It's widely believed that the October 2014 breaches of US State Department and White House computer systems have been executed by Russian hackers.
Pawn Storm, the long-standing economic and political cyber-espionage operation that has been first detailed in October 2014, continues unabated.
Kaspersky Lab has recorded a rare and unusual example of one cybercriminal attacking another.
US president Barack Obama has signed on Wednesday a new executive order aimed at imposing "sanctions on individuals or entities that engage in malicious cyber-enabled activities that create a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States." "The malicious cyber-enabled activity must have the purpose or effect of significantly harming or compromising critical infrastructure; misappropriating funds or economic resources, trade secrets, personal identifiers, or financial information for commercial or competitive advantage or private financial gain; knowingly receiving or using trade secrets that were stolen by cyber-enabled means for commercial or competitive advantage or private financial gain; disrupting the availability of a computer or network of computers (for example, through a denial of service attack); and attempting, assisting or providing material support for any of the above activities," the president explained.
1 in 3 security professionals recommend negotiating with cybercriminals for the return of stolen data or the restoration of encrypted files, according to ThreatTrack Security.
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