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Catholic Bishops Seek Answers in Rising Vandalism Incidents

It was after a pair of Catholic churches caught ablaze last summer, one in Southern California and another in Florida, that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops decided to start documenting and tracking vandalism at Catholic sites across the country. …

Governments Turn Tables on Ransomware Gang REvil by Pushing it Offline

The ransomware group REvil was itself hacked and forced offline this week by a multi-country operation, according to three private sector cyber experts working with the United States and one former official. Former partners and associates of the Russian-led criminal …

Detroit Changing Towing Rules After Corruption Probes

Officials in Detroit are looking at making continued changes to city towing rules after several federal corruption probes. Mayor Mike Duggan told reporters Thursday that he’s asked the city’s police chief for a plan in two weeks to eliminate a …

Attorneys, Physicians Charged in $31M Trip-and-Fall Fraud Scheme

Two attorneys and two doctors are charged in a $31 million insurance fraud scheme where plaintiffs were allegedly recruited from New York City homeless shelters to stage accidents at locations with identified trip hazards, federal prosecutors say. The conspirators left …

Ransomware Gangs Get Paid Off as Officials Struggle for Fix

BOSTON (AP) — If your business falls victim to ransomware and you want simple advice on whether to pay the criminals, don’t expect much help from the U.S. government. The answer is apt to be: It depends. “It is the …

Meat Company JBS Confirms it Paid $11M Ransom in Cyberattack

The world’s largest meat processing company says it paid the equivalent of $11 million to hackers who broke into its computer system late last month. Brazil-based JBS SA said on May 31 that it was the victim of a ransomware …

Global Sting Began by Creating Message Service for Crooks

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When the FBI dismantled an encrypted messaging service based in Canada in 2018, agents noticed users moving to other networks. Instead of following their tracks to rivals, investigators decided on a new tactic: creating their own …

Global Sting: Secure FBI-Run Messaging Network Tricks Crooks

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Criminal gangs divulged plans for moving drug shipments and carrying out killings on a secure messaging system secretly run by the FBI, law enforcement agencies said Tuesday, as they unveiled a global sting operation they …

U.S. Says Ransomware Attack on Meatpacker JBS Likely From Russia

CHICAGO/ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House said on Tuesday that Brazil’s JBS SA has informed the U.S. government that a ransomware attack against the company that has disrupted meat production in North America and Australia originated from a …

CNA Financial Paid $40 Million in Ransom After March Cyberattack

CNA Financial Corp., among the largest insurance companies in the U.S., paid $40 million in late March to regain control of its network after a ransomware attack, according to people with knowledge of the attack. The Chicago-based company paid the …