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Experts calling attack biggest in history

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at Helsinki-based cybersecurity company F-Secure, called it "the biggest ransomware outbreak in history". He said Congress should be asking the NSA if it is aware of any other software vulnerabilities that could be exploited in such a way. Read More »

Microsoft Build 2017 - Day 2: Even more Windows features soon

Created to ensure that "experiences flow seamlessly between Windows, iOS and Android devices, Fluent Design and Microsoft Graph will add a variety of new capabilities via the Fall Creators Update ". If that's the case then Microsoft has just built a powerful video editing tool straight into Windows, something it has needed after it killed off Windows Movie Maker years ago. Read More »

N Korea missile awkward for Beijing summit

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the flagship programme of OBOR. The AIIB has provided 1.7 billion USA dollars of loans for nine projects in Belt and Road countries, and the Silk Road Fund has made four billion US dollars of investment. Read More »

Half-Life 2 VR Mod Releases New Trailer, Now On Steam Greenlight


Whether experiencing Half-Life 2 in full virtual reality sounds terrifying or terrific to you, you may soon get your chance find out. The modders say Half-Life 2 VR would include motion control support; updated effects, textures, models, and maps; multiple VR movement options; and a 3D VR user interface. Read More »

Global cyberattack: A super-simple explanation of what happened

Bad guys generally target Windows far more than Apple's operating system because there are vastly more computers running Windows around the world. Europol proposed an global line of action to find those behind the extortion attack, which encrypted files on computers around the world and blocked access to content. Read More »

200000 users, 150 countries hit by ransomware: Europol chief


Many of those victims will be businesses, including large corporations. He added: "That's why we're seeing these numbers increasing all the time". Russian Federation and Britain were among the worst-hit countries by the attack. It encrypts afflicted computers' files - displaying a message that reads, "Oops, your files have been encrypted!" - and demands a payment of about $300 in Bitcoin, an online cryptocurrency, in order to restore access. Read More »

Microsoft Releases 'Highly Unusual' Windows XP Patch As Ransomware Attack Spreads


The security weakness, or vulnerability, exploited by Wanna Decrypter to spread itself so quickly has been known to Microsoft for a number of months and Microsoft released a fix to address this vulnerability several weeks ago. He said that mobile communications haven't been affected. Then it displays a message telling the user what it has done and demands $300 to free the now hostage computer. Read More »

Cyber attack hit 200000 victims across 150 countries, says Europol chief

Investigators are working around-the-clock to trace the attackers, as health authorities race to upgrade their security software amid fears hackers could exploit the same vulnerability with a different virus. "Unlike most other attacks, this malware is spreading primarily by direct infection from machine to machine on local networks, rather than purely by email", said Lance Cottrell, chief scientist at the U.S. Read More »

Here's what you need to know about the ransomware attack

The attack is believed to be the first in which such a cyberweapon developed by the NSA has been used by cybercriminals against computer users around the globe. State media reported that digital payment systems at some gas stations were offline, forcing customers to pay cash. "Global internet security has reached a moment of emergency", Qihoo360 warned. Read More »

Cyber attack hits 200000 in at least 150 countries -Europol

Wainwright said the attack was indiscriminate, fast-spreading and unique because the ransomware was being used in combination with a worm - meaning that the infection of one computer could automatically spread it through an entire network. Another expert Marechal said ransomware could be found on the "dark web", an obscured part of the internet that's not indexed by classic search engines. Read More »

'Unprecedented' cyber attack hits 100 countries including India

The 22-year-old researcher, who goes by the name MalwareTech, has become an internet hero for their efforts to stem the spread of the WannaCry ransomware. Portugal Telecom and Telefonica Argentina both said they were also targeted. USA software firm Symantec said the majority of organisations affected were in Europe, and the attack was believed to be indiscriminate. Read More »

Windows 10 on ARM Runs All Win32 Apps Unmodified

Enhancements to the widely used operating system to roll out later this year are created to make applications built on Microsoft technology work more harmoniously across an array of internet-linked devices, according to demonstrations given at the company's Build developers conference in Seattle. Read More »

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

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) was also hit by a ransomware attack and screenshots of the WannaCry program were shared by NHS staff. "Our market is dominated by pirated software". Portugal Telecom and Telefonica Argentina both said they were also targeted. In Russia, where a wide array of systems came under attack, officials said services had been restored or the virus contained. Read More »

Local Memphis Musician Dead After Setting Himself on Fire at Local Venue


A Memphis man has died at a hospital after streaming his attempted suicide live on Facebook and running into a crowded bar. McLemore's ex-girlfriend, Alyssa Moore, was just a couple of feet away from the horrendous scene. Police say the man suffered severe burns and died late Saturday morning. He was ordered to undergo mental evaluations and was sentenced to probation in April 2017 on domestic assault charges. Read More »

Microsoft Windows Now Patched Against WannaCry Ransomware Attack

A spokesperson said over 1,000 computers were affected in the attack. "We regret any inconvenience to our customers". Hospitals in the United Kingdom and telecommunications companies in Spain are among those hit by a "ransomware" attack that locked up computer data and demanded payment to free it. Read More »

Microsoft sends out a Windows XP patch to block new ransomware

Britain's National Cyber Security Center said it could have been much worse if not for a young cybersecurity researcher who helped to halt its spread by accidentally activating a skill switch in the malicious software. But computers and networks that hadn't updated their systems were still at risk. Users can download and find more information about the patches in Microsoft's blog post about Friday's attack from the WannaCry ransomware. Read More »

Another Global Cyber-Attack Likely On Monday: UK Experts

Eisen says the internet itself is diseased and these attacks will continue until some serious restructuring is done. In March, Microsoft patched this particular vulnerability on which the exploit behind these attacks are based, but several organizations around the world did not deploy the security update: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010 . Read More »

Labour's Corbyn denies pacificism, but says military force has not worked

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn rejected suggestions that he was a pacifist, insisting on Friday that he would approve military action as a last resort. Protecting the country would be his "first duty" as PM, he said - denying that he's a pacifist. It would mean world leaders had already triggered a spiral of catastrophe for humankind. Read More »

'Perfect storm' of conditions helped cyberattack succeed

He began analyzing a sample of the malicious software and noticed its code included a hidden web address that wasn't registered. "When we try to open the systems, they are prompting for passwords", said a police official. All this may be just a taste of what's coming, another cyber security expert warned. The ransomware effectively locks users out of their machines, encrypts their files, and instructs them to send $300 worth of Bitcoin in order to reclaim them. Read More »