US cyber security firms say ransomware attacks are on the rise and increasing in sophistication. Ransomware encrypts a target computer's files, demanding payment to unlock them. Experts in Germany advise victims on how to respond.
The German Interior Ministry has officially opened ZITiS, a surveillance agency independent of both the police and the secret service. Critics say anyone with a smartphone is now vulnerable to state snooping.
Two Germans are believed to be behind the notorious darknet drug market Hansa. Right after the pair were arrested last month, authorites secretly took control of the site and turned it into a honeypot trap.
The worldwide ransomware cyberattack spread to more computers on Monday as people logged in at work. But no new large-scale breakdowns were reported, while experts were scrambling to determine who was behind the attack.
Cybersecurity experts have detected similarities between the ransomware used in the recent global attacks and earlier code from a North Korean hacking ring. However, they have warned that the clues could be misleading.
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