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Saudi Aramco faces $50m ransom demand after data leak

Saudi Aramco suffered a data leak from one of its contractors, who received a cyber-extortion ransom demand of $50m. A dark web post by the hackers claimed to offer one terabyte of Saudi Aramco data, including information on the location of oil refineries, payroll files, and confidential client and employee data. Read the full story here.

DNS outage causes massive internet disruption

Several major websites, including UPS, Airbnb, and Sony’s PlayStation Network, were down on Thursday due to an outage at Akamai, a networking and content delivery service provider. The problem was attributed to Akamai’s Edge DNS service that enables smooth and secure running of websites, apps, and services. Read more about it here.

Microsoft secures court order to take down imposter domains

Microsoft secured a court order to take down certain homoglyph domains that were used to impersonate Office 365 customers in attempts to commit fraud. The order forces domain registrars to disable service on the malicious domains. Following this, the company took down 17 domains that were almost identical to Microsoft corporate websites. Read the full story here.