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 •  December 4

Google might be in trouble for collecting the personal data of its users, but many companies have a growing incentive to rid their hands of the data that users entrust them with. This is because of growing costs of holding onto it. A major cause is the rising number of cyber attacks where hackers steal the identity information held by companies,...

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 •  November 21

Saudi authorities said Monday they had detected an "advanced" cyber attack targeting the kingdom, in a fresh attempt by hackers to disrupt government computers. The government's National Cyber Security Centre said the attack involved the use of "Powershell" malware, but it did not comment on the source of the attack or which government bodies were...

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 •  October 24

Ukraine's Odessa International Airport said on Facebook that its "information system" stopped functioning in the afternoon. "All airport services are working in a reinforced security regime," the airport said without elaborating. Its website showed air traffic going in and out of the Black Sea resort city according to schedule. Russia's Interfax...

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 •  October 12

The security software firm Kaspersky has become the focal point in an escalating conflict in cyberspace between the United States and Russia. The Russian-based company has been accused of being a vehicle for hackers to steal security secrets from the US National Security Agency, and was banned by all American government agencies last month. But it...

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 •  September 26

"The malware being used has evolved significantly and the scope and scale of the attacks have grown proportionately," said Steven Wilson, who head's Europol's EC3 cyber crime centre. Previously criminals used physical 'skimming' devices or USB sticks or CDs to install malware within ATMs but since 2015 "a new and unnerving trend... has been picking...

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 •  September 12

When malicious software takes over computers around the world, encrypts their data and demands a ransom to decode the information, regular activities of governments, companies and hospitals slam to a halt. Sometimes security researchers release a fix that allows computer owners to decrypt their machines without paying, but many people are forced to...

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 •  September 11

Roman Valeryevich Seleznev pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud in Atlanta, and to participating in a racketeering enterprise in the "carder.su" case in Las Vegas, federal prosecutors in Nevada and the U.S. state of Georgia said in a written statement. Seleznev's defense attorney, Igor Litvak in New York, said Monday his...

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 •  July 21

The 29-year-old described as "the worst mistake of my life" the attack that knocked more than a million German households offline in November and added his motivation was money. The defendant, who was not named, was arrested in February at London's Luton airport on a European arrest warrant for attempted computer sabotage and extradited to...

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 •  July 18

More than 16m patient records were stolen from healthcare organisations in the US and related parties in 2016. That year, healthcare was the fifth most targeted industry when it came to cyber-attacks. And earlier this year, Britain's National Health Service was crippled by a ransomware attack that locked up the computers holding many of its records...

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 •  July 16

The heavily protected server room will contain important Estonian e-government data, so that the NATO and eurozone member can access it even when systems are down at home. "Data security and cyber security are generally crucial from the perspective of both people's confidence and the functioning of services," Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said...