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West accuses Russian spy agency of scores of attacks

The West unleashed an onslaught of new evidence and indictments Thursday accusing Russian military spies of hacking so widespread that it seemed to target anyone, anywhere who investigates Moscow’s involvement …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

North Korean charged in crippling Sony hack, WannaCry virus

A computer programmer working for the North Korean government was charged with devastating cyberattacks that hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment and unleashed the WannaCry ransomware virus that infected computers in 150 …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Governors, including Inslee, fear for election security amid Russian cyberattacks

Will your vote be safe this year from foreign adversaries working to undermine U.S. democracy? Some of the nation’s governors aren’t so sure.


Could cyberattacks knock out lights in the U.S.? Not so easily

Hackers likely linked to the North Korean government targeted a U.S. electricity company last month, according to a security firm that says it detected and stopped the attacks.


Threat to U.S. nuclear reactors ‘real,’ ongoing, energy chief says

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday that “state-sponsored” or criminal hackers are targeting U.S. nuclear power plants and other energy providers, but said the government has resources to safeguard the …


Defending against a cyberattack on democracy

Congressional campaigns rocked by Russian interference in the 2016 elections are trying to make sure that it never happens again.


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 5:44 p.m.

Cyberattack may not have been meant to get money

The cyberattack that has locked up computers around the world while demanding a ransom may not be an extortion attempt after all, but an effort to create havoc in Ukraine, …


Cyberattacks involving extortion are rising, Verizon says

Cyberattacks involving ransomware – in which criminals use malicious software to encrypt a users’ data and then extort money to unencrypt it – increased 50 percent in 2016, according to …


University of Washington team gets $7.5 million to stop cyberattacks

University of Washington and the U.S. Department of Defense are teaming up to stop complex cyberattacks using a new type of game theory.


Blackmail a possible motive for U.S. personnel office hackers

WASHINGTON – The investigation into the cyberattack on computers at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management is proceeding on the theory that the hack was directed by the Chinese government …


Report: Global cyberattack under way for 5 years

A computer security firm says cybercriminals have spent at least the past five years targeting more than 70 government entities, nonprofit groups and corporations around the world to steal troves …