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EU restores preferential tax concessions to Sri Lanka

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In the decision announced today (16 May), the European Union said the full removal of duties on 66% of tariff lines - covering a wide array of products including textiles and clothing - is in response to a commitment from Sri Lanka to ratify and effectively implement 27 worldwide conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance. Read More »

WannaCry explained: What is WannaCry ransomware and how does it work?

Most of the computers infected by the WannaCry ransomware were running older versions of Windows operating system that have not been recently updated. "You can buy ransomware kits on the dark web, you can buy all the tool sets you need to undertake your own ransomware campaign quiet easily", he said, referring to an area of the internet often used for illegal activity. Read More »

Chelsea can make Premier League history on Sunday

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Substitute Stefano Okaka seemed to have a salvaged a draw for Watford with 16 minutes left, but it was Fabregas who had the final say, before Sebastian Prodl received his marching orders in added time. 'It's a big night because we won the title, ' he said after the win against Watford . "(John) Terry and (Ricardo) Carvalho probably two of the best defenders in Europe at the time, (Paulo) Ferreira was a fantastic right-back, (Claude) Makelele was the best holding midfield player in the ... Read More »

DocuSign says hackers accessed customer email database

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The hackers stole user email addresses; DocuSign said all other user information - including names, physical addresses, passwords, Social Security numbers, and credit card data - is safe. The phishing emails, which were created to look like they came from DocuSign , had subject lines like, "Completed: [domain name] - Wire transfer for recipient-name Document Ready for Signature" or "Completed [domain name/email address] - Accounting Invoice [Number] Document Ready for Signature". Read More »

Global ransomware attack appears to slow in US

NIC is monitoring more than 100 websites of state departments, institutions and colleges. Companies like Hitachi and Nissan Motor Co. reported problems they said had not seriously affected their business operations. "It's like after a robber enters your home". A text document also appears with information about what has happened, the Bitcoin wallet that you should send payment to, and how to make decryption work. Read More »

Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Is Coming Back to the Social Network

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It sounds like he's trying to recreate some kind of spark that Twitter may have lost over what's been a tough couple of years. Stone noted that his "top focus" will be to guide Twitter's culture and work towards shaping the experience internally, so that it is felt outside the company. Read More »

Ronaldo will not be rested for Real Madrid v Celta

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However, Zidane's men - aided by the introduction of Casemiro , who provided a steadying influence - wrapped it up late on through Ronaldo's stunning strike, with Toni Kroos' goal putting the seal on three crucial points with title rivals Barcelona beating Las Palmas by the same score. Read More »

Pokemon GO's Next Event Begins This Week, Look out for Rock-Types

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Starting May 18th and going for an entire week, this Rock type event should help mix things up for those who've been getting a little exhausted of Pokemon Go's formula. PokéStops will dole out more items than usual to help out with this. There will also be a brand new hat in the store that you can toss onto your trainer, and Pokeballs will be discounted by 50%. Read More »

Cyber attack spreads across 150 countries

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The virus exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows software, first identified by the US National Security Agency, experts have said. Britain's National Health Service fell victim, its hospitals forced to close wards and emergency rooms and turn away patients . Read More »

WannaCry Malware Cyber-Attack Continues

Large swathes of the NHS were paralysed by the cyber attack, which hit 200,000 victims in 150 countries around the world. Two big telecoms companies, Telefónica of Spain and Megafon of Russian Federation, were also hit, as was Japanese carmaker Nissan in the United Kingdom. Read More »

The Legend of Zelda coming to smartphones

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Right now, Nintendo is currently gearing up to release Animal Crossing on mobile devices, which is set to release some time this year. Stay tuned to A9K for the latest news on this The Legend of Zelda app game. The hierarchy of Nintendo franchises is very clear... Fire Emblem Heroes is free-to-play with microtransactions, but a Nintendo representative described it as "an outlier". Read More »

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is coming to Steam

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It's coming to PlayStation 4 as well as PC (Steam) and Nintendo Switch, making the first time a Harvest Moon game will be playable on PC and Switch. The Harvest Moon franchise turns 20 this year. If a Harvest Moon game for PC sounds a bit familiar, it's because in 2015, Harvest Moon : Seeds of Memories was announced for PC and Wii U. Read More »

United Kingdom could 'suffer another major cyber attack on Monday'

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Dr Krishna Chinthapalli, a neurology registrar at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London , had warned that an increasing number of hospitals could be shut down by ransomeware attacks in an article on the vulnerability of the NHS network in the "British Medical Journal" on Wednesday, two days before the major cyber-hack. Read More »

Sonic Forces lets you create custom characters

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For the first time in the series' history, create and play as your own custom character in the war to take back the planet. Sega calls them "an evolution of the Color Powers from Sonic Colors ". Along with the Wispon , the Hero Character will have a grappling hook they can utilize to quickly traverse across zones. No matter what Hero the player chooses to create, it will be featured throughout the entire game. Read More »

UK: 'Worst over' in cyber-attack

Bossert tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that the malware is an "extremely serious threat" that could inspire copycat attacks. The security firm Kaspersky Lab, based in Russian Federation, noted that Microsoft had repaired the software problem that allows back-door entry into its operating systems weeks before hackers published the exploit linked to the NSA , but noted: "Unfortunately it appears that many users have not yet installed the patch". Read More »

Computer Safety Tips as Cyber Attacks Continue

It encrypted users' computer files and displayed a message demanding anywhere from $300 to $600 to release them; failure to pay would leave the data mangled and likely beyond fix. Investigators also hope to learn more by examining ransom payments made by computer users via bitcoin, the hard-to-trace digital currency often used by criminals. Read More »

Cyber attack could spark lawsuits but not against Microsoft

Some cyber security investigators think North Korean hackers may have conducted the attack. "That theft was publicly reported earlier this year". An NSA spokeswoman did not respond to emails seeking comment. "This one, we knew it could be a problem", the official told Reuters. Experts urged organizations and companies to immediately update older Microsoft operating systems, such as Windows XP, with a patch released by the company. Read More »

United Kingdom hospitals divert ambulances after 'ransomware' cyber attack

Many NHS hospitals across the United Kingdom are experiencing a large-scale cyber attack during the afternoon of 12 May, with the attackers reportedly demanding money to release files. No patient data was believed to have been accessed during ransomware attack but it was unclear what its impact had been on emergency cases. Authorities in Britain have been braced for possible cyberattacks in the run-up to the vote, as happened during last year's US election and on the eve of this month's ... Read More »

Ian Poulter to compete at PGA Championship

That's when a clerical oversight - discovered by Brian Gay - saved him. Only last month, he thought he has lost his PGA Tour card only for a miscalculation in his earnings due to a medical dispensation. His round was helped by an albatross on the par-5 16th hole. "I've already decided I'm going to go, too, so I'm ready for that". You never know who you will sit next to on a flight to Atlanta. Read More »

Ransomware Threat: Govt Activates Mechanism to Prevent Cyber Attack

In Britain, many hospitals and clinics that are part of the country's national health service were still having computer problems. Are you affected by the attack? In the United Kingdom, hospitals were crippled by the cyberattack, which forced operations to be canceled and ambulances to be diverted. Read More »

Judge orders Uber to return Waymo files

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Waymo says it later discovered other employees exiting the company to join Otto, alleging they too stole patented trade secrets. Lyft, which is the second-largest ride-sharing app in the U.S. The agreement was in the works since last summer, sources told the New York Times . A Similar deal is finalized between Waymo and Fiat to install their technology in their minivan product and expecting to have another deal with Honda for similar installation of technology in their cars. Read More »

Phantom Dust re-release hits Xbox One, Windows

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I can't pretend to understand every twist and turn in the Phantom Dust saga. Now on Xbox One, you can get up to 70% off over 275 games as part of the big Xbox One Backward Compatibility Super Sale. Did you play the original Phantom Dust? In addition, it features new gameplay enhancements including multiplayer starter decks that let you jump straight into multiplayer, improved frame rate, and adjustments to overall game balance. Read More »

NHS 'open for business' amid 'international manhunt' for cyber attackers

The attack started Friday and has affected computers in more than 150 countries, including severe disruptions at Britain's National Health Service. It was too early to say who was behind the onslaught, which struck 100,000 organizations, and what their motivation was, aside from the obvious demand for money. Read More »

North Korea link found to WannaCry 'ransomware', say researchers

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The two security companies Symantec and Kaspersky Lab said the WannaCry software had a code that was identified in the programmes used by the Lazarus group. Because of the WannaCry ransomware more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations are affected since Friday. North Korean officials were not immediately available for comment and its state media has been quiet about the matter. Read More »