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Marcus Hutchins, better known as MalwareTech, has been sentenced to “time served” and one year of supervised release for developing and selling the Kronos banking malware. Yes, Hutchins will not go to prison, United States District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller ruled today in Milwaukee County Court, after describing his good work as “too many positives on …

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The U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to announce criminal charges against a North Korean government spy in connection with the 2017 global WannaCry ransomware attack and the 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment hack. According to multiple government officials cited by the NY Times who are familiar with the indictment, the charges would be brought against …

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)—the world’s largest makers of semiconductors and processors—was forced to shut down several of its chip-fabrication factories over the weekend after being hit by a computer virus. Now, it turns out that the computer virus outbreak at Taiwan chipmaker was the result of a variant of WannaCry—a massive ransomware attack that …

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One of the most devastating aspects of the recent WannaCry ransomware attack was its self-propagating capability exploiting a vulnerability in the file access protocol, SMB v1. Most enterprises defences are externally-facing, focused on stopping incoming email and web attacks. But, once attackers gain a foothold inside the network through malware, there are very few security …

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The 22-year-old British security researcher who gained fame for discovering the “kill switch” that stopped the outbreak of the WannaCry ransomware—has been reportedly arrested in the United States after attending the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas. Marcus Hutchins, operates under the alias MalwareTech on Twitter, was detained by the FBI in the state …

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The cyber criminals behind the global WannaCry ransomware attack that caused chaos worldwide have finally cashed out their ransom payments. Nearly three months ago, the WannaCry ransomware shut down hospitals, telecom providers, and many businesses worldwide, infecting hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries, encrypting files and then charging victims $300-$600 for …

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Although the wave of WannaCry and Petya ransomware has now been slowed down, money-motivated hackers and cyber criminals have taken lessons from the global outbreaks to make their malware more powerful. Security researchers have now discovered at least one group of cyber criminals that are attempting to give its banking Trojan the self-spreading worm-like capabilities …

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On Wednesday, the Samba Team released new security updates to fix a vulnerability in “all versions of Samba from 4.0.0 onward using embedded Heimdal Kerberos,” according to an announcement from the United States-Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). The upgrade comes in response to an invasive piece of malware which virally spread ransomware known as “WannaCry,” “WCry,” …

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Two massive ransomware attacks in less than two months have caused chaos across the globe. First came WannaCry—which hit the UK’s NHS particularly hard—and likely infected about 300,000 PCs worldwide — and this week a new variant of Petya followed. So far it looks like Petya will be much less widespread than WannaCry, but it …