Cyberattacks and Hackers

Bitcoin and Encryption: A Race Between Criminals and the F.B.I.

Law enforcement also has an advantage when it gets ahold of digital devices. Despite claims from Apple, Google and even the Justice Department that smartphones are largely impenetrable, thousands of law enforcement agencies have tools that can infiltrate the latest phones to extract data. “Police today are facing a situation of an explosion of data,” …

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Bitcoin Is Actually Traceable, Pipeline Investigation Shows

When Bitcoin burst onto the scene in 2009, fans heralded the cryptocurrency as a secure, decentralized and anonymous way to conduct transactions outside the traditional financial system. Criminals, often operating in hidden reaches of the internet, flocked to Bitcoin to do illicit business without revealing their names or locations. The digital currency quickly became as …

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U.S. Seizes Share of Ransom From Hackers in Colonial Pipeline Attack

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said on Monday that it had seized much of the ransom that a major U.S. pipeline operator had paid last month to a Russian hacking collective, turning the tables on the hackers by reaching into a digital wallet to snatch back millions of dollars in cryptocurrency. Investigators in recent weeks …

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Irish Hospitals Hit by Cyberattacks, Forcing an I.T. Shutdown

Health network officials have described the attack as “highly sophisticated” and claim attackers used an undiscovered bug in software known as a zero-day to breach their systems. They did not name the affected software and did not provide evidence to back up their claims. However, FireEye, the cybersecurity firm, released a report last month that …

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Colonial Pipeline Paid Roughly $5 Million in Ransom to Hackers

In a separate ransomware attack on the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, hackers said the price the police offered to pay was “too small” and dumped 250 gigabytes of the department’s data online this week, including databases that track gang members. In his remarks on Thursday, Mr. Biden seized on the Colonial Pipeline hack as …

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Colonial Pipeline Paid Roughly $5 Million in Bitcoin to Hackers

Colonial Pipeline paid its extortionists roughly 75 Bitcoin, or nearly $5 million, to recover its stolen data, according to five people briefed on the transaction. The payment came after hackers last week held up Colonial Pipeline’s business networks with ransomware, a form of malware that encrypts data until the victim pays, and threatened to release …

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A Phishing Test Promised Workers a Covid Bonus. Now They Want an Apology.

A report released this week by Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre showed a 15-fold increase in the number of scams removed from the internet. It said the agency had taken more fraudulent sites offline in the past year than in the previous three years combined. In the first quarter of this year, according to government …

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