Attackers have popped three prominent US hospitals, using deliberately ancient malware so old that it slips under the radar of modern security controls to compromise Windows XP boxes and gain network beacheads.
The attacks were foiled using deceptive honeypot-style frameworks, according to California-based TrapX.
Hospitals were attacked between late 2015 and early this year, potentially compromising medical systems such as x-ray machines, and fluoroscopy radiology systems.
Black hats hack for espionage, crime, and disruption. White hats hack to defend, digging up security vulnerabilities so that they can be fixed. And then there are the confusing ones: hackers whose black hats are covered in the thinnest coat of white paint, or so patchwork that even they don’t seem to remember which color they’re wearing.
Whoever said crime doesn't pay didn't know about the booming ransomware market. A case in point, the latest version of the scourge known as CryptXXX, which raked in more than $45,000 (£34,344) in less than three weeks.
Researchers have encountered a denial-of-service botnet that's made up of more than 25,000 Internet-connected closed circuit TV devices.
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