Malware

In this Nov. 7, 2012 photo, U.S. and Chinese national flags are hung outside a hotel during the U.S. Presidential election event, organized by the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Government-linked Chinese hackers have intercepted the text messages of thousands of foreigners by penetrating a telecommunications provider and planting eavesdropping software on its servers, the cybersecurity firm FireEye says. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
October 31, 2019 - 9:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese hackers with a history of state-sponsored espionage have intercepted the text messages of thousands of foreigners in a targeted campaign that planted eavesdropping software on a telecommunications provider's servers, a cybersecurity firm said. FireEye said in a report...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2018, file photo the icons of Facebook and WhatsApp are pictured on an iPhone in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Facebook has sued the Israeli hacker-for-hire company NSO Group for allegedly targeting some 1,400 users of its encrypted messaging service WhatsApp with highly sophisticated spyware. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
October 29, 2019 - 5:45 pm
Facebook sued the Israeli hacker-for-hire company NSO Group on Tuesday in U.S. federal court for allegedly targeting some 1,400 users of its encrypted messaging service WhatsApp with highly sophisticated spyware. The lawsuit filed in San Francisco is the first legal action of its kind, according to...
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FILE - This Wednesday Oct. 12, 2011, file photo, shows the Blackberry logo on a box in Ottawa, Canada. A report Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, by Canadian company Blackberry identifies new espionage campaigns attempting to steal sensitive data from mobile devices. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
October 23, 2019 - 9:37 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A security firm says fake smartphone apps laden with malware are targeting Pakistan's military and government. A report Wednesday by Canadian company BlackBerry identifies new espionage campaigns attempting to steal sensitive data from mobile devices. BlackBerry says it doesn't...
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FILE - This Jan. 11, 2018 file photo shows Alexis Bledel at the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Cybersecurity firm McAfee on Monday crowned Bledel the most dangerous celebrity on the internet in 2019. No other celebrity was more likely to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
October 21, 2019 - 8:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Alexis Bledel has been bookish and sweet on "Gilmore Girls" and "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." But the actress herself is now officially dangerous. Cybersecurity firm McAfee on Monday crowned Bledel the most dangerous celebrity on the internet in 2019. No other...
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October 11, 2019 - 8:23 am
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama hospital chain that quit accepting new patients after a malware attack crippled computer systems said it has resumed normal operations after paying a ransom demand. The DCH Health System said its hospitals in the west Alabama cities of Tuscaloosa, Northport and...
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October 05, 2019 - 2:08 pm
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama hospital system that quit accepting new patients after a ransomware attack said Saturday it had gotten a key to unlock its computer systems. A statement from DCH Health Systems didn't say how the three-hospital system got the information needed to unlock its data...
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, signs on a bank of computers tell visitors that the machines are not working at the public library in Wilmer, Texas. Some cybersecurity professionals are concerned that insurance policies designed to limit the damage of ransomware attacks might actually be encouraging hackers. Twenty-two local governments in Texas were hit in August. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
September 20, 2019 - 10:36 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000. No way, thought County Commission President Vidya Kora. But less than a...
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August 20, 2019 - 4:24 pm
DALLAS (AP) — More than 20 local governments in Texas were targeted in a coordinated ransomware attack of unprecedented size on Friday, but several of the cities had resumed normal operations by Tuesday, state officials said. The Texas Department of Information Resources said in a statement that it...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, visitors watch the North side from the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea. U.N. experts say they are investigating at least 35 instances in 17 countries of North Koreans using cyberattacks to illegally raise money for its nuclear program, and they are calling for sanctions against ships providing gasoline and diesel to the country. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
August 12, 2019 - 7:52 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say they are investigating at least 35 instances in 17 countries of North Koreans using cyberattacks to illegally raise money for weapons of mass destruction programs — and they are calling for sanctions against ships providing gasoline and diesel to the country...
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FILE - This Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo shows Marcus Hutchins, a British cybersecurity expert during an interview in Ilfracombe, England. Hutchins, credited with stopping a worldwide computer virus in 2017 is about to learn his sentence for creating malware designed to steal banking information. He appears in federal court in Milwaukee on Friday, July 26. He pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to distribute malware called Kronos from 2012 to 2015. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
July 26, 2019 - 12:54 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on sentencing for a British cybersecurity expert who pleaded guilty to creating malware (all times local): 12:50 p.m. A British cybersecurity expert credited with helping stop a worldwide computer virus in May 2017 won't serve any additional time behind bars for creating...
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