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Insurers 'funding organised crime' by paying ransomware claims

Guardian Security - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 12:31pm

Exclusive: former cybersecurity chief calls for law change and warns situation is ‘close to getting out of control’

Insurers are inadvertently funding organised crime by paying out claims from companies who have paid ransoms to regain access to data and systems after a hacking attack, Britain’s former top cybersecurity official has warned.

Ciaran Martin, who ran the National Cyber Security Centre until last August, said he feared that so-called ransomware was “close to getting out of control” and that there was a risk that NHS systems could be hit during the pandemic.

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Malware reportedly found on laptops given to children in England

Guardian Security - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 11:01am

Investigation launched after teachers warn of worm on devices handed out by government for home schooling

An investigation has been launched into reports that some of the laptops handed out to vulnerable children for homeschooling in England are infected with malware.

According to an online forum, teachers from a school in Bradford noticed the issue and believe it contacts Russian servers.

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Global cyber-espionage campaign linked to Russian spying tools

Guardian Security - Mon, 01/11/2021 - 8:31am

Kaspersky investigators uncover evidence that may support US claims Moscow was behind attack

A Moscow-based cybersecurity company has reported that some of the malicious code employed against the US government in a cyber-attack last month overlaps with code previously used by suspected Russian hackers.

The findings by Kaspersky investigators may provide the first public evidence to support accusations from Washington that Moscow was behind the biggest cyber-raid against the government in years, affecting 18,000 users of software produced by SolarWinds, including US government agencies.

Related: What you need to know about the biggest hack of the US government in years

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