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Dumfries and Galloway NHS hit in cyber attack

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Hospitals and doctors" surgeries across Britain were forced to divert ambulances, turn away patients and cancel appointments on Friday after a "ransomware' cyber attack crippled some computer systems in the state-run health service. The NHS, which was showcased in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, employs more than 1.5 million people, making it the world's fifth biggest employer after the US and Chinese militaries, Walmart and McDonald's. Read More »

Global cyber attack slowing down but fears remain

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. Following the alert, the Gujarat government began equipping its state computer systems with anti-virus softwares and upgrading its Microsoft operating systems. Read More »

Ransomware cyber-attacks slow but fears remain

Universities and other educational institutions in China were among the hardest hit, possibly because schools tend to have old computers and be slow to update operating systems and security, said Fang Xingdong, founder of ChinaLabs, an internet strategy think-tank. Read More »

Huge, Unprecedented Ransomware Attack Hits Around the Globe

The said virus that affected more than 150 countries over the week, is said to have demanded $300 as payment to restore the user's access to his own computer. Because numerous computers impacted run older Windows systems like XP, Microsoft issued a rare patch for XP, which it had stopped updating more than three years ago. Read More »

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith Trolls Ohio Crowd With 'Victors' Song

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That's right. Smith - who grew up in Bloomfield Hills as a MI fan and graduated from Lahser High School - had the audacity to sing the MI fight song in the heart of Ohio State country . "I fell for that early and it was such a big deal". You know what Ohio State fans don't like? It was all about the maize and blue. He actually sang the fight song at a different Columbus show back in February 2014. Read More »

WannaCry Ransomware: What We Know Monday

The WannaCry attack wasn't a big-time nation state operation, though it's likely that it may have originated in Russian Federation. The software attack has taken a toll on many people in the real world. "Whenever you receive something like that from somebody you don't know you want to be wary". Malware researcher danooct1 took one for the team and installed WannaCry on a virtual machine, so we can all see what the malware looks like. Read More »

Microsoft condemns NSA weaponization of malware after WannaCry attacks

As MalwareTech noted in a blog post afterward, the ransomware was written to connect to an unregistered domain and "if the connection is not successful it ransoms the system, if it is successful the malware exits". But some other technology industry executives said privately that it reflected a widely held view in Silicon Valley that the U.S. government is too willing to jeopardize internet security in order to preserve offensive cyber capabilities. Read More »

Bethenny Frankel will bring her Skinnygirl savvy to 'Shark Tank'

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Throughout the season, contestants will have the chance to pitch entrepreneurs such as Virgin Group founder Richard Branson , Spanx founder Sara Blakely , Real Housewife and Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel , venture capitalist and branding expert Rohan Oza and former Major League Baseball player Alex Rodriguez . Read More »

ACLU files complaint over charter school's hairstyle policy

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Deanna Cook said hair extensions and braids are integral to African American culture. Colleen Cook argued that the policy targets only black students. Editor's note: An earlier version of this story used the colloquial term " braids " to refer to braided hair extensions. "Black people, people of color, our hair tends to do that". Read More »

Trump contradicts White House on reasons for Comey firing

When asked whether Trump had crossed an ethical line asking Comey whether he was being investigated, the White House's deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she did "not see that as a conflict of interest", given the president has the authority to fire the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Read More »

Huge cyberattack ebbs as investigators work to find culprits

The cyberattack that spread malicious software around the world, shutting down networks at hospitals, banks and government agencies, was thwarted by a young British researcher and an cheap domain registration, with help from another 20-something security engineer in the U.S. Read More »

Nigeria acts on WHO Ebola alert in Congo

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The Nigerian Government has urged its citizens to remain calm after anew oubreak of the Ebola virus was reported last week. Officials in the province of Bas Uele said that samples taken from victims in the village of Likati confirmed the outbreak. Read More »

There's a Kickstarter For a 'Male Romper' aka the RompHim

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RompHim , the fashion statement no one asked for. It's available in pink chambray, blue chambray, splatter-print cotton, or a Fourth of July special-edition romper, which you absolutely owned a version of at the age of 3. Slowly, as a society, we're coming to realise that all these rules are kind of weird and bullshit and as long as you don't have your toilet parts out in public and you aren't freezing to death, it really doesn't fucking matter what you're wearing. Read More »

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

He wrote in a British Medical Journal article on Thursday that some hospitals "will nearly certainly be shut down by ransomware this year". One GP, John Caldwell, reported having no access to record systems or results, and as a precaution, the Liverpool surgery has severed links to the wider NHS network. Read More »

Hospitals in Manchester to go 'offline' for short time after cyber attack

Alan Woodward , visiting professor of computing at the University of Surrey, said there was evidence the ransomware was developed using a Microsoft flaw that was recently exposed in a leak of information from USA intelligence agencies. Doctors' practices and pharmacies reported similar problems. Hospitals in the United Kingdom were crippled by a "large-scale" cyber attack on Friday that forced operations to be canceled and ambulances to be diverted. Read More »

Donor angry at failure to move Israel embassy

Afterwards, Trump is anticipated to visit Masada, the ancient desert fortress which was the site of the final Jewish defeat in the First Jewish-Roman War in the 1st century AD. According to a report by Israel's Channel 2, the Israeli delegation was so angry by the remark that members started shouting. The implication has been that Netanyahu - while unable to say so publicly for fear of alienating his support base - hopes that Trump will not keep his pledge. Read More »

After warm, windy Tuesday, plenty more chances for storms through weekend

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Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Winds from the northwest will quickly increase and continue into the afternoon, the National Weather Service said in an alert about 3:20 a.m. Thursday night: Showers and thunderstorms. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Cool and unsettled conditions continue on Thursday , with the best chances for showers along the eastern Mogollon Rim and White Mountains. Read More »

EC congratulates Portuguese Eurovision victor

But the sweet intentions were soured this year when Russia's participation was scuttled by host Ukraine over the two nations' diplomatic and military conflict. "I'm happy my romantic song won, and I hope the gala stops being a popularity contest". Francesco Gabbani of Italy had been the bookmakers' favourite but ended up sixth, even though his act seemed the epitome of Eurovision's cheerfully tacky aesthetics - singing a driving number about spirituality, accompanied by someone in a ... Read More »

Nicole Scherzinger set for X Factor return

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But there's been a real change over the weekend and Nicole met Simon - we're 80% sure she'll sign on now. According to reports by the Mirror, Mariah is "really keen" to be a part of the show. Nicole Scherzinger has reportedly signed on for another season of The X Factor amid rumours suggesting Mariah Carey wants her chair. It remains to be seen how Nicole will manage her time considering she is also working on a new music project with will.i.am as well as apparently being in talks to ... Read More »

What is WannaCry ransomware?

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The attack held users hostage by freezing their computers, encrypting their data and demanding money through online bitcoin payment - $300 at first, rising to $600 before it destroys files hours later. The exploit was leaked last month as part of a trove of US spy tools. Businesses could face legal claims if they failed to deliver services because of the attack, said Edward McAndrew, a data privacy lawyer at Ballard Spahr. Read More »

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

The WannaCry worm has affected more than 200,000 Windows computers around the world since Friday, disrupting vehicle factories, global shipper FedEx Corp and Britain's National Health Service , among others. "The Transmission Control Protocol port 445 of Windows system, which is widely acknowledged unsafe, is closed on many computers". The diabolical part of that is corporate computers are typically controlled by IT departments that choose when to send updates to computers. Read More »

Honoring Minnesota officers killed in the line of duty

In addition, my Administration will continue to further the efforts of the Department of Justice to improve the lives of law enforcement officers and their families. In Jacksonville on Monday, local police officials and members of the public paid tribute to local law enforcement officers who paid the ultimate price. Read More »

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

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According to Singh, this was not the first time a ransomware has hit the systems globally, where the elite class of hackers have used the tools of NSA of the U.S. Machines that contained the patch are much less at risk than those that didn't. "The numbers are still going up", Wainwright said. WannaCry has already caused massive disruption around the globe. Read More »