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UK blames Russia for 'malicious' NotPetya cyber-attack

The Russian military was directly behind a “malicious” cyber-attack on Ukraine last summer that spread across Europe, British ministers have said. The UK government has taken the unusual step of publicly accusing Russia of June’s NotPetya ransomware attack. Reckitt Benckiser – maker of Dettol, Durex and Strepsils – was among the UK firms whose sales were affected. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said Russia was “ripping up the rule book” and the UK was duty-bound to respond. Russia has denied responsibility for the NotPetya attack – which is estimated to have…

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Winter Olympics hit by cyber-attack

The official Winter Olympics website was taken offline after being hit by a cyber-attack, officials have confirmed. The site was affected just before the beginning of the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea. TV and internet systems at the Games were also disrupted, though operations were restored about 12 hours later. However, a spokesman said that the International Olympic Committee would not be commenting on who might have been behind the incident. “Maintaining secure operations is our purpose,” said Mark Adams. He added that the issue was being dealt with…

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Cyber-Attack: US blames North Korea for WannaCry

The US administration has said North Korea was “directly responsible” for the WannaCry malware attack affecting hospitals, businesses and banks across the world earlier this year. The attack is said to have hit more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations, causing billions of dollars of damage. Thomas Bossert, an aide to US President Donald Trump, made the accusation in the Wall Street Journal newspaper. It is the first time the US has blamed the country officially for the worm. Mr Bossert, who advises the president on homeland security, said the…

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UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

North Korean hackers targeted a British television company making a drama about the country, it has emerged. The series – due to be written by an Oscar-nominated screenwriter – has been shelved. In August 2014, Channel 4 announced what it said would be a new “bold and provocative” drama series. Entitled Opposite Number, the programme’s plot involved a British nuclear scientist taken prisoner in North Korea. The production firm involved – Mammoth Screen – subsequently had its computers attacked. The project has not moved forward – because of a failure…

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Company bosses 'lack cyber-attack training'

More than two thirds of companies say their directors have no training in responding to cyber-attacks, according to a government survey. Of 105 businesses in the FTSE 350 questioned, one in 10 revealed they have no plan to cope with hacking. Digital Minister Matthew Hancock said May’s NHS attack showed the “devastating effect” of breaches. He urged companies to take advice and training from the National Cyber Security Centre. The Cyber Governance Health Check – an annual survey – found that 54% of company boards said computer hacking was one…

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Ukrainian postal service hit by 48-hour cyber-attack

Ukraine’s national postal service has been hit by a two-day-long cyber-attack targeting its online system that tracks parcels. Unknown hackers carried out a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against Ukrposhta’s website. The attack began on Monday morning, but ended shortly after 21:00 local time (1900 BST). However, Ukrposhta reported on Facebook that the DDoS attack continued again on Tuesday. “Friends, we’ve been DDoSed,” the company in a post on Tuesday. “During the first wave of the attack, which began yesterday in the morning, our IT services could normalise the…

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Customers 'furious' with TNT after cyber-attack meltdown

When Leah Charpentier ordered a vintage coffee table, on 8 June – a birthday present for her brother – she didn’t think it would take more than six weeks to be delivered. She also didn’t expect for the furniture to arrive with one of its casters broken off. This particular coffee table was just one of hundreds of thousands of items caught up in an extraordinary meltdown at courier TNT, which was badly affected by the NotPetya cyber-attack that hit many companies around the world on 28 June. Businesses in…

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