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Pipeline attacker Darkside suddenly goes dark—here’s what we know

Enlarge Darkside—the ransomware group that disrupted gasoline distribution across a wide swath of the US this week—has gone dark, leaving it unclear if the group is ceasing, suspending, or altering its operations or is simply orchestrating an exit scam. On Thursday, all eight of the dark web sites Darkside used to communicate with the public […]

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Ireland’s healthcare system taken down after ransomware attack

Enlarge / St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. (credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images) Ireland has shut down most of the major IT systems running its national healthcare service, leaving doctors unable to access patient records and people unsure of whether they should show up for appointments, following a “very sophisticated” ransomware attack. Paul Reid, […]

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Biden signs executive order to strengthen US cybersecurity

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Photographer is my life) Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday in an attempt to bolster US cybersecurity defenses, after a number of devastating hacks including the Colonial pipeline attack revealed vulnerabilities across business and government. “Recent cybersecurity incidents… are a sobering reminder that US public and private sector […]

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Colonial Pipeline resumes operations after ransomware prompted closure

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Colonial Pipeline said it restarted operations on Wednesday afternoon after a five-day outage brought on by a ransomware attack caused gasoline shortages and panic buying in East Coast states. “Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” the operator of the […]

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Ransomware crooks post cops’ psych evaluations after talks with DC police stall

Enlarge (credit: carlballou / Getty Images) A ransomware gang that hacked the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in April posted personnel records on Tuesday that revealed highly sensitive details for almost two dozen officers, including the results of psychological assessments and polygraph tests; driver’s license images; fingerprints; social security numbers; dates of birth; […]

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Amazon “seized and destroyed” 2 million counterfeit products in 2020

Enlarge / Amazon trailers backed into bays at a distribution center in Miami, Florida, in August 2019. (credit: Getty Images | Lawrence Glass) Amazon “seized and destroyed” over 2 million counterfeit products that sellers sent to Amazon warehouses in 2020 and “blocked more than 10 billion suspected bad listings before they were published in our […]

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Security researcher successfully jailbreaks an Apple AirTag

After permanently bricking two AirTags, stacksmashing succeeded in breaking into and reprogramming a third. [credit: stacksmashing ] This weekend, German security researcher stacksmashing declared success at breaking into, dumping, and reflashing the microcontroller of Apple’s new AirTag object-location product. Breaking into the microcontroller essentially meant being able both to research how the devices function (by analyzing […]

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Hackers who shut down pipeline: We don’t want to cause “problems for society”

Enlarge / Problems with Colonial Pipeline’s distribution system tend to lead to gasoline runs and price increases across the US Southeast and Eastern seaboard. In this September 2016 photo, a man prepared to refuel his vehicle after a Colonial leak in Alabama. (credit: Luke Sharrett via Getty Images) On Friday, Colonial Pipeline took many of […]

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Apple brass discussed disclosing 128-million iPhone hack, then decided not to

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) In September 2015, Apple managers had a dilemma on their hands: should, or should they not, notify 128 million iPhone users of what remains the worst mass iOS compromise on record? Ultimately, all evidence shows, they chose to keep quiet. The mass hack first came to light when researchers uncovered 40 […]

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Ajit Pai promised cheaper Internet—real prices rose 19 percent instead

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | MirageC) The average US home-Internet bill increased 19 percent during the first three years of the Trump administration, disproving former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s claim that deregulation lowered prices, according to a new report by advocacy group Free Press. For tens of millions of families that aren’t wealthy, […]