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There’s new evidence tying WCry ransomware worm to prolific hacking group

Enlarge (credit: Health Service Journal) Researchers have found more digital fingerprints tying this month’s WCry ransomware worm to the same prolific hacking group that attacked Sony Pictures in 2014 and the Bangladesh Central Bank last year. Last week, a researcher at Google identified identical code found in a WCry sample from February and an early…

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“Yahoobleed” flaw leaked private e-mail attachments and credentials

Enlarge (credit: BenGrantham ) For years, Yahoo Mail has exposed a wealth of private user data because it failed to update widely used image-processing software that contained critical vulnerabilities. That’s according to a security researcher who warned that other popular services are also likely to be leaking sensitive subscriber secrets. Chris Evans, the researcher who…

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Windows 7, not XP, was the reason last week’s WCry worm spread so widely

Enlarge (credit: Kaspersky Lab ) Eight days ago, the WCry ransomware worm attacked more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries. The outbreak prompted infected hospitals to turn away patients and shut down computers in banks and telecoms. Now that researchers have had time to analyze the self-replicating attack, they’re learning details that shed new and…

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More people infected by recent WCry worm can unlock PCs without paying ransom

Enlarge (credit: Ed Westcott / American Museum of Science and Energy ) New hope glimmered on Friday for people hit by last week’s virulent ransomware worm after researchers showed that a broader range of PCs infected by WCry can be unlocked without owners making the $300 to $600 payment demand. A new publicly available tool…

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Meet Blair Hanley Frank, VentureBeat’s new staff writer

We’re thrilled to announce Blair Hanley Frank will join VentureBeat as a staff writer effective May 22, 2017. His areas of coverage will include artificial intelligence, big data, cloud infrastructure, and enterprise technologies. Above: Blair Hanley Frank joins VentureBeat as a staff writer covering AI, big data, cloud infrastructure, and enterprise. Blair comes to VentureBeat…

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Something about Trump cybersecurity executive order seems awfully familiar

Enlarge / President Trump’s executive order on cybersecurity is built on the orders and policies of his predecessor, and is almost entirely apolitical. (credit: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images ) Last week, amidst the whirlwind surrounding the firing of FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump signed his long-promised executive order on federal…

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Windows XP PCs infected by WCry can be decrypted without paying ransom

Enlarge (credit: Adrien Guinet ) Owners of some Windows XP computers infected by the WCry ransomware may be able to decrypt their data without making the $300 to $600 payment demand, a researcher said Thursday. Adrien Guinet, a researcher with France-based Quarkslab, has released software that he said allowed him to recover the secret decryption…

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Aporeto raises $11.2 million to help build a more secure cloud

ANALYSIS: Following a week dominated by headlines about ransomware that locked down hundreds of thousands of computers, Aporeto scored an $11.2 million Series A round to help it build security natively into the cloud. New cloud architectures like microservices deploy apps in modular, self-contained units that work differently from traditional technologies. Aporeto’s security relies on the new models, protecting the…

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Fearing Shadow Brokers leak, NSA reported critical flaw to Microsoft

Enlarge / An aerial view of the NSA. (credit: nsa.gov) After learning that one of its most prized hacking tools was stolen by a mysterious group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, National Security Agency officials warned Microsoft of the critical Windows vulnerability the tool exploited, according to a report published Tuesday by The Washington Post….