An increase in cyber operations directed against Taiwan is observed as China's policy toward what it regards as a breakaway province hardens.
AlienVault examines malicious documents used by North Korea's Lazarus Group against South Korean targets.
Scammers are demanding protection money in advance, threatening prospective victims with a WannaCry infection and loss of data if the victims don't pay up. Anyone receiving this threatening email should ignore it. The senders have no ransomware; it's a pure scam.
GDPR implementation has inspired a wave of data extortion scams. The TAD GROUP warns that one such crime wave is hitting companies in Bulgaria. The extortionists threaten, not encryption, but rather public release of personal data. The risk is exposure to potentially very heavy GDPR penalties.
Business email compromise attacks appear to be rising. So too are ransomware attacks, especially against US municipal governments. These enterprises are often poorly secured, and the lasting damage done to the City of Atlanta has put the fear of hackers into them.
Police in Ukraine have arrested four young men on charges of running a fraudulent cryptocurrency exchange. Cryptocurrency mining and other forms of fraud exact a toll on alt-coin values.
The extent to which the US is offering ZTE any sort of lifeline seems likely to be much attenuated. Congress is on the warpath, agencies are quietly advising companies to stop doing business with ZTE and Huawei, and the Administration is working on a broad range of trade sanctions against Chinese tech firms and investment generally.