Articles by Raphael Satter and Joseph Menn

Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attackers Say They Seek Cash, Not Chaos

The ransomware gang accused of crippling the leading U.S. fuel pipeline operator said on Monday that it never meant to create havoc, an unusual statement that experts saw as a sign the cybercriminals’ scheme had gone awry. The FBI accused …

Homeland Security Chief Prioritizes Disrupting Ransomware in Cyber Efforts

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last Wednesday that dealing with ransomware will be a top priority, highlighting the growing threat of the data-scrambling software. Ransomware – which effectively holds files and networks hostage unless a payment …

Ransom-Seeking Hackers Are Exploiting Flaws in Microsoft Email Software

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 widespread digital disruption. The disclosure, initially made on Twitter by …

Hacks of Microsoft Outlook Email Program Continue Despite Patch

More than 20,000 U.S. organizations have been compromised through a back door installed via recently patched flaws in Microsoft Corp.’s email software, a person familiar with the U.S. government’s response said on Friday. The hacking has already reached more places …

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

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 studios, the Department of Justice said on …

How Dominance of One Management Software Became Cyber Liability for U.S.

On an earnings call two months ago, SolarWinds Chief Executive Kevin Thompson touted how far the company had gone during his 11 years at the helm. There was not a database or an IT deployment model out there to which …

Suspected Russian Cyber Espionage Has U.S. Government, Businesses Scrambling

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and thousands of businesses scrambled Monday to investigate and respond to a sweeping hacking campaign that officials suspect was directed by the Russian government. Emails sent by officials at DHS, which oversees border security …

IBM Warns COVID Vaccine ‘Cold Chain’ Process Has Been Targeted by Hackers

IBM is sounding the alarm over hackers targeting companies critical to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, a sign that digital spies are turning their attention to the complex logistical work involved in inoculating the world’s population against the novel coronavirus. …

Hackers-for-Hire Group Targets Officials, Activists, Executives in Middle East

Saudi diplomats, Sikh separatists and Indian business executives have been among those targeted by a group of hired hackers, according to research published on Wednesday by software firm BlackBerry Corp. The report on the group, known publicly as Bahamut, the …

Coordinated Twitter Hacking Raises Concerns About Platform’s Security

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 to the U.S. presidential election. Twitter said …