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The world’s biggest currency exchange company was hacked, and the data is reportedly being held hostage for $6 million

On December 31, 2019, the worldwide currency exchange company Travelex discovered that hackers breached its system. It's been offline ever since.

New Orleans is in a state of emergency following a cyberattack

Mayor LaToya Cantrell declared the state of emergency on Friday, but told journalists that no city employee data had been compromised.
Detecting and treating a heart attack is a race against time.

The rise of cyber attacks and data breaches against US hospitals has been linked to an uptick in heart attack deaths

A rise in ransomware attacks and data breaches against hospitals across the US may account for an uptick in heart attack deaths at those hospitals.
The rise of AI has left many open-ended questions about the future of technology and the unintended consequences it may lead to.

Scientists and researchers reveal 13 dark technology scenarios that keep them up at night

AI, drones, and self-driving vehicles raise many open-ended questions about the unintended consequences of technology.
Male hacker coding.

The biggest hacks of 2019 so far

2019 has been a been a banner year for cybersecurity crises, with hackers targeting government agencies and private corporations alike.

23 towns in Texas were hit by possibly the largest-ever ransomware attack, in what could be the first coordinated cyberattack of its kind

The coordinated ransomware attack on 23 Texas towns was carried out by a "single threat actor," the Texas Department of Information Resources said.

A Florida city was forced to use pen and paper and pay a $500,000 ransom after hackers took control of its computers

Lake City's emergency services network was unaffected as it had extra security, but it's unclear if the city's main network had sufficient protection.

A Florida city paid a $600,000 bitcoin ransom to hackers who took over its computers — and it’s a massive alarm bell for the rest of the U...

Riviera Beach's city council voted to pay the money after an attack in May disrupted services, including its email network and 911 dispatch system.
The NSA is urging people and organizations still running older versions of the Windows operating system to download the fix.

A Windows bug is so bad that even the NSA is urging PC users to update

It affects older versions of the Windows operating system, and Microsoft says there are still nearly 1 million users out there without the fix.
The Weather Channel was kicked off air on Thursday morning.

The Weather Channel was briefly kicked off air after getting hit with a ransomware attack

The Weather Channel was knocked off air after a software attack infected its computer system.