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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.
Mohamed Adel is accused of killing his colleague Naiyera Ashraf in front of the gate of Mansoura University after she refused to marry him.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday, congratulated high school graduates in the country.
A team of Dubai's Maritime Rescue Department at Ports Police Station has rescued a person from drowning in Jumeirah Beach after receiving the report through the 'safe Sail'