Google’s cloud suffered worldwide outages yesterday. Now fixed, they seem to have been more nuisance than disaster ("network congestion" is cited as the cause). But TechCrunch points out that the incident suggests the cloud may not be as reliable as users typically assume.
Trend Micro describes "BlackSquid," a criminal campaign distributing the XMRig miner. For now the campaign is after Monero cryptocurrency, but there's no reason to think its approach can't (and won't) be used to drop other payloads in the near future.
"All the good things come to an end." The criminal proprietors of GandCrab ransomware say they’ve made enough money ($2.5 billion, if they’re to be believed, BleepingComputer reports) and that they plan to call it a day and retire at the end of June to enjoy a "well-deserved retirement," and advise hold-out victims to pay up soon. They add, "We have proven that by doing evil deeds, retribution does not come." GandCrab appeared in January 2018 and quickly became a black market leader.
NSA denied, in discussions with Maryland Representative Ruppersberger, that the agency’s tools had anything to do with the Baltimore ransomware attack. In particular, NSA said it had no evidence the EternalBlue vulnerability played a role in the incident. Some have read this as a non-denial denial (see examples in the Washington Post) but the general sentiment seems to be that Baltimore is less sinned against than sinning.
The US Justice Department has begun preparing an anti-trust case against Google, the Wall Street Journal reports.