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Kaspersky Lab statement on NotPetya ransomware attacks reported 27 June


The initial infection can be traced to tax accounting software from a Ukrainian company called M.E.Doc, Microsoft says. Merck & Co. posted a tweet reporting that the new ransomware hack compromised their company computer network. Researchers picking the program apart found evidence its creators had borrowed from leaked U.S. National Security Agency code, raising the possibility that the digital havoc had spread using U.S. Read More »

Baby Driver? 'There's not much else to compare it to'


Baby doesn't talk much and he's shy, but he can drive like a pro and he's adept at eluding police while behind the wheel. Wright's breakout film, " Shaun of the Dead ", combined a lovable-loser storyline with a zombie apocalypse. Repressed by his intimidating mob boss Doc (a whimsical Kevin Spacey ), Baby has to face the music and complete one last heist before he's scot-free. Read More »

Enjoy the photos of another historic SpaceX launch


SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 rocket through low-lying fog at 1:25 pm on June 25 pacific daylight time (PDT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles . SpaceX just kicked off this weekend's rocket launch double feature. The Iridium Communications is replacing its orbit fleet with a next-generation constellation of satellites. Read More »

Schumer: '50-50 Chance' Republicans Pass Senate Health Care Bill


Wyden, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, wrote a letter to CBO Director Keith Hall, asking him to assess how the Senate bill would affect Medicaid coverage 20 or 30 years into the future. In a letter Tuesday to senators, Paralyzed Veterans of America, one of the six biggest nonpartisan veterans' groups, criticized an "opaque and closed" legislative process and proposed cuts to Medicaid that could lead to hundreds of thousands of lower-income veterans losing their ... Read More »

Petrwrap ransomware attack: what we know so far


In India , one of the terminals at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) port has been impacted, prompting the authorities to contain the disruption in fire-fighting mode. The security researchers said it's now not as big as WannaCry , but the volume is considerable. It's believed the issue has filtered down to Cadbury from their parent company Mondelz International, who were the original target of this arm of the attack. Read More »

Global cyber ransom ware attack spreads


While the block prevented the hackers behind the ransomware release from capitalizing on the explosive infection rate, it may also strand victims with no obvious way of retrieving files scrambled by the rogue program. A major global cyber attack which has disrupted computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms has reached Australia. Read More »

Petya cyber attack: Ransomware virus hits computer servers across globe

Tech experts say Petya , the new ransomware cyber attack, has the potential to be more severe than the WannaCry Virus we reported on last month. The WannaCry or WannaCrypt ransomware attack affected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries, with the UK's national health service, Spanish phone company Telefónica and German state railways among those hardest hit. Read More »

Google hit with record European Union fine over Shopping service

It is investigating whether Google abused its ownership of the Android operating system to harm designers of apps that rival its own, and it's also accusing Google of stopping competition in search ads. "It has denied other companies the chance to compete on their merits and to innovate, and most importantly it has denied European consumers the benefits of competition, genuine choice and innovation". Read More »

How to Preorder the SNES Classic Edition

A mere 26 years later, Nintendo's reviving the system with a miniature Classic Edition, complete with 26 games-including a never-before-played Star Fox sequel. All of which is to say one thing: Get ready to pre-order. However this is something that Nintendo plans on addressing with the recently announced SNES Classic Edition . Read More »

European firms hit by 'massive' cyber attack


Ransomware hit at least six countries Tuesday, including Ukraine , where it was blamed for a large and coordinated attack on key parts of Ukraine's infrastructure, from government agencies and electric grids to stores and banks. "A massive ransomware campaign is now unfolding worldwide", said Romanian cybersecurity company Bitdefender, where analyst Bogdan Botezatu said that it appeared to be almost identical to GoldenEye, one of a family of hostage-taking programs that has been circulating ... Read More »

'Petya' ransomware disrupts companies across Europe, US


Like last month's outbreak of ransomware , dubbed WannaCry , the new attack spread by using digital lock picks originally created by the NSA and later published to the web by a still-mysterious group known as the Shadowbrokers . "Our initial analysis found that the ransomware uses multiple techniques to spread, including one which was addressed by a security update previously provided for all platforms from Windows XP to Windows 10 (MS17-010)", a Microsoft spokesperson told AFP. Read More »

No survivors after light plane crashes in paddock near Mount Gambier


There was thick fog around the area before the crash causing flights arriving and departing Mount Gambier from Adelaide and Melbourne to be delayed. This is published unedited from the IANS feed . In May a Rossair plane crashed near Renmark, killing all three people on board. Emergency services rushed to the scene, located just south of Mount Gambier Airport . Read More »

Rockets reportedly a serious threat to sign Chris Paul


Paul is a priority for the Clippers to re-sign after he opted out of his contract last week and became an unrestricted free agent. ESPN's Chris Haynes also said that Houston has a "serious chance of luring Chris Paul away". CP3 was the 10th best rebounding guard in the National Basketball Association this season, averaging around five rebounds per game. Paul would sacrifice quite a bit of money by leaving the Clippers. Read More »

Google Fined Record $2.7 Billion In EU Anti-Trust Ruling


The commission didn't spell out how Google should fix that and instead ordered it to comply with the "simple principle of giving equal treatment to revival comparison shopping services and its own service". More broadly, Vestager said, the probe has established that Google is dominant in general internet search in all 31 countries of the European economic area. Read More »

Massive cyberattack strikes Europe

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it was monitoring reports of cyber attacks around the world and coordinating with other countries. The Danish shipping company Maersk has also reported systems down across multiple sites, including the company's Russian logistics arm Damco. Read More »

Ransomware virus hits computer servers across Europe


Symantec cyber security manager Nick Savvides said the ransomware attack was similar to the WannaCry attack that impacted Windows computer users last month. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said the potential ransomware campaign affecting his country is " unprecedented ", but "vital systems haven't been affected". Read More »

Space X rocket with 10 Iridium satellites launches from Vandenberg


In both missions, the Falcon first-stages came back to Earth under control, landing on drone ships that had been placed in the ocean. A geostationary communications satellite, the BulgariaSat-1 should be operational by early August to provide various communications services to Bulgaria, Serbia, and the Balkans for 15 years. Read More »

Google to stop scanning private emails


The company is a blog entry said, "Buyer Gmail substance won't be utilised or scanned for any promotions personalization after this change". "This decision brings Gmail ads in line with how we personalise ads for other Google products", said Greene . Read More »

Pets in America are super obese


One in every three pets who visited Banfield Pet Hospitals around the USA were either overweight or obese in 2016, according to the veterinary hospital's 2017 State of Pet Health report released on Tuesday. The BARK team noted that owners of overweight dogs spend 17% more on healthcare costs and 25% more on medications compared to the owners of healthy weight dogs. Read More »

Massive hack attack targets Europe, US


The British National Cyber Security Centre said it was "aware of the global ransomware incident" and is "monitoring the situation closely". "The company is now experiencing a hostile ransomware attack on its network systems", said an internal Merck memo quoted by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Read More »

New Animated Series Explores "Untold Stories" of


And Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm and strongest of them all, is making sure fans don't forget it. Disney has released a sneak peek at the upcoming Star Wars: Forces of Destiny , an upcoming series of animated shorts that will explore the untold stories of some of the most important women in the Star Wars galaxy. Read More »