Gas detectors used in factories and other industrial settings to identify toxic conditions contain several vulnerabilities that can allow hackers to remotely sabotage the devices, according to an industry advisory published late last week.
Last year, a clever piece of code grabbed the computers of a foreign company, and held them hostage — detaining information on 5,000 Canadian passport applicants in the process.
The malware demanded an undisclosed sum of money, or else all the computer's data would be encrypted forever, effectively locking it and throwing away the key.
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A hacker who broke into a large bank in the United Arab Emirates made good on his threat to release customer data after the bank refused to pay a bitcoin ransom worth about $3 million.
The hacker, who calls himself Hacker Buba, breached the network of a bank in Sharjah last month reportedly identified as Invest Bank, and began releasing customer account and transaction records via Twitter.