Exclusive: North Korea’s Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts.

Amid industry pushback, China offers changes to cyber rules: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – China may delay full implementation of controversial new cyber security rules, giving companies more time to prepare, two people who attended a meeting on Friday between the country’s internet regulator, businesses and diplomats told Reuters.

WannaCry attack is good business for cyber security firms

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For Kris Hagerman, chief executive of UK-based cyber security firm Sophos Group Plc , the past week could have been bad. The WannaCry “ransomware” attack hobbled some of its hospital customers in Britain’s National Health Service, forcing them to turn away ambulances and cancel surgeries.

French researchers find way to unlock WannaCry without ransom

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – French researchers said on Friday they had found a last-chance way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up victims’ computers first infected a week ago.

Companies use kidnap insurance to guard against ransomware attacks

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Companies without cyber insurance are dusting off policies covering kidnap, ransom and extortion in the world’s political hotspots to recoup losses caused by ransomware viruses such as “WannaCry”, insurers say.

WannaCry cyber attack compromised some Russian banks: central bank

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The WannaCry ransomware attack compromised the systems of Russian banks in some isolated cases, the Russian central bank said on Friday in the first official acknowledgement by Moscow that the virus had an impact on the country’s banking system.

Bitcoin’s murkier rivals line up to displace it as cybercriminals’ favourite

LONDON (Reuters) – Bitcoin is well-entrenched as the preferred payment for cybercriminals like the WannaCry hackers who have hit more than 300,000 computers over the past week, but cryptocurrencies offering more anonymity are threatening to displace it.

Facebook to show Major League Baseball games live on Fridays

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to show 20 of the league’s games live this season in an agreement that expands the social media network further into the world of live programming.