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A group calling itself "the Turkish Crime Family" claims to have contacted Apple with a ransom demand. If Cupertino doesn't pay them either $75,000 (Bitcoin or Ethereum crypto currency) or $100,000 in iTunes gift cards, they will remotely wipe "millions" of iPhones and iCloud accounts. The deadline for payment is April 7. It's unclear whether the threat is real or even whether the "Turkish Crime Family" has actually communicated with Apple. This may well be a case of skids crowing large, but it should also serve as a timely reminder of the importance of securing your iOS devices and iCloud accounts.
As ransomware increasingly becomes a commodity traded on the black market, some long-familiar strains begin to fade. Locky, for one, seems to be on the wane.
South Korea reports stepped up cyberattacks on its military networks.
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange says, in effect, that companies who decline his disclosure of exploitable bugs (allegedly from CIA files) are stooges for the US Intelligence Community. This seems unfair, but on the other hand Mr. Assange knows he's hardly flavor of the month in Langley or Laurel.
Germany raises pre-election cyber alert levels to prepare for Russian cyber and information campaigns. The US FBI warns that more Russian attempts to influence US elections should be expected. The Bureau continues investigating possible contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russia.
Russia's Alfa Bank has asked US law enforcement for help with what it says are false signs of contact between itself and the Trump Organization.
Today's issue includes events affecting Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, European Union, France, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Republic of Korea, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States and Venezuela.
In today's podcast, Jonathan Katz from our partners at the University of Maryland offers a technical look at the recent SHA-1 collision demonstration. We also speak with Ron Bushar from Mandiant on his company's recent (and influential) M-Trends report.
Special editions of the podcast are also up. See Perspectives, Pitches, and Predictions from RSA, and an overview of artificial intelligence as it's being applied to security. And see also Cylance's video interview with our Producer.