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Atlanta's Ransomware Cleanup Costs Hit $2.6 Million

Money Would Have Been Better Spent on Prevention, Experts Say Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • April 24, 2018<p>Atlanta's ransomware outbreak cleanup …

Ransomware

1 Million US Children Affected by Identity Theft Last Year, Infuriating Study Finds

It’s never too early to have your identity stolen, unfortunately.<p>More than 1 million children in the United States were affected by identity theft …

Advanced Hackers Infect X-Ray Machines In Healthcare Espionage

Yet another hacker crew has been battering the healthcare industry in recent months. But rather than just aim for the PCs, its also gotten footholds on the computers controlling X-Ray, MRI and other medical machines, according to a report from Symantec on Thursday.<p>The hacker group, dubbed …

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Atlanta spends more than $2 million to recover from ransomware attack

Affected services are still down.<p>Last month, Atlanta's city government was hit with a ransomware attack that caused courthouse documents and services like payment processing to become inaccessible. The ransom demand was approximately $51,000 but according to the city's Department of Procurement, …

How The Best Time Managers Fit Fewer Things Into Their Day

Do Less. Get more done.<p>The best time managers won’t read this article. They already manage their time for effectiveness instead of efficiency. Efficient time managers try to do more in any given period of time. Effective time managers focus on fewer activities, spending more time on each, with more …

Facebook is losing its younger U.S. audience to Snapchat, and Instagram isn’t stopping the exodus

It seems that all the old farts puttering around Facebook in their Bermuda shorts and mom jeans are, like, killing the whole social networking vibe for the cool kids who are, like, totally hanging at Snapchat now.<p>So says eMarketer. And yes, you’re heard this record before. Fears that kids would …

Cryptojacking attack hits ~4,000 websites, including UK’s data watchdog

At first glance a CoinHive crypto miner being served by a website whose URL contains the string ‘ICO’ might not seem so strange.<p>But when you know that ICO in this case stands for the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office — aka the national data protection and privacy watchdog, whose URL …

See the full list of 161 new Emoji icons coming in 2018

Geeky Gadgets<p>The new list of Emoji icons for 2018 has been revealed, and it includes 161 new characters.<br>• Many of the characters are simple variations on one design, but with different skin tones, genders, and hairstyles.<br>• The new icons will appear on phones sometime in August or September of this year.<p>…

9 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Get Started Making Money in a Hurry

A few different enterprises that each make some money can add up to you making a lot of money.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The digital nomad revolution is among us and the combination of this remote work trend coupled with the proliferation of technology and the …

Google will mark non-HTTPS sites as “not secure” in Chrome starting this month (Updated)

<b>Update (07/03/18):</b> Just a simple reminder that Google Chrome will mark unencrypted websites as “not secure” sometime this month. Make sure to get your website encrypted if you do not want Google to call you out on the address bar in the Chrome browser.<p><b>Original article:</b> Over the past few years, …

15 things you should be doing after work instead of watching TV if you want to be happier

For the longest time, I would come home from work and immediately pop on the TV. It was mindless — after a day of meetings, intensive heads-down work, and never-ending email chains, the only thing I thought I wanted to do was watch five episodes of some sitcom I'd seen hundreds of times before.<p>But …

New credit card skimmer worked in plain sight at Aldi stores

Police in Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania have spotted a group of thieves who are placing completely camouflaged skimmers on top of credit card terminals in Aldi stores. The skimmers, which the gang placed in plain sight of surveillance video cameras, look exactly like the original credit card …

Upcoming Chrome update will label HTTP sites ‘not secure’

It’s part of Google’s push to encourage developers to switch to HTTPS.<p>Chrome has been taking measures to inform users when they're on an unencrypted HTTP website, adding notifications to more and more sites over the last couple of years. Today, Google announced it will be taking that one step …

Cybertraining Election Officials For This Year's Voting

If anyone knows how easily voting can be disrupted, it's a county election supervisor in the state of Florida. That's one reason several dozen of them gathered in Orlando recently to discuss ways to protect against the most recent threat — cyberattacks by Russia or others intent on disrupting U.S. …

Origin PC Evo15-S (2017)

<b>The Good</b> The Origin PC Evo15-S gives you the power of a mainstream gaming desktop in a slim laptop package weighing weighs less than 5 pounds, and without sacrificing connections.<p><b>The Bad</b> The keyboard is a hair too cramped, which throws off anything you use muscle memory for, plus it's a bit mushy. …

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To Advance Artificial Intelligence, Reverse-Engineer the Brain

Your three-pound brain runs on just 20 watts of power—barely enough to light a dim bulb. Yet the machine behind our eyes has built civilizations from …

Microsoft opens Cortana Intelligence Institute to make its AI assistant smarter in the workplace

Microsoft today announced plans to create the Cortana Intelligence Institute, an initiative to research and experiment with new ways to enhance Microsoft’s AI assistant, particularly as it relates to the workplace and productivity.<p>The institute brings together faculty and students from RMIT …

Exploit Development: How to Write Specific Values to Memory with Format String Exploitation

During our last adventure into the realm of format string exploitation, we learned how we can manipulate format specifiers to rewrite a program's …

Please Stop Using Local Storage

Seriously. Just stop it already.<p>I don't know what it is, exactly, that drives so many developers to store session information in local storage, but …

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<b>How we will continue to inform and inspire you in 2018</b><p>The world in 2018 will be full of dramatic change, improbable victories, and game-changing breakthroughs. Elections will be won and lost. Olympians will be hailed. Cryptocurrencies will rise and fall. And technology will continue to inexorably …

NASA postpones second spacewalk to mid-February

Washington, Jan 29 (IANS) NASA has postponed the second planned spacewalk at the International Space Station (ISS) scheduled for this week to …

Official Galaxy S9 wallpapers now available—download ’em here

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are official and set to go up for pre-order in just a few days. If you’re interested in the new flagships, you might also be keen to download their sweet new wallpapers for your current handset—and you can do so below.<p>Almost twenty wallpapers from the new …

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Stop Those Annoying Browser Prompts Asking for Your Location or to Send Notifications

If you've grown tired of answering those annoying browser prompts every time a website wants to show you notifications or know your location, you can …