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    Massive Cyberattack Hits Organizations Around Globe
    May13

    Massive Cyberattack Hits Organizations Around Globe

    An aggressive wave of cyberattacks has hit companies and public institutions around the globe, causing international havoc and bringing many services to a standstill. The cyberextortion attempt appeared to use stolen software developed by a U.S. spy agency. One of the first and worst attacks was aimed at Britain’s National Health Service. A...

    Hackers Exploit Stolen U.S. Spy Agency Tool to Launch Global Cyberattack
    May13

    Hackers Exploit Stolen U.S. Spy Agency Tool to Launch Global Cyberattack

    By Costas Pitas and Carlos Ruano LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) – A global cyberattack leveraging hacking tools widely believed by researchers to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency hit international shipper FedEx, disrupted Britain’s health system and infected computers in nearly 100 countries on Friday. Cyber extortionists...

    Paris and Washington Send a Message to Moscow: No Sanctions Relief Until Russian Troops Leave Ukraine
    May13

    Paris and Washington Send a Message to Moscow: No Sanctions Relief Until Russian Troops Leave Ukraine

    KYIV, Ukraine—The Kremlin’s gambit to secure sanctions relief by redrawing the political landscapes in Europe and the United States has, so far, been a failure. In 2014, the U.S. and the European Union levied punitive economic sanctions on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and subsequent proxy war in eastern...

    Huge ‘Ransomware’ Extortion Cyberattack Hits Dozens of Countries
    May13

    Huge ‘Ransomware’ Extortion Cyberattack Hits Dozens of Countries

    (LONDON) — Dozens of countries were hit with a huge cyberextortion attack Friday that locked up computers and held users’ files for ransom at a multitude of hospitals, companies and government agencies. The attack appeared to exploit a vulnerability that was purportedly identified by the U.S. National Security Agency for its own...

    Ex-CIA Chief Hayden: U.S. Needs To ‘Wean’ Europe Off Russian Gas
    May12

    Ex-CIA Chief Hayden: U.S. Needs To ‘Wean’ Europe Off Russian Gas

    Russ Read Security, Europe “I can think of nothing that pulls the choke collar on Vladimir’s chain more than: ‘We’re taking your only hole card away from you,’” Hayden told CNN in December. The U.S. should become Europe’s top gas supplier so American allies are no longer dependent on Russian energy, former CIA Director...

    Trump Orders Preparation for Electric Grid Cyber Attacks
    May12

    Trump Orders Preparation for Electric Grid Cyber Attacks

    President Trump ordered the federal government to prepare for a devastating cyber attack against America’s electric grid amid growing fears foreign states are set to carry out attacks aimed at plunging the nation into darkness. A presidential order signed Thursday directed key federal agencies to assess preparations for a prolonged power...

    Jewish, Catholic headstones damaged in main Rome cemetery
    May12

    Jewish, Catholic headstones damaged in main Rome cemetery

    ROME (JTA) — Unidentified individuals damaged dozens of gravestones and memorials in both the Catholic and Jewish sections of one of Rome’s main cemeteries. According to the Italian media, the damage was discovered Friday morning during an inspection before the Verano cemetery opened. The culprits smashed or toppled crosses as well as Stars...

    British Hospitals, Spanish Firms Among Targets of Huge Cyberattack
    May12

    British Hospitals, Spanish Firms Among Targets of Huge Cyberattack

    LONDON/MADRID—A huge cyberattack brought disruption to Britain’s health system on Friday and infected many Spanish companies with malicious software, and security researchers said a dozen other countries may be affected. Hospitals and doctors’ surgeries in parts of England were forced to turn away patients and cancel appointments....

    Cyberattack across Europe closes hospitals, disrupts phone service
    May12

    Cyberattack across Europe closes hospitals, disrupts phone service

    Government agencies and leading companies from Britain, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Ukraine have reported being hit by an extensive cyberattack on Friday. Officials from Britain’s National Health Service said hospitals across the country were hit by a “ransomware” cyberattack that has blocked some access to patient information...

    How a European song contest offers a glimpse of the Russian psyche
    May12

    How a European song contest offers a glimpse of the Russian psyche

    Eurovision 2017 has become yet another stage for the tensions between Russia and Ukraine. But Russia’s abstention from this year’s edition actually highlights how much the competition – and engagement with Western culture – matters to the Russian public. …read more Source: Christian Science...