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Hackers deprive Jhang school teacher of money

JHANG: In the latest cyber attack, a group of hackers siphoned off money from the account of a school teacher after managing to get his pin code, ARY News reported.  As per details, the hackers deprived the school teacher, Rafique Nadeem belonging to Jhang district of Punjab, of more than Rs400,000. Speaking to media, he said the hackers called him from the helpline of a bank and sought his pin code. The callers had complete details of his account which was why he was compelled to share with them his password, he…

Russian hackers targeted US Senate, think tanks: Microsoft

Microsoft charged that hackers linked to Russia’s government sought to launch cyber attacks on the US Senate and conservative American think tanks, warning that Moscow is broadening attacks ahead of November’s congressional elections. The world’s biggest software company said late on Monday that it last week took control of six web domains that hackers had created to mimic sites belonging to the Senate and the think tanks. Users who visited the fake sites were asked to enter login credentials. It is the latest in a…

Hackers at convention test voting systems for bugs

LAS VEGAS: Def Con, one of the world’s largest security conventions, served as a laboratory for breaking into voting machines on Aug 10, extending its efforts to identify potential security flaws in technology that may be used in the November U.S. elections. Hackers will continue to probe the systems over the weekend in a bid to discover new vulnerabilities, which could be turned over to voting machine makers to fix. The three-day Las Vegas-based “Voting Village” also aimed to expose security issues in digital poll…

Two ATM cards hacked in Lahore

LAHORE: A group of hackers are reportedly active in Lahore and are responsible for withdrawing money from citizen's bank accounts by hacking ATM cards raising concerns about safety and security.  The ATM cards of two citizens were hacked in Baghbanpura and Harbanspura area. Shahbaz Ahmed and Aqdas Saleemi both had their accounts in the same bank. A complaint has been launched with the Federal Investigation Agency, the banking ombudsman, and all their respective bank branches. Shahbaz Ahmed claimed that that Rs50,000…

US Hackers demanding ransom in bitcoin attack govt computers

GEORGIA: Hackers demanding ransom payable in bitcoin have attacked computers of the Atlanta city government in the southern US state of Georgia, officials say. The ransomware assault shut down multiple internal and external applications for the city, including apps that people use to pay bills and access court-related information, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told a news conference Thursday. "This is a very serious situation," Bottoms said. City officials said they learned of the attack before dawn Thursday when they…

Hackers tried to cause Saudi Arabian petrochemical plant blast: NYT

RIYADH: Cyber-attackers tried to trigger a deadly explosion at a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia in August and failed only because of a code glitch, The New York Times reported. Investigators declined to identify the suspected attackers, but people interviewed by the newspaper unanimously said that it most likely aimed to cause a blast that would have guaranteed casualties. A bug in the attackers' code accidentally shut down the system instead, according to the report. The cyber-attack -- which could signal…

Global cybercrime costs $600 bn annually: study

WASHINGTON: The annual cost of cybercrime has hit $600 billion worldwide, fueled by growing sophistication of hackers and proliferation of criminal marketplaces and cryptocurrencies, researchers said on Wednesday. A report produced by the security firm McAfee with the Center for Strategic and International Studies found theft of intellectual property represents about one-fourth of the cost of cybercrime in 2017. Russia, North Korea and Iran are the main sources of hackers targeting financial institutions, while China…

Russia says hackers stole more than $17 million from its banks in 2017

MAGNITOGORSK, Russia: Hackers stole more than 1 billion roubles ($17 million) from Russian banks using the Cobalt Strike security-testing tool in 2017, a central bank official said on Tuesday. Russia is under intense scrutiny over cyber crime following allegations hackers backed by Moscow have attacked targets in the United States and Europe, accusations the Kremlin has repeatedly denied. Russian authorities are now keen to show that Russia too is a frequent victim of cyber crime and that they are working hard to…

Hackers could get even nastier in 2018: researchers

WASHINGTON: After a year marked by devastating cyber attacks and breaches, online attackers are expected to become even more destructive in 2018, security researchers said on Wednesday. A report by the security firm McAfee said the ransomware outbreaks of 2017 offer just a taste of what's to come as hackers develop new strategies and "business models." McAfee researchers said that as ransomware profitability fades in the face of new defenses, hackers will turn to new kinds of attacks that could involve damage or disruption…

Hackers stole data from 57 million Uber riders, drivers: CEO

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber said Tuesday hackers compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers in a breach kept hidden for a year. "None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it," said a statement from chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over at the ridesharing giant in August. Two members of the Uber information security team who "led the response" that included not alerting users that their data was breached were let go from the San Francisco-based company effective…