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The first half of 2017 began with two intriguing ransomware events, both partly enabled by wormable exploit technology dumped by a group calling themselves “The ShadowBrokers”. These WannaCry and ExPetr ransomware events are the biggest in the sense that they spread the quickest and most effectively of known ransomware to date.

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WikiLeaks released documentation on another Vault 7 hacking tool used by the CIA for large cyber-espionage operations.
Dated December 2013, the 12-page document describes an Android malware, internally known as HighRise, hidden in an application named TideCheck.

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Yesterday, a global ransomware outbreak began, and it looks to be as big as the WannaCry story that broke not so long ago.
There are numerous reports that several large companies from different countries have been hit, and the magnitude of the epidemic is likely to grow even more.

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It’s hard to turn on the television or read another article about corporate data breaches. With that kind of coverage, one would think that most Americans are taking their own personal cybersecurity very seriously. Not so. According to a recent survey from AlertSec, only 45% of Americans know they have anti-virus protection on their laptops.

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