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Computer hackers are getting more sophisticated. They are not afraid to hold cities, states, and companies’ hostage until they pay a ransom. Hackers are modern day tech pirates that disrupt computer programs and turn shareholders into anxiety-ridden puppets. Computer networks in Denver, Atlanta, and Baltimore, as well as a computer network of Boeing Airlines, are recent victims. Atlanta’s computers went down on March 22nd when a hacker locked important data behind an encrypted wall. The wall would stay in place, according to the hackers, until the city pays the hackers $51,000 in Bitcoins. Atlanta has a week to comply. If the city doesn’t pay, all that important data will vanish, according to the computer pirates. No one is sure if Atlanta paid the money, according to a Fox News report. But Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms didn’t rule out payment.

The hacking group calls itself “SamSam.” SamSam is not new to the hacking world. The group pocketed more than $800,000 in 2017. The city of Leeds, Atlanta paid SamSam $12,000 in February 2018 to release their data. But Atlanta is not the only city that SamSam has in its hacking sights this month. Officials in Baltimore said their 911 dispatch system was under attack. The system was down for 17 hours recently to prove the hackers were serious. The hackers were able to get into the system after the city made an internal change to their firewall. But the Baltimore hackers didn’t ask for money, and that is concerning, according to Frank Johnson, Baltimore’s chief information officer.

Boeing, the world’s top aerospace company, is also under attack by the now famous WannaCry ransomware. WannaCry is the same ransomware that crippled Britain’s healthcare services in 2017. The Boeing attack is not as serious as the attack in Britain, according to Boeing’s head of communications Linda Mills. Mills also said the 777 jet program was not part of the hack. Mills said only a few company machines were under attack.

Denver also had a suspicious outage when denvergov.org and pocketgov.org, as well as other online services, suddenly stopped in March. Some city staffers lost access to their email account. Denver officials claim the shutdown was the work of a computer bug, but Colorado’s Department of Transportation was a SamSam victim in February. The hackers said the information would come back to them if Colorado paid in Bitcoins, according to a news report by Denver7.

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Hacked! Crooks are Grabbing Nonprofit Websites and Demanding Ransom

Joy O’Neal, executive director of The Red Barn, received an unexpected telephone call from her brother early one April morning in 2015. He had been out with a friend and talking about the Leeds, Ala.- based organization, when they visited … View full post on National Cyber Security Ventures

Yahoo hit with angry letter from US senators demanding urgent response to hacking probe

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Yahoo hit with angry letter from US senators demanding urgent response to hacking probe

US senators are turning up the heat against technology firm Yahoo, complaining about its lacklustre response to an ongoing hacking probe into two of the biggest data breaches recorded in history that involved over a billion user accounts. In a …

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‘Showdown Year’ for Cyber-Attacks Has Hackers Demanding Ransom in Bitcoin

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(The Street) — Data breaches at eBay (EBAY), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Home Depot (HD) coupled with cyber-attacks on U.S. government agencies show the risks posed by hackers will only increase, regulators warn, and finance companies are finding themselves on the front lines. A case in point is the recent warning from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or Finra, that a hacker group known as DD4BC has threatened denial-of-service attacks on its members unless they pay a ransom in the digital currency Bitcoin. The group typically gives the targeted firm a warning that sets a price to avoid the attack, Finra said. The next step is a “demonstration attack” accompanied by a demand for payment within 24 hours. Ransom demands for large firms have ranged from several thousand to several hundred thousand dollars, Finra said. Firms in New Zealand and Australia have been targeted, too, and the Swiss government sounded an alarm about DD4BC earlier this year. “In many ways, it is a showdown year,” said Kevin Petrasic, a partner in the banking and payment systems division at law firm Paul Hastings, which has offices in New York, Europe and Asia. “There are various reasons for this that have largely […]

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RansomWeb: Crooks Start Encrypting Websites And Demanding Thousands Of Dollars From Businesses

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In another startling development in the world of cyber crime, malicious hackers have started taking over website servers, encrypting the data on them and demanding payment to unlock the files. A large European financial services company, whose name was not disclosed, was the first known victim of this potentially business-destroying attack, according to Swiss security firm High-Tech Bridge, which investigated the breach in December 2014. The security firm labelled the attack RansomWeb. The brazen techniques used and the high ransom represent a more aggressive take on ransomware – malware which encrypted people’s PCs and asked for payment, typically between $100 and £1,000. Though only a handful of attacks have been seen, many expect such extortion to grow rapidly in 2015. The initial attack started six months’ prior to the victim’s website being shut down by the hackers, who were surreptitiously locking up the most critical data on the server using “on-the-fly” tweaks to the site’s PHP code functions. The criminals stored the key to decrypt the data on their own remote web server accessible only via HTTPS encrypted communications, supposed to guarantee no one with visibility on those connections could get access to the data but them. As soon as they pulled the […]

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