Computer viruses and worms

May 17, 2018 - 6:31 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — In a story May 16 about a court hearing for a cybersecurity expert accused of creating software to steal banking passwords, The Associated Press reported erroneously that FBI agents contradicted each other in testimony about when they showed Marcus Hutchins his indictment. It was...
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FILE - This Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo shows Marcus Hutchins, a British cybersecurity expert during an interview in Ilfracombe, England. Hutchins once hailed as a hero for stopping the WannaCry computer virus that crippled computers worldwide will be in federal court in Milwaukee, Thursday, April 19, 2018, to try to weaken a criminal case against him by having his post-arrest statements tossed. Prosecutors filed charges against Hutchins last year, alleging he distributed a malicious software called Kronos to steal banking passwords from unsuspecting computer users. Hutchins pleaded not guilty to the charges in August. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
April 19, 2018 - 4:39 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The case of British cybersecurity expert once heralded as a hero for stopping the WannaCry worldwide computer virus was delayed Thursday to allow his attorneys more time to prepare arguments on why a judge should suppress statements he made after his arrest for allegedly creating...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Trump's administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
December 18, 2017 - 11:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service. Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in a Wall Street...
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December 07, 2017 - 12:00 pm
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jenna E. Gallegos, Colorado State University and Jean Peccoud, Colorado State University (THE CONVERSATION) Biology is becoming increasingly digitized. Researchers like us use computers...
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Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio speaks at a news conference at the Government Center about the hacking of Mecklenburg County's servers in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. A $25,000 ransom in bit coin was being sought for the files being held. County officials said late this afternoon they are not paying the ransom. (Diedra Laird/The Charlotte Observer via AP)
December 06, 2017 - 6:33 pm
A cyberattack slowed county government to a crawl Wednesday in North Carolina's most populous metro area as deputies processed jail inmates by hand, the tax office turned away electronic payments and building code inspectors switched to paper records. Data was frozen on dozens of Mecklenburg County...
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September 27, 2017 - 7:44 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union's police agency is calling for better awareness and tougher, targeted legislation to tackle cybercrime in the wake of devastating malware and ransomware attacks in recent months. Europol Executive Director Rob Wainwright says events such as the...
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Tony Cole, Vice President of FireEye Inc., a cybersecurity firm headquartered in Milpitas, California, speaks at the FireEye Cyber Defence Live conference, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. State-sponsored hacks have become an increasing worry among countries across the Persian Gulf. They include suspected Iranian cyberattacks on Saudi Arabia to leaked emails causing consternation among nominally allied Arab nations. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
September 12, 2017 - 7:52 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — From suspected Iranian cyberattacks on Saudi Arabia to leaked emails causing consternation among nominally allied Arab nations, state-sponsored hacks have become an increasing worry among countries across the Persian Gulf. Defending against such attacks has become...
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FILE - This Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo shows British IT expert Marcus Hutchins, branded a hero for slowing down the WannaCry global cyberattack, during an interview in Ilfracombe, England. Prosecutors have charged Hutchins and an unnamed co-defendant with conspiring to commit computer fraud in the state and elsewhere. Hutchins could enter a plea during a hearing Monday, Aug. 14, in Wisconsin federal court. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
August 14, 2017 - 1:08 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A British cybersecurity researcher credited with helping curb a recent worldwide ransomware attack pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges accusing him of creating malicious software to steal banking information three years ago. Marcus Hutchins entered his plea in Wisconsin...
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FILE - This Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo shows British IT expert Marcus Hutchins, branded a hero for slowing down the WannaCry global cyberattack, during an interview in Ilfracombe, England. Prosecutors have charged Hutchins and an unnamed co-defendant with conspiring to commit computer fraud in the state and elsewhere. Hutchins could enter a plea during a hearing Monday, Aug. 14, in Wisconsin federal court. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
August 14, 2017 - 1:04 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. case against a British cybersecurity researcher accused of creating a malware program (all times local): 10:55 a.m. An attorney for a British cybersecurity researcher accused of creating malicious software to steal banking information says the researcher is "...
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This undated photo provided by AW North Carolina shows production operations inside the company's Durham, N.C., factory. Online thieves are increasingly hitting today’s just-in-time manufacturing sector with cyberattacks that demand ransom to make computer malware go away. Malware entered the North Carolina transmission plant’s computer network via email last August, spreading like a virus and threatening to lock up the production line until the company paid a ransom. (AW North Carolina via AP)
August 09, 2017 - 3:45 am
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The malware entered the North Carolina transmission plant's computer network via email last August, just as the criminals wanted, spreading like a virus and threatening to lock up the production line until the company paid a ransom. AW North Carolina stood to lose $270,000 in...
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