Tech & Science Cyberattack: major cyber attacks over the past 10 years

06:45  14 may  2017
06:45  14 may  2017 Source:   AFP

English hospitals divert ambulances after 'ransomware' cyber attack

  English hospitals divert ambulances after 'ransomware' cyber attack <p>Hospitals and doctors' surgeries across England were forced to turn away patients and cancel appointments on Friday after a nationwide 'ransomware' cyber attack which crippled some computer systems in the state-run health service.</p>The National Health Service (NHS) said 16 organizations had been affected by the cyber attack but added it had not been specifically targeted.

From “cyberwar” to “hacktivism”, here are some of the major cyber attacks over the past 10 years In July 2009, a dozen US government websites, including those of the White House, Pentagon and State Department, were targeted in a coordinated cyberattack which also struck sites in South Korea.

The wave of attacks on May 12, 2007 hit Britain's health service, Russia's interior ministry and French carmaker Renault, along with many other organisations around the world. From "cyberwar" to "hacktivism", here are some of the major cyberattacks over the past 10 years

The wave of attacks on May 12, 2007 hit Britain's health service, Russia's interior ministry and French carmaker Renault, along with many other organisations around the world © Provided by AFP The wave of attacks on May 12, 2007 hit Britain's health service, Russia's interior ministry and French carmaker Renault, along with many other organisations around the world A huge range of organisations and companies around the world have been affected by the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack, described by the EU's law enforcement agency as "unprecedented".

From "cyberwar" to "hacktivism", here are some of the major cyberattacks over the past 10 years:

Cyberwar

One of the first massive cyberattacks to hit a state occurred in spring 2007 in the Baltic nation of Estonia, when a spate of intrusions forced the closure of government websites and disrupted leading businesses.

Ransomware attacks reported worldwide

  Ransomware attacks reported worldwide <p>A massive ransomware campaign appears to have attacked a number of <g class="gr_ gr_3 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" data-gr-id="3" id="3">organisations</g> around the world.</p>Screenshots of a well-known program that locks computers and demands a payment in Bitcoin have been shared online by parties claiming to be affected.

Cyberattack : major cyber attacks over the past 10 years - A huge range of organisations and companies around the world have been affected by the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack , described by the EU's law enforcement agency as.

The wave of attacks on May 12, 2007 hit Britain's health service, Russia's interior ministry and French carmaker Renault, along with many other organisations around the world. From "cyberwar" to "hacktivism", here are some of the major cyberattacks over the past 10 years

Ransomware: how hackers take your data hostage: The wave of attacks on May 12, 2007 hit Britain's health service, Russia's interior ministry and French carmaker Renault, along with many other organisations around the world © Provided by AFP The wave of attacks on May 12, 2007 hit Britain's health service, Russia's interior ministry and French carmaker Renault, along with many other organisations around the world The assault paralysed key corporate and government web services for days and knocked out the national emergency hotline for more than an hour. Estonia, which was in the midst of a diplomatic dispute with Russia, blamed Moscow for the attacks, which it denied.

A year later, Georgia suffered similar attacks which crippled its official presidential website and the main broadcast networks during the South Ossetia war. The attack was attributed to Russian nationalists.

In July 2009, a dozen US government websites, including those of the White House, Pentagon and State Department, were targeted in a coordinated cyberattack which also struck sites in South Korea.

Organisations hit by global cyberattack

  Organisations hit by global cyberattack A huge range of organisations around the world have been affected by the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack, described by the EU's law enforcement agency as "unprecedented".Here are some of the most prominent victims, from Britain's National Health Service (NHS) to French carmaker Renault and the Russian interior ministry.

A huge range of organisations and companies around the world have been affected by the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack , described by the EU's law enforcement agency as "unprecedented".

Paris, France: A huge range of organisations and companies around the world have been affected by the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack , described by the EU's law enforcement agency as "unprecedented".

South Korea was again the victim of a cyberattack in March 2013 amid tensions with North Korea. The attack paralysed the websites and tens of thousands of computers at several TV stations and banks for hours.

In November 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment became the target of the biggest cyberattack in US corporate history, linked to its North Korea satire "The Interview".

The hackers -- a group calling itself Guardians of Peace -- released a trove of embarrassing emails, film scripts and other internal communications, including information about salaries and employee health records.

Washington blamed Pyongyang for the hacking, a claim it denied -- though it had strongly condemned the film, which features a fictional CIA plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong-Un.

And in 2010, a computer virus called Stuxnet attacked Iran's nuclear facilities, setting back the country's atomic programme.

Growing global cyberattack hits 200,000 victims so far

  Growing global cyberattack hits 200,000 victims so far The unprecedented global cyberattack has hit more than 200,000 victims in scores of countries, Europol said Sunday, warning that the situation could escalate when people return to work. An international manhunt was well under way for the plotters behind what was being described as the world's biggest-ever computer ransom assault.The indiscriminate attack, which began Friday, struck banks, hospitals and government agencies in more than 150 countries, exploiting known vulnerabilities in old Microsoft computer operating systems.

From "cyberwar" to "hacktivism", here are some of the major cyberattacks over the past 10 years : One of the first massive cyberattacks to hit a state occurred in spring 2007 in the Baltic nation of Estonia

Paris, May 13 (AFP) A huge range of organisations and companies around the world have been affected by the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack , described by the EU's law enforcement agency as "unprecedent.

Although hackers of Russian, North Korean or Chinese origin are often cited, many believe the attack was orchestrated by the United States and Israel, but they have never acknowledged responsibility.

Hacktivism

The loose-knit piracy collective Anonymous, arguably the most well-known hacking group, has targeted a number of organisations under its mantle of fighting injustices, including the Pentagon, the Church of Scientology, the Islamic State group and Mastercard.

Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, founded 10 years ago by Australian Julian Assange, specialises in the release of classified materials.

In 2010, it published 251,000 classified cables from US embassies around the world and thousands of military documents on Afghanistan.

Last year it published files and communications from the Democratic Party, damaging presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign. US intelligence officials said the release was part of a Russian plot to aid the eventual election victor Donald Trump.

In March, the group released a large number of files and computer code from the CIA's top-secret hacking operations, showing how the agency exploits vulnerabilities in popular computer and networking hardware and software to gather intelligence.

European, Asian companies short on cyber insurance before ransomware attack

  European, Asian companies short on cyber insurance before ransomware attack The overall cost of getting businesses going again could run into the billions of dollars, with companies in Europe, including Russia, and Asia particularly vulnerable. Nearly nine out 10 cyber insurance policies in the world are in the United States, according to Kevin Kalinich, global head of Aon Plc's cyber risk practice. The annual premium market stands at $2.5-$3 billion.The biggest reason for the larger penetration in the United States, says Bob Parisi, U.S. cyber product leader for insurance broker Marsh, "is that the U.S. has been living with state breach notification laws for the past 10 years.

A huge range of organisations and companies around the world have been affected by the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack , described by the EU's law enforcement agency as "unprecedented".

October 21st – TalkTalk experiences major cyberattack . Members of the public are reminded that TalkTalk has already experienced two similar attacks over the past year , with the most recent taken place in August.

A similar election attack targeted the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron barely 24 hours before the final round of voting in April, when thousands of documents from his En Marche! (On the Move!) movement were dumped online.

The campaign denounced the "massive and coordinated hacking attack," calling it an attempt at "democratic destabilisation, like that seen during the last presidential campaign in the United States."

Cyberterrorism

In January 2015, a group declaring support for IS jihadists hacked into the social media accounts of US Central Command (CENTCOM), an embarrassing setback for Washington in its war against IS in Syria and Iraq.

A black-and-white banner with the words "CyberCaliphate" and "I love you ISIS" replaced CENTCOM's usual logo on Twitter and YouTube before the pages were suspended.

Two months later, a group calling itself the "Islamic State Hacking Division" published what they said were the names and addresses of 100 military personnel and urged supporters to kill them.

It posted information about members of the air force, army and navy, including photos and ranks.

There have also been countless criminal attacks around the world, with hackings of online payment systems costing more than $300 million (275 million euros) of losses for about a dozen top US and European companies between 2005 and 2012.

Major companies and media houses have also been targeted, including Yahoo!, which was targeted by hackers seeking personal data on millions of users in both 2013 and 2014.

In April 2015, France's TV5 Monde television suffered a major hacking by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants, but an investigation later revealed that the hackers were Russian.

Hackers managed to shut down transmissions for several hours and hijacked the channel's website and social networks.

WannaCry Ransomware: How To Decrypt Your Files If You've Been Hit By WannaCry .
Security researchers have put together a tool that may help users hit by the WannaCry ransomware attack decrypt their files without paying the ransom.The tool, named Wanakiwi, is capable of defeating the WannaCry ransomware, which encrypts a user’s files and demands a payment made in Bitcoin in order for the victim to regain access to their machine.

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