Hackers WannaCry All the Way to the Bank

19 May 2018 in Digital Download

Hackers WannaCry All the Way to the Bank

Late last week, a ransomware attack dubbed “WannaCry” rapidly spread across the globe, locking people out of their data and demanding they either pay a ransom or lose everything. So far, more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries have been affected, with victims including hospitals, banks, telecommunications companies, and warehouses. The malware used a vulnerability that was first uncovered by the National Security Agency and then released by hackers on the internet. Fortunately, a researcher identified a URL in the code and by registering the domain inadvertently activated a kill switch built into the malware (in the process earning a $10,000 bounty and free pizzas for a year). Even so, the authors have netted over $70,000 in ransoms since Friday. Read more >

Pirates Pirate Pirates

Speaking of ransoms, Hackers claim to have stolen the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film and are demanding that Disney pay a ransom, or else have it released online. The hackers are asking for “an enormous amount of money” to be paid in Bitcoin and said they would release increasingly long chunks of the movie if their demand isn’t met. Disney is reportedly refusing to pay and has begun working with the FBI. If the picture is ultimately released, it could be the worst thing to happen to Johnny Depp’s ability to pull in box office since The Lone RangerRead more >

Time to Change Your Password Again

Researchers (a.k.a. people wasting time surfing the web instead of working) discovered a new database containing over 560 million passwords that has been dumped online. The database has over 75GB in size and contains data structured in a readable format. It includes data from at least 10 previous leaks, including LinkedIn, Dropbox, Neopets, RiverCityMedia, Tumblr, Lastfm, and MySpace, just to name a few... This, of course, is shocking news. Who knew MySpace is still active?? Read more >