THREE jihadist attacks in Britain in as many months have led to a flood of suggestions about how to fight terrorism, from more police and harsher jail sentences to new legal powers. But one idea has gained momentum in both Europe and America—that internet firms are doing the jihadists’ work for them.
TO HELP shield their products from ransomware like the recent worldwide WannaCry attack, most big software-makers pay “bug bounties” to those who report vulnerabilities in their products that need to be patched. Payouts of up to $20,000 are common.
The cyber threat goes beyond hijacking computers. It’s about economics, politics, power and human psychology.
The “WannaCry” mass ransomware attack that disrupted the NHS and other organisations around the globe has refocused attention on the issue of cybersecurity; on the role of nation state actors (in this case the US National Security Agency, or NSA) in creating “exploits” that can fall into the wrong hands; and on the internet marketplaces where such exploits can be traded.
As organisations across the globe attempt to get back to normal in the messy aftermath of the huge WannaCry ransomware attack, cybersecurity professionals say it should act as a warning of the impact even basic malware can have.
IT SOUNDS like a Hollywood disaster film. A group of hackers use a stolen cyber-weapon to try to extort money from people worldwide. The attack cripples hospitals, causing ambulances to be diverted and operations to be cancelled.
Think of it like a wine club, they said — but for cyber weapons. On Tuesday, as the world was reeling from the impact of WannaCry, one of the most virulent cyber attacks in internet history, the group that began it all took a moment to relish what it had wrought.
IN 1933 Britain’s parliament was considering the Banditry bill—the government’s response to a crime wave. The problem was that criminals were using a newfangled invention, the motor car, to carry out robberies faster than the police could respond. The bill’s proposed answer to these “smash-and-grab” raids was to create new powers to search cars and to construct road blocks.
The WANNACRY RANSOMWARE ATTACK has quickly become the worst digital disaster to strike the internet in years, crippling transportation and hospitals globally. But it increasingly appears that this is not the work of hacker masterminds.
A NEW STRAIN of ransomware has spread quickly all over the world, causing crises in National Health Service hospitals and facilities around England, and gaining particular traction in Spain, where it has hobbled the large telecom company Telefonica, the natural gas company Gas Natural, and the electrical company Iberdrola.
A new kind of attack is targeting unsecured Internet of Things devices by scrambling their code and rendering them useless.
OVER a couple of days in February, hundreds of thousands of point-of-sale printers in restaurants around the world began behaving strangely. Some churned out bizarre pictures of computers and giant robots signed, “with love from the hacker God himself”.