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  • A patient has died after ransomware hackers hit a German hospital September 18, 2020
    For the first time ever, a patient’s death has been linked directly to a cyberattack. Police have launched a “negligent homicide” investigation after ransomware disrupted emergency care at Düsseldorf University Hospital in Germany. The victim: Prosecutors in Cologne say a female patient from Düsseldorf was scheduled to undergo critical care at the hospital when the…
    Patrick O'Neill
  • The Russian hackers who interfered in 2016 were spotted targeting the 2020 US election September 10, 2020
    Russian military hackers responsible for cyberattacks against Democratic targets during the 2016 American election are now targeting over 200 organizations in the United States (including political parties, think tanks, and consultants serving both Democrats and Republicans), according to Microsoft, which is increasingly calling out Russian cyber espionage. In the final weeks before the November 3…
    Patrick O'Neill
  • North Korean hackers steal billions in cryptocurrency. How do they turn it into real cash? September 10, 2020
    For years, North Korea’s Kim dynasty has made money through criminal schemes like drug trafficking and counterfeiting cash. In the last decade, Pyongyang has increasingly turned to cybercrime—using armies of hackers to conduct billion-dollar heists against banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, such as an attack in 2018 that netted $250 million in one fell swoop. The…
    Patrick O'Neill
  • How a $1 million plot to hack Tesla failed August 28, 2020
    Hacking isn’t all 1s and 0s—more often than you’d think, it’s about people. A Tesla employee was offered a $1 million bribe in early August to install ransomware on the car company’s networks in Nevada, a scheme that could have netted a cybercrime gang many more millions in extortion, according to a newly unsealed US…
    Patrick O'Neill
  • Israeli phone hacking company faces court fight over sales to Hong Kong August 25, 2020
    Human rights advocates filed a new court petition against the Israeli phone hacking company Cellebrite, urging Israel’s ministry of defense to halt the firm’s exports to Hong Kong, where security forces have been using the technology in crackdowns against dissidents as China takes greater control. In July, police court filings revealed that Cellebrite’s phone hacking…
    Patrick O'Neill
  • E-learning? There’s a database for that. Real-time data? That, too August 20, 2020
    Companies of all sizes and maturity levels, from startups to multinational corporations, have at least this in common: they know that using data effectively is a key driver of innovation, competitive advantage, and growth. Now that expensive hardware and software are no longer prerequisites for innovation, thanks to the rise of cloud computing, startups can…
    Jason Sparapani
  • The man who built a spyware empire says it’s time to come out of the shadows August 19, 2020
    Shalev Hulio wants to explain himself. Normally, silence and secrecy are inherent in the spy business. For nine full years, Hulio never talked publicly about his billion-dollar hacking company—even when his hacking tools were linked to scandal or he was accused of being complicit in human rights abuses around the world. Lately, though, he’s speaking…
    Bobbie Johnson
  • Inside NSO, Israel’s billion-dollar spyware giant August 19, 2020
    Maâti Monjib speaks slowly, like a man who knows he’s being listened to.  It’s the day of his 58th birthday when we speak, but there’s little celebration in his voice. “The surveillance is hellish,” Monjib tells me. “It is really difficult. It controls everything I do in my life.” A history professor at the University…
    Tate Ryan-Mosley
  • The quest for quantum-proof encryption just made a leap forward August 3, 2020
    Quantum computers could make encryption a thing of the past, but 15 contenders are trying to prove they have what it takes to safeguard your data.
    Patrick O'Neill
  • Chinese and Russian hackers were just sanctioned by Europe for the first time July 30, 2020
    The European Union imposed its first-ever sanctions for cyberattacks on Thursday, targeting Russian, Chinese, and North Korean groups connected to several major hacking incidents. The action, which includes travel bans and asset freezes on individuals and organizations connected to ransomware and industrial espionage, follow earlier sanctions put in place by the United States. Retaliation for…
    Patrick O'Neill