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Former NSA chief weighs in on cybersecurity, cyberespionage at ZertoCon

Retired Gen. Michael Hayden held nothing back when addressing cybersecurity pros at the ZertoCon conference in Boston.

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Wikileaks reveals potent Windows malware from the CIA

It could take over a machine, delete files and upload more malicious code.

Windows Defender does not defend Windows 7 against WannaCry

A number of articles about Wannacry/WannaCrypt point out that Microsoft updated Windows Defender to detect it. But, that's not the whole story for Windows 7 users.

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The ransomware epidemic: How to prep for a shakedown

In the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attacks, Dan Larson, technical director at CrowdStrike, offers advice on why organizations should take threats seriously and how to build a strong defense.

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The Windows firewall is the overlooked defense against WannaCry and Adylkuzz

For defending a Windows PC from LAN side attacks, the built-in firewall gets no respect. It can block TCP port 445 and prevent infection by both the WannaCry ransomware and the Adylkuzz cryptocurrency miner. An XP machine with all...

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FTC to crack down on bogus ‘tech support’ lines

Bogus sites claiming to be Microsoft are the new Nigerian scammers.

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Hackers reportedly hold Disney's newest Pirates of the Caribbean film for ransom

Hackers have reportedly threatened to release 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' if Disney won't pay the ransom.

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Shadow Brokers threaten to release even more NSA-sourced malware

The hacking group claims it will launch in June a subscription-based monthly dump of compromised data

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WannaCry: Sometimes you can blame the victims

Last week’s big malware outbreak caused a lot of damage, but organizations that made good decisions ahead of time weren’t affected.

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New WannaCry variant being monitored, DHS official says

A variant of the WannaCry ransomware has been able to infect some of the computers patched after the original malware struck. But attacks in the U.S. appear to be limited so far.

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WikiLeaks posts user guides for CIA malware implants Assassin and AfterMidnight

WikiLeaks released user guides for CIA malware implants Assassin and AfterMidnight which target Windows PCs.

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FAQ: Are you in danger from the WannaCry ransomware?

WannaCry took down wide swaths of the internet over the weekend, then disappeared. Here’s what you need to know, without the hype

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Patching Windows XP against WannaCry ransomware

Microsoft issued a bug fix yesterday for Windows XP to patch the SMB flaw used by the current WannaCry ransomware. This is a walk-through of installing the patch

Schools in Alabama warn parents about Blue Whale ‘suicide game’ app

It's not an urban legend, but a sick game spread over 50 days with the last task assigned by the 'master' to delete all proof and commit suicide. Vulnerable youths are the target of the Blue Whale Challenge.

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Local cost of a Big Mac decides ransom amount for Fatboy ransomware

Fatboy is the first ransomware that charges victims based on their location and the cost of a Big Mac in their country.

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Face it: Enterprise cyberattacks are going to happen

There are now so many cyberattacks that many enterprises simply accept that hackers will find ways to break into their systems. Companies are combining new and old methods to thwart the bad guys.

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Old Windows Server machines can still fend off hacks. Here's how

Keeping a computer up to date, with the latest OS and software patch, is one of the best things you can do to stay safe from cyber threats.

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Researchers remotely kill the engine of a moving car by hacking vulnerable car dongle

Researchers exploited vulnerabilities in Bosch Drivelog Connect to remotely kill the engine of a moving car.

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