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What is Ransomware and How Did I Get It ? ☢️

Given the latest ransomware storms on the web, it might be good to make sure we all understand the term and how it works.<p>Wikpedia’s definition of …

Malware

Programming Sucks

___E___very friend I have with a job that involves picking up something heavier than a laptop more than twice a week eventually finds a way to slip …

Programming

Windows XP PCs infected by WCry can be decrypted without paying ransom

Decryption tool is of limited value, because XP was unaffected by last week's worm.<p>Owners of some Windows XP computers infected by the WCry …

Malware

Just 2 Domain Names Now Stand Between the World and Global Ransomware Chaos

A second wave of global infections caused by hackers in a global ransomware attack has been halted. The hackers responsible for the cyberattack, …

Sea Monkey Day

If you were a comic book fan as a kid, or a science buff, you may remember these ads existing in your favorite magazine or catalog. They were heavily …

Analysis of 500 million passwords shows what you should avoid

A dump of over 550 million username and password combinations is currently being sold on underground forums, and eager crooks are paying for the …

Security

Raspberry Pi Zero W fixes networking omission

Issue 40 of the <i>MagPi</i> magazine changed everything I thought I knew about computing and technology. In the 1990s and early 2000s, tech publications …

Open Source Movement

Microsoft’s Latest Workplace Tech Demos Creep Me Out

If you’re an employee under the heel of a giant corporation you should probably be terrified by the vision of the future of connected gadgets that …

Microsoft

Robots Aren't Destroying Enough Jobs -- Capital Account

From Silicon Valley to Davos, pundits have been warning that millions of individuals will be thrown out of work by the rapid advance of automation and artificial intelligence. As economic forecasts go, this idea of a robot apocalypse is certainly chilling. It's also baffling and misguided.<p>Baffling …

Economics

Guy Gets Inside A Chinese Click Farm And Holy Crap, That's A Lot Of Phones

​Turns out if you want to run a business where you rate a bunch of apps and write fake reviews, you can't just spoof having a bunch of phones — you …

'Accidental hero' halts ransomware attack and warns: this is not over

Expert who stopped spread of attack by activating software’s ‘kill switch’ says criminals will ‘change the code and start again’<p>Massive ransomware cyber-attack hits countries around the world Criminals behind cyber-attack have raised just $20,000, experts say<p>The “accidental hero” who halted the …

Security

The Ransomware Meltdown Experts Warned About Is Here

A new strain of ransomware has spread quickly all over the world, causing crises in National Health Service hospitals and facilities around England, …

Information Security

Stephen Fry Explains Why Some People Believe Everything Donald Trump Says

“The incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence."<p>Some supporters of President Donald Trump believe just about everything he says, even when he’s wrong. And Trump himself seems to have absolute confidence in his own beliefs ― again, even when he is demonstrably wrong.<p>But there is …

Donald Trump

AI cancer diagnosis tool comes out of stealth mode in China

It seems we can add medical imaging to the list of fields about to be revolutionized by artificial intelligence and deep learning computers. A …

Artificial Intelligence

The Difference Between Phishing and Spear-Phishing

I have mentioned phishing previously, but let me give you some explanations about two associated terms for this type of fraud.<p>Phishing is trying to …

The hijacking flaw that lurked in Intel chips is worse than anyone thought

Patch for severe authentication bypass bug won’t be available until next week.<p>A remote hijacking flaw that lurked in Intel chips for seven years was …

Information Security

Home Page

Dec 01, 2016<p>Check out SMASH! Comics and Games in Sanford, Florida! Learn more about the retailer, view photos of the store, and see what makes it …

Comics

Nasa runs competition to help make old Fortran code faster

<b>Nasa is seeking help from coders to speed up the software it uses to design experimental aircraft.</b><p>It is running a competition that will share $55,000 (£42,000) between the top two people who can make its FUN3D software run up to 10,000 times faster.<p>The FUN3D code is used to model how air flows …

NASA

IBM admits it sent malware-infected USB sticks to customers

In a recent support alert issued by IBM, the company noted that some USB drives that shipped with its Storwize systems contained malicious code.<p>IBM …

Will fileless malware push the antivirus industry into oblivion?

The death of antivirus has been prophesied for years now, but the AV industry is still alive and kicking. SentinelOne, though, believes that …

Cybersecurity

Transferring money through mobile: Why digital wallets are the future of commerce?

Transferring money through mobile is becoming increasingly popular as mobile wallets continue to develop and evolve. Millennials are in particular …

Banking

A database of thousands of credit cards was left exposed on the open internet

The data was exposed for at least six months -- likely longer.<p>New day, new leak.<p>A US online pet store has exposed the details of more than 110,400 …

Security

Banks scramble to fix old systems as IT 'cowboys' ride into sunset

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill Hinshaw is not a typical 75-year-old. He divides his time between his family – he has 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren – and helping U.S. companies avert crippling computer meltdowns.<p>Hinshaw, who got into programming in the 1960s when computers took up entire rooms …

'If ESPN can't make it, who can?': The age of media austerity

If ESPN isn’t safe, no one is.<p>Yesterday, ESPN reportedly laid off about 100 employees — predominantly reporters and on-air talent — as the company …

TV

Expo 67

Expo 67, the "Universal and International Exhibition," was the highlight of Canada's Centennial celebrations in 1967. Senator Mark Drouin of Québec …

Architecture

People Are Scared of Artificial Intelligence For All the Wrong Reasons

People in Britain are more scared of the artificial intelligence embedded in household devices and self-driving cars than in systems used for …

Machine Learning

Fitbit fitness tracker cracks Connecticut murder case

A Connecticut man accused in his wife's murder might have gotten away with it — if not for the victim's Fitbit fitness tracker.

Crime

It's illegal to sell streaming boxes with piracy add-ons, EU court rules

The European Union’s Court of Justice has ruled that selling set-top boxes specifically configured for easy film and TV piracy is illegal. In a ruling published today, the court sided against a man identified as Mr. Wullems, who sold multimedia players through the site Filmspeler.nl. While the …

European Union

For God's Sake Do NOT Click That !

I am always astounded at how easily we are duped into falling for on-line scams, spoofs, and phishing tricks. Our want to click things which …

Identity Theft