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Ransomware cyberattack cripples hospitals in the UK

The hacking tool was leaked by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, which has been dumping stolen NSA hacking tools online since past year. Microsoft issued a patch for the attack, which you can find here. Lidov said that the attack involved demands of payment of $300 worth to free up the system. The ransomware attack disrupted business at organizations and agencies across the world, CNN reported . Read More »

Pence 'bops' boy in face, and child demands apology

On Tuesday, Vice-President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen - along with Ivanka Trump and national security adviser H.R. McMaster - played host to military families at the White House. The boy was struck by Pence's elbow when he was gesturing while talking to military families during National Military Spouse Appreciation Day, according to The Hill . Read More »

British hospitals hit by ransomware cyberattack

Hospitals in areas across Britain found themselves without access to their computers or phone systems. Spain's industry ministry said the attack affected the Microsoft Windows operating system of employees' computers. Lakeridge spokesman Paul McGary didn't say what was causing the issues or if they were similar to those that locked up computers and held users' files for ransom at a multitude of hospitals, companies and government agencies around the world. Read More »

Russian Interior Ministry hit by cyber attack

On Friday, the Interior Ministry reported a virus attack on its Windows-operated PCs, with around one thousand infected computers being blocked. "Technical work is under way to destroy it and renew the means of virus protection", she said. Read More »

Growth at Snapchat Stalls in First Quarterly Report

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But it was lower than expected revenues and slowing growth in user numbers that gave investors the jitters. Snap Inc reported a rise in daily active users to 166 million, up 36% from 122 million a year earlier, but not a huge increase since the IPO, and well below the 200 million users of Instagram Stories. Read More »

China: Silk Road not tied to presidency

Those include connections between China and Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. "Countries have actually been pressuring China to get an invite rather than the other way around", said a senior Asian diplomat, referring to the summit. Read More »

De-escalation agreement in Syria comes into force

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There were no immediate reports of casualties after the plan - sponsored by Russia, Turkey, and Iran - went into effect at midnight. The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media reported there was "relative clam" Saturday morning in the "de-escalation zones" nine hours after the deal went into effect. Read More »

US Justice Dept orders prosecutors to seek toughest sentences

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The aim was to end a common absurdity in American law enforcement: small-time drug busts that lead to decades-long prison terms for people who do not fit the profile of a risky, hardened criminal. Attorney General Sessions is preserving the government drug operation at the expense of the people. The shift was philosophically consistent with Congress' work to shrink - but not end - the racist sentencing disparities between cases involving crack and powder cocaine. Read More »

Several Hampshire hospitals hit by cyber attack threatening to delete NHS files

The demand specifies that payment should be made via online currency Bitcoin . Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack is part of a wider "international attack". "The fact that patient care is being impacted by this attack is a sobering development, and representative of the damage that cyberattacks can have on organisations and the general public". Read More »

Cyberattack in UK part of international attack

According to the Hacker News, the Ransomware WannaCry (also known as "Wana Decrypt0r, ' "WannaCryptor" or 'WCRY") blocks access to a computer or its files and demands ransom to unlock it. A spokeswoman for Portugal Telecom said: "We were the target of an attack, like what is happening in all of Europe, a large scale-attack, but none of our services was affected". Read More »

Google has changed its developer guidelines to protect users against phishing attacks

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As an example, subject to how the new risk assessment process feels about a web app, some web apps might require a manual review by Google before publishing publicly. So app developers might see error messages when registering new applications or modifying existing ones in the Google API Console, Firebase Console, or Apps Script editor, the Google Identity Team said in a blog post . Read More »

De-escalation zones could have positive effect on Syrians

A key aspect of the Astana deal was that it was an "interim" arrangement to address urgent issues, not a permanent partition of Syria, he said. The Trump White House has expressed support for Syrian safe zones, saying the measure would be invaluable to the thousands of Syrian civilians caught between the coalition offensive against ISIS and the ongoing civil war between anti-government forces and forces loyal to Mr. Read More »

Prosecutors praise Sessions' policy change

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The Sessions Memo , however, is not a mere restatement of the Ashcroft Memo . It also backs off mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. Bush's administration by calling for more uniform punishments - including mandatory minimum sentences - and directing prosecutors to pursue the strictest possible charges. Read More »

Disagraced Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown Convicted of Charity Fraud

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During these occasions, he would be directed to deposit the maximum $800 from the account at an ATM near his house and then deposit hundreds into her personal account. Simmons said Brown ordered him to take cash and checks from One Door's account that was put into the congresswoman's personal accounts. Evidence at trial showed that between late 2012 and early 2016, Brown participated in a conspiracy and fraud scheme involving One Door for Education - Amy Anderson Scholarship Fund (One Door) ... Read More »

US prosecutors told to push for more, harsher punishments

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Sessions says drugs and violence go hand-in-hand. His memo tells prosecutors to charge steeper crimes that would trigger long, mandatory minimum prison sentences. All of those charging factors are now gone under Sessions' reign and not surprising, as he has previously telegraphed his desire to prosecute more federal cases generally. Read More »

North Korea's detention of United States citizen 'concerning': White House

Kim Hak Song, who worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology , was detained on Saturday on suspicion of "hostile acts" against the state, North Korea's official KCNA news agency said. North Korea's state media said that the country valued cooperation in human rights at the global level though it does not recognize a United Nations rapporteur on North Korea's human rights situation. Read More »

Trump eyes embrace of base as he marks tough first 100 days

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No Trump ad would be complete without a slap at the media. "Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump camp highlights first 100 days in new TV ad Resisting Trump and standing up for immigrants Seven key players for Trump on immigration MORE, sworn in as president 100 days ago". Read More »

Hollande promet une passation de pouvoirs avec Macron "simple, claire et amicale"

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Dans un courrier rendu public sur le compte Twitter de l'Élysée, François Hollande a rendu hommage à l'ancien ministre de l'Intérieur. " Je ne passe pas le pouvoir à un opposant politique, c'est quand même plus simple ", glisse-t-il. "C'est exagéré. Mais je me dois d'expliquer, dans un livre direct, ce que je n'ai sans doute pas assez expliqué", a affirmé François Hollande au début du mois de mai . Read More »

WannaCry ransomware attack targeted thousands of computers globally

In many cases, the senior official said, the attacks have been successful because they are against pirated or unauthorized copies of Microsoft Windows, which can not be easily patched to fix the vulnerability. "We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible". Shadow Brokers said at the time that they obtained it from a secret trove of NSA tools and files that are part of the spy agency's hacking program. Read More »

English hospitals turn patients away after cyber attack cripples system

This specific ransomware likely exploits a vulnerability developed by the National Security Agency and recently leaked . Mid-Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, which runs hospitals and ambulances in an area east of London , said on Twitter that it had "an IT issue affecting some NHS computer systems", adding "Please do not attend Accident And Emergency unless it's an emergency". Read More »