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U.S. should take some of blame for massive cyberattack, Chinese media says

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Hackers hijacked computers, locking users out of their data unless they paid a ransom in Bitcoins, nearly impossible to trace. The number of organizations hit by Friday's massive global "WannaCry" cyberattack reached 200,000 targets in at least 150 countries, the head of the European Union's police agency reported , according to Al Jazeera . Read More »

Cornyn says he won't be Federal Bureau of Investigation director

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed at another historically black university. John Cornyn , the second-ranking Republican in the US Senate, is among the four people slated to be interviewed by the Justice Department to be the FBI's new director in the wake of James Comey's ouster, Politico and the Washington Post report . Read More »

Massive ransomware attack hits 74 countries

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In the US, for instance, the federal government relies on legacy systems, spending $60 billion each year to maintain old technology, while spending just $20 billion on modernization. In Britain, whose health service was among the first high-profile targets of the online extortion scheme, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said "we have not seen a second wave of attacks". Read More »

Ligue 1: Monaco quasi au paradis, suspense en bas du classement

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Monaco champion à 99,99 % C'est fini pour Paris. Mais trois autres curiosités peuvent être relevées. La Ligue 1 vit décidément une période dorée au plan statistique. L'ASM a marqué 98 fois durant ses 36 premières sorties de championnat. Face à Monaco , Stéphane Ruffier pourrait disputer l'avant-dernier match sous le maillot des Verts. Read More »

Torch-wielding protesters rally against removal of Confederate statue

Over 100 people gathered at a local park in Virginia to protest the removal of Confederate-era statues by burning torches and shouting controversial chants . This is exactly what happened at Lee Park in Charlottesville, VA. In recent years, a string of US Southern states have moved Confederate-era monuments to museums, an effort that intensified after a white supremacist killed nine black people in a SC church in June 2015. Read More »

French Ex-PM Valls offers to back Macron in June polls

Chief Rabbi of France Haim Korsia had joined Muslim and Christian leaders in endorsing Macron against Le Pen. Unknown to voters before his turbulent 2014-16 tenure as France's pro-business economy minister, Macron took a giant gamble by quitting Socialist President Francois Hollande's government to run as an independent in his first campaign. Read More »

At least one Australian firm hit by global cyber attack

Although experts had voiced fears that a second wave of attacks could strike systems on Monday, the British authorities said this appeared to have been avoided. The UK's leading eye health service provider has so far escaped unscathed from a cyber attack that brought large sections of the NHS to a halt last week. Read More »

White House insists Trump's disclosures 'wholly appropriate'

Trump repeatedly called during his campaign for improved United States relations with Russian Federation, damaged by years of disagreement over Russia's role in Ukraine and its backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "He wasn't briefed on the source and method of the information either". The two top Republicans in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, were muted in their response to Trump giving information to Russian Federation. Read More »

Eight Aussie companies hit in global cyber attack

How many countries were affected? Cyber security expert Ollie Taylor told Premier cyber attacks have become more sophisticated, explaining: "It's now possible to take advantage of existing connectivity between computers in business networks and, in this case, it's relating to file-sharing technology that's built into the operating system". Read More »

Explaining Comey's firing challenges White House advisers

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This was contradicted by Mr Trump on Thursday , when he told NBC News he had planned to fire Mr Comey regardless of Mr Rosenstein's recommendation. Because: first, Trump does not say there are tapes. JUDY WOODRUFF: Now, John, separately, another issue that's come up in all this back and forth that we just heard from Lisa has to do with the White House press briefing, and the president had something interesting to say about that today. Read More »

Log in, look out: cyberattack could grow Monday

Public sector agencies also have a luxury in the form of highly-skilled government experts from the likes of the National Cyber Security Centre who are available to ensure that critical services, such as the NHS , are kept operational. The ransomware is allowing hackers to take complete access of the device and block the user out. Consequently, Microsoft should investigate the unsafe flaw in its system. Read More »

Did Trump Ask FBI to End Investigation Into Flynn?

The Trump administration says the report is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between Trump and Comey. He told CNN: "But, if indeed the president tried to tell the director of the FBI, who worked for him, that he should drop an investigation-whether it was Michael Flynn or some investigation that had nothing to do with Russian Federation or politics or the election-that's a very serious matter". Read More »

New ransomware attacks may hit today, experts say

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In the Republic, the Health Service Executive (HSE) cut its network off from external communications as a precaution. The spokesman added: 'This attack highlights the increasing threat posed by cyber-crime. "We have been concerned for some time". Dame Fiona and the Care Quality Commission wrote to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to highlight a "lack of understanding of security issues", according to the newspaper, and that "the external cyber threat is becoming a bigger consideration". Read More »

How To Protect Yourself From WannaCry Ransomware?

Did you pay a ransom to restore your encrypted files? Deutsche Bahn: The German railway company told CNNMoney that due to the attack "passenger information displays in some stations were inoperative" as were "some ticket machines". US-CERT stressed the vulnerabilities that unpatched and outdated IT infrastructure systems may expose. It also said: "The recent attack is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex worldwide investigation to identify the culprits". Read More »

Trump asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation

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He also referenced the president's recent suggestion that conversations with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director may have been secretly recorded . Texas congressional Democrats were enraged with the Post report, which multiple news organizations also confirmed. Trump has faced continued criticism for not firing Flynn immediately after Yates issued her warning, with many opponents alleging that he wouldn't have acted if the media hadn't brought Yates' warning to light. Read More »

New era in BC politics

Not surprisingly, a B.C. election with what many believed had no single polarizing issue left the province in a near dead heat between the BC Liberals and NDP, with the BC Greens bumping their seats to three and playing the role of potential majority spoiler. Read More »

GOP Health Plan Doesn't Address the Biggest Health Care Problems

Quinnipiac University is out with polling showing the health care bill and the president's approach to the issue underwater. The president suffered a negative 10-point swing in late March after House GOP leaders pulled a previous version of the AHCA in the face of widespread opposition among its members. Read More »

Trump sees 'fast' decision over new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a stern warning today about the state of the USA government after President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last week, saying he thinks U.S. He promised he would tolerate no interference from the White House and would not provide the administration with updates on its progress. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter. Read More »

Things to Know About the 'WannaCry' Ransomware Attack

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The Daily Caller News Foundation talked to several tech experts about how to better protect people and institutions from cyber attacks and nefarious hackers. China appeared over the weekend to have been particularly vulnerable, raising worries about how well the world's second largest economy would cope when it opened for business on Monday. Read More »

The BIG Ransomware Attack that Could Have Been Avoided!

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What is WannaCry - also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.0, WannaCry and WCry? Theft of the software was reported in April, when it was published by the Shadow Brokers, a group that has been linked to Russian Federation. Normally, such patches are reserved for organizations willing to pay for extended support. Now they are asking anything between Rs. 19,000 to Rs. Read More »

Microsoft warns ransomware cyber-attack is a wake-up call

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Experts said India is vulnerable as a large number of computers in the country run the Microsoft's older operating systems like XP, and have not been updated yet. Deutsche Bahn: The German railway company told CNNMoney that due to the attack "passenger information displays in some stations were inoperative" as were "some ticket machines". Read More »

Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation

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The day after that Comey met with Trump in the Oval Office and wrote a memo to record the meeting because he was uneasy about the president's request, according to a person who was given a copy of the document. The New York Times said that during the Oval Office meeting, Trump condemned a series of government leaks to the news media and said the Federal Bureau of Investigation director should consider prosecuting reporters for publishing classified information. Read More »

Manning makes statement on release

Army, but she won't be paid a salary and it's highly unlikely that she will be called to serve. Former president Barack Obama commuted the transgender soldier's sentence in his final days in the White House, outraging Republicans including Donald Trump , who has described her as an " ungrateful traitor ". Read More »

White House goes blue to honor nation's police officers

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During a signing ceremony earlier in the day, Trump issued a proclamation recognizing officer deaths, and calling on the Department of Justice to "develop a strategy to better prevent and prosecute crimes of violence against our federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement officers". Read More »

Lessons from the global cyberattack

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Here's what you need to know. A United Kingdom -based security researcher who goes by the name MalwareTech put a stop to the spread of WannaCry on Friday by registering a domain name he discovered in the ransomware's code. A researcher at Proofpoint, Darien Huss, first discovered MalwareTech's sinkhole was stopping the spread of the malware. When his website started getting hits from the malicious software, MalwareTech told ABC News he anxious he'd triggered the program to do something ... Read More »

Spend More, Tax the Rich: UK's Labour Stakes Election Turf

There is a very big assumption in Labour's figures: that when you raise taxes you get all the extra revenue that you would expect to receive. This caused controversy after it became apparent the draft was different to the version signed off by Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, that was more similar to the last manifesto under Ed Miliband. Read More »

NZ government has no policy against paying software ransoms

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There are several factors in play. The WannaCry global ransomware pandemic has a new wrinkle: After being stopped in its tracks over the weekend thanks to a built-in kill switch , new variants are popping up that don't contain that failsafe-meaning the scourge shows no sign of slowing. Read More »

Trump Today: President defends his information sharing with Russian Federation

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Speaking at a press conference, Putin said the transcript could be provided "if the USA administration finds it appropriate". The Trump administration has come under fire over a meeting at the Oval Office with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week, in which he shared security information that two sources described to CNN as classified. Read More »

Arsenal failure to make top four would be 'frustrating', Wenger says

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Sanchez was the scorer again, heading in from close range. He has 26 goals and 15 assists in all competitions. Wenger said Sanchez was only cleared to play at 4 p.m., less than four hours before the game. "We perform every weekend to be in the top four and to fight for the title over the season". The England midfielder sustained a hamstring injury at St Mary's and will sit out Sunderland and Everton's visits to North London this week, although Wenger rates him positively as a ... Read More »

What is WannaCry and should you pay the ransom?

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Microsoft President Brad Smith , along with numerous cyber security experts, acknowledged that the attack leveraged a hacking exploit created by the U.S. And while Microsoft said it had already released a security update to patch the vulnerability a month earlier, it would appear that the NSA hadn't told the United States tech giant about the security risk until after it had been stolen. Read More »

Sen. John Cornyn removes self from consideration for Federal Bureau of Investigation director role

On the Republican side, obvious potential candidates for appointment or election would be Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner George P. Bush and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader from NY, told CNN's State of the Union that Comey's replacement should not be "a partisan politician - not in either party", and that it should be someone who is "experienced". Read More »