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Cyberattack Paralyzes Car Dealerships Nationwide

CDK Global outage could last for days

(Newser) - A system that around 15,000 car dealerships rely on was down for a second day Thursday after a cyberattack, and the chaos paralyzing dealerships could continue for days to come. CDK Global said Wednesday that it had temporarily shut down systems out of an "abundance of caution."...

EPA: Iran, China, Russia Are Targeting Water Utilities

Agency urges utilities to step up cybersecurity

(Newser) - Cyberattacks against water utilities across the country are becoming more frequent and more severe, the Environmental Protection Agency warned Monday as it issued an enforcement alert urging water systems to take immediate actions to protect the nation's drinking water. More, from the AP :
  • About 70% of utilities inspected by

In This Catholic Hospital System, 'Unusual Activity'

Cyberattack fells Ascension, diverting ambulances and wreaking havoc across the US

(Newser) - A cyberattack on the Ascension health system operating in 19 states across the US forced some of its 140 hospitals to divert ambulances, caused patients to postpone medical tests, and blocked online access to patient records. An Ascension spokesperson said it detected "unusual activity" Wednesday on its computer network...

UnitedHealth CEO Is 'Deeply Deeply Sorry'

He tells lawmakers that lack of basic security feature led to ransomware attack

(Newser) - The cyberattack that caused massive disruption to health care systems across the US earlier this year was an easy payday for hackers, UnitedHealth Group CEO Andrew Witty admitted Wednesday. He told the Senate Finance Committee that criminals using "compromised credentials" accessed a Change Healthcare portal that did not have...

Overflowing Texas Water Tower May Be a 'Worrisome Escalation'
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In Texas, an Overflowing Water Tower Points to Russia

Russian hackers have claimed responsibility, in what may be nation's first attack on US water

(Newser) - A water tower in a small Texas town overflowed in January, spilling tens of thousands of gallons into the streets. Now, Google-owned cybersecurity company Mandiant says the incident in Muleshoe may be the first hack into US water systems by Russia after infiltrators tied to one of that country's...

UK MP: 'I've Hurt People by Being Weak'

William Wragg says he revealed colleagues' phone numbers after getting caught up in sexting scam

(Newser) - British lawmakers who may have been targeted in a sexting scam were urged Friday to go to police, after a senior Conservative admitted disclosing the personal phone numbers of some colleagues to an unknown individual who held "compromising" material on him. William Wragg, who chairs the Public Administration and...

Children's Hospital Has Suspect in Cyberattack

Chicago's Lurie says a 'known criminal threat actor' is to blame

(Newser) - A large children's hospital in Chicago remains hobbled by a cyberattack that began more than a week ago, cutting doctors and nurses off from digital patient records and limiting parents' ability to communicate with their kids' caregivers. Officials at Lurie Children's Hospital said Thursday that they are still...

Suspected Cyberattack Knocks Out 70% of Iran's Gas Stations

Israeli hacker group claims attack as state TV warns people not to swamp remaining stations

(Newser) - Nearly 70% of Iran's gas stations went out of service on Monday following possible sabotage—a reference to cyberattacks, Iranian state TV reported. A "software problem" caused the irregularity in the gas stations, reports the AP . State TV urged people not to rush to the stations that were...

Two NY Hospitals Turn Away Patients After Cyberattack

Health care network is taking its IT systems down

(Newser) - Two hospitals in New York were hit with a cyberattack and are diverting patients to other facilities, hospital officials said Friday. The cyberattack affected computer systems at HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston along with Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center—all part of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, the...

Chinese Cyberattack on Japan Called 'Shockingly Bad'

China reportedly hacked into Japan's classified defense networks in just-revealed 2020 attack

(Newser) - In an incident that reportedly happened in 2020 but is only just now being revealed, a dozen anonymous sources tell the Washington Post that China hacked into Japan's classified defense networks. A former US military official who was briefed on the cyberattack tells the Post, "It was bad—...

Cyberattack Forces Hospital ERs to Close

Locations in multiple states are affected

(Newser) - A cyberattack has disrupted hospital computer systems in multiple states, forcing some emergency rooms to close and ambulances to be diverted, and many primary care services remained closed on Friday as security experts worked to determine the extent of the problem and resolve it. The data security attack began Thursday...

Energy Department, Other Agencies Hit by 'Intrusions'

Ransomware attack that appears to have exploited a computer flaw has affected other groups globally

(Newser) - The Department of Energy and multiple other federal agencies are the victims of a ransomware attack that has already hit businesses in the UK and elsewhere around the globe. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, is lending support to those agencies "that have experienced intrusions,"...

Cyberattack Causes Philadelphia Inquirer's Worst Disruption Since '96

It's not yet clear when newspaper's systems will be fully restored

(Newser) - The Philadelphia Inquirer experienced the most significant disruption to its operations in 27 years due to what the newspaper calls a cyberattack, the AP reports. The company was working to restore print operations after a cyber incursion that prevented the printing of the newspaper's Sunday print edition, the Inquirer ...

Guardian Says It Was Hit by Cyberattack

British newspaper tells employees to work from home after suspected ransomware attack

(Newser) - The Guardian says that it has been hit by a suspected ransomware attack but that its online publishing is, evidently, largely unaffected. Executives said the newspaper hopes to go ahead with its Thursday print edition. The British paper reported "a serious IT incident" starting Tuesday night, and staff at...

Pro-Russian 'Killnet' Hits US Airport Websites

'Denial of service' attack did not affect air traffic or flight operations

(Newser) - Officials at more than a dozen major US airports were greeted first thing Monday morning by cyberattacks against their public-facing websites. Air travel was not disrupted, per Axios, but the issue may have been an “inconvenience” for some travelers. The pro-Russian “hacktivist” group Killnet claimed responsibility. The group...

Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency

Country has been hit by ransomware attacks

(Newser) - After a month of crippling ransomware attacks, Costa Rica has declared a state of emergency. In theory, the measure usually reserved to deal with natural disasters or the COVID-19 pandemic would free up the government to react more nimbly to the crisis. President Rodrigo Chaves, who was sworn in Sunday,...

Cyberattack Doomed 157-Year-Old College

Lincoln College shutting its doors due to ransomware attack, COVID pandemic

(Newser) - For the first time in the US, a higher education institution is shuttering, in part, due to a ransomware attack. Lincoln College, an Illinois school that qualifies as a predominantly Black institution and which opened in 1865 as the namesake school of Abraham Lincoln, is closing Friday after also struggling...

Digital 'Swarm' Fights Russian Sites Online

One Ukrainian site lets mothers search photos for sons among captured Russian troops

(Newser) - Formed in a fury to counter Russia's blitzkrieg attack, Ukraine's hundreds-strong volunteer "hacker" corps is more than a paramilitary cyberattack force in Europe's first major war of the internet age. It is crucial to information combat and to crowdsourcing intelligence. "We are really a swarm....

Suspected Cyberattack Shuts Down Toyota Production

Company suspends work at plants in Japan

(Newser) - Toyota is suspending production at all 28 lines of its 14 plants in Japan starting Tuesday, because of a "system malfunction" that a domestic supplier suspects is a cyberattack. Kojima Industries Corp., based in Toyota city in central Japan, said Monday the problem could be a cyberattack, as an...

UN: Cyberattacks Fund North Korean Missiles

Millions in cryptocurrency from exchanges go toward restricted systems

(Newser) - A major source of funding for North Korea's government, especially its missile program, is theft, a UN report says. The investigation found that cyberattacks have netted millions in stolen cryptocurrency, the BBC reports, from at least three cryptocurrency exchanges in North America, Europe, and Asia. The findings have been...

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