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The hacker Bassterlord in his own words: Portrait of an access broker as a young man


He started off doing simple phishing attacks. But the Russian, who is known as Bassterlord, soon graduated to planting ransomware in emails, holding companies’ data hostage. And he quickly became one of the best. In her exclusive interview with the hacker, Dina Temple-Raston of the “Click Here” podcast delves into the ransomware underworld.

In this June 19, 2017, file photo, a person types on a laptop keyboard in North Andover, Massachusetts. 

‘Ransomware Diaries:’ Going undercover with the leader of LockBit

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What comes after Hydra, the darknet marketplace that changed everything?

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Russian-based hacking group REvil disappears from the internet

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NSA discloses hacking methods it says are used by Russia

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Irish health system says it’s targeted in ransomware attack


Ireland’s health service shut down its IT systems on Friday after being targeted in what it called a “significant ransomware attack.”

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The strange history of ransomware

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The first ransomware virus was unleashed in 1989 — so WannaCry is hardly a new idea. But it has some novel techniques.