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Global cyber-attack's success largely rests with laziness, neglect, procrastination

In Britain, where the virus first raised global alarm when it caused hospitals to divert ambulances on Friday, it gained traction as a political issue just weeks before a general election. Reports suggest that over two lakh systems globally could have been infected by the malicious software. Microsoft distributed the patch two months ago, which could have forestalled much of the attack, but in many organizations it was likely lost among the blizzard of updates and patches that large ... Read More »

The blame game, ransomware edition: Who's at fault?

He added that the rate of infection has slowed over the weekend. Because of those successes, the software is already inspiring imitators , as the Bleeping Computer site reports. Earlier, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed there had not been a second wave of attacks on NHS trusts and said it was "encouraging" that the level of criminal activity was at "the lower end of the range" anticipated. Read More »

WannaCry ransomware might attack 1,3 million computer systems

Some forms of malware can lock the computer entirely, or set off a series of pop-ups that are almost impossible to close, thereby hindering your work. The WannaCry ransomware cyber attack took some of the world's largest economies by surprise. Not only will this ensure none of your files are damaged or lost if you are affected by a computer virus, you also can't be held to ransom if you've got the data somewhere else. Read More »

'WannaCry' cyber attack: How to protect your computer

French carmaker Renault was forced to stop production at sites in France, Slovenia and Romania, while FedEx said it was "implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible". The Indonesian government also urged companies to update their systems on Monday after two hospitals in Jakarta were hit by the ransomware . "NCSC and NCA are working with Europol and other worldwide partners to make sure we all collect the right evidence, which we need to do to make sure we have the right ... Read More »

Six ways to prevent WannaCry ransomware attack

Experts said the spread of the virus, dubbed WannaCry , which locked up more than 200,000 computers - had slowed, but the respite might only be brief. The advice from security experts and the National Crime Agency (NCA) is do not pay the ransom . - How many countries were affected? Loudspeakers at Telefonica's Madrid headquarters ordered staff to shut down their computers and stop using any of the company's internal VPNs, said the report . Read More »

Researchers may link North Korea to ransomware


However, the analysis of the February sample and comparison to WannaCry samples used in recent attacks shows that the code which points at the Lazarus group was removed from the WannaCry malware used in the attacks started last Friday. The campaign is one facet of North Korea's greater bank hacking operations that included an $81 million theft from Bangladesh a year ago. However, not everyone agrees that the North is behind the attacks. Read More »

Xi: New initiative needs to reject protectionism

China will also set up 50 joint laboratories with countries participating in the Belt and Road initiative to enhance cooperation on innovation, he said. The foreign ministry also cited concerns about the "unsustainable debt burden" China's partner countries along the route would have to bear. No Indian official of any level was present at the elaborate opening ceremony yesterday attended by 29 heads of state and government, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, along with top ... Read More »

Apple Inc. iPhone 8 On Schedule For October Release


Their delivery into the chips is expected to start in the second half of July. iPhone suppliers like Foxconn and Pegatron have already begun recruiting and training workers in China who will be producing these new smartphones en masse. Apple is tipped to introduce OLED displays and an all-screen front design, which would be a marked departure from previous iPhone handsets. However, sources indicate that certain "technical challenges" and shortages of "key components" might be the culprit ... Read More »

Its creators end licensing programme - MP3 is dead


AAC is admittedly a better format, developed with the hindsight unavailable to MP3's developers and without the sever limitations of those decades. In 2007, Apple discontinued the use of DRM, instead embedding a purchase receipt into the AAC file so that the origin could be traced if it was shared on peer-to-peer networks. Read More »

Defending Yourself - and Your Computer - From WannaCry Ransomware


Xinhua state news agency said some secondary schools and universities were hit. Do not give people any more access to your system than they need to do their job. That's despite the fact that it hasn't received security patches from Microsoft for over three years now, meaning it has more holes than a leaky bucket - including vulnerabilities that can be easily exploited, as what happened with the WannaCry ransomware which hit the NHS so badly. Read More »

HTC U11 debuting on the 16th, could have a "squeezable" frame


Where other phone makers are experimenting with new screen shapes, multiple cameras , or other unique features, HTC is largely staying conservative with the U11. HTC has squeezed another impressive phone into its line-up. The firm says we can expect a 45% bump in longevity compared to last year's HTC 10. If you thought the HTC U Ultra was already too gimmicky with its "U" features, you're definitely in for a ride with the HTC U11 . Read More »

South Koreans hope to resume business at joint factory park


The progressives are not particularly enamoured of the ROKs alliance with the United States and they root for constructive engagement with North Korea. The plan was discussed Thursday during a 40-minute phone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Moon's office said in a statement. China has opposed the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). Read More »

Indian gang-rape victim killed with bricks after threatening to tell police


Police say the 23-year old was abducted by her ex-boyfriend and others and was driven from near her home in Sonipat , situated in the northern Indian state of Haryana, to the nearby city of Rohtak where she was gang-raped. Her mutilated body was found by a passer-by in the urban estate area of Rohtak district on May 11, 2017. The prime accused Sumit had been pressurising the victim to marry him, a proposal which the girl had rejected, according to her mother. Read More »

Ransomware attack should be wake-up call for governments, says Microsoft

It cited the Threat Intelligence Center of Qihoo 360, a Chinese internet security services company. At least one Australian company appears to have been targeted by the attacks and several others are under investigation. "My hope is what it will lead to is more urgency and more focus from departmental and agency heads at the government level, from boardrooms at the business level and from individuals and families - of the need to make sure you're doing everything you can to keep yourselves ... Read More »

Global ransomware attack: CERT says no incidents in SL so far

Bahl maintained that no "major" incidents have been brought to CERT-In's notice yet, but was quick to add that a full assessment of the impact on ground can be made only on Monday when people return to work after the weekend. He argued there should be "a new requirement for governments to report vulnerabilities to vendors, rather than stockpile, sell, or exploit them". In a blog post published Sunday, Microsoft president Brad Smith criticized world leaders for stockpiling ... Read More »

How to avoid the ransomware attack

Investigators are now working non-stop to hunt down those responsible for the Wanna Decryptor ransomware , also known as WannaCry . There are different variants of what happens: Other forms of ransomware execute programs that can lock your computer entirely, only showing a message to make payment in order to log in again. Read More »

Key Analyst Says New Apple Hardware is Coming to WWDC 2017


There could also be an Amazon Echo competitor from Apple. If it makes it to the event, the smart speaker could be the headline announcement of this year's WWDC . The tablet would come with a 10.5-inch screen and a new design that reduces the size of the tablet's screen bezels. The Display resolution will also extend to maintain the same PPI (Pixel per Inch), according to Alexander. Read More »

World braces for more cyberattacks as work week begins

Payment is demanded within three days or the price is doubled, and if none is received within seven days the locked files will be deleted, according to the screen message. The company rates the update as "critical" for supported Windows releases. There are various theories as to why the hackers had embedded such as functionality into their malware, but what it means for the moment is that the attack has been stopped and the ransomware is no longer spreading at its previous chaotic pace. Read More »

Amazon's Touch-Screen Smart Speaker Solves a Big Problem with AI Assistants

There's also noise-cancellation built in, so the Show can hear your commands while playing music from its pair of 5cm speakers. The Amazon Echo show allows the users to do much more than ever before. for now - so if you have an Echo Dot or Echo, you can still call or message an Echo Show and vice versa. Those who do not have an Echo hardware device need to download the free Amazon Alexa App, available on iOS and Android , and enable Alexa calling and messaging . Read More »

Fidget Spinners a Hot Product for Flipo Wholesale

Until recently, I never gave any thought to fidgeting, but then I was introduced to "fidget spinners", opening up a whole new world. "If their description says specifically that this can help for ADHD, they're basically making false claims because these have not been evaluated in proper research", he says. Read More »

Alphabet's Waymo Teams Up With Lyft on Self-Driving Cars


Development of self-driving cars is that race in the field of automobiles where everyone wants to participate and also win at any expense. The self-driving program at Uber began following its hiring of a significant percentage of Carnegie Mellon University's autonomous vehicle research team in 2015, but reports suggest that the acquisition of Otto last August helped kickstart the company's progress considerably. Read More »

Microsoft met en garde — Cyberattaques


Europol a dit travailler sur "un outil de décryptage" des fichiers contaminés. La somme est demandée en BitCoin en échange d'une clé de déblocage. Si la rançon n'est pas payée au bout d'une semaine, les fichiers sont effacés. Les entreprises disposent en effet plus souvent de données importantes et de plus d'argent pour verser la rançon réclamée par les pirates . Malware Tech a donc acheté le domaine du site qui était à vendre, ce qui a stoppé le virus instantanément. Read More »

Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns

Given the attack's widespread nature, even such a small sum would stack up quickly, though few victims seem to be paying up so far. "The recent attack is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex worldwide investigation to identify the culprits", said Europol, Europe's police agency. Read More »

South Korea urges 'parallel' talks and sanctions to rein in North Korea

South Korean activists hold a banner during a rally against the plan to deploy the USA -built Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, near the US embassy in Seoul , July 11, 2016. They came as North Korea's ambassador to the United Kingdom told Sky News his country will go ahead with its sixth nuclear test at a time and place of its leader's choosing. Read More »

Stanley Cup playoffs: Senators trump Penguins in OT

Hornqvist's shot rang off the post. The Penguins were able to get through the Senators' 1-3-1 setup through the neutral zone, but rarely did they do that with any type of speed and rarely did that lead to an aggressive forecheck when the Penguins outnumbered the Senators and generated offensive opportunities because of that. Read More »

British Columbia's LNG Dreams May Be Over

Clark asked Trudeau to ban thermal coal exports through her province in retaliation for U.S. duties on softwood lumber. Andrew Weaver, whose Green party holds the balance of power, told reporters, "British Columbians were sold a bill of goods on LNG". Read More »

N. Korea Unveils 'Satellite Photos' of THAAD in S

At the invitation of China , a delegation led by Rep. Park Byeong-seug of the Democratic Party will attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that will kick off on Sunday for a two-day run, senior presidential secretary for press Yoon Young-chan said in a briefing. Read More »

Businesses bolster cyber defenses for new ransomware attacks

The ransomware attack carried out Friday has hit some 200,000 hospitals, companies and government offices in more than 150 countries. The Nissan vehicle plant in Sunderland is still suffering from issues caused by the ransomware attack which forced auto production to a halt on Friday night. Read More »

Global cyberattack: A (short, jargon-free) beginner's guide

A British cyber security expert who was credited with preventing more than 100,000 computers across the world from being infected with the virus warned that any new version may be unstoppable. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government was monitoring the situation closely. Germany's national railway said Saturday departure and arrival display screens at its train stations were affected, but there was no impact on actual train services. Read More »

Seven hospitals affected by cyber attack still in need of support

The attack that began Friday is believed to be the biggest online extortion attack ever recorded, disrupting computers that run factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems. The Prime Minister's cybersecurity adviser Alastair MacGibbon said critical infrastructure had not been damaged by the attack at this stage. Organizations had two months to update their Microsoft products, which would have protected their systems. Read More »

A ransomware attack is spreading worldwide, using alleged NSA exploit

Pictures posted on social media showed screens of computers with images demanding payment of $300 worth of the online currency Bitcoin, saying: "Ooops, your files have been encrypted!" That's why it's called ransomware . "Some of our customers are running versions of Windows that no longer receive mainstream support". Install Microsoft's patch. 3. This type of code is known as a "kill switch", which some attackers use to halt the spread of their software if things get out of hand. Read More »

Apple reports drop in iPhone sales but revenue still on the up

Apple will host a call with analysts from 5pm PT, which is 10pm in the UK. Despite the iPhone not performing quite as well as expected, Apple has still managed to rake in the cash, bringing in more than $11 billion in profit. The company reported a 4.6% revenue rise to $52.9bn, but this was shy of the $53.02bn estimate - leading to stock dropping by about 1.5% in after hours trading. Read More »