Survey shows who is most at risk of WannaCry infection

Researchers believe the attack is the work of a richly funded criminal organization, given the nature of sophistication it involves. Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer with software security company Veracode, said that after ransomware attacks, researchers will often infect one of their own machines on objective to see if the key is somehow left in the memory. [Full Article...]

Windows XP users can remove WannaCry ransomware

WannaCry garnered headlines after it managed to affect hundreds of thousands of systems globally. According to reports , it has infected over 300,000 computers in the world, and this is widely seen as the biggest cyberattack in the world. Of course, given that Windows 7 is the most popular operating system by some margin (the latest figures from NetMarketShare give the aging OS 48.50 percent of t... [Full Article...]

Cloud Computing wins Preakness Stakes; Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming fades

The horses are making the walk from the barn to be saddled. The 142nd Preakness Stakes horse rac. If Saturday goes to plan, he can keep dreaming for a little longer yet. Hammerin' Hank Goldberg has his eye on two new shooters to win and place at the 2017 Preakness Stakes, including one longshot. Purse: $1,500,000. [Full Article...]

Chinese media blame the U.S. for WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack

And Washington had no trustworthy proofs to sustain prohibitions on Chinese tech companies in the U.S. after the WannaCry ransomware attack. According to the FT, the cost of updating older Windows versions "went from US$200 per device in 2014, when regular support for XP ended, to US$400 the following year", while some clients were asked to pay heftier fees. [Full Article...]

Amazon Updates Alexa App for iOS With Support for Calling and Messaging

Alexa will be able to hear all voice commands, as long as its woken up by saying, " Alexa ", "Amazon", "Echo" or "Computer". It can also show you weather reports or news briefings. No other video call apps work yet, but it's possible it may be updated to work with Skype or Google Duo in the future. Amazon Echo vs Dot vs Tap: Which is right for you? That brings the price to $179.99 each, or th... [Full Article...]

'Hero's welcome' for missile developers in North Korea

'Hero's welcome' for missile developers in North Korea A senior foreign policy adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of relations with South Korea on Friday as the two countries attempt to mend a rift in ties over the deployment of a US missile-defense system to guard against North Korean threats. [Full Article...]

Windows 7 is most affected by WannaCry attack, Windows XP is 'insignificant'

Amidst reports that India is among the worst affected countries by the WannaCry ransomware attack, the Indian government has shut down some Automated Teller Machine (ATMs) all over the country as a preventive measure against the cyber attack. [Full Article...]

Second wave of ransomware attack targeting out-of-date Windows machines under way

If you are using any devices with an outdated and unsupported OS, you should immediately upgrade the OS (if possible) or replace the device (if the OS can not be upgraded) with a device running a supported Windows operating system. In general, you should be creating a copy of your data in the first place, in case your computer fails or is lost. For larger businesses with hundreds or thousands of... [Full Article...]

Destiny 2 on the Nintendo Switch is Not Happening

I personally find it pointless for a game to give players a choice of playable races but not have the choices change how the game is played in any significant way; if all the races play the same, why bother making more than one? As a fan, I have a few suggestions for Bungie on how to improve Destiny 2 . [Full Article...]

Ransomware Attack Hit 200000 Victims In 150 Countries

The Administration noted that this global attack shows again the unprecedented challenges ahead in terms of Internet security. Mr Tehan declined to provide details on the three affected companies, but said the first Australian company reported as hit was not "a government organisation or a hospital or anything like that". [Full Article...]

WannaCry: An worldwide Cyber-attack that spread across the globe over night

That means, if you're affected there may be a choice between spending a huge chunk of cash or losing lots of personal information. And what if you're infected already? First up, let's define ransomware. Need to take care when using pen drives. The software can be downloaded only from a real Windows website. Firewalls and keeping software updated can also help. [Full Article...]

Nearly every PC hit by WannaCry ransomware runs Windows 7

Wanakiwi was quickly tested and shown to work on Windows 7 and older Windows versions XP and 2003, Suiche said, adding that he believed the hastily developed fix also works with Windows 2008 and Vista, meaning the entire universe of affected PCs. [Full Article...]

US should take some blame for Wannacry ransomware attack, says Chinese media

Currently, there is no permanent fix that could end the wrath of this ransomware, but here are a few pointers that could help you in protecting your Windows PC if it has not been attacked yet. However, as of now, there is no patch for these older operating systems for the EsteemAudit vulnerability. Here's the link to the official update page by Microsoft, which includes patches for mos... [Full Article...]

Pirated Windows is a risky bet, says security company

Unfortunately, however, a new variant of the program is already in the wild . But in this case, according to Kaspersky Lab, the shared code was removed from the versions of WannaCry that are now circulating, which reduces the likelihood of such a "false flag" attempt at misdirection. [Full Article...]

Preparing for WannaCry and other ransomware attacks

The locking or kidnapping process generally relies on frighteningly complex cryptography. Is this a new type of attack? "Although we have never seen anything on this scale when it comes to ransomware attacks , they are relatively common and there are things that you can do, that everyone can do, all of us can do, to protect ourselves against them", he said. [Full Article...]

Microsoft offers free security fixes following global cyberattack

Microsoft offers free security fixes following global cyberattack Malicious software lets hackers lock files on your computer and encrypt them in a way that you can not gain access to them until you stump up money. This particular program, called WannaCry , asks for about $300, though the price increases over time. [Full Article...]

North Korea says linking cyber attacks to Pyongyang is 'ridiculous'

North Korea says linking cyber attacks to Pyongyang is 'ridiculous' Ambassador Kim In Ryong told reporters on Friday. Kim said the launch showed the "highly developed stage of science and technology in the field of national defense attained by the DPRK" which he said is "of great and special significance" in ensuring peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the region. [Full Article...]

It's Important to Protect Yourself from Ransomware Attacks. Here's How!

And the hackers warned that they would delete all files on infected systems if no payment was received within seven days. Hospitals across Britain were crippled by the recent ransomware cyber-attack, making the country's National Health Service one of the most high-profile victims of the global incident. [Full Article...]

French researchers find way to unlock "WannaCry" without ransom

While WannaCry is still evolving, people so far have been largely unaware about its reach, except for knowing that it targets almost all Windows versions released before Windows 10. However, the researchers notified that the solution works around in specific conditions, for instance, if user applied the fix ahead of WannaCry threat of locking up their data and if victims had not rebooted t... [Full Article...]

The NSA told Microsoft about EternalBlue hack used in WannaCry

Microsoft released a patch for the flaw in March after hackers stole the exploit from the NSA. WannaCry exploits a weakness within the older versions of Windows 7 and XP. "Who's culpable are the criminals that distributed it and the criminals that weaponized it", Bossert said. But there's no substantial proof to link them at this point so it can be a coincidence. [Full Article...]

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