Windows 7, not XP, was the reason last week’s WCry worm spread so widely

Chief among the revelations: more than 97 percent of infections hit computers running Windows 7, according to attacks seen by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab. By contrast, infected Windows XP machines were practically non-existent, and those XP PCs that were compromised were likely manually infected by their owners for testing purposes. That’s according to Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team, who spoke to Ars.

Source: Windows 7, not XP, was the reason last week’s WCry worm spread so widely

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Worldwide Cyberattack Could Bring Additional Fallout Monday | KTLA

Companies worldwide are bracing for even more fallout from the biggest cyberattack ever as their workers head back to the office Monday.The massive ransomware attacks that started late Friday have locked people out of their computers and demanded hundreds of dollars from the users before they could regain control.

Source: Worldwide Cyberattack Could Bring Additional Fallout Monday | KTLA

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Cyber-attack: Europol says it was unprecedented in scale – BBC News

Europol also warned a “complex international investigation” was required “to identify the culprits”.

Ransomware encrypted data on at least 75,000 systems in 99 countries on Friday. Payments were demanded for access to be restored.

European countries, including Russia, were among the worst hit.

Although the spread of the malware – known as WannaCry and variants of that name – appears to have slowed, the threat is not yet over.

Source: Cyber-attack: Europol says it was unprecedented in scale – BBC News

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Microsoft scrambles to fix worst Windows issue ‘in recent memory’ | Fox News

There’s a hole in Windows big enough that Microsoft did an emergency fix this week.

Called the “worst Windows remote code exec in recent memory” and “crazy bad” by the Google security expert that discovered it, the malware requires no interaction from a user. Often malware requires a PC user to, for example, click on a bad link or do something that — unbeknownst to the user — downloads rogue code.

Source: Microsoft scrambles to fix worst Windows issue ‘in recent memory’ | Fox News

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Google and Facebook hit by $100 million phishing scam | Komando.com

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By Mark Jones, Komando.com

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last month that a Lithuanian man had been arrested for fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. He allegedly scammed two major U.S. tech companies out of more than $100 million through an elaborate phishing scam. “Fortune” identified the victimized companies this week to be Facebook and Google.

Source: Google and Facebook hit by $100 million phishing scam | Komando.com

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Hacker Leaks Stolen ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Episodes to Piracy Network | Variety

An anonymous hacker has carried through on a threat to release “Orange Is the New Black” season five episodes online — after Netflix allegedly failed to respond to the cybercriminal’s shakedown demands.

Variety was unable to verify the authenticity of the “OITNB” episodes the hacker claimed to have shared on popular file-sharing site the Pirate Bay.

Source: Hacker Leaks Stolen ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Episodes to Piracy Network | Variety

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Long-Unfinished Orson Welles Film to Appear on Netflix

Netflix announced that it would provide the funding to complete Orson Welles’s long-unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind.

The Other Side of the Wind is the latest in Netflix’s aggressive push into making its own films. Other recent high-profile projects have included The White Helmets, which won the Academy Award for best short documentary at the 2017 Oscars, and Martin Scorsese’s return to the gangster film (and reunion with Robert De Niro) The Irishman, which is scheduled for release in 2018.

Source: Long-Unfinished Orson Welles Film to Appear on Netflix

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Manhunt in Cleveland After Killing Broadcast on Facebook Live – NBC News

The suspect has claimed to have committed multiple other homicides, which haven’t been verified, police said.

The suspect, identified as Steve Stephens, is considered armed and dangerous, police said after the homicide in northeast Cleveland near the Lake Erie shore. The FBI was providing assistance, a spokeswoman told NBC News

Source: Manhunt in Cleveland After Killing Broadcast on Facebook Live – NBC News

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Hackers have just dumped a treasure trove of NSA data. Here’s what it means. – The Washington Post

This is plausibly the most extensive and important release of NSA hacking tools to date. It’s likely to prove awkward for the U.S. government, not only revealing top-secret information but also damaging the government’s relationships with U.S. allies and with big information technology firms.

Source: Hackers have just dumped a treasure trove of NSA data. Here’s what it means. – The Washington Post

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$19.8 billion airwaves auction may mean better cell service – Times Leader – timesleader.com

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers could see more competition and better mobile service after the end of a big U.S. government auction transferring airwave rights from TV broadcasters to companies interested in wireless networks.

The biggest spenders in the Federal Communications Commission’s $19.8 billion auction were T-Mobile with $8 billion, satellite TV company Dish at $6.2 billion and Comcast with $1.7 billion.

The nation’s airwaves regulator ran the auction to help wireless networks keep up as people spend more time on smartphones. The biggest bidders in the last auction, in 2015, were AT&T ($18.2 billion) and Verizon ($10.4 billion).

Source: $19.8 billion airwaves auction may mean better cell service – Times Leader – timesleader.com

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Microsoft announces hardware event for May 2nd in New York – The Verge

Rumors suggest Microsoft could opt to unveil its Windows 10 Cloud operating system, an alternative to Chrome OS that runs Universal Windows Apps. ZDNet reported this weekthat Microsoft’s event is codenamed “Bespin,” a fictional Star Wars planet that includes a “Cloud City.” Sources also tell us that this event will be focused on education, so expect to see any hardware or software be connected to how it can be used in schools.

Source: Microsoft announces hardware event for May 2nd in New York – The Verge

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Enterprises: Now’s the time to join Windows 10 Insider | InfoWorld

Windows Insider program is no longer for only consumers, so IT can now get a head start on new Windows 10—and Office—versions

Microsoft’s shift to a continuous-delivery model for both its OS and core applications is a big change, to which IT departments need to adjust. Thanks to Apple and Google, users are accustomed to regular updates on their home systems and are starting to expect the same from work. To stay ahead, you’ll need to adopt an accelerated testing model, using Insider programs and Fast release branches to get on top of changes quickly.

Source: Enterprises: Now’s the time to join Windows 10 Insider | InfoWorld

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Wal-Mart is cutting hundreds of jobs to slash costs

The layoffs span Wal-Mart’s international, technology and Sam’s Club businesses.

The layoffs span the company’s international, technology and Sam’s Club divisions. They follow Wal-Mart’s decision to eliminate some 1,000 corporate positions earlier this year, including 200 in its e-commerce division.

A spokesman for the retailer confirmed the job cuts to CNBC, which had originally been reported by Dow Jones.

Source: Wal-Mart is cutting hundreds of jobs to slash costs

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Hacker Set Off All Dallas Emergency Sirens in Middle of Night, City Says – NBC News

The hack of Dallas’ emergency siren system caused warnings to blare over 60 times before officials were able to shut it down.

Mayor Mike Rawlings called the hack “an attack on our emergency notification system.” A city spokesman said all 156 emergency sirens were activated at 11:42 p.m. Friday, and the office of emergency management service agency eventually disabled the entire system at 1:17 a.m.

NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported that the emergency sirens blared intermittently, and there was a surge of calls to 911.

Source: Hacker Set Off All Dallas Emergency Sirens in Middle of Night, City Says – NBC News

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10 important things to know before signing up for YouTube TV – The Verge

Here’s your TL;DR on the nerdy details and annoying restrictions.

YouTube TV, Google’s internet TV subscription service, launches today. Ben Popper’s got a big look at the app for you, covering how it works and what channels you get. It sounds promising, and unlimited DVR powers (plus having those recordings saved for up to nine months) is awesome.

But I’m a nerd who occasionally spends time reading through FAQs and YouTube’s help pages to find the stuff that’s not include in flashy advertising. What I’ve found so far might be helpful in your decision on whether or not to give YouTube TV a (free) try.

Most people can’t get it. Womp womp.

Source: 10 important things to know before signing up for YouTube TV – The Verge

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Amazon launches Amazon Cash, a way to shop its site without a bank card

Amazon just announced the launch of Amazon Cash, a new service that allows consumers to add cash to their Amazon.com balance by showing a barcode at a participating retailer, then having the cash applied immediately to their online Amazon account. The service will support adding any amount between $15 and $500 in a single transaction, Amazon says.

Source: Amazon launches Amazon Cash, a way to shop its site without a bank card

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How To Keep Your Browsing History Actually Private

Congress voted to allow your Internet service providers to sell your online activity to advertisers – here’s the simplest way to prevent that from happening.

What the heck is a VPN?

A VPN, or virtual private network, is a service that will privatize everything you do on the Internet through encryption. In other words, it will hide your IP address (which reveals your physical location) and the pages you’re visiting. A VPN is like a secret tunnel that turns all of the data running through Internet cables into gibberish, so your Internet service provider (AT&T, Comcast, Charter, etc.) can’t see what you’re up to and, therefore, can’t sell that information to marketers.

It’s safer, too. Most VPNs have servers that scan data in real-time for websites with hidden malicious software.

Source: How To Keep Your Browsing History Actually Private

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BlackBerry is actually looking like a reasonably successful software company

The company’s earnings beat and solid guidance show that its attempts to transform itself into an enterprise and automotive software firm are going well.

Much like eBay (EBAY) , BlackBerry’s (BBRY) history and reputation continue to cast a long shadow over any discussion of the company. Years of poor execution, blown opportunities and flat-out denial about industry trends have made it easy in recent years to dismiss the company as a lost cause on its way to bankruptcy or at least a fire sale.

Source: BlackBerry is actually looking like a reasonably successful software company

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The House voted to wipe away the FCC’s landmark Internet privacy protections

The vote is a sweeping rebuke of Internet policies enacted under the Obama administration.

Congress sent proposed legislation to President Trump on Tuesday that wipes away landmark online privacy protections,the first salvo in what is likely to become a significant reworking of the rules governing Internet access.

If President Trump signs the legislation as expected, internet providers will be able to monitor their customers’ behavior online and, without their permission, use their personal and financial information to sell highly targeted ads.

Source: The House voted to wipe away the FCC’s landmark Internet privacy protections

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