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    Huge Cyberattack Hits Nearly 100 Countries With ‘Wanna Decryptor’ Malware
    May13

    Huge Cyberattack Hits Nearly 100 Countries With ‘Wanna Decryptor’ Malware

    Hospitals, schools, companies and governments around the world were assessing the damage Saturday after a massive cyberattack hit almost 100 hundred countries, infecting computers with malware that demanded ransom payments. No one has yet claimed the worldwide attack, which experts believe used tools stolen from the National Security Agency. U.S....

    Questions Surround Ukraine’s Bailouts as Banking Chief Steps Down
    May13

    Questions Surround Ukraine’s Bailouts as Banking Chief Steps Down

    The departing official said she had made necessary moves, but a major lender’s troubles have raised concerns about the country’s ability to manage foreign aid. …read more Source: The New York...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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....