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Ransomware Cyber Attack: Hackers Leverage Stolen NSA Tool to Wreak Havoc Worldwide

HIGHLIGHTS Ransomware WannaCry leveraged hacking tools developed by NSA It exploits a known bug in Windows Researchers have observed 57,000 infections in 99 countries A global cyber attack leveraging hacking tools widely believed by researchers to have been developed by the US National Security Agency hit international shipper FedEx, disrupted Britain’s health system and infected computers in nearly 100 countries ... Read More »

WhatsApp’s privacy protections questioned after terror attack

Chat apps that promise to prevent your messages being accessed by strangers are under scrutiny again following last week’s terror attack in London. On Sunday, the home secretary said the intelligence services must be able to access relevant information. Her comments followed the discovery that Khalid Masood appeared to have used WhatsApp minutes before carrying out his killings. There are ... Read More »

Severe vulnerability in Cisco’s WebEx extension for Chrome leaves PCs open to easy attack

Anyone who uses the popular Cisco WebEx extension for Chrome should update to the latest version pronto. Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy recently discovered a serious vulnerability in the Chrome extension that leaves PCs wide open to attack. In older versions of the extension (before version 1.0.3) malicious actors could add a “magic string” to a web address or file hosted ... Read More »

Android patches fix Drammer RAM attack, but leave the Dirty Cow exploit to roam

Google released a new monthly batch of security patches for Android, fixing a dozen critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to compromise devices. One of the mitigated issues is a bit-flipping attack against memory chips that could lead to privilege escalation, but a more widespread rooting vulnerability in the Linux kernel remains unpatched. While Google releases firmware updates for its ... Read More »

Major DDoS attack on Dyn DNS knocks Spotify, Twitter, Github, PayPal, and more offline

Update 5: At 6:18 P.M. Eastern Dyn said the DDoS attacks have been resolved. Fingers crossed another wave doesn’t occur, as happened earlier today. You can find Dyn’s incident report here. Update 4: Dyn is being hit by a third wave of DDoS attacks Friday afternoon. The attacks are “well planned and executed, coming from tens of millions of IP addresses at ... Read More »

An IoT botnet is partly behind Friday’s massive DDOS attack

Malware that can build botnets out of IoT devices is at least partly responsible for a massive distributed denial-of-service attack that disrupted U.S. internet traffic on Friday, according to network security companies. Since Friday morning, the assault has been disrupting access to popular websites by flooding a DNS service provider called Dyn with an overwhelming amount of internet traffic. Some of ... Read More »

Uri Attack: Ajmer institution withdraws student-exchange programme with Pakistan

Due to the ongoing tension between the two countries and opposition of some Hindu outfits after the Uri attack, an educational institute in Ajmer has withdrawn a student-exchange programme involving a delegation from Pakistan. Around 38 students and teachers from Pakistan were likely to participate at the programme that was scheduled be held at Mayo College between October 2-5. Views ... Read More »

How Facebook, Twitter connected after Brussels attack

Getty Images Armed Police Officers stand at the entrance to the Eurostar at St Pancras Station on March 22, 2016 in London, England. In the wake of another devastating terror attack, millions of people are opening up Facebook to check in on friends, and Twitter to share their grief and support. Once again, social media is proving a valuable tool ... Read More »

77 killed in Iraq attacks

  Baghdad: Iraqi security forces and allied militias on Wednesday clashed with Islamic State (IS) militants across Iraq, as the extremist militants gained ground in Salahudin province, security sources said. In Iraq`s northern central province of Salahudin, IS militants took control of Tal Abu Jrad area east of the battleground town of Baiji, some 200 km north of Iraq`s capital ... Read More »