Customers 'furious' with TNT after cyber-attack meltdown

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…

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Russia behind cyber-attack, says Ukraine's security service

Russia behind cyber-attack, says Ukraine's security service

Ukraine says it has proof that Russian security services were involved in the cyber-attack that targeted businesses around the world earlier this week. The country’s security service, the SBU, said it had obtained data that points to a link with an attack on the nation’s capital, Kiev, in December. Ukrainian firms were among the first to report issues with malicious software on Tuesday, before the virus spread. Moscow denied any involvement, adding that the allegations…

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Cyber-attack was about data and not money, say experts

Cyber-attack was about data and not money, say experts

The Petya malware variant that hit businesses around the world may not have been an attempt to make money, suspect security experts. The malicious program demanded a payment to unlock files it scrambled on infected machines. However, a growing number of researchers now believe the program was launched just to destroy data. Experts point to “aggressive” features of the malware that make it impossible to retrieve key files. Cashing out Matt Suiche, from security firm…

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Tax software blamed for cyber-attack spread

Tax software blamed for cyber-attack spread

A global cyber-attack that affected companies around the world may have started via corrupted updates on a piece of accountancy software. Fingers are increasingly pointing to a piece of Ukrainian tax-filing software, MEDoc, as the source of the infection, although the company denies it. Malware generally infiltrates networks via email attachments that users click on in error. Microsoft described the method as “a recent dangerous trend”. The cyber-attack has caused disruption around the world and…

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Parliament cyber-attack 'hit up to 90 users'

Parliament cyber-attack 'hit up to 90 users'

Up to 90 email accounts were compromised during the cyber-attack on Parliament on Friday. Fewer than 1% of the 9,000 users of the IT system were impacted by the hacking, said a parliamentary spokesman. The hack prompted officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as a safeguard. The spokesman said the attack was a result of “weak passwords” and an investigation is under way to determine whether any…

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NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea'

NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea'

British security officials believe that hackers in North Korea were behind the cyber-attack that crippled parts of the NHS and other organisations around the world last month, the BBC has learned. Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) led the international investigation. Security sources have told the BBC that the NCSC believes that a hacking group known as Lazarus launched the attack. The US Computer Emergency Response Team has also warned about Lazarus. The same group…

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NHS cyber-attack: No 'second spike' but disruption continues

NHS cyber-attack: No 'second spike' but disruption continues

A “second spike” in cyber-attacks has not hit the NHS but some hospital trusts are suffering ongoing disruption due to Friday’s ransomware attack. Routine surgery and GP appointments have been cancelled across the NHS as it recovers from the global outbreak. Patients have been urged to use the NHS “wisely” as the full impact of the ransomware attack comes to light. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says it is “encouraging” there have not been any fresh…

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NHS cyber-attack: More ransomware cases 'likely on Monday'

NHS cyber-attack: More ransomware cases 'likely on Monday'

More ransomware cases may come to light on Monday, possibly on “a significant scale”, the UK’s cyber-security agency has warned after a global cyber-attack. The National Cyber Security Centre has advised firms how to protect computers as they start the working week. It comes after Friday’s attack caused disruption in 150 countries. In the UK, NHS hospitals, pharmacies and GP surgeries were the worst-affected. A handful of NHS trusts are still dealing with the problems…

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