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Baltimore’s costs for ransomware: Over $18 million, up until now

Baltimore’s costs for ransomware: Over $18 million, up until now

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Enlarge / Baltimore City Hall, where the ransomware battle continues. Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images BALTIMORE—It has been a month since the City of Baltimore's networks were brought to a standstill by ransomware. On Tuesday, Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young and his cabinet briefed press on the status of the cleanup, which the city's director of finance has…
Baltimore ransomware perp pinky-swears he didn’t utilize NSA make use of

Baltimore ransomware perp pinky-swears he didn’t utilize NSA make use of

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Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images Over the past few weeks, a Twitter account that has since been confirmed by researchers to be that of the operator of the ransomware that took down Baltimore City's networks May 4 has posted taunts of Baltimore City officials and documents demonstrating that at least some data was stolen from a city…
Trump offers Barr authority to declassify anything in project “spying” probe

Trump offers Barr authority to declassify anything in project “spying” probe

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Enlarge / Trump's memorandum to agency heads gives Attorney General William Barr authority to declassify or downgrade classification of anything he sees fit in his investigation into "intelligence activity" around the 2016 presidential election. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Late in the day on May 23, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum ordering the heads of the…
Stolen NSA hacking tools were utilized in the wild 14 months prior to Shadow Brokers leakage

Stolen NSA hacking tools were utilized in the wild 14 months...

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Enlarge / The National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. One of the most significant events in computer security happened in April 2017, when a still-unidentified group calling itself the Shadow Brokers published a trove of the National Security Agency’s most coveted hacking tools. The leak and the subsequent repurposing of the exploits in…
Identify the not-Fed: A day at AvengerCon, the Army’s response to hacker conferences

Identify the not-Fed: A day at AvengerCon, the Army’s response to...

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Enlarge / Participants in AvengerCon III, held at the McGill Training Center at Fort Meade, Maryland, on November 27 take part in a lock pick village put on by TOOOL (The Open Organisation of Lockpickers). US Army FORT MEADE, Maryland—Late last year, I was invited to a relatively new hacker event in Maryland. Chris Eagle,…
Kaspersky blew whistle on NSA hacking tool hoarder

Kaspersky blew whistle on NSA hacking tool hoarder

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Enlarge / NSA got a message from Kaspersky that one of its own was being very, very bad, according to a new Politico report. Harold T. Martin III, a former government contractor, is still facing trial for the alleged theft of massive amounts of National Security Agency data, including documents and tools from the NSA's…
NSA worker who brought hacking tools house sentenced to 66 months in jail

NSA worker who brought hacking tools house sentenced to 66 months...

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The National Security Operations Center at NSA, photographed in 2012—the nerve center of the NSA's "signals intelligence" monitoring. A former NSA coder has been sentenced to 66 months in prison for bringing home the code that drove much of the NSA's signals intelligence operations. Nghia Hoang Pho, a 68-year-old former National Security Agency employee who…

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