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Global extortion cyberattack hits dozens of nations

NHS Digital, which oversees hospital cybersecurity, says the attack used the Wanna Decryptor variant of malware, which holds affected computers hostage while the attackers demand a ransom. An unnamed source told Interfax that the attack had not led to any information leaks. As many as 36 hospitals, doctors' offices and ambulance companies throughout the United Kingdom have been impacted, according to the Times. Read More »

Photos of Trump's meeting with Russian officials raise eyebrows

The White House session came after Lavrov met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the State Departments Treaty Room, where the foreign minister showed mock surprise when asked if Tuesdays firing of FBI Director James B. Such a move could have allowed the Oval Office to have been bugged by giving the Russian photographer ample opportunity to leave a listening device or some sort of surveillance equipment in the Oval Office. Read More »

Dozens of countries hit by huge cyberextortion attack

India was among the three countries worst affected by the attack, data shared by Kaspersky showed. "They told us there was a problem". NHS Digital, which oversees hospital cybersecurity, says the attack used the Wanna Decrypto variant of malware, which infects and locks computers while the attackers demand a ransom. Read More »

President Trump says 'perfect accuracy' from surrogates isn't possible

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe has agreed to refrain from updating the White House about an investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election. "The president asked that they put those concerns and their recommendation in writing, which is the letter that you guys have received", Sanders said, describing the president's instructions to Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Read More »

Now what? Election puts BC into political parts unknown

In the leftist potpourri that has forever been politics in British Columbia, Tuesday's provincial election was one of coming close but with no cigars. He said his party's ban on corporate and union donations meant private contributions to his party "went through the roof" during the campaign and that the Greens did not go into debt. Read More »

World cyberattack cripples UK hospitals, demands ransoms

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NHS services across England have been hit by either IT failure or "ransomware" - where a message comes up demanding money for the recovery of files or else they will be deleted. "Of course it is important that we have set up the National Cyber Security Centre and they are able to work with the NHS organisations concerned and to ensure that they are supported and patient safety is protected". Read More »

US Defense chief affirms commitment to protecting Turkey

Earlier, the Pentagon announced that President Donald Trump had approved the transfer of weapons to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dominated by the YPG. In the run-up to Tuesday's meeting, resentment has deepened on both the US and Turkish sides. Erdogan is making himself a lot less indispensable these days, and giving North Atlantic Treaty Organisation some reasons to rethink their partnership with Turkey. Read More »

Trump said firing Flynn 'did not sound like an emergency'

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Yates was asked in that White House meeting whether Flynn should be fired, and she said "that really wasn't our call", according to her testimony Monday. Overall Yates brought her A-game. Flynn was sacked by Trump after less than one month on the job. "Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked at Thursday's White House press briefing, said it was inappropriate for Trump to have asked Comey if he was under investigation". Read More »

Last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas

My mother-in-law is one special lady, and I hope she knows just how much I love her. I wish I had my mother this Mother's Day, actually every day. I always asked my sisters' opinions concerning our care for Mom, and most often we agreed. Read More »

AG Sessions tells prosecutors to seek 'most serious' charges

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder in a 2013 memo sought less harsh sentences for low-level offenders who didn't belong to a trafficking organization or gang. "It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense", he wrote . The top Senate Democrat said Rosenstein had asked to meet with him when the deputy attorney general visited Capitol Hill Thursday to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee's ongoing investigation into ... Read More »

Nigeria negotiating with Boko Haram for more Chibok releases

Following claims that some Chibok girls refused to return home after the release was negotiated, leaders of the Chibok community has urged the Federal government to force them home. Those girls are in a government rehabilitation camp where they rarely see their families. She said all the girls would resume the new academic session in September, including the recently released 82 Chibok girls, adding that they will undergo skill acquisition and ICT. Read More »

Trump asked FBI director three times if he was target of investigations

When Rosenstein, to whom Comey directly reported, told the president of his concerns about the director, Trump told Rosenstein to put down his thoughts in writing. He meant, said the source, that he would always be honest with the president. However, the idea was later dropped after Federal Bureau of Investigation officials told the White House that such a visit would not be ideal, and that it "would not draw many smiles and cheers, " NBC reported ". Read More »

Chelsea wraps up Premier League title, sets sights on double

The Premier League winners' medal is Gary Cahill's sixth with Chelsea and the England global believes the latest success should silence the club's critics. The Dutch coach, who is in his first season at Everton, has been outspoken all season about Barkley, urging him to make more of his talents. "To win in England is not easy", Conte said. Read More »

Over 70 countries hit in global extortion cyberattack

The news is also likely to embolden cyber extortionists when selecting targets, Chris Camacho, chief strategy officer with cyber intelligence firm Flashpoint, said. You don't have to be there. "An infection of just one computer can spread to the rest of a corporate network", it said in an emergency bulletin. England's NHS says at least 16 of its organizations were hit by the ransomware. Read More »

Xi, Moon agree on denuclearizing NKorea

What impact will S Korea's expanded missile defence system have? Moon said in his first speech as president he would begin efforts to defuse tensions in the region. During his campaign, many conservatives anxious that Moon's election would cause problems with Washington, Seoul's most important ally, because of his engagement policy on North Korea would clash with Trump's push to maximize pressures on the country. Read More »

The Trump narrative on why he fired James Comey is falling apart

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The White House said Comey had been been sacked over testimony he made before congress about Hillary Clinton emails found on a laptop used by staffer Huma Abedin which was found to be inaccurate. McCabe said that wasn't standard practice. His hearing focused on the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, which Rosenstein now heads because U.S. Read More »

Trump threatens to cancel press briefings, warns Comey over leaks

In a series of tweets early Friday morning, President Donald Trump suggested he may have proof of what was said in his previous conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey. "I said, 'If it's possible would you let me know, am I under investigation?'" "He viewed Mr Comey as eager to step in front of TV cameras and questioned whether his expanding media profile was warping his view of the Russian Federation investigation, the officials said". Read More »

After the B.C. election here's what Canadians are asking Google

During the election, the ICBA supported the Liberals, touting their five straight balanced budgets, a top-level credit rating, low personal income taxes, the near-elimination of operating debt and the 220,000 new jobs created since 2011. The campaign began four weeks ago with Clark and the Horgan locked in a tight race to be premier, and Weaver hoping to build upon his one seat in the legislature. Read More »

How will Senate deal with health care controversy — IN Focus

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The campaign is slated to run in congressional districts in 15 states . There are five Republican female senators in the current Congress, and some have called for Sen. Such a scenario would then force the House and Senate to work together to forge a compromise bill that both houses can support. Now some of them admit they didn't read the 137-page health reform bill they passed Thursday before rolling out the beer. Read More »

Acting FBI director undercuts White House on Comey firing

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Again, Trump brought the issue back to Russian Federation, referencing a former head of intelligence's assertion that Trump was, to his knowledge, not colluding with Moscow. Press aides have repeatedly insisted that Mr Trump chose to dismiss Mr Comey on the advice of Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. deputy attorney general. Comey described details of his refusal to pledge his loyalty to Trump to several people close to him on the condition that they not discuss it publicly while he was Federal ... Read More »

Microsoft making mobile connection with Windows update

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We heard plenty of Windows 10 related announcements. The update , which is scheduled to hit Windows users in September, will introduce Microsoft's newly announced Fluent Design System , previously known as Project Neon. That system, combined with the Microsoft Graph API that provides access to data across applications and devices, will enable more seamless experiences for users, according to Myerson. Read More »

Microsoft Promises a faster, more fluid Edge experience

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The upcoming Windows update - which bears a similar marketing moniker to a spring edition released in April - will also come with Story Remix , a software tool created to make it easy to stitch together and enhance videos , storyboards and other visuals. Read More »

USA defense chief voices commitment to Turkey's security

Washington says arming the Syrian Kurdish forces is necessary to capture Raqqa, which Islamic State has used a hub for planning attacks overseas. Turkey considers the PKK to the same as the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, who are a component of the SDF. Read More »

NHS Borders confirms it is affected by a cyber attack

Hospitals and doctors' surgeries in parts of England were forced to turn away patients and cancel appointments. In the meantime, many facilities have begun sending out notifications on social media and through the press urging potential patients not to visit if it isn't an emergency. Read More »

Senate Intel Leaders Defend Comey From Trump's Attacks

Heavy questioning about Russian meddling in last year's presidential election is expected , along with talk about surveillance of foreign targets that incidentally sweeps up the communications of Americans who are not targets of the surveillance. Read More »

Trump to meet with Putin this summer

But Kahl, who now teaches security studies at Georgetown University, wasn't done there, drawing on his own experiences inside the White House. "That's the problem with the Russians - they lie", the official added. At the same time, the statement said that Trump told Foreign Minister Lavrov that Washington would continue to play a role in working to resolve the Ukraine conflict, and would pressure Moscow over Russia's responsibility to implement the Minsk agreements on peace in eastern ... Read More »

North Korea seeks extradition of South Korea spy chief over 'assassination plot'

North Korea, as of Wednesday afternoon, had yet to comment officially on the election of Moon, a liberal who was deeply involved in Seoul's "sunshine policy" of increased engagement and cooperation with the North back in the 2000s. Moon, who was elected this week, has taken a more conciliatory line than his conservative predecessors and has said he would be prepared to go to Pyongyang "if the conditions are right". Read More »

Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Makes iOS, Android Operating Systems Better

Another feature expands the realm of the virtual clipboard , enabling a copy and paste function from Windows to other operating systems and back again. In addition to putting together video stories, this also allows you to search your photos and videos by people, places, or things to more easily find that specific photo in a collection of hundreds or even thousands of snapshots. Read More »

Senate Committee subpoenas Michael Flynn in Russia investigation

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Clapper's testimony was devastating on the matter of collusion between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin. Yates' view that Trump's order was unlawful and inconsistent with the principles of the Justice Department ultimately was upheld by three federal courts that blocked its enforcement; the Trump administration eventually withdrew it and replaced it with a more carefully drawn order that nevertheless also has been blocked by the federal courts. Read More »

Trump's own version of Comey drama raises more questions than it answers

Trump also said that at the dinner, he and Comey discussed whether the U.S. top cop would stay in his role and continue his ten-year term. "This Russia thing is a made up story". The president's tweet comes amid allegations that he fired Comey because of the FBI's ongoing investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russian Federation. Read More »