On 12 May 2017, the cryptoworm WanaCrypt0r 2.0, also known as WannaCry, infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world. Our investigation into this ransomware reveals some worrying trends.

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On 12 May 2017, the cryptoworm WanaCrypt0r 2.0, also known as WannaCry, infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world. Our investigation into this ransomware reveals some worrying trends.

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In April 2017, the Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab identified a criminal hacker group operating under the names BlueNoroff and Lazarus. Probably hailing from North Korea, this group targets public and private financial institutions around the world – from Costa Rica to Thailand, India, Gabon and Poland.

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The dangers of unsecured connected devices were made all too clear in 2015 when the personal data of more than 3 million Hello Kitty clients, stored on an open MongoDB database, was leaked to the public. Today, companies continue to suffer from major data leaks caused by inadequate security, as seen in the Ghostshell affair.

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In late November, San Francisco’s public transport network was hit by a ransomware attack taking all ticket machines offline. Instead of shutting the transport system down, the Municipal Transport Agency decided to let users ride for free.

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Did it backfire? In June 2013, Edward Snowden revealed to the public the NSA surveillance program targeting Internet users around the world. Now, a group of hackers named “Shadow Brokers” has announced that it allegedly hacked the NSA and collected a lot of data -spyware, exploit kits, settings files, etc.

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Although the French version of the Pokémon Go game phenomenon has not been officially released, cybercriminals are enthusiastic: less than two weeks after its launch, the application has already suffered a DDoS attack and has many corrupted copies in the Google Play Store.

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