Disaster stories involving the Internet of Things are all the rage. They feature cars (both driven and driverless), the power grid, dams, and tunnel ventilation systems. A particularly vivid and realistic one, near-future fiction published last month in New York Magazine, described a cyberattack on New York that involved hacking of cars, the water system, hospitals, elevators, and the power grid. In these stories, thousands of people die. Chaos ensues. While some of these scenarios overhype the mass destruction, the individual risks are all real.
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Since the beginning of the year, the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) network has been assaulted at least 35 times by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, Akamai reveals.
More than 100 malicious Tor Hidden Services Directories (HSDirs) were found to be snooping on the services they host, and in some cases, operators were actively using the data collected to attack the services.
A joint operation by Europol, the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit, Intel, and Kaspersky has seized the command and control servers for the Shade ransomware strain and published code that allows anyone hit by the malware to decrypt their files.
Shade has been in circulation since 2014, and has predominantly targeted European computer users. Once downloaded via an email attachment or unpatched browser, the malware encrypts the computer's files using a 256-bit AES (advanced encryption standard) key, and a second to encrypt the file names themselves.