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Health board suffers 'no direct impact' from cyber attack


The virus took control of users' files, demanding payments. Officials across the globe scrambled over the weekend to catch the culprits behind a massive ransomware worm that disrupted operations at vehicle factories, hospitals, shops and schools, while Microsoft on Sunday pinned blame on the USA government for not disclosing more software vulnerabilities. Read More »

Trump's plan to cut corporate tax would be profit tailwind

Buffett said past year that raising the floor might be an option if Berkshire had $100 billion or $120 billion in cash sitting around and it "really becomes apparent that we cannot use capital effectively within the company". "They might even wish to set an example by engaging for something far lower than what you could say their true market value is", Buffett said. "We do view them very differently", he said. Read More »

Tempers grow frayed in the besieged White House

In two tweets , Trump said the conversation with the diplomats was an acceptable way to provide facts related to airline safety and terrorism, and he declared he had "the absolute right" to share the details. Other lawmakers agreed, and said it must be soon. "If you've ever wondered what you'd do if forced to decide between party and country, this is that moment", No. Read More »

Amidst global ransomware attack, new versions of WannaCry emerge


Disruptions were low in the rest of Asia, including Japan, India, South Korea and Australia. Universities in Greece and Italy also were hit. Spanish banks La Caixa, Bankinter and Sabadell said they had all taken measures. Europol Director Rob Wainwright added that the WannaCry attack is "unprecedented in scale" and told British journalist Robert Peston that the attack "sends a very clear message that all sectors are vulnerable". Read More »

Global Cyberattack: Bracing for more fallout


Two hospitals in Indonesia were infected, resulting in patient files being held for ransom . The Malware is so effective because it exploits a Windows vulnerability patched in March by Microsoft . Cyber security experts said the spread of the worm dubbed WannaCry - "ransomware" that locked up more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries - had slowed but that the respite might only be brief amid fears new versions of the worm will strike. Read More »

Most UK patients saw no change after cyber attack


Elsewhere in Asia, the Indonesian government urged businesses to update computer security after the malware locked patient files on computers in two hospitals in the capital, Jakarta. At Indonesia's biggest cancer hospital, Dharmais Hospital in Jakarta, attacks affected scores of computers. The list of institutions affected has grown as more become aware of hacks and variants of the virus spread. Read More »

Letter carriers will help stamp out hunger with food drive May 13


More than 80 million pounds of food was collected in 2016, feeding an estimated 32 million people. That brought the total since the NALC's food drive began in 1993 to 1.5 billion pounds. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide for the people in the Kokomo and Howard County. Food insecurity is a state in which people do not get enough food on a consistent basis to provide the nutrients for active and healthy lives. Read More »

Cyber attack could spark lawsuits but not against Microsoft


Over 200,000 devices in at least 150 countries had been infected with WannaCry by Sunday, a piece of ransomware that holds your computer hostage until you pay hackers $300 in bitcoin. 4. Once the hackers were in, they could control everything stored on your computer. Using an operating system after its expiration date is unwise, but in fairness to the millions of people around the world still using old versions of Windows, expecting consumers to regularly buy expensive software of ... Read More »

Banks to fight 'fast and loose' $6.2b tax

Mr Turnbull the Medicare levy hike would offer comfort to the families of children with disabilities. "The NDIS is a shared commitment in this parliament", he said. "There are no silver bullets to make housing more affordable", Mr Morrison said. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) would be watching the banks "very, very carefully indeed", he said. Read More »

Amazon's Echo Show gives Alexa a face quite literally


Amazon may announce a new Amazon Echo with a 7-inch touchscreen display and support for video calls as soon as Tuesday. Like the Echo speakers, Echo Show includes Amazon's "far-field" microphones and noise canceling technology, allowing the device to pick up your commands from anywhere in the room. Read More »

Do we need an independent prosecutor for the FBI's Trump-Russia probe?


Trump shugs at Republican debate. Earlier on Friday, Trump sent a series of tweets bashing the media and saying his surrogates shouldn't be expected to speak with "perfect accuracy". May 15-16, 2017: The White House defends Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate". Trump will encourage students to "be a force for good in the world by standing up for the values that Liberty has taught them", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said. Read More »

SpaceX successfully launches commercial satellite


Unlike previous launches with the Falcon 9 , this time SpaceX isn't planning to attempt a landing on one of its robotic ships. SpaceX's Falcon 9 is tuning out to be a real work-horse. The private-sector space firm is targeting a fifty-minute launch window that will open at 7:20 p.m. EDT or 23:20 GMT tomorrow. Miss Monday night's launch from Kennedy Space Center? The satellite launched carried the heaviest haul ever by a Falcon 9 rocket to date, weighing more than six tons. Read More »

BC Greens break through, capture three seats

While the election has left us unsettled, one thing is clear: B.C. has been and will continue to be a hard place to govern. It has been four years since Clark promised the province a potentially trillion dollar LNG industry. politics. Clark's party won 43 seats, NDP won 41 and the Green Party - came out with unprecedented three seats. "The only thing you can guarantee out of this close election is that an urban rural divide now exists in B.C.", said Joseph Angolano, vice-president of ... Read More »

Banks confront Morrison on levy details


It's a measure Tony Abbott was unable to lock in during his time as Prime Minister. "Banks will also be held to account if they try and hide misconduct by executives with new mandatory reporting requirements". Bligh was incredulous on Tuesday night, calling the policy a "reckless move" and claiming it undermined the stability and security of the Australian banking industry. Read More »

Bank warns of 'moderate' growth as it keeps interest rates at 0.25%

While inflation, now at 2.3%, would likely peak at close to 3% in late 2017, the Bank said the pound's gain since the British General Election would help inflation ease back in 2018 and 2019. "Wage growth has been soft in recent years despite strong employment growth". Kristin Forbes, who is due to leave the Bank in June, was the one MPC member who voted to increase rates to 0.5 per cent. Read More »

WannaCry 2.0: Get Ready For a New Round of Ransomware Attacks


Also on Monday, a major South Korean theater chain, CJ CGV, said that some 50 of its theatres had been affected by the malware, Yonhap news agency reported . " This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem ", he said. "Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage", Smith wrote in a blog post . Read More »

Snapchat co-founders lose $2 billion after poor Q1


But don't get it twisted, most of that loss was due to $US2 ($3) billion the company had to pay out in stock-based compensation expenses. Shares of Snap Inc. Investors are anxious that Snapchat will continue to falter as Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) continues to target the app's audience. The company reported 166 million daily active users (DAU). Read More »

Dumfries and Galloway NHS hit in cyber attack

Microsoft distributed a patch for the software vulnerability two months ago, but not all computer users and networks worldwide had yet made that update, and thus were highly vulnerable. "Those who do not will see their systems affected at an increasing rate by different variants of this malware". You can protect yourself by installing updates, running anti-virus software and using firewalls. Read More »

Donald Trump Threatens James Comey, Implies He Taped Conversations

Why would he want to decrease the credibility which is already in question of this White House and comments that are made from that podium? Mr Clapper said: "Exactly". Trump is considering almost a dozen candidates to succeed Comey. Trump told reporters aboard the Air Force One as he embarked on a visit to Lynchburg, Virginia that a decision may come as soon as before he starts his first oversea trip next Friday. Read More »

Commodities Are Stable, Crude Oil Rose to 3-Week Highs

The dollar USDCAD, -0.3865% fell 0.5% to 1.3638 Canadian dollars, down from 1.3712 late Friday, as Brent crude oil-the Global benchmark-and USA crude futures LCON7, +2.58% CLM7, +2.91% jumped 2.8%. Opec countries and countries outside the cartel participating in the deal on reducing oil production have reached a full consensus on extending the deal, Al-Falih said. Read More »

No second spike in cyber attacks is 'encouraging': British minister

Disruptions were low in the rest of Asia, including Japan, India, South Korea and Australia. So will the latest ransomware attacks be the much-needed catalyst for change? "We have already seen variants of this that address the weakness in the first version", Rob Holmes, vice president at security company Proofpoint, told VICE News. Read More »

Cyber experts wary but hopeful that ransomeware attacks subsiding

The software tools to create the attack were revealed in April among a trove of NSA spy tools that were either leaked or stolen. The code, known as "Eternal Blue", was stolen and released on April 14 by a group called Shadow Brokers. A Japanese nonprofit says computers at 600 locations had been hit in the global "ransomware" cyberattack. Past year an acute-care hospital in Hollywood paid $17 000 in bitcoin to an extortionist who hijacked its computer systems and forced doctors and staff to ... Read More »

Russia, Saudi agree to extend oil output cuts until March 2018


USA markets looked poised for an upbeat start to the week, with Dow futures up 0.2 percent to 20,892.00 and S&P 500 futures 0.1 percent higher at 2,391.60. Meanwhile, shares of Yum China fell in NY, trading 1.6 percent weaker as of 2.56pm, after the operator of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in China said it agreed to buy a controlling stake in Daojia, an online food delivery service provider. Read More »

Reader has questions about the health care vote

What's more, setting aside $8 billion for high-risk pools for those with pre-existing conditions doesn't go almost far enough and will make coverage unattainable for many self-employed entrepreneurs. The way this bill was initially brought to the House floor for consideration was not as transparent as it could have been, and we should have had a final Congressional Budget Office score before passing it. Read More »

Happy Mother's Day: 10 facts


But the bounty has not been equally distributed. Many people share messages and greetings with their mothers . Happy Mother's Day! I love you! My mother always said, " You'll know how it feels when you'll be a mother ". So my mom, Judy, became a mom on her first Mother's Day . Some of the women on Orange Is The New Black are mothers . As a child, you focus on your mother . Read More »

First Australian business infected in global cyber attack

The security flaw that hackers used to launch the attacks Friday was made public after information was stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency, which routinely searches for flaws in software and builds tools to exploit them. A report by IBM in December found 40 percent of spam emails contained ransomware attachments last year, up from less than 1 percent the previous year. Read More »

Blue Jays place LHP Liriano on DL because of sore shoulder


Toronto Blue Jays' Justin Smoak (14) celebrates his two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners with Jose Bautista during sixth-inning baseball game action in Toronto, Sunday, May 14, 2017. Any time I hit them they're always special. Jean Segura led off with a double and Cruz drilled a one-out homer into the center field party deck, his eighth. Read More »

Geico 500 starting lineup, NASCAR at Talladega race order, drivers, start time

I was having a hard time figuring out what I needed to do or what we were missing there for most of the race". But on the final lap Stenhouse got the run he needed and darted around the No. After a tap from the No. 47 Chevrolet of AJ Allmendinger , the No. 24 Chevy of Chase Elliott turned sideways across traffic on the backstretch. Allmendinger was subsequently flipped by Logano and remained upside down for upwards of five minutes before safety crew extricated him. Read More »