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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.
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 hackers accessed a system at Bulgaria's tax agency before sending an email from a Russian domain to some local media on Monday with links to data, officials said.
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.
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Minister of Tolerance and Co-Existence Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan has reiterated the commitment of the UAE leadership and its people to the pursuit of acceptance, forbearance, brotherliness and friendship.
In the details, a witness recorded in the video clip, a Kuwaiti citizen assaulting the worker, while he grabbed him by his clothes and beat him, shouting in his face, “a swindler.”
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, said: “We are working to achieve integration in our efforts to protect society from risks and facilitate trade movement not only at the local level but also at the global level, in cooperation with the security authorities in the relevant entities to present an international unique model that distinguishes Dubai on the world map”.