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6 Russian Officers Charged in ‘Destructive’ Hacking Campaign

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced charges against Russian intelligence officers in cyberattacks that targeted a French presidential election, the Winter Olympics in South Korea and American businesses. The case implicates the Kremlin unit that interfered in the 2016 U.S. …

U.S. Treasury Warns Cyber Insurers Payments to Hackers May Violate Sanctions

Cyber insurers and other financial institutions that facilitate payments to hackers to end cyberattacks risk running afoul of sanctions rules, the U.S. Treasury Department warned on Thursday. The warnings, which referenced malicious programs known as ransomware, came in advisories from …

Hackers Are Targeting the Remote Workers Who Keep Your Lights On

In July alone, hackers took over the twitter accounts of U.S. politicians, stole terrabytes of coronavirus research and even infiltrated the U.K.’s Premier League soccer clubs. Can they cut off your electricity, too? They’re trying. With millions of Americans now …

New Tool Fools Hackers into Sharing Keys for Better Cybersecurity

Instead of blocking hackers, a new cybersecurity defense approach developed by University of Texas at Dallas computer scientists actually welcomes them. The method, called DEEP-Dig (DEcEPtion DIGging), ushers intruders into a decoy site so the computer can learn from hackers’ …

Ransomware Attack on Hospital Shows New Risk for Muni-Bond Issuers

Hackers have finally done what bond issuers may have feared most from cyber criminals. A ransomware attack on Pleasant Valley Hospital in West Virginia was partly responsible for the hospital’s breach of its covenant agreement, according to a notice to …

Ohio Gears Up Cyber Soldiers for Virtual Defense Tactics in 2020

Cyberattacks in Ohio have disrupted airport flight displays, led to the shutdown of a help line during a winter storm and cut off access to police investigation reports temporarily. The Buckeye State is fighting back. Its first volunteer cyber reservists …

Operator of ‘Booter’ Service for Cyber Attacks Sentenced to 13 Months

An Illinois man who has been hacking since he was a teenager was sentenced last week to 13 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $542,925 for operating a service that charged subscription fees to hackers who launched millions of …

Healthcare Provider Cyber Attacks Are Up in Recent Months

Healthcare providers and government agencies across the U.S. have seen an increase in cybersecurity breaches in recent months, exposing sensitive data from hundreds of thousands of people as the sector scrambles to find adequate defense mechanisms. “These threats are real,” …

Businesses Face Evolving Cyber Risk

Though several factors affect a firm’s cyber risk, people remain the critical vulnerability, according to Scott Stransky, assistant vice president and principal scientist with AIR Worldwide. In an audio interview with Claims Journal, he explained the evolving risk and what …

Hackers Drawn to Oil and Gas Industry’s Lack of Sensors, Controls

Oil and gas companies, including some of the most celebrated industry names in the Houston area, are facing increasingly sophisticated hackers seeking to steal trade secrets and disrupt operations, according to a newspaper investigation. A stretch of the Gulf Coast …