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Hackers demand $5 million from Mexico’s Pemex in cyberattack

“A ransom note that appeared on Pemex computers seen by Reuters pointed to a darknet website affiliated with “DoppelPaymer,” a type of ransomware” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The website demanded 565 bitcoins, or nearly $5 million at current prices, and threatened Pemex with a 48-hour deadline, listing an email address to contact.But they said Pemex still had time to meet their bitcoin demand and would not comment further while the new deadline was pending. But it said the attack generated up to $71 million in cleanup costs –…

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Ex-GCHQ boss says lack of sophistication could mask nation state attack

“A former GCHQ boss has said nation state hackers may have been behind the “large-scale cyber attack” on the Labour Party” writes Anthony Cuthbertson for independent.co.uk. Other cyber security experts warned that if a hostile nation was behind the cyber attacks, then they would be difficult to trace.The Labour Party did not give further details about the attack but said it had been reported to the National Cyber Security Centre.”It is difficult to speculate on who the perpetrators might be,” said Mike Fenton, CEO of UK-based cyber security firm Redscan.”Nation state…

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U.K.’s Labour Party hit with ‘large-scale’ cyberattack weeks before general election

“A week-long DDoS attack capable of taking a small organization offline can be purchased for $150 on the black market, according to Digital Attack Map” writes Reporter Covering National for washingtonpost.com. Clouldflare, the San Francisco-based security company that services the Labour Party, has a network capacity that is 15 times greater than the biggest DDoS attack ever recorded.The party alerted the National Cyber Security Centre, the U.K.’s top cybersecurity organization, but no action was needed by the agency.On Tuesday, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blasted the delay as “inexplicable…

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WhatsApp sues Israeli company over cyberattack that it says targeted journalists, dissidents and diplomats

“Hong Kong (CNN Business) WhatsApp is suing an Israeli company that it claims was behind a cyberattack that installed spyware on users’ phones and targeted human rights defenders, journalists, political dissidents, diplomats and government officials” writes Cnn Business for cnn.com. The complaint, however, does not name any defendants aside from NSO Group and its parent company, Q Cyber Technologies.”This should serve as a wake-up call for technology companies, governments and all internet users,” WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post on Tuesday. Source: cnn.com

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US launched cyberattack against Iran after Saudi oil strike, says report

“The US reportedly carried out a cyberstrike against Iran following attacks against Saudi oil facilities in September” writes Carrie Mihalcik for cnet.com. The cyberattack, which reportedly took place in late September, appears to be in response to drone and missile attacks on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that US officials have said came from Iran. The US also reportedly launched a cyberattack in June to wipe out a database that many have been used by Iran’s paramilitary arm to devise attacks against oil tankers. Source: cnet.com

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The potential for a ‘miscalculated’ enemy cyberattack keeps me up at night, warns Pentagon cyber chief

“If there is one thing that keeps the Pentagon’s cyber chief up at night, it’s the potential for an enemy to “miscalculate” a cyberattack that creates much more damage than is intended” reports washingtonexaminer.com. When asked what kept him up at night, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy Ed Wilson told members of Congress it was the possibility for an enemy to miscalculate an attack.The initial outbreak occurred in May 2017 and would eventually affect more than 300,000 computer systems across the world. “Due to the difficulty of…

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Fujitsu’s new AI tech aims to help respond to cyberattacks

“Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. have created an AI technology that automatically determines whether action needs to be taken in response to a cyberattack” reports financefeeds.com. This technology identifies and extracts attack logs, which show the behavior of a cyberattack, from huge amounts of operations logs.Fujitsu Laboratories combined the newly developed technologies with its own Deep Tensor AI technology, and ran evaluative testing on the determination model that had been trained on the new training data. The new entity aims to grow Fujitsu’s global AI business by bringing together the innovative AI…

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German cyber-attack: man admits massive data breach, say police

“First came details from the private accounts of television and YouTube stars, followed by data belonging to hundreds of politicians, including the chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier” writes Kate Connolly for theguardian.com. He is accused of spying, leaking data and the unwarranted publication of personal data. Source: theguardian.com

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Too soon to attribute cyberattack that disrupted U.S. newspapers, researchers say

“While investigators still are probing the incident, a ransomware attack would resemble recent breaches not blamed on nation-state attackers” writes Jeff Stone for cyberscoop.com. Company officials “suspected the cyberattack originated from outside the United States, but officials said it was too soon to say whether it was carried out by a foreign state or some other entity,” the Los Angeles Times reported.Several sources told the Los Angeles Times the attack appeared to be caused by Ryuk, a type of ransomware with low technical capabilities.The attack last week against the Tribune…

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