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NSA contractor pleads guilty in embarrassing leak case

Washington - A former contractor for the US National Security Agency's elite hacking group has agreed to plead guilty to removing classified documents in a case that highlighted a series of disastrous leaks of top-secret NSA materials.

Kremlin's new cyber weapons spark fears and fantasies

Moscow - From Donald Trump's election to Brexit and the Catalan crisis, accusations that the Kremlin is meddling in Western domestic affairs have heightened fears over Russian hackers, trolls and state-controlled media.

Cybersecurity trends for 2018

This year's big technology headlines have focused on cybersecurity and the range of businesses affected by cyberattacks. To help protect businesses in 2018, cybersecurity service firm Zenedge provides answers.

US military to send cyber soldiers to the battlefield

Washington - The US Army will soon send teams of cyber warriors to the battlefield, officials said Wednesday, as the military increasingly looks to take the offensive against enemy computer networks.

Cybersecurity is a $81.7 billion market — startups raking it in

Last year, investors put $3.5 billion into cybersecurity companies via more than 400 deals, according to CB Insights. And those numbers may well go up this year — the first quarter of 2017 set a five-year record for deals in the private security space.

Sweden data scandal costs two ministers their jobs

Stockholm - Two Swedish ministers lost their jobs on Thursday over a huge leak of sensitive data that has rocked the fragile centre-left government. But Prime Minister Stefan Lofven vowed he would be staying on despite speculation he could call a snap election.

Sweden PM reshuffles cabinet over data scandal

Stockholm - Two Swedish ministers will leave the government in a reshuffle sparked by a huge leak of sensitive data, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Thursday.

North Korea-linked hackers 'highly likely' behind WannaCry: Symantec

San Francisco - The Lazarus hacking group, widely believed to be connected to North Korea, is "highly likely" responsible for the WannaCry global cyberattack that hit earlier this month, US anti-virus firm Symantec said.

North Korea denies role in global cyberattack

New York - North Korea on Friday angrily dismissed reports linking its isolated regime to the global cyberattack that held thousands of computers to virtual ransom.

Bitcoin: Hackers' 'anonymous' currency

Paris - The perpetrators of the global cyberattack that caused havoc in 150 countries demanded "ransom" money in bitcoins, but experts believe the anonymity that the virtual currency affords is not necessarily impenetrable.

'Too early' to say who is behind cyberattacks: Europol

Den Haag - The European police agency said Tuesday it was still too early to determine who was behind a massive cyberattack which has caused global computer chaos, as researchers reported signs of a possible North Korean link.

Seoul cyber experts warn of more attacks as North blamed

Seoul - More cyberattacks could be in the pipeline after the global havoc caused by the Wannacry ransomware, South Korean cybersecurity experts warned Tuesday as fingers pointed at the North.

China denies universities hit hard by ransomware

Shanghai - Chinese authorities have said 66 of the country's universities were affected by the global ransomware attack, but have rejected reports of widespread damage in higher-education computer systems as "malicious" hype.

Whiz kid who foiled cyberattack

Paris - They are called white hats -- the good guys in the Wild West of the internet -- and they ride to the rescue as in the case of the 22-year-old British expert who helped stop the WannaCry cyberattack.

Disney blackmailed over apparent movie hack: reports

Los Angeles - Disney chief Bob Iger said on Monday hackers claiming to have access to one of the company's unreleased movies were demanding a "huge" ransom, according to US media reports.

Who's to blame for ransomware outbreak?

Washington - Questions are swirling over who is responsible for the security flaws exploited by hackers in the world's biggest ransomware attack to date, which crippled thousands of businesses and public organizations around the world.

Cyberattack fuels election row over UK health service

London - Life-saving operations cancelled, treatments delayed, medicine access restricted: Britain's health service struggled for a fourth day Monday with the fallout from a global cyberattack, putting ministers under pressure ahead of next month's election.

Putin says Russia has nothing to do with cyberattack

Bejing - Russia had nothing to do with a massive global cyberattack, President Vladimir Putin said Monday, criticising the US intelligence community for creating the original software.

Putin says Russia has nothing to do with cyberattack

Bejing - Russia had nothing to do with a massive global cyberattack, President Vladimir Putin said Monday, criticising the US intelligence community for creating the original software.

Putin says Russia has nothing to do with cyberattack

Bejing - Russia had nothing to do with a massive global cyberattack, President Vladimir Putin said Monday, criticising the US intelligence community for creating the original software.

New cyber chaos appears to have been avoided: Europol

Den Haag - European governments and companies appeared early Monday to have avoided further fallout from a crippling global cyberattack, the police agency Europol said.

Ransomware hits 'hundreds of thousands' of China PCs: firm

Shanghai - "Hundreds of thousands" of Chinese computers at nearly 30,000 institutions including government agencies have been hit by the global ransomware attack, a leading Chinese security-software provider has said, though the Asian impact has otherwise been re...

Worldwide ransomware attacks: What we know so far

London - Security agencies are hunting for those behind a crippling cyberattack which has so far hit hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide, including at government agencies, factories and health services.

World braces for more cyberattacks as work week begins

London - Governments and computer experts girded Monday for a possible worsening of the global cyberattack that has hit more than 150 countries, as Microsoft warned against stockpiling vulnerabilities like the one at the heart of the crisis.

Ransomware, the weapon wielded in cyber attacks

Paris - A software that demands a ransom was the weapon of choice used in a wave of unprecedented global cyber attacks Friday that affected 130,000 systems in more than 100 countries.

Cyberattack: major cyber attacks over the past 10 years

Paris - A huge range of organisations and companies around the world have been affected by the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack, described by the EU's law enforcement agency as "unprecedented".

Organisations hit by global cyberattack

Paris - A huge range of organisations around the world have been affected by the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack, described by the EU's law enforcement agency as "unprecedented".

Manhunt for hackers behind global cyberattack

London - International investigators are hunting for those behind an unprecedented cyber-attack that affected systems in dozens of countries, including at banks, hospitals and government agencies, as security experts sought to contain the fallout.

G7 finance chiefs talk cyber security in wake of attacks

Bari - G7 finance ministers turned their focus Saturday to combating cyber crime in what Italy's Pier Carlo Padoan described as an "unfortunately very timely" discussion.

Renault shuts down sites after being hit by cyberattack

Paris - French carmaker Renault is the latest major organisation to be hit by the massive wave of cyberattacks sweeping the globe, the company's management said on Saturday.
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Three men have pleaded guilty to US charges stemming from the Mirai botnet attacks that shut down pa...
Three men have pleaded guilty to US charges stemming from the Mirai botnet attacks that shut down parts of the internet last year
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