The US and UK may be engaged in cyber-offensives against North Korea in retaliation for attacks such as WannaCry, which caused widespread disruption to public services, companies and homes around the world in May. Neither the UK nor the US government will confirm whether they have already mounted revenge cyber-attacks against North Korea. However, a hint that action was already being taken was offered on Tuesday when Facebook said it had recently deleted accounts linked to the Lazarus Group, a hacking entity associated with North Korea that both the US and UK blame for the WannaCry attacks. A spokesperson for the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the public face of the surveillance agency GCHQ, said on Tuesday: “Our assessment has been that North Korean actors known as the Lazarus Group were very likely responsible for the WannaCry attack back in May this year.” Although the White House announced only on Tuesday that it believed North Korea was behind the … [Read more...] about Facebook action hints at western retaliation over WannaCry attack
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A ransomware attack that affected at least 2,000 individuals and organisations worldwide on Tuesday appears to have been deliberately engineered to damage IT systems rather than extort funds, according to security researchers. The attack began in Ukraine, and spread through a hacked Ukrainian accountancy software developer to companies in Russia, western Europe and the US. The software demanded payment of $300 (£230) to restore the user’s files and settings. The malware’s advanced intrusion techniques were in stark contrast with its rudimentary payment infrastructure, according to a pseudonymous security researcher known as “the grugq”. The researcher said the software was “definitely not designed to make money” but “to spread fast and cause damage, [using the] plausibly deniable cover of ‘ransomware’”. This analysis was supported by UC Berkley academic Nicholas Weaver, who told the infosec blog Krebs on Security: … [Read more...] about Ransomware attack ‘not designed to make money’, researchers claim
Cybersecurity experts have warned businesses against meeting hackers’ demands for money in the wake of the “unprecedented” attack on hundreds of thousands of computer systems around the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it. The worm used in Friday’s attack, dubbed WannaCry or WanaCrypt0r, encrypted more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries for ransoms of $300 to $600 to restore access. The full damage of the attack and its economic cost was still unclear, but Europol’s director, Rob Wainwright, said its global reach was precedented, and more victims were likely to become known in the coming days. The extent of the WannaCry attack prompted questions about what to do in the event of a ransomware infection, with many experts advising against paying the ransom, saying not only could it fail to release the data, it could expose victims to further risk. Peter … [Read more...] about Don’t pay WannaCry demands, cybersecurity experts say
The last time Gabriel Armando de Abreu posed for a team photograph at Villarreal, he squatted down in the front row dressed all in black while everyone else wore yellow. In his hands was a ceramic yellow submarine, a memento of his time at the Madrigal. It had been brief – he was leaving less than 18 months after he had arrived from Brazil for €3.5m (£2.6m) – but he had left his mark. He said goodbye before last weekend’s match against Levante, Villarreal’s 18th unbeaten, and supporters applauded him on to the field, chanting his name as he joined his now former team-mates lining up before the cameras. There were tears. Gabriel’s voice cracked and an interview broke off. “It’s a bit difficult,” he said, swallowing hard. “That’s life: one day you’re in one place, the next you’re somewhere else.” That somewhere else is London; Gabriel joined Arsenal for a fee that could rise to almost €19m. … [Read more...] about Dynamic, intense and strong: might Gabriel Paulista be Arsenal’s answer?
There was a glint in Nolito’s eye and grin on his face. “A turd,” he said. “A turdy turd”. It was the build up to Barcelona’s visit to Balaídos and the Celta Vigo forward was sitting in the sun at the club’s A Madroa training ground, a camera pointing his way. “If Messi, Neymar and Suárez are the MSN,” he was asked, “what does that make Aspas, Nolito and Orellana?” Going by the initials would have been bad enough – a, n and o spells anus in Spanish – but Nolito went further, before then adding: “OK, let’s just say we have a little something, we understand each other well and we try to score goals to help our team. [But] Messi, Suárez and Neymar are the best attackers in the world.” The fact that he was asked at all underlined that Iago Aspas, Nolito and Fabián Orellana have more than a little something; together they’re one of the most exciting, dynamic forward … [Read more...] about Celta Vigo cut Barcelona off at source as their attacking trio outshine MSN