Marcus Hutchins, who runs a security blog called MalwareTech, in Las Vegas for “his role in creating and distributing the Kronos banking trojan virus”, a Department of Justice spokesperson was quoted as saying in media reports late on Thursday.

According to a report in Los Angels Times, Hutchins is described as “having created, maintained and marketed the Kronos banking Trojan from July 2014 to July 2015”.

The trojan virus stole credentials and personal information and put malicious code on victims’ computers.

The Eastern District of Wisconsin returned a six-count indictment against Hutchins on July

Read more at: http://odishasuntimes.com/2017/08/04/wannacry-expert-held-in-cyber-fraud/

WannaCry Hackers Empty Bitcoin Wallet

The hackers behind the WannaCry ransomware attack have moved more that $140,000 (£105,000) worth of bitcoins paid by victims of the malware, out of the online wallet set up to receive the ransoms. 

The BBC reported that a Twitter bot set up by a journalist from Quartz noticed the bitcoin activity with the online wallet associated with the WannaCry ransomware.

WannaCry wallet 

wannacryThe wallet has been completely emptied signalling that the cyber criminals behind the attacks believe they have got the most they can out of the ransomware campaign. 

Despite the warnings by many law enforcement agencies and cyber security experts advising victims of WannaCry to not pay the ransom, it would appear many did not heed this warning and coughed up a sum to the tune of $300 worth of bitcoins to have their systems released from the grip of WannaCry. 

With

Read more at: http://www.silicon.co.uk/security/wannacry-hackers-bitcoin-219243

34 cases of WannaCry, Petya ransomware reported to CERT-In: Government

NEW DELHI: Thirty-four incidents of WannaCry and Petya ransomware were reported to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) from organisations and individuals in the country, Parliament was informed today.

The cyber attacks, which took place in May and June, crippled thousands of systems across the world in countries including the US, the UK, Russia and Ukraine.

“(Thirty-four (34) incidents have been reported to the (CERT-In) from organisations and individuals regarding infections of WannaCry and Petya ransomware. As reported to CERT-In, operations of one sea port were partially affected by the Petya ransomware,” Minister of State for Electronics and IT P P Chaudhary said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

Remedial measures to contain the damage and prevent such incidents have been advised by CERT-In, he added.

The minister said free tools for detection and removal of

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/34-cases-of-wannacry-petya-ransomware-reported-to-cert-in-government/articleshow/59666898.cms