Hacks & Hackers

A visualization of infections linked to the WannaCry ransomware. (Image courtesy of MalwareTech.com)

Updated: Fatal Flaw Slows WannaCry Ransomware Spread, but Threats Remain

In-brief: A fatal flaw in its design slowed the spread of WannaCry, a virulent ransomware program that has infected more than 100,000 organizations and individuals globally.

The FBI warned about business email compromise attacks, which have cost businesses in the U.S. an estimated $1.6 billion since 2013.

FBI: Business Email Compromise is a $5 Billion Industry

In-brief: the FBI is warning the public to beware of business email compromise attacks, saying that they have cost U.S. businesses more than $1.6 billion in losses since 2013. 

Tallinn, Estonia's Capital City

Estonia 10 Years Later: Lessons learned from the World’s First Internet War

In-brief: Gadi Evron recalls the denial of service attacks aimed at the government of Estonia in 2007 – one of the first recognized acts of ‘cyber war’ and a template for incidents that followed. Evron says there were many lessons in that incident – some of which the U.S. and its allies are still struggling to learn. 

Update: Emboldened, Fancy Bear hacking crew targets French, German Politicians

Update: Emboldened, Fancy Bear hacking crew targets French, German Politicians

In-brief: emboldened by media attention for its escapades in the U.S. Presidential election, the hacking crew known as “Fancy Bear” is targeting political parties in France as well as Germany, the firm Trend Micro reported on Tuesday – the latest evidence of meddling in foreign affairs. (Editor’s note: updated to add comment by Michael Sulmeyer, Director of the Cyber Security Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center. PFR Apr 25 2017.)