Cyber blackmail involves criminals hacking into computers, taking their victims’ data hostage and then demanding a ransom. Their prey includes hospitals, municipal authorities and individual smartphone users across the world.
The European Commission has said it will upgrade its existing cyber agency as part of an effort to add EU-wide standards to boost resilience against increasing online aggression. But will the plan work?
A group of hackers has published a fresh trove of data stolen from the US cable network HBO. The data dump includes the script for an upcoming "Game of Thrones" episode, as well as a ransom demand for remaining files.
Following a sustained cyberattack, telephone and Internet service provider TalkTalk has received a ransom demand from unidentified hackers, the company said. The attack may have compromised customers' banking details.
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