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#1 Cyber Ransom Payments Set a Bad Precedent But Happen Often

May 14 2021 // The U.S. government’s fight to choke off ransom payments collected by hackers hit a major snag Thursday, following news that Colonial Pipeline Co. paid a hefty sum to hackers who for several days this week...

#2 China-Backed Hackers ‘Targeted’ COVID-19 Vaccine Firm Moderna, Reuters Reports

Jul 31 2020 // Chinese government-linked hackers targeted biotech company Moderna Inc., a U.S.-based coronavirus vaccine research developer, this year in a bid to steal data, according to a U.S. security official tracking Chinese...

#3 Twitter Security Failure Prompts Call for Regulating Internet Giants as Systemic Risks

Oct 14 2020 // Twitter Inc. suffered from cybersecurity shortfalls that enabled a “simple” hack attributed to a Florida teenager to take over the accounts of several of the world’s most famous people in July, according...

#4 German Officials Seize Server With U.S. Police Files Stolen in Data Breach

Jul 10 2020 // At the behest of the U.S. government, German authorities have seized a computer server that hosted a huge cache of files from scores of U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies obtained in a Houston data...

#5 U.S. Prosecutors Charge 7 in Alleged Multi-Target Chinese Hacking Scheme

Sep 17 2020 // The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday it has charged five Chinese residents and two Malaysian businessmen in a wide-ranging hacking effort that encompassed targets from video games to pro-democracy...

#6 Hacked Firms Face ‘Frankenstein’ of State-Based Cyber Notification Laws

Mar 11 2021 // Last summer, Katherine “Kitty” Green received some disturbing news about the computer network at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she oversees a foundation for private donors. An outside data provider...

#7 New U.S. Rules Require Pipelines to Report Cyber Incidents, Mitigate Risks

May 27 2021 // The Department of Homeland Security issued a new security directive for pipeline owners and operators on Thursday after a hack of the Colonial Pipeline disrupted fuel supplies in the southeastern United States for days...

#8 FBI Thwarts Cyber Attack on Tesla Factory

Aug 28 2020 // Elon Musk said on Thursday that Tesla Inc.’s factory in Nevada was a target of a “serious” cybersecurity attack, confirming a media report that claimed an employee of the company helped the Federal Bureau...

#9 Meat Producer JBS Paid $11M in Ransom to Cyber Attackers

Jun 10 2021 // Meat producer JBS USA paid the equivalent of $11 million in ransom in response to the May 30 criminal hack against its meat plant operations, the company confirmed in a statement released Wednesday. At the time of payment,...

#10 Hackers Only Needed a Single Password to Disrupt Colonial Pipeline, CEO Testifies

Jun 9 2021 // The head of Colonial Pipeline told U.S. senators on Tuesday that hackers who launched last month’s cyber attack against the company and disrupted fuel supplies to the U.S. Southeast were able to get into the system...

#11 Coordinated Twitter Hacking Raises Concerns About Platform’s Security

Jul 16 2020 // The extraordinary hacking spree that hit Twitter on Wednesday, leading it to briefly muzzle some of its most widely followed accounts, is drawing questions about the platform’s security and resilience in the run-up...

#12 U.S. Charges Uber’s Ex-Security Chief With Deliberately Concealing 2016 Hacking

Aug 21 2020 // In an unprecedented case, a former chief security officer for Uber Technologies was criminally charged on Thursday with trying to cover up a 2016 hacking that exposed personal information of about 57 million of the...

#13 FBI Chief Wray Warns Cyber-Attacked Firms Not to Pay Ransoms

Jun 11 2021 // Companies and organizations that are victims of ransomware attacks shouldn’t pay hackers to unlock their data and should quickly contact law enforcement, which opens up the possibility of creative solutions, FBI...

#14 Homeland Security Orders Cyber ‘Sprints’ as Part of U.S. Plan Against Hacks

Apr 1 2021 // The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is undertaking a series of “sprints” to enhance American cybersecurity in the wake of major attacks. “I am announcing today a series of 60-day sprints, each...

#15 Ransom-Seeking Hackers Are Exploiting Flaws in Microsoft Email Software

Mar 12 2021 // Ransom-seeking hackers have begun taking advantage of a recently disclosed flaw in Microsoft’s widely used mail server software, the company said early Thursday – a serious escalation that could portend...

#16 Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Launches ‘Cyber Protect’ Product for UK Market

Jun 16 2020 // Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) announced the launch of a new Allianz Cyber Protect product in the UK. AGCS, Allianz’s entity for large-scale corporate and specialty risks, released its new Allianz...

#17 Chinese Military Reported to Be Behind Japan Cyber Attacks

Apr 21 2021 // China’s military is thought to have instructed a hacker group to conduct cyber attacks on nearly 200 Japanese research institutions and firms, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing unidentified people in a police...

#18 Surveillance Camera Hack Exposes Hospitals, Businesses, Schools

Mar 15 2021 // Hackers aiming to call attention to the dangers of mass surveillance say they were able to peer into hospitals, schools, factories, jails and corporate offices after they broke into the systems of a security-camera...

#19 U.S. Charges 3 North Koreans in $1.3B Hacking of Banks, Sony, Others

Feb 18 2021 // The United States has charged three North Korean computer programmers with a massive hacking spree aimed at stealing more than $1.3 billion in money and cryptocurrency, affecting companies from banks to Hollywood movie...

#20 Insurance Agencies Get No Break When It Comes to Cyber Liability

Sep 10 2020 // As this trying year drags on, insurance agents might be tempted to take a quick breather. From a cyber liability perspective, however, the pressure on agents is ramping up over the rest of the year. Here’s why. In...