News highlights – 15 May

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News highlights for 15 May

National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland. NSA/Handout via REUTERS

Ransom payments did not get companies’ data back

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday that less than $70,000 had been paid in ransom in the wake of the global “WannaCry” cyber attack and that it is aware of no instances in which a payment has led to the recovery of data. Read more…

WannaCry is not that sophisticated – here’s how to protect yourself

While organizations have been under threat from ransomware for years, the attack landscape has been very narrowly focused. Victims tended to have to manually enabled the attack through some method, such as opening email attachments or downloading unverified software. Read more…

Thailand will not take immediate action to block Facebook access

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand has no immediate plan to block access to Facebook <FB.O>, the telecoms regulator said on Tuesday, as it expects the social media giant to comply with court orders for the removal of content deemed to threaten national security. Read more…

Canada’s top telecoms firm BCE has customer database hacked

(Reuters) – BCE Inc, Canada’s largest telecommunications company, said a hacker had accessed customer information containing about 1.9 million active email addresses and about 1,700 names and active phone numbers. Read more…

Hackers claim to have stolen upcoming Disney movie

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger has revealed that hackers claimed to have access to an unnamed upcoming movie and have demanded a ransom, the Hollywood Reporter said on Monday. Read more…

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