Michael KanU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

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The WannaCry ransomware might have a link to North Korea

As security researchers investigate last Friday’s massive attack from the WannaCry ransomware, they’ve noticed clues that may link it with a North Korean hacking group that has been blamed for attacking banks across the world.

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Paying the WannaCry ransom will probably get you nothing. Here's why.

Last Friday’s massive WannaCry ransomware attack means victims around the world are facing a tough question: Should they pay the ransom? Those who do shouldn't expect a quick response -- or any response at all. Even after payment, the ransomware doesn’t automatically release your computer and decrypt your files.

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Old Windows PCs can stop WannaCry ransomware with new Microsoft patch

Users of old Windows systems can now download a patch to protect them from this week’s massive ransomware attack, including those on Windows XP.

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HP rolls out patch to stop keylogging bug in some laptops

Consumers with HP laptops that have been accidentally recording their keystrokes can easily address the problem with a patch from the PC maker.

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A 'kill switch' is slowing the spread of WannaCry ransomware

Friday’s unprecedented ransomware attack may have stopped spreading to new machines -- at least briefly -- thanks to a "kill switch" that a security researcher has activated.

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A ransomware attack is spreading worldwide, using alleged NSA exploit

A ransomware strain appears to be spreading worldwide, by leveraging a hacking tool that may have come from the U.S. National Security Agency.

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Certain HP laptops are found recording users' keystrokes

Over two dozen HP laptop models may have secretly been recording users’ keystrokes by mistake, according to a Swiss security firm.

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Trump pushes US government to the cloud with cybersecurity order

President Trump has finally signed a long-awaited executive order on cybersecurity, which calls for the U.S. government to move to the cloud and modernize its IT infrastructure.

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New IoT malware targets 100,000 IP cameras via known flaw

Over 100,000 internet-connected cameras may be falling prey to a new IoT malware that’s spreading through recently disclosed vulnerabilities in the products.

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German firms will streamline online login with a European bent

Several German firms are taking a stab at a single login process for accessing different online services -- an approach that could compete with U.S. offerings.

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Email dump hits French candidate Macron ahead of election

Another political campaign has been hit by an email dump. This time, the target is French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

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Patch to fix Intel-based PCs with enterprise bug rolls out next week

Starting next week, PC makers will roll out a patch that fixes a severe vulnerability found in certain Intel-based business systems making them easier to hack.

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Google Docs phishing attack underscores OAuth security risks

Google has stopped Wednesday’s clever email phishing scheme, but the attack may very well make a comeback.

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The pitfalls of cybersecurity shopping: hype and shoddy products

Today's cybersecurity market is beset by vaporware, exaggerated marketing claims and shady sales tactics, security managers say.

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Top tips for finding the right cybersecurity products

Having trouble finding the right security products for your business? You’re not the only one. We asked experienced buyers for their tips.