Clues point to a link between a hacking group connected to North Koreaand the ransomware attacks that have crippled computer systems worldwide, according to two cyber-security firms.
Experts at the global cyber-security firm Symantec found that earlier versions of the ransomware known as WannaCry were found on computers that also bore evidence of the cyber tools used against Sony Pictures Entertainment, as well as banks in Poland and Bangladesh’s central bank attacks that all were linked to North Korea.
Also, a researcher at Googlesingled out an identical code used both in the ransomwareand used by the Lazarus Group, a team of hackers tied to North Korea, noted Symantec.
In ablog post, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab showed screens of thecode, first identified in atweet by Google researcher Neel Mehta, who pointed to the similarity between a WannaCry sample from February 2017 and a sample from Lazarus from February 2015.
nyse stocks: Affimed N.V.(AFMD)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) were down around 21 percent to $1.70. Affimed priced its public offering of 10,000,000 of its common shares at $1.80 per common share.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA) shares rose 47.1 percent to $3.22 in pre-market trading after jumping 54.23 percent on Wednesday.
Digital Power Corporation (NYSE: DPW) rose 27.6 percent to $0.800 in pre-market trading after gaining 9.79 percent on Wednesday.
Social Reality Inc (NASDAQ: SRAX) shares rose 23.1 percent to $7.16 in the pre-market trading session after surging 37.59 percent on Wednesday.
China Auto Logistics Inc (NASDAQ: CALA) rose 16.9 percent to $4.15 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.11 percent on Wednesday.
Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ: RIOT) rose 15.1 percent to $18.40 in pre-market trading after climbing 42.01 percent on Wednesday.
Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc (NASDAQ: SSC) rose 14.5 percent to $2.85 in the pre-market trading session after gaining 0.40 percent on Wednesday.
Affimed NV (NASDAQ: AFMD) shares rose 14.3 percent to $2.40 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.88 percent on Wednesday.
Corecivic Inc (NYSE: CXW) rose 10.2 percent to $25.56 in pre-market trading after climbing 0.65 percent on Wednesday.
LM Funding America, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMFA) rose 9.6 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after surging 34.98 percent on Wednesday.
U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ: GROW) rose 7.2 percent to $3.30 in pre-market trading after dropping 8.06 percent on Wednesday.
Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) rose 6.8 percent to $25.61 in pre-market trading after climbing 11.74 percent on Wednesday.
Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5.9 percent to $13.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 21.34 percent on Wednesday.
Addus Homecare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS) rose 5.5 percent to $35.60 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.69 percent on Wednesday.
TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) rose 5.2 percent to $0.528 in pre-market trading after falling 10.36 percent on Wednesday.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NYSE: TEVA) rose 4.7 percent to $14.11 in pre-market trading. Teva Pharma
nyse stocks: Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp.(SBY)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp (NYSE: SBY) got a boost, shooting up 18 percent to $21.47. Tricon Capital Group Inc. announced plans to buy Silver Bay Realty Trust for $21.50 per share.
- [By Mark Holder]
Instead of competing in one-off auctions, the traditional method of acquiring homes and the one preferred by Silver Bay Realty Trust (NYSE: SBY ) (NYSE: SBY ) (NYSE: SBY ) and American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH ) (NYSE: AMH ) (NYSE: AMH ) , the company is obtaining non-performing loans in pools that include thousands of loans. The ultimate outcome of these different models is unknown, but the market hasso far supported Altisource Residential.
nyse stocks: SBA Communications Corporation(SBAC)
- [By Paul R. La Monica]
And the infrastructure fund has stakes in cell phone tower owners Crown Castle (CCI) and SBA Communications (SBAC), as well as giant British gas and electric utility National Grid (NGG).
- [By Craig Jones]
On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Jon Najarian shared with the viewers an options trading idea in SBA Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: SBAC). He noticed big call options volume in the name and he thinks it would be a good idea to get a long position.
nyse stocks: Cidara Therapeutics, Inc.(CDTX)
- [By Lee Jackson]
These companies also reported insider buying last week: Cidara Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTX), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), HealthEquity Inc. (NASDAQ: HQY), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX) and PolarityTE Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL).
nyse stocks: NOW Inc.(DNOW)
- [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]
Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.