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Cyberattacks are becoming more and more widespread these days, becoming a major headache not only for the government concerned, but also a host of companies, organisations and people. In particular, ransomware attacks, where unscrupulous elements who want to make a quick buck encrypt the data of their targets and tell them they will unlock it if they pay up, have become the order of the day. Ransomware gangs extorted over $300 million last year.
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But in a new raid, the websites of hundreds of companies around the world were hacked. At least 200 American firms were affected. The hackers are demanding $70 million in payment, that too not in cash but in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Hundreds of thousands of users in 17 countries have been hit in the process. The incident happened on Friday.
Attackers demanded payments in Bitcoin.
The demand was reported to have been posted by REvil, a gang linked to Russia.
The gang hacked into a Dublin-based IT company called Kaseya.
One Swedish grocery store chain was badly hit; it had to shutter hundreds of its outlets on Saturday.
It is just not companies that have been hit but even schools.
Last month, a Brazilian firm had to fork out $11 million for the hackers after its production suffered when its systems were hacked.
The audit highlighted a lack of encryption of personal data at the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) which forms the backbone of the country's digital payments system and operates the RuPay card network championed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Hong Kong's elderly are plagued by phone scammers who seek out vulnerable and wealthy victims willing to transfer money or make bogus investments. Police said scammers targeted an elderly woman living in a mansion on The Peak, Hong Kong's ritziest neighbourhood.
Last summer criminals contacted the unnamed woman pretending to be Chinese public security officials.
The exercise is designed to test the strength of the banking sector against any potential cyber threats.
Caretaker Information Minister Amir Mir confirmed Elahi's arrest, saying he was in his vehicle and "trying to flee" when he was arrested.
Social media users reacted strongly to the video and the villagers' predicament with comments slamming the concerned authorities for reneging on their promise to provide good rural connectivity.
The marriage of Crown Prince Hussein, 28, and Saudi architect Rajwa Al Saif, 29, drew a star-studded guest list including Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, as well as US First Lady Jill Biden.
The authorities said that after the issuance of the visit visa, the tourist must enter the country within 60 days from the date of issuance, and the validity of the entry permit will be 30 days or 60 days, depending on the visa sought.