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  1. FBI says ransomware victims paid over $140 million to attackers Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was one of the attendees at the RSA 2020 conference which covers security and is attended by big companies like IBM and AT&T. This year, the conference lacked involvement from major tech giants due to the Coronavirus outbreak but FBI and others attended the event to talk about customer security. At the event, FBI released an interesting stat which claims that ransomware victims have paid over $140 million to the attackers in the last 6 years. The agency arri
  2. Twenty-two women have won $12.75 million in a years-long lawsuit alleging a predatory scheme by GirlsDoPorn, a site that hosts purportedly one-time pornographic videos featuring “amateur” college-age women and teen girls. The women provided evidence that the company lured them into shoots under false pretenses, intimidated and coerced them into performing, and shared the images online without their consent. They sued a total of 13 affiliated businesses and individuals, including owner Michael Pratt, actor Andre Garcia, and videographer Matthew Wolfe. Screenshot: Michael Pratt
  3. A court has ordered Grant West to pay back his victims with his cryptocurrency savings. But how much are they worth now, two years after his arrest? LONDON—A UK court today ordered a hacker, who carried out attacks on more than 100 firms, to pay back victims using cryptocurrency. The problem? The bitcoin, which was worth more than $2 million two years ago when the crimes were committed, is now worth half that. The unusual case is yet another ruling that could bolster bitcoin’s legal standing as an asset class. Police say Grant West, 27, from Ken
  4. Most of the attacks came from state-sponsored hacking groups in Iran, North Korea, and Russia. Microsoft said that over the past year it notified nearly 10,000 users that they'd been targeted or compromised by nation-state hacking groups. The company didn't just blast out random statistics, but also named names. Microsoft said most of the attacks came from state-sponsored hackers from Iran, North Korea, and Russia. More precisely, the Iran attacks came from groups Microsoft calls Holmium and Mercury, the North Korean attacks came from a g
  5. Hackers have used the recently discovered OpenSSL security flaw, codenamed Heartbleed, to steal data from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Mumsnet networks. CRA commissioner Andrew Treusch confirmed the breach in a public statement, revealing as many as 900 taxpayers' details have been compromised. "Regrettably, the CRA has been notified by the Government of Canada's lead security agencies of a malicious breach of taxpayer data that occurred over a six-hour period," read the advisory. "Based on our analysis to date, social insurance numbers of approximately 900 taxpayers were removed from C
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