The Tanium 10: Ransomware Price Rises

Susan Nunziata Posted on 07.06.17 — by Susan Nunziata

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The Tanium 10

The Tanium 10 for the week ending July 7, 2017:

  1. The latest on the NotPetya ransomware: Ukraine places the blame on Russian state-backed hackers previously responsible for shutting down electricity across the country. But in a possible bit of misdirection, the hackers appear to have raised their ransom price to 100 bitcoins, currently worth more than $250,000.
  2. According to a U.N. survey, the United States, Malaysia, Oman, Estonia, Australia, France, and Canada are among the countries ranked in the top 10 on the Global Cybersecurity Index. The top-ranked country may surprise you.
  3. Watch out, spam bots. Instagram is now leveraging artificial intelligence (A.I.) tools to clean up its comment system.
  4. Google released its fourth annual diversity report and the results are … meh. Women in tech and leadership roles ticked up 1% each, while hiring from underrepresented minority groups remains slow.
  5. You’re no doubt familiar with Alan Turing’s work at Bletchley Park in the UK. Here’s the previously untold story of the women who helped break Nazi codes during World War II.
  6. As U.S. intelligence agencies and lawmakers take a look at Russian-based anti-virus provider Kaspersky Lab, namesake CEO Eugene Kaspersky said he’s willing to have his source code examined and to move part of his research work to the U.S.
  7. Microsoft is cutting thousands of jobs as it reorganizes to support its fast-growing cloud services business. The majority of cuts will affect employees outside the U.S.
  8. iPhone jailbreaking used to be a massive hobby and mini-industry unto itself. Read about the history of the jailbreaking movement—how it rose to prominence and its legacy after death.
  9. A British teenager is charged with conspiracy following a string of high profile cyber attacks on the websites of Amazon, Vodafone, and NatWest, among others. Jack Chappell, aged 18, is accused of running a web business selling the software used in the DDoS attacks. Rest assured, customer service was not overlooked. Authorities allege Chappell ran an online helpdesk for prospective hackers.
  10. If you bought a new A.I. speaker to automate your home life, here’s a handy guide to create your own commands for Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home.

And another thing…

The question you never knew to ask: what exactly would happen if an asteroid struck the planet today? (Luckily such an event only happens once every 500,000 years.)

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