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The second quarter of 2017 saw DDoS attacks being more and more frequently used as a tool for political struggle. The Qatar crisis was accompanied by an attack on the website of Al Jazeera, the largest news network in the area, Le Monde and Le Figaro websites were targeted in the heat of the presidential election in France;

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Take a cursory look at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) wall of data breach shame and you might be scratching your head: Why does the healthcare sector seem so disproportionately victimized by hackers and cybercriminals? Why do its defenses seem so much weaker than those of other industries?

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A year ago we announced that together with Europol, Dutch police, and McAfee Security, we were starting a project called No More Ransom. We thought that joining forces against ransomware was a good idea, and now we know we were right. Today No More Ransom celebrates its first anniversary, and for a 1-year-old it has achieved a lot.

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When a Kansas Department of Commerce data system was breached back in March, a hacker accessed more than 5,561,803 Social Security Numbers from 10 states as well as PII from another 805,664 user accounts without SSNs. In total, that means 6,367,467 users’ information was exposed to the hacker.

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