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.
Police in southeastern Spain have arrested the suspected ringleader of a notorious cybercrime syndicate accused of stealing more than a billion euros. The gang allegedly targeted dozens of banks around the world.
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.
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?
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