Hacker News users have become accustomed to spending money online in the past few years, but the threat of ransomware is becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest ransomware and malware campaigns around the world.
China’s biggest ransomware campaign – “Panda” ransomware attack China’s largest ransomware campaign has reportedly reached an estimated $25.5 million, according to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.
The ransomware is part of a group of campaigns dubbed Panda that has spread through multiple countries.
The attacks were first reported by The Washington Post, which says it “is one of the largest ransomware campaigns ever to hit the Internet.”
China’s Ministry of State Security and Cyber Defense confirmed the new attack to Reuters.
The report says the group was active since March 4, 2017.
The AP reports that the Chinese government was the first to claim responsibility.
The news outlet reports that “the campaign is being organized by the Chinese Government Security Bureau, which has been carrying out the campaign in the area of the Shanghai and Wuhan cities.”
Russia’s largest cyber attack ever – Russian cyber attacks in 2017, 2017 and 2018 According to Kaspers, Russia had a major cyber attack in 2017 that saw more than $200 million stolen from banks and credit card companies.
The group behind the attacks were called the Lazarus Group, according Kaspers.
The malware was dubbed “The Shadow Brokers” and has been used to steal data and files from organizations.
The attackers have since claimed responsibility for the malware.
In 2018, Russia’s cyber defense ministry said the group responsible for the attacks had been shut down.
The Associated Press reports that a cyber defense officer said that the group is now back online.
A ransomware attack on a New York City office – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is under attack for supporting Trump’s agenda, according the New York Post.
In a letter to New Yorkers, de Blasio said the ransomware attack is an “epic failure” and that the city will “be forced to shut down” until it can “come up with a plan to make sure our residents, businesses, and other residents are protected.”
“The ransomware is an extremely dangerous threat that is only getting worse,” de Blasio wrote.
“We are working to make New York safer and stronger, and our city officials must be held accountable for their reckless actions.
It is imperative that our city do everything in its power to prevent this threat from becoming the norm.
This ransomware is a disaster and we must make it stop.”
A Chinese ransomware campaign targeting Australia’s financial institutions – A Chinese government-backed cyber attack on an Australian financial institution has led to a ransomware attack that has been traced back to a group called The Shadow Broker, according Australian media.
The attack was reported on April 8 by a group calling itself “The Coalition for Privacy and Security.”
The attack began on March 17 and was allegedly led by a man who goes by the name of “DarkNet” and claims to be a member of the Shadow Brokers.
The threat has since spread to banks and financial institutions in Australia.
The ABC reports that there are now reports of the attack spreading across the world, including to the United Kingdom.
The Australian Prime Minister’s office is also concerned about the threat, according Reuters.
A spokesperson for the PM’s office said the PM was aware of the threat and is “looking at ways to protect our citizens and the Australian financial system from the attack.”
The ShadowBrokers have denied responsibility for a ransomware campaign in 2017 targeting an Australian bank.
A group of Russian cyber criminals using the name “Shadow Brokers”—a reference to the Shadow Government surveillance agency in the Cold War—attack a Dutch bank – Dutch financial institution Klaipeda has said it has been attacked by a Russian cyber group calling themselves the ShadowBroks.
The cyber attack is believed to be part of the “Shadow Government” surveillance agency, which is believed by some to be an offshoot of the U.S. National Security Agency.
Klaapeda, a Dutch financial services company, said that it was hit by a “malicious attack” that was part of “an ongoing cyber attack” on its data centers.
The Dutch company says that it has not been infected by ransomware, nor has it been asked to change any of its security measures.
A Russian cyber attack that impacted a large number of U.K. and German banks – Russian hackers have claimed responsibility in a massive cyber attack against banks and other institutions across Europe that affected the United States.
According to the Financial Times, the attack was first reported on March 3 by the Financial Security Policy Alliance, which describes itself as a group which seeks to “develop, promote and defend the interests of financial institutions and financial industry participants worldwide.”
The attacks, which the Financial Press says “could be the biggest and most damaging cyber attack to date,” have hit banks in Germany, the U