Taiwan-based chipmaker and Apple supplier TSMC has brought its plants back online after a cyber incident that caused them to shutter operations over the weekend. The malware in question is said to have been WannaCry, which is familiar from last year's widespread infestation. The company said the outbreak happened during software installation of a new tool, which then evidently carried the infection into other parts of the company's network. TSMC added that "data integrity and confidential information was not compromised."
The incident appears to have been due to operator carelessness, a secondary infection and not a direct attack, as had been widely feared in Taiwan when the malware infection was first reported. TSMC's CEO bluntly told the press, "This is purely our negligence so I don't think there is any hacking behavior." TSMC attributes the infection to failure to scan software for known threats before installation.
The BBC reports that Project Insecurity has found vulnerabilities in the widely used medical practice management system OpenEMR. The researchers disclosed the bugs to OpenEMR, which worked with them to fix the system. Some 100 million patients' records worldwide are thought to touch OpenEMR.
British authorities are said to be preparing extradition requests for Russian operators their investigation has concluded are responsible for the Novichok nerve agent attacks in Salisbury. The operation claimed one life, apparently incidentally to attack on the intended targets.
Twitter botnets are said to be growing in reach and sophistication. Experts warn of their potential for exploitation in information operations.