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Cyberattack against German government ‘ongoing’

BERLIN: Germany's government IT network is suffering an "ongoing" cyberattack, the parliamentary committee on intelligence affairs said Thursday, without confirming a media report that Russian hackers were behind the assault. "It is a real cyberattack on parts of the government system. It's an ongoing process, an ongoing attack," said Armin Schuster, chairman of the committee, adding that no further details could be given to avoid passing crucial information on to the attackers. Quoting unnamed security sources, German…

Pyeongchang Games organizers probe possible cyberattack

PYEONGCHANG: Pyeongchang Olympics organizers were looking into a disruption of non-critical systems on the day of the opening ceremony but could not yet confirm if it was a cyberattack, Games spokesman Sung Baik-you said on Saturday. The Winter Olympics opened with a spectacular ceremony on Friday, attended by several heads of state who witnessed the joint march of North and South Korean athletes, as Games systems played up. The ceremony was also attended by North Korean ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam and North Korean…

Global ‘ransomware’ virus hits Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: After large-scale and stealthy cyber attacks that infected worldwide computers, the ransomware – malicious software – has infiltrated computers of State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan while an alert has been issued across the country. The government owned insurance company has issued precautionary measures and recommendations to its staffers in order to prevent the organization’s computers from getting infected. According to sources, several computers of various organizations were reportedly under…

Russia says foreign spies plotted huge cyberattack

MOSCOW: Russia on Friday said it had uncovered plans by foreign intelligence services to carry out massive cyberattacks this month targeting the country's financial system. The FSB security service said in a statement that it had received information on "plans by foreign secret services to carry out large-scale cyberattacks from December 5." It said the planned attacks were aimed at "destabilising Russia's financial system including the activities of a number of major banks." The FSB said it was taking "the…