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Inside the Swift, Deadly History of the Spanish Flu Pandemic
One hundred years ago, the virus infected a third of the world’s population
history  medical  spanishflu  virus  pandemic  disease 
9 days ago by mirthe
The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History | WIRED
Disconnecting Maersk’s entire global network took the company’s IT staff more than two panicky hours. By the end of that process, every employee had been ordered to turn off their computer and leave it at their desk. The digital phones at every cubicle, too, had been rendered useless in the emergency network shutdown.

On a normal day, these servers push out routine updates—bug fixes, security patches, new features—to a piece of accounting software called M.E.Doc, which is more or less Ukraine’s equivalent of TurboTax or Quicken. It’s used by nearly anyone who files taxes or does business in the country

In the spring of 2017, unbeknownst to anyone at Linkos Group, Russian military hackers hijacked the company’s update servers to allow them a hidden back door into the thousands of PCs around the country and the world that have M.E.Doc installed. Then, in June 2017, the saboteurs used that back door to release a piece of malware called ­NotPetya, their most vicious cyberweapon yet.

But EternalBlue and Mimikatz together nonetheless made a virulent combination. “You can infect computers that aren’t patched, and then you can grab the passwords from those computers to infect other computers that are patched,” Delpy says.
cybersecurity  history  wired  worm  notpetya  virus  russia  ukraine  taxes  eternalblue  nsa  supplychain 
21 days ago by bwiese
But a Whimper - Tarlan - Stargate Atlantis [Archive of Our Own]
When a virus sweeps across the world, Rodney was in the Ancient Outpost in Antarctica, and John piloted the last flight in before McMurdo issued a lock down on all personnel movement. Now it's a race against time to find a cure or another means to save what remains of the human race. Only one hope remains - Atlantis.
au  apocalypse!fic  virus  p:rodney/john  f:sga 
26 days ago by miss_speller
Why some computer viruses refuse to die - BBC News
There are zombie computer viruses that are still roaming the internet, over 10 years after first being detected.
malware  security  virus  #tw 
5 weeks ago by nrturner
Town dusts off typewriters after cyber-attack
Government workers in a borough of Alaska have turned to typewriters to do their jobs, after ransomware infected their computer systems. A spokeswoman for Matanuska-Susitna said the malware had encrypted its email server, internal systems and disaster recovery servers. She said staff had "resourcefully" dusted off typewriters and were writing receipts by hand.
typewriters  virus  technology  computers 
6 weeks ago by terry

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