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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cyber-warfare Strikes Again

By Douglas V. Gibbs
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A new cyberattack is rippling through the world's usage of technology.  The latest attack has once again locked up computers around the world, and as the last massive strike, is a case of ransomware where the attackers demand money in order for the victims to restore access.  In this case, it's $300 in bitcoin, a digital currency.  The last attack was last May, which affected computers in over 150 countries.

The latest attack uses a malware believed to be more complicated than anything used in the past.  In this case, many users are not even able to launch their computers, except for a message informing them how to transfer the ransom payment to remove the malware.

Production at factories, and information transfers connected to banking systems and other services have been disrupted.  Disruptions are being reported worldwide.
According to CNN: The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was also hit by the cyber attack, according to a Ukrainian federal agency. In a statement, the agency said that "in connection with the cyber attack, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant website is not working." Its Microsoft Windows systems were temporarily disconnected, and radiation monitoring in the area of the industrial site is being carried out manually, it said.
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