Another hectic week in

cybersecurity. In case you missed it: An extensively utilized messaging app utilized by over a million protesters has a number of major security defects; a little-known loophole has let the DMV sell motorist’s licenses and Social Security records to private investigators; and the U.S. government is suing to recover over $2.5 million in cryptocurrency stolen by North Korean hackers from 2 major exchanges. But this week we are concentrating on how a Tesla staff member foiled a ransomware attack, and, ahead of Palantir’s debut on the stock market, just how much of

a threat aspect is the company’s public image ? THE BIG PHOTO Russian charged with tried Tesla ransomware attack$1 million. If they accepted a kickback from a Russian operative to install malware on Tesla’s Gigafactory network in Nevada, that’s how much a Tesla worker would have netted. Instead, the worker told the FBI and the Russian was detained. The Justice Department charged the 27-year-old Russian, Egor Igorevich, weeks later on as he tried to get away the United States. According to the indictment, his strategy was to ask the staff member to intentionally deploy ransomware on the Gigafactory’s network, grinding the network to a halt for a ransom of numerous

million dollars. The would-be expert hazard is likely the first of its kind, one ransomware professional informed Wired, as financially driven hackers continue to up their video game. Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted previously today verifying that Tesla was the target of the failed attack. The attack, if performed, might have been ravaging. The indictment said that the malware was developed to draw out data from the network prior to locking its files. This data-stealing ransomware is an increasing pattern. These hacker groups not only encrypt a victim’s files but also exfiltrate the information to their servers. If the ransom isn’t paid, the hackers typically threaten to publish the victim’s files. Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.