WannaCry

WannaCry ransomware scam tries to extort money without actually infecting your computer

Someone is trying to pull a fast one, attempting to trick unsuspecting users into paying a ransom… even though they *haven’t* infected your computer with ransomware.


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USA blames North Korea for WannaCry ransomware outbreak

North Korea was determined to be the culprit after studying “classified, sensitive information” which “can’t be shared unfortunately”, says Department of Homeland Security.


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Europol warns ransomware has taken cybercrime ‘to another level’

Europol, the European Union’s police agency, has warned of the significantly rising threat posed by ransomware.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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GCHQ knew FBI was planning to arrest WannaCry’s ‘accidental hero’ before he travelled to the USA

The US authorities saved themselves an awful lot of paperwork and legal expense arresting their suspect on their own soil rather than trying to extradite him from the UK.


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MalwareTech is back online, as he pleads not guilty to Kronos malware charges

British security researcher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to malware charges in a US court, and returns to Twitter.


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FBI arrests WannaCry’s ‘accidental hero’ in connection with Kronos banking trojan

Marcus Hutchins, aka MalwareTech, the British security researcher who was credited with stopping the hard-hitting WannaCry ransomware worm that hit the UK’s NHS hard earlier this year, has been arrested in Las Vegas.


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Two suspects arrested in connection with WannaCry Android lookalikes

Chinese authorities have arrested two individuals who are believed to have helped develop and distribute Android ransomware mimicking the WannaCry ransom-worm.

David Bisson reports.


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Police cancel 590 speeding fines after WannaCry hits traffic cameras

Australian drivers whose traffic offences were caught on malware-infected speed cameras may be off the hook after all.


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WannaCry ransomware infects Australian traffic cameras, human error blamed

55 traffic and speed cameras in the state of Victoria, Australia, have been accidentally infected with the WannaCry ransomware.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Windows XP ‘did not contribute much’ to WannaCry infection totals

Even in the absence of encrypted files, no one wants a Blue Screen of Death.

David Bisson reports.


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Yup, the Android app store is full of useless, unwanted anti-WannaCry apps

Apps claiming to protect Android users against WannaCry ransomware are popping up on Google Play, but all of them are a bunch of hogwash.

David Bisson reports.


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US politicians think companies should be allowed to ‘hack back’ after WannaCry

ACDC bill would give green light for firms to launch counterattacks against hackers. But is that really a good idea?


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North Korea denies link to WannaCry ransomware attack

Some security researchers have found similarities between WannaCry and malware previously written by a hacking group linked to North Korea.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Smashing Security #021: WannaCry – Who’s to blame?

The WannaCry ransomware predictably dominates the discussion in our podcast this week, but that’s not the only security story that caught our eye.

Computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault are joined on the podcast this week by special guest Paul Baccas.


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Microsoft: WannaCry outbreak reveals why governments shouldn’t hoard vulnerabilities

The NSA built the exploit which was used by the WannaCry ransomware to spread. But the NSA only told Microsoft because hackers had stolen the details from them.

Understandably, Microsoft is less than impressed…

David Bisson reports.


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WannaCry ransomware hits systems worldwide

The WannaCry ransomware is hitting organisations around the world – including the UK’s National Health Service – assisted by a vulnerability that the NSA chose to keep secret from MIcrosoft.


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