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

The F.B.I. scored two major victories, recovering a Bitcoin ransom and tricking lawbreakers with an encryption app. But criminals may still have the upper hand.

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JBS Paid $11 Million Ransom to Hackers

The breach was the latest in a string of attacks targeting businesses critical to American infrastructure.

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How the Pentagon Papers Shaped the Power of the Free Press

The Pentagon Papers created a delicate balance of power between the press and the government. Lately, it’s being threatened.

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Bitcoin Is Actually Traceable, Pipeline Investigation Shows

The F.B.I.’s recovery of Bitcoins paid in the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack showed cryptocurrencies are not as hard to track as it might seem.

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Who is Hacking the U.S. Economy?

In the past few weeks, cyberattacks have taken major industries hostage. Who are the perpetrators and why are the infiltrations becoming so common?

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

Investigators traced 75 Bitcoins worth more than $4 million through nearly two dozen cryptocurrency accounts.

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F.B.I. Investigates Cyber Attack That Targeted N.Y.C. Law Department

City lawyers’ computer network was disabled after the attack, which the police and federal officials believe was the work of hackers.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #law-department-nyc, #new-york-city

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Are We Waiting for Everyone to Get Hacked?

It’s been almost a decade since Leon Panetta, then the secretary of defense, warned of an impending “Cyber Pearl Harbor.” He didn’t want to be right.

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F.B.I. Director Compares Ransomware Danger to 9/11 Threat

The Biden administration is taking steps to counter the growing threat of cyberattacks on U.S. businesses, and encouraging companies to do more to protect themselves.

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White House Warns Companies to Act Now on Ransomware Defenses

An open letter urged them to take many of the defensive steps that the federal government requires of its agencies and contractors.

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The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge

Hackers with suspected ties to China penetrated the New York transit agency’s computer systems in April, an M.T.A. document shows. Transit officials say the intrusion did not pose a risk to riders.

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Ransomware Disrupts Meat Plants in Latest Attack on Critical U.S. Business

Operations at several owned by JBS, which processes one-fifth of the country’s beef, were affected, according to union representatives and Facebook posts meant for employees.

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Secret Chats Show How Cybergang Became a Ransomware Powerhouse

As the ransomware industry exploded, a Russian-speaking outfit called DarkSide offered would-be computer crooks not just the tools, but also customer support. We got an inside look.

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Biden to Require Pipeline Companies to Report Cyberattacks

The move, which will require companies to report to the government any significant attacks, is a response to the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attacks.

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Biden and Putin to Meet in Mid-June, in a Summit Fraught With Tensions

The meeting comes at the worst point in Russian-American relations since the fall of the Soviet Union about 30 years ago.

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

Hospitals in Ireland, New Zealand and Scripps Health in San Diego are reeling from digital extortion attacks.

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Colonial Pipeline Hack Shows Risk to US Energy Independence

The country relies less on foreign oil than it used to, but pipelines and grids are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks and extreme weather.

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U.S. Energy Independence Threatened by Hackers and Climate Change

The country relies less on foreign oil than it used to, but pipelines and grids are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks and extreme weather.

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Colonial Pipeline Now Delivering ‘Millions of Gallons’ an Hour, Owner Says

But it will still take days for gas stations in the Southeast to restock after panic buying depleted their supplies.

#colonial-pipeline-co, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #shutdowns-institutional

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Colonial Pipeline Paid Roughly $5 Million in Ransom to Hackers

The payment clears the way for gas to begin flowing again, but it risks emboldening other criminal groups to take American companies hostage by seizing control of their computers.

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Colonial Pipeline paid 75 Bitcoin, or roughly $5 million, to hackers.

Colonial pre-emptively shut down its pipeline operations on Friday. President Biden did not rule out a retaliatory strike on those responsible.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #extortion-and-blackmail, #pipelines, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pipeline Hack Points to Growing Cybersecurity Risk for Energy System

Energy infrastructure has increasingly come under assault, and analysts said the attack that cut off fuel supplies this week should be a “wake-up call.”

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How the Colonial Pipeline Became a Vital Artery for Fuel

Growing domestic production of oil and gas has led to reduced refining capacity in the Northeast, increasing the reliance on fuel sent from Texas.

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Biden Plans an Order to Strengthen Cyberdefenses. Will It Be Enough?

A hack of a major pipeline, the latest evidence of the nation’s vulnerabilities to cyberattacks, prompted questions about whether the administration should go further.

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Pipeline Shutdown Has Had Little Impact on Supplies So Far

But some energy warned of possible shortages and higher prices if the suspension continues into the week.

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Cyberattack Forces a Shutdown of a Top U.S. Pipeline

The operator, Colonial Pipeline, said it had halted systems for its 5,500 miles of pipeline after being hit by a ransomware attack.

#colonial-pipeline-co, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #east-coast-us, #extortion-and-blackmail, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states

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Daniel Kaminsky, Internet Security Savior, Dies at 42

If you are reading this obituary online, you owe your digital safety to him.

#black-hat-inc, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #kaminsky-daniel, #white-ops

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D.C. Police Department Data Is Leaked in a Cyberattack

The department appears to be the third police force to be targeted in a ransomware attack in six weeks, and the 26th government agency hit this year.

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Officer Who Gave $25 to Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Loses Job

Lt. William Kelly of the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia was relieved of duty by city officials, who said his support for the Kenosha, Wis., shooting suspect undermined the public’s trust in law enforcement.

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U.S. Imposes Stiff Sanctions on Russia, Blaming It for Major Hacking Operation

Following years of wrist slaps under President Donald J. Trump, the new measures are designed to have a noticeable impact on the Russian economy.

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U.S. Imposes Stiff Sanctions on Russia, Blaming It for Major Hacking Operation

Following years of wrist slaps under President Donald J. Trump, the new measures are designed to have a noticeable impact on the Russian economy.

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Coinbase Users Say Crypto Start-Up Ignored Their Pleas for Help

As Coinbase prepares to be the first major cryptocurrency company to go public, it is struggling with basic customer service, users said.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #bitcoin-currency, #coinbase-inc, #customer-relations, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #virtual-currency

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Five Tech Commandments to a Safer Digital Life

We can survive a world of ever-changing tech if we remember these principles.

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After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation

Key senators and corporate executives warned at a hearing on Tuesday that the “scope and scale” of the hacking of government agencies and companies, the most sophisticated in history, were still unclear.

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U.S. Charges 3 North Koreans With Hacking and Stealing Millions of Dollars

The Justice Department unsealed charges against three intelligence officers, revealing more details about incursions on Sony Pictures and the National Health Service in Britain, and other attacks.

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Does the U.S. Need a Cyberdefense Czar?

Recent attacks on government and infrastructure networks reveal the inadequacy of America’s digital defenses.

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The Most Serious Security Risk Facing the United States

Nicole Perlroth’s “This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends” looks at the history of cyberattacks and why they are only likely to get worse.

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Instagram Bans Hundreds of Accounts With Stolen User Names

Accounts operating under rare “O.G. user names” obtained through hacking were banned on Thursday after a monthslong investigation.

#cyberattacks-and-hackers, #instagram-inc, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitter

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Russian-Owned Software Company May Be Entry Point for Huge U.S. Hacking

Russian hackers may have piggybacked on a tool developed by JetBrains, which is based in the Czech Republic, to gain access to federal government and private sector systems in the United States.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #google-inc, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #national-security-agency, #russia, #solarwinds, #vmware-inc

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Hacking ‘Likely’ Came From Russia, US Says

The operation was underway for more than a month after it was uncovered, according to four government agencies that described the hacking as an intelligence-gathering effort.

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Hacking ‘Likely’ Came From Russia, U.S. Says in Belated Official Statement on Major Intrusion

The operation was underway for more than a month after it was uncovered, according to four government agencies that described the hacking as an intelligence-gathering effort.

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U.K. Judge Blocks Assange’s Extradition to U.S., Citing Mental Health Concerns

The WikiLeaks founder, who is currently jailed in Britain, had been indicted in the United States on 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act.

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Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code

The hackers gained more access than the company previously revealed, though the attackers were unable to modify code or access emails.

#computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #microsoft-corp, #solarwinds, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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Treasury Department’s Top Levels Were Breached in Russia Hack

Russian hackers appear to have attacked systems for senior officials of the department.

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Hacked, Again

Undetected for months, a sophisticated hacking operation gave foreign agents access to the inner workings of American government. Who was behind it and why does it keep happening?

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FireEye, a Top Cybersecurity Firm, Says It Was Hacked by a Nation-State

The Silicon Valley company said hackers — almost certainly Russian — made off with tools that could be used to mount new attacks around the world.

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U.K. Tackles Giant Vaccine Rollout After Botched Covid Response

Britain left hospitals short of masks and gowns, and stumbled on testing and tracing, so can it vaccinate tens of millions of people in a matter of months? Experts think it can.

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #great-britain, #interpol-international-criminal-police-organization, #moderna-inc, #national-health-service, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How an Online Attack ‘Brought Twitter to Its Knees’

A teenager from Florida is accused of breaching one of the most high-profile internet platforms in the world. Watch how Twitter was hacked in a new Times documentary airing tonight on FX at 10 p.m. and streaming on Hulu.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #fx-tv-network, #popper-nathaniel, #social-media, #twitter

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Local Cinematographers, Ace Sound Editing and … Boxes

Friday’s episode of “The New York Times Presents” is different: It was conceived, produced and edited entirely during the pandemic.

#clark-graham-ivan, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #documentary-films-and-programs, #new-york-times

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Bird of the Year 2020 Vote in New Zealand Hit by Hack

More than 1,500 fake votes were slipped into New Zealand’s Bird of the Year 2020 contest in favor of the kiwi pukupuku.

#birds, #contests-and-prizes, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #frauds-and-swindling, #new-zealand

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