EU, US try to lure Iran back to nuclear talks as hopes fade

VIENNA — A delicate EU mission to Iran this week failed to secure a commitment from Tehran’s new hardline administration to resume negotiations over reviving a teetering nuclear deal, according to EU officials.  “They are not yet ready for engaging in Vienna,” one senior EU official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Instead, Iran committed to meeting with EU officials in Brussels … Read more

$590 mn in ransomware payments reported to US in 2021 as attacks surge

New data showed a major jump in the number of ransomware-related payments that have been reported to US authorities New data out Friday showed $590 million in ransomware-related payments were reported to US authorities in the first half of 2021, setting a pace to beat totals for the previous decade as cyber-extortion booms. “If current … Read more

Germany’s traffic light coalition moves closer to forming a government

Social Democrat leader Olaf Scholz was a step closer to becoming Germany”s new chancellor on Friday as his party opened formal coalition talks with the Green Party and the Free Democrats. Scholz announced that the three parties, which have enough seats in the Bundestag to form a government, agreed that they had enough common ground … Read more