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Current data show more than 1.3m computer systems are still vulnerable to infection by WannaCry, which has paralysed hospitals, disrupted transport networks and immobilised businesses, according to cyber security analysts.
So far, 200,000 computers across 150 countries are known to have been infected in the first wave of the WannaCry cyber attack. ….
Russia, Ukraine, India and Taiwan were the most seriously affected countries, according to cyber security company Kaspersky Lab. –Financial Times
Investigators are following much the same process that detectives in the physical world have used for decades: secure the crime scene, collect forensic evidence and try to trace the clues back to the perpetrator.
But for all of their similarities to traditional crimes, cyberattacks have major digital twists that can make them much harder to solve and can greatly magnify the damage done.
Private cybersecurity firms typically help the official agencies, and the official agencies stretch around the world. Some governments pitch in, some don’t, especially authoritarian governments unwilling to see outside investigators search their internal networks.
The problem is finding “real” clues among the red herrings.
Criminals are aware their emails contain revealing clues, and they try to cover their tracks. “People use cloakers, which hide your identity, making you look as if you are someone and somewhere else,” she said.
Like tracing the license plates of a stolen car back to the wrong person, this can lead investigators astray. “But a good detective can track them,” Patricia Lewis [of London’s Chatham House think tank] said. “They always leave digital bread crumbs that can be followed.” –New York Times
◆ North Korea fires another missile, says (probably falsely) it can launch nuclear weapons.
⇒ Australia says it holds China responsible for North Korea (Washington Post)
Comment: Russia is not happy either, since the latest missile landed near their port of Vladivostok.
◆ Today in lawsuits before the Supreme Court! Can a student, arrested for creating mayhem in school by repeated belching, sue the officer who was sent in to arrest him? (Daily Caller)
Comment: Our country has a heckuva lot of problems. This is not one of them. Hand it to Judge Judy.
The 1996 Congressional Review Act gave Republicans the power to reverse end-of-term rules by the president with a simple majority, within a set time.
The deadline for scuttling the rules that President Barack Obama imposed during his final months in office was last Thursday. –Washington Post
The regulations overturned affect the coal industry, broadband customers, hunters, and women seeking health care at abortion providers.
◆ Bloomberg reports: “The US Economy is Back on Track” Steady growth, it says, but not much more.