Malware

October 11, 2019 - 5:52 am
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama hospital chain is again accepting new patients after paying the ransom in a computer malware attack. The DCH Health System said Thursday its hospitals in the west Alabama cities of Tuscaloosa, Northport and Fayette had resumed admitting patients. Its imaging and...
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October 05, 2019 - 11:32 am
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama hospital system that quit accepting new patients after a ransomware attack says it has gotten a key to unlock its computer systems. DCH Health Systems announced Saturday it is bringing systems back online. A statement didn't say how the three-hospital system got...
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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 - 8:36 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 - 8:31 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities say more than 20 local governments are facing a coordinated ransomware attack. The Texas Department of Information Resources said in a statement Saturday that it believes a single source is behind all 23 of the attacks. It didn't name the affected agencies or...
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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2018, file photo people walk by a building in New York. You carry your smartphone everywhere. But the way you use it could leave you vulnerable to specific forms of identity theft, including robocall scams and hackers looking to hijack your phone number. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
August 13, 2019 - 8:05 am
Your smartphone is your confidante, your hand-held connection to the world — and one of your biggest vulnerabilities. Scammers can take advantage of day-to-day tasks that seem innocuous, like checking a bank balance or charging a phone at a public USB port, to exploit personal information for their...
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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 - 11:04 am
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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June 05, 2019 - 3:07 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore and federal authorities are investigating whether documents posted online are connected to a ransomware attack that has hobbled the city's computer network. A mayor's office spokesman, Lester Davis, tells The Baltimore Sun that there's currently no evidence...
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May 19, 2019 - 9:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat is calling on the federal government to step in and investigate whether a plan for new subway cars in New York City designed by a Chinese state-owned company could pose a threat to national security. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said in a statement to...
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FILE- This July 27, 2008, file photo shows a, LED-illuminated wireless router in Philadelphia. Officials from the United States and Europe are announcing charges against 10 people in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers and caused more than $100 million in financial losses.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
May 16, 2019 - 5:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten people have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers and caused more than $100 million in financial losses, U.S. and European authorities announced Thursday. The malware, which enabled cyber criminals from Eastern...
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May 13, 2019 - 8:01 pm
WhatsApp says a vulnerability in the popular communications app let mobile phones be infected with sophisticated spyware with a missed in-app call alone. The Facebook subsidiary says "an advanced cyber actor" infected an unknown number of people with the malware, which it says it discovered in...
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