ARTICLES RELATING TO RANSOMWARE

Here’s how ransomware attacks like the one on CityPower work – and why some victims end up paying criminals millions

2019-07-25 12:27

Johannesburg's CityPower says it is restoring its systems – but some victims of digital extortion end up paying those who encrypt their systems.

Ransomware 'hero' who stopped WannaCry pleads guilty to US hacking charges

2019-04-21 09:59

A British computer security researcher once hailed as a "hero" for helping stem a ransomware outbreak and later accused of creating malware to attack the banking system said on Friday he pleaded guilty to US criminal charges.

Cyberattack reaches Asia as new targets hit by ransomware

2017-06-28 07:09

A new cyberattack similar to WannaCry has reached Asia after spreading from Europe to the US overnight, hitting businesses, port operators and government systems.

Seoul cyber experts warn of more attacks as North blamed

2017-05-17 08:34

More cyber attacks could be in the pipeline after the global havoc caused by the Wannacry ransomware, South Korean cyber security experts warned as fingers pointed at the North.

Cyberattack: Know the jargon

2017-05-15 22:56

From ransomware to kill switch, here are explanations of some of the terms used in stories on the massive attack by the WannaCry worm.

Ransomware hits 'hundreds of thousands' of PCs

2017-05-15 12:18

"Hundreds of thousands" of Chinese computers at nearly 30 000 institutions, including government agencies have been hit by the global ransomware attack.

 

Johannesburg ‘hopes’ its prepaid electricity system will be available again soon – after a payday ransomware attack

2019-07-25 10:45

CityPower's systems are down thanks to a digital attack that encrypted its data and is holding it to ransom – just as newly-salaried customers want to buy electricity.

Back-up solutions key to fighting downtime - expert

2017-08-18 15:29

The high cost and reputational damage caused by ransomware attacks and hardware failures is spurring local always-on businesses to implement shutdown prevention solutions.

Mobile devices becoming a favourite target for ransomware

2017-05-24 10:49

Ransomware on mobile devices has trebled in the first quarter of 2017, according to cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab.

World close to 'serious digital sabotage', warns Dutch spy chief

2017-05-16 22:39

The world may be close to a "serious act of digital sabotage" which could trigger unrest, chaos and disorder, Dutch spy chief Rob Bertholee has warned.

Up to million computers hit in biggest cyber attack ever

2017-05-15 14:23

The WannaCry malware virus is the biggest of 2017 so far and is believed to have infected between 400 000 and 1 million devices globally, says Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity firm.

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