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WannaCry Ransomware: Microsoft Calls Out NSA For 'Stockpiling' Vulnerabilities
- May 16, 2017

While ransomware attacks have existed for many years, they've reached "a new level of maturity and menace", according to a report last year by software security giant Symantec. According to the National Health Service, by mid-afternoon United Kingdom time, 16 NHS organizations had been hit with the attack , in some cases requiring emergency patients to be directed to other hospitals after infected computers were shut down. (more...)
'We will give them a game' - Stuart Baxter promises Nigeria hell 'We will give them a game' - Stuart Baxter promises Nigeria hell
- May 16, 2017

The new coach of South Africa's Bafana Bafana, Stuart Baxter, says his team will give Nigeria's Super Eagles a tough time when they clash in Uyo on June 10. "Our supporters want to see winning football with a South African stamp and we have enough quality players to be very competitive". "I'm very optimistic if we can pull together, but don't be too negative because it will affect everyone". (more...)
Robert Lighthizer sworn in as US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sworn in as US Trade Representative
- May 16, 2017

Mexico's Foreign Minister said last week of the vote to confirm Lighthizer, "For us, it's good news that the process is closer to starting". Earn 1 CPE credit and learn about government's VDI initiatives with analysis from Army and Military Health System. (more...)
Tronc in talks with Wrapports to acquire Chicago Sun Tronc in talks with Wrapports to acquire Chicago Sun
- May 16, 2017

Seeking to make virtue out of totally predictable and painful necessity, the parent of The Chicago Tribune is seeking to buy its longtime tabloid rival, The Chicago Sun-Times. The Department of Justice Antitrust Division confirms they are monitoring the sale. Last year, the Justice Department stopped Tribune Media Group - tronc's former name - from taking over the Orange County Register due to antitrust issues. (more...)
37 million pieces of plastic found on uninhabited Henderson Island in Pacific 37 million pieces of plastic found on uninhabited Henderson Island in Pacific
- May 16, 2017

The pair calculate Henderson holds a total of 37.7 million plastic items, collectively weighing around 17.6 tonnes. There were toy soldiers, dominos, toothbrushes and hundreds of hardhats of every shape, size and color. After all, Henderson Island is 125 miles from the nearest settlement of any kind, a 56-person village on Pitcairn Island that is the isolated island group's only settlement. (more...)
South Korea's President Is Firm on Denuclearization
- May 16, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula with South Korea's new liberal President Moon Jae-in on Thursday, state television said, as Moon set about addressing a raft of problems posed by the North's defiance. (more...)
Rohtak Gangrape: Haryana CM Ensures Speedy Justice By Fast Track Courts Rohtak Gangrape: Haryana CM Ensures Speedy Justice By Fast Track Courts
- May 16, 2017

Meanwhile, the Haryana police have registered a case under under IPC 365, 302,376 A, D, 34 and 328 against the two accused arrested in connection with the gangrape and murder. Also, there is a possibility that the stray dogs may have mutilated the dead body. The victim's head and face were smashed with a hard object and crushed under the wheels of a vehicle to hide her identity, the police have said. (more...)
More disruptions feared from cyber attack; Microsoft slams gov't secrecy
- May 16, 2017

Ryan Kalember, senior vice president at Proofpoint Inc., said that millions of devices could be vulnerable if they have not applied security patches over the weekend. Those affected should not pay ransom and instead inform CERT-In, the advisory added. The IT ministry reached out to key stakeholders like RBI, National Payments Corporation of India, NIC and UIDAI (Aadhaar) to advise them to protect their systems against "Wanna Cry" ransomware to ensure that the digital payments ecosystem ... (more...)
Trump Has Called Two Meetings on Global Ransomware Attack Trump Has Called Two Meetings on Global Ransomware Attack
- May 16, 2017

However, the patch is not installed worldwide or even in all places, said Bossert, and he warned people who have neither installed the patch or updated their software that it is "imperative you do so to get through this and continue to through this, as the inevitable morphing and variance of this attack will change over the week". (more...)
How to protect yourself from the massive worldwide cyberattack
- May 16, 2017

More than 200,000 computers have been affected all around the world, with reports coming from countries including the UK, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Japan. Spain's National Cryptologic Center, which is part of the country's intelligence agency, said on its website that there had been a "massive ransomware attack" against a large number of Spanish organizations affecting Microsoft's Windows operating system. (more...)
Derek Jeter reveals 'most special' part of his career Derek Jeter reveals 'most special' part of his career
- May 16, 2017

Budweiser is a Major League Baseball sponsor, so honoring Jeter's number retirement was a natural opportunity to attach the brand name to a historic team event. Adored uniformly by Yankees fans. "I" ve had this special relationship with the organization and fans for years. No matter who was carrying the load on any given night, only one singular voice pierced through to lead those Yankees teams. (more...)
Harish Salve charged Re.1 for appearing in Jadav's case Harish Salve charged Re.1 for appearing in Jadav's case
- May 16, 2017

But New Delhi, in a strong plea earlier in the day, demanded the immediate suspension of the death sentence given to Jadhav by the Pakistani military court. Islamabad says Jadhav confessed that India's intelligence service had assigned him to orchestrate and execute sabotage and spy operations in the province, that were "aiming to destabilize and wage war against Pakistan". (more...)
First Australian business infected in global cyber attack
- May 16, 2017

Organizations had two months to update their Microsoft products, which would have protected their systems. (AP Photo/Paul White). A security guard stands outside the Telefonica headquarters in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 12, 2017. On March 14, the company had released a security update to patch the vulnerability. Normally, such patches are reserved for organizations willing to pay for extended support. (more...)
Netflix Australia "tests" price hikes
- May 16, 2017

Dear Lifehacker, I just read that Netflix is planning to increase its prices on weekends. The federal government is set to extend Australia's 10 percent goods and services tax to "intangible supplies" (such as digital content, games and software), effecting online streaming companies such as Netflix. (more...)
Chelsea Manning to remain in Army, receive benefits after prison release
- May 15, 2017

Her release follows Barack Obama's decision to commute Manning's sentence in one of his last acts as USA president in January this year. Her sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in the final days of his administration. She can now see herself as a survivor who can be the person she is in the outside world. While in prison, Manning had received hormone treatment and care for gender dysphoria. (more...)
Teen Rammed to Death Identified as Chicago Officer's Daughter
- May 15, 2017

About two hours before the incident, Lewis posted to Facebook: "His bm say she pulling up im on the block right nowwww please don't send me off". Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene on Friday, May 12 after an unidentified woman allegedly hit her repeatedly while she was walking through the city's Morgan Park neighborhood on the south side. (more...)
Aust firms back to work after cyber attack
- May 15, 2017

A cyber-attack that has hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a "wake-up call", Microsoft says. Exploits in the hands of governments have repeatedly leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage, wrote Smith, who compared the leaks of Central Intelligence Agency and NSA vulnerabilities to the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. (more...)
SpaceX launches spy satellite for US government SpaceX launches spy satellite for US government
- May 15, 2017

The launch, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, was almost postponed for a second time, according to Elon Musk - SpaceX's founder. About 9 minutes after the launch, SpaceX landed the first stage booster at LZ-1, a landing facility at Cape Canaveral. (more...)
Mobile 'Legend Of Zelda' game rumored to be
- May 15, 2017

In addition to this, since both of the present games from Nintendo , Fire Emblem and Super Mario Run, feature different pricing strategies, we're not sure how the company would deal with The Legend of Zelda. There is a possibility that the dates for these releases could change, depending on how Nintendo sees the mobile market. Will it be a proper 3D action RPG, along the lines of the current main Zelda games, or will it be a cut-down spin-off, like the one-button platformer Super Mario ... (more...)
Pupil's plea leads school to ban fad toy fidget spinners
- May 15, 2017

Some schools across Swale confirmed they have had issues with children bringing fidget spinners into class. As for adults' confusion about the goal of the fidget spinner - for many kids, that's probably part of its appeal. You sure about that, Mr. Fidget Spinner Maker? She's even bought one for her husband. But she asked around, and no one would cop to doing so. Spinners are quite small and can conveniently fit into pockets - which is perhaps part of the reason they have become so popular. (more...)

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