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U.S. Issues Alert About Malware Used by Chinese Government

The U.S. government issued an alert Monday that a type of malware seen frequently by security researchers in the last decade is tied to the Chinese government, the latest in a series of American warnings about China’s cyber capabilities this …

Free Fast Food and Coupons Latest Virus-Related Hacker Scam

Hackers have been having a field day exploiting the coronavirus, sending phony emails with malicious links purporting to be from health agencies or other trusted sources. In one recent cyber scam, state-backed hackers posed as American fast-food franchises, according to …

Hacking Against Corporations Surges as Workers Take Computers Home

SAN FRANCISCO — Hacking activity against corporations in the United States and other countries more than doubled by some measures last month as digital thieves took advantage of security weakened by pandemic work-from-home policies, researchers said. Corporate security teams have …

U.S., U.K. Issue Alert on Growing Use of Covid-themed Hacks

Coronavirus-themed phishing attacks have become so pervasive that the governments of the U.S. and U.K. issued a joint warning Wednesday about their growing use. Advanced hacking groups seek to further “long-standing priorities” including espionage and “hack and leak” campaigns while …

Zoom Grapples With Security Flaws That Sour Users on App

During the coronavirus pandemic, it seems as if everyone is connecting with Zoom’s videoconferencing app — including, on occasion, unwanted visitors. Online trolls have been sneaking into web meetings and disrupting them with profanities and pornography for at least the …

Insurer Chubb Investigating a ‘Computer Security Incident’

Insurer Chubb Ltd on Thursday said it is investigating a computer security incident that may involve unauthorized access to data held by an outside service provider. Chubb has no evidence that the incident affected its network, a spokesman said. “Our …

‘Snake’ Ransomware Linked to Iran, Targets Industrial Controls

An Israeli cybersecurity firm has identified a new type of ransomware that it believes was created by Iran and has the ability to lock up or even delete industrial control systems. Tel Aviv-based Otorio, a cybersecurity firm which specializes in …

Wawa Facing Lawsuits Over Data Breach at All of its Stores

PHILADELPHIA — The Wawa convenience store chain is facing a wave of lawsuits over a data breach that affected its 850 locations along the East Coast. Wawa Inc. discovered malware on its payment processing servers this month before stopping the …

Malware Broker Behind U.S. Hacks is Now Teaching Computer Skills in China

LONDON/SHANGHAI — A Chinese malware broker who was sentenced in the United States this year for dealing in malicious software linked to major hacks is back at his old workplace: teaching high-school computer courses, including one on internet security. Yu …

Russian Hacker Gets 4 Years in U.S. Prison for Malware Attacks

A Russian hacker who admitted to using malicious software known as NeverQuest to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from online banking accounts was sentenced to four years in a U.S. prison. Stanislov Lisov, 33, also known as “Black” or …