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Microsoft issues WannaCry security patch for XP, blasts USA for 'stockpiling vulnerabilities'


A new ransomware "WannaCry" is spreading widely, RBI's advisory to the banks said. It is unknown how the attack has affected GP surgeries, which are due to open as usual on Monday. Ryan Kalember, senior vice-president at Proofpoint Inc. The malware then displays a message asking users to pay a ransom of up to $600 (around Rs 39,000) in Bitcoin in lieu of decrypting the data. Read More »

McMaster defends Trump on Russia meeting

As President, Mr Trump has the power to disclose classified information as he chooses. Still, the revelations sent a White House accustomed to chaos reeling anew. Trump's national security adviser, Lt. Gen. HR McMaster, told reporters he was not anxious that intelligence sharing among allies would stop, the Times reported. Read More »

Texas Sen. John Cornyn Drops Out Of Running For FBI Chief


Cornyn, the Senate's second-ranking Republican, was expected to speak at the Houston HBCU's ceremony on Saturday. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he'll put a high premium on independence from the president. He's active on Twitter , where he often personally posts articles critical of Democrats. Cornyn, 65, is the Senate majority whip and formerly served as a Texas attorney general and state supreme court justice. Read More »

Kentucky Derby day begins in cold and wet conditions


And who knows, if Gary Stevens does not drop the whip in the stretch, he might have done even better than his third-place finish, beaten one length. Always Dreaming , who went off at 4.70-to-1, became the fifth straight betting favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. Read More »

A&Es 'fully open' again — NHS cyber attack

Additionally, experts warn that copycats could also try another attack. More than 75,000 similar attacks reportedly happened in nearly 100 countries, with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan hardest hit, according to the cybersecurity firm Avast. Read More »

Most UK patients saw no change on Monday after cyber attack -minister

The initial attack, known as " WannaCry ", paralyzed computers running Britain's hospital network, Germany's national railway and scores of other companies and government agencies around the world. On Friday, Microsoft released patches to fix a vulnerability in older software. Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the Helsinki-based cyber security company F-Secure, told AFP it was the biggest ransomware outbreak in history, saying that 130,000 systems in more than 100 countries had ... Read More »

NHS cyberattack: Trusts were told about security patch last month

The virus swept across the NHS on Friday, holding computers to ransom for $300 worth of online currency Bitcoin, threatening to delete files if the payment was not made. Separately, invest in software that can protect you against viruses and malware such as BitDefender , Kaspersky , Norton Antivirus and ESET . Brad Smith criticized US intelligence agencies, including the CIA and National Security Agency, for "stockpiling" software code that can be used by hackers. Read More »

At Least 1 Dead as Severe Storms, Tornadoes Hit US Midsection


Fri: High: 75 Low: 61 Occasional showers/storms. Thunderstorms continue across the northeast Permian Basin moving northeast at 40 miles per hour. Forecasters said they expect storms to arrive in the area tonight after 7 p.m. Clouds will be slow to burn off Tuesday, leading to mostly cloudy conditions and temperatures slightly cooler than Monday. Flash flooding is always a danger with torrential downpours from severe storms, so be alert in flood prone areas. Read More »

Cyber attack 'could come back this morning' as people return to work


The computer malware had hit 150 countries by the end of Friday. The attack involves a malware, known as "ransomware", which locks computers and holds users' files for $300 ransom in bitcoin to retrieve files. According to the reports, in England 48 National Health Service ( NHS ) trusts reported problems at hospitals, GP surgeries or pharmacies, and 13 NHS organisations in Scotland were also affected. Read More »

WannaCry attack could worsen as people return to work on Monday

The problem was then isolated, before work was undertaken to cleanse and fix it from a malicious programme known as ransomware . Major ransomware worm attacks such as the recent one dubbed "WannaCry" which hit several organisations such as the UK's health care system NHS and Spain's telecoms firm Telefonica are expected to become more frequent and expose the protection gap in the global economy, according to experts. Read More »

NHS says cyber attackers have not accessed patient data

Hospitals and health clinics across England and Scotland battled to bring their computer systems back online Saturday after being paralyzed by a global ransomware attack. According to The Guardian , these attacks have been carried out using a tool that NSA (National Security Agency) recently reported was stolen by some hackers . Read More »

Thornbury Health Centre hit in NHS cyber attack


Meanwhile, many commentators have criticised Microsoft, for its policy of ending support of older operating systems - a tactic created to encourage large organisations to pay for upgrades to new versions. And he defended the Government after a National Audit Office report in November warned that taking money away from NHS services would leave them vulnerable. Read More »

Microsoft slams government secrecy after 'wake-up call'


U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, at a meeting of world leaders in Italy, said the attack was a reminder of the importance of cybersecurity. "They've been able to manage through it". National Security Agency, whose stolen hacking tool is believed to be the basis for WannaCry. "Now the stolen NSA data vulnerability dealt a blow to users worldwide", said brad Smith. Read More »

Les défis du Président Macron — France

Le dénouement de cette élection a été marqué par une forte abstention (25,44%), la plus élevée pour un second tour depuis 1969. Département par département, les commissions locales de recensement examinent en particulier les bulletins litigieux, blancs ou nuls, et rectifient les résultats définitifs si nécessaire. Read More »

NHS cyber-attack: Patients asked to use services 'wisely'


The " WannaCry " attack grabbed headlines around the world because of its scale, but it's just one of many types of ransomware that cybersecurity experts see every day. But computers and networks that haven't updated their systems are at risk. Avoid putting people into this situation in the first place by not sending links unless you have agreed prior to sending the email. Read More »

Sondage. Seulement 32% des Français approuvent la nomination d'Edouard Philippe à Matignon


La nomination d'Édouard Philippe a été saluée par plusieurs responsables de droite dont les noms circulent pour rejoindre le gouvernement, au premier rang desquels Bruno Le Maire, Thierry Solère et Franck Riester . L'annonce est finalement tombée après de longues heures d'attente ce lundi 15 mai, à 14 h 55. La nomination de M. Philippe renforce l'image de jeunesse que M. Read More »

Britain spending money to strengthen cyber security of health system: Fallon

Barts Health , which runs five London hospitals, says it is still sending some ambulances to other hospitals and has canceled some surgeries and outpatient appointments. Microsoft on Sunday said a software vulnerability stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency has affected customers around the world, and described the spread of the WannaCrypt ransomware on Friday in many countries as yet another example of the problems caused by the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments. Read More »

UK health minister: No second spike in cyber attacks is 'encouraging'

It comes amid concerns networks were left vulnerable because they were still using outdated Windows XP software. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it has not been affected by the attack but Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust communications manager Roy Probert said the trust is still remaining vigilant. Read More »

Companies prepare for more ransomware attacks on Monday

More than 200,000 victims in around 150 countries have been infected by the ransomware which originated in the United Kingdom and Spain on Friday before spreading globally. "In particular, making sure that our data is properly backed up and making sure that we are using the software patches, the anti-virus patches, that are sent out regularly by manufacturers". Read More »

Sen. Warren: GOP blocking Democrats from health care talks

While attention has been focused on the last-minute amendments House Republicans proposed in an effort to win passage of the bill, important aspects of the legislation, and its effects, have remained largely unchanged for weeks. It would also provide $8 billion through 2023 for people facing higher premiums. It steals more than $117 billion from Medicare and shortens its life by three years. Read More »

Europol Chief: Ransomware Threat Not Over

It exploited a vulnerability in the Windows operating system believed to have been developed by the National Security Agency, which became public last month. After taking computers over, the virus displayed messages demanding a payment of $300 in virtual currency Bitcoin to unlock files and return them to the user. Read More »

Running Windows? How to protect against the big ransomware attack


Among the other victims is a Nissan manufacturing plant in Sunderland, northeast England, hundreds of hospitals and clinics in the British National Health Service , German rail operator Deutsche Bahn and worldwide shipper FedEx Corp. "If people have already taken action and applied the software patch (issued by Microsoft), they need not worry". So much so, that the company has even released an update for those versions of Windows which are no longer supported. Read More »

Australia and NZ largely escape global cyber attack

The 200,000 victims included more than 100,000 organizations, Europol spokesman Jan Op Gen Oorth told The Associated Press. The NHS was crippled on Friday by a malware attack which blocked access to crucial IT systems unless a ransom was paid. Read More »

Global cyberattack: A super-simple explanation of what happened

Marin Ivezic, cybersecurity partner at PwC, said that some clients had been "working around the clock since the story broke" to restore systems and install software updates, or patches, or restore systems from backups. After taking computers over, the virus displayed messages demanding a payment of 300 dollars in virtual currency Bitcoin to unlock files and return them to the user. Read More »

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

A fast-moving ransomware variant has infected thousands of computers in at least 74 countries. There were initial reports of new cases found over the weekend in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Dr Anne Rainsberry, national incident director at NHS England, said: "There are encouraging signs that the situation is improving, with fewer hospitals having to divert patients from their A&E units". Read More »

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating - Europol

The cyberattack affected 16 organizations that are part of the National Health Service on Friday, causing some surgical procedures to be canceled and ambulances diverted. "It's stressful enough for someone going through recovery or treatment for cancer". The ransomware attack struck British National Health Service organisations, along with computer networks of companies and municipalities in dozens of other countries. Read More »

Microsoft partly blames US gov't for cyberattack

That's why it's called ransomware. As Ars reported on Friday, the outbreak borrowed heavily from an NSA exploit codenamed EternalBlue, which targeted a vulnerability found in Server Message Block code built into all modern versions of Windows except for Windows 10. Read More »

Cyber-attack threat escalating - Europol

Britain's National Cyber Security Center and others were hailing the cybersecurity researcher, a 22-year-old identified online only as MalwareTech, who - unintentionally at first - discovered a so-called " kill switch " that halted the unprecedented outbreak. Read More »

WannaCry Ransomware: Microsoft Calls Out NSA For 'Stockpiling' Vulnerabilities


MalwareTech said in a in a blog post Saturday that he had returned from lunch with a friend on Friday and learned that networks across Britain's health system had been hit by ransomware, tipping him off that "this was something big". However, that single case might be optimistic, with reports today (15 May) of incidents discovered in three separate hospitals in Ireland. Speaking to ITV's Peston on Sunday, Europol director Rob Wainwright said the attack was indiscriminate across the ... Read More »

Ransomware Attack Hits Businesses Across The World

Any PC user can be a target, whether it is a home computer, endpoints in an enterprise network, or servers used by a government agency or healthcare provider. The cyberattacks started Friday and spread rapidly around the globe using a security flaw in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, an older version that is no longer given mainstream tech support by the United States giant. Read More »