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One of the most infamous strains of ransomware has evolved, gaining the ability to prevent detection from cybersecurity tools, making it much harder for the malicious software to be analyzed.
The Cerber ransomware was discovered in early 2016. Aside from the typical behavior of encrypting victims' files, the malware also packs a .vbs file, which speaks out its ransom note to further scare those that have been infected.
U.S. President Donald Trump is extending by one year special powers introduced by former President Barack Obama that allow the government to issue sanctions against people and organizations engaged in significant cyberattacks and cybercrime against the U.S.
Executive Order 13694 was introduced on April 1, 2015, and was due to expire on Saturday, but the president sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday evening informing it of his plans to keep it active.
Hackers reportedly targeted the German parliament with new cyberattacks as recently as January. The malvertising campaign saw hackers use a compromised Israeli news site to redirect users to a malicious site. However, cyber defences incorporated after the parliament was hacked in 2015 reportedly helped officials thwart the cyberattack, according to the German cybersecurity watchdog.
The US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to eliminate ISP privacy rules, following the Senate vote to take the same action last week. The legislation to kill the rules now heads to President Donald Trump for his signature or veto.
The White House issued a statement today supporting the House's action, and saying that Trump's advisors will recommend that he sign the legislation. That would make the death of the Federal Communications Commission's privacy rules official.
On a desert-cold, moonlit night just over two years ago, Amir Taaki stepped off the Iraqi sand into a rubber dinghy floating in the Tigris River. The boat was just wide enough to fit his compact body next to the much larger American ex-Army machine gunner sitting beside him. Taaki and the dozens of soldiers waiting on the shore were part of a motley crew of Kurds and foreigners from as far away as Britain, Portugal, Canada and the US, and they’d spent the last two weeks waiting anxiously in a mountain camp of Kurdish guerrillas.