Articles by Kevin Collier


nbcnews.com May 17, 2022

Costa Ricans scrambled to pay taxes by hand after cyberattack took down country’s collection system
Kevin Collier

Costa Ricans struggled to pay taxes by hand Monday after a ransomware cyberattack took down the country’s online tax collection system. The country’s new leader, President Rodrigo Chaves, declared a state of emergency after the attack last week soon after being sworn in. But the attack on Costa Rica . . .

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nbcnews.com May 11, 2022

Costa Rica declares state of emergency over ransomware attack
Kevin Collier

Costa Rica has declared a state of emergency after ransomware hackers crippled computer networks across multiple government agencies, including the Ministry of Finance. The hackers initially broke into the country’s Ministry of Finance on April 12, it said. Leon Weinstok, the director of the law fir . . .

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nbcnews.com May 11, 2022

A cyberattack took down one of Russia's largest video platforms for days
Kevin Collier

One of Russia’s largest video streaming websites was rendered inoperable for three days after being the target of a cyberattack. RuTube, designed as a Kremlin-friendly counterpart to YouTube, came back online Wednesday afternoon after going dark Monday, May 9. In messages posted to its official Tele . . .

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nbcnews.com May 10, 2022

E.U., U.K. and U.S. accuse Russia of cyberattack on internet provider
Kevin Collier

The European Union accused Russia on Tuesday of masterminding a destructive cyberattack that crippled a satellite internet company’s service. The attack hit the European networks of the internet satellite company Viasat just as Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Viasat said that the at . . .

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nbcnews.com May 09, 2022

Ransomware attack, Covid combine to shutter Illinois college
Kevin Collier

Lincoln College is scheduled to close its doors Friday, becoming the first U.S. institution of higher learning to shut down in part due to a ransomware attack. A goodbye note posted to the school’s website said that it survived both World Wars, the Spanish flu and the Great Depression, but was unabl . . .

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nbcnews.com May 06, 2022

U.S. takes aim at North Korean crypto laundering
Kevin Collier

The U.S. sanctioned a cryptocurrency swap service on Friday, part of a larger effort to crack down on North Korea’s practice of using hackers to steal money for the state. Hackers stole more than $600 million worth of cryptocurrency from the game’s owner. Most cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin and . . .

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cnbc.com Apr 12, 2022

Ukraine says Russian cyberattack sought to shut down energy grid
Kevin Collier

Russian military hackers tried and failed to attack Ukraine's energy infrastructure last week, the country's government and a major cybersecurity company said Tuesday. The attack was designed to infiltrate computers connected to multiple substations, then delete all files, which would shut that infr . . .

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nbcnews.com May 06, 2021

Why cyber criminals looking to steal personal info are using text messages as bait
Kevin Collier

The text message she received looked legitimate — even expected. But with more people using their smartphone to make payments, and many sites for banks and utilities verifying users' accounts through text messages, the fraud floodgates have opened. "The real issue is that text message as a second-fa . . .

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nbcnews.com Apr 28, 2021

Hackers publish extensive dossiers on D.C. police officers in extortion attempt
Kevin Collier

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nbcnews.com Mar 26, 2021

Fox News sued by Dominion Voting Systems over election fraud claims
Kevin Collier

Dominion Voting systems, one of the largest election equipment manufacturers in the U.S. and the subject of false conspiracy theories by conservative figures, has sued Fox News for $1.6 billion. The suit highlights the number of times Fox News segments contained false claims that Dominion equipment . . .

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