Attackers Clobbering Victims with One-Two Punch of Ransomware and DDoS.

Encrypted systems now being added to botnets in the latest incarnations of ransomware attacks, with experts expecting this to become standard practice. As if ransomware weren’t bad enough, attackers are now making the most of their attacks by adding victimized machines to distributed denial of service (DDoS) botnets at the same time that they’re encrypted …

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Hayden: Russian cyber sophistication derives from criminal groups

Russia is one of the most sophisticated nation-states in cyberspace in part because of its ability to enlist cyber-criminal groups to do its bidding, said retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA and National Security Agency. “The Chinese have scale, the Russians have skill,” Hayden said May 24 at a conference in Washington …

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