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Saturday Night Live recap: Melissa McCarthy – EW.com

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Melissa McCarthy is one of America’s funniest working comedians. Whether she’s facing off against an air marshal in Bridesmaids, geeking out about food on Gilmore Girls, or doing her best James Bond impression in Spy, McCarthy is the rare performer who has an impeccable sense of comedic timing and the complete willingness to make a fool of herself when necessary. That’s why it’s such a delight whenever she shows up…

More victims expected in unprecedented cyberattack as users log on Monday – Fox News

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017

An unprecedented global “ransomware” attack has hit at least 100,000 organizations in 150 countries, Europe’s police agency said Sunday — and predicted that more damage may be seen Monday as people return to work and switch on their computers. The attack that began Friday is believed to be the biggest online extortion attack ever recorded, spreading chaos by locking computers that run Britain’s hospital network, Germany’s national railway and…

Keylogger discovered preinstalled on some HP laptops – CNET – CNET

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Something’s watching you. Sarah Tew/CNET Your new HP laptop may be recording everything you do on it. That is the warning issued Thursday by Swiss security researcher ModZero, which discovered an audio driver installed on several HP laptops contains a keylogger-type feature that secretly records every keystroke entered into the computer to an unencrypted file on the computer’s hard drive. The driver, developed by audio chip maker Conexant, is loaded…

Microsoft’s Apps Problem Has Never Been More Dire – Gizmodo

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Images: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo At Microsoft’s Build conference, the dorkiest of companies put on a big show, complete with fog machines and fancy lights, in order to show it’s a cool competitor to Apple and Google. The speakers who came on stage during keynotes had stylish hair. “Do they have dressers backstage?” an attendee asked a group of us when it was all over. Advertisement Build exists to get developers excited….

Ransomware Attacks Ravage Computer Networks In Dozens Of Countries – WFAE

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Updated Sat. May 13 at 10:10 a.m. ET Cyber security experts are still scrambling to contain a global ransomware attack that has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Russia, China, Ukraine, and India. First, there were reports of Spain’s largest telecom being hit with pop-up windows demanding a $300 ransom, paid in the cryptocurrency bitcoin, to access files. Then, at least 16…

Huge Cyberattack Forces Microsoft To Offer Free Tech Fix – Ponca City News

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017

LONDON (AP) — Teams of technicians worked “round the clock” Saturday to restore hospital computer systems in Britain and check bank or transport services in other nations after a global cyberattack hit dozens of countries and crippled the U.K.’s health system. The worldwide attack was so unprecedented that Microsoft quickly changed its policy and announced that it will make security fixes available for free for older Windows systems,…

Computer ransomware: Are you vulnerable? – PennLive.com

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Computer users worldwide are taking steps to protect themselves against the global “ransomware” attack that has crippled hospitals in Great Britain. Microsoft has announced that security fixes are available for free for older Windows systems still used by millions of individuals and smaller businesses, reports the Associated Press. Computer users worldwide — and everyone else who depends on them — should assume that the next big “ransomware” attack has already been…

Security Researcher And Microsoft Worked To Stop Spread Of Cyberattack – NPR

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: For some perspective on what happened and what the lessons of this attack may be, we’ve called Michael Sulmeyer. He was the Pentagon’s director for Plans and Operations for Cyber Policy. Now he runs the cybersecurity project at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Hello, Michael Sulmeyer. MICHAEL SULMEYER: Hello. Thanks for having me back. KELLY: Glad to have you on. So this attack is being described as unprecedented…

Keylogger discovered preinstalled on some HP laptops – CNET

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Something’s watching you. Sarah Tew/CNET Your new HP laptop may be recording everything you do on it. That is the warning issued Thursday by Swiss security researcher ModZero, which discovered an audio driver installed on several HP laptops contains a keylogger-type feature that secretly records every keystroke entered into the computer to an unencrypted file on the computer’s hard drive. The driver, developed by audio chip maker Conexant, is loaded…

White House ‘systems failed’ with Comey firing, but Trump pushed the buttons – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017

In deciding to abruptly fire FBI Director James B. Comey, President Trump characteristically let himself be guided by his own instincts — fueled by his creeping anger and sense of victimhood about a probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election that he considers a “witch hunt.” The aftermath is a presidency rocked by its most serious self-inflicted crisis yet, exposing dysfunction and distrust within his West Wing and imperiling…

Trump to Liberty graduates: Be an outsider — because there’s nothing ‘more pathetic’ than ‘being a critic’ – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017

LYNCHBURG, Va. — After one of the most tumultuous weeks of his presidency, President Trump traveled to Liberty University on Saturday morning to deliver a subdued pep talk. For once, it was not a campaign speech — although he did marvel at the large crowd and bragged about his success with evangelical voters. Instead, the president explained to graduates of the evangelical Christian school how to stay tough when no…

Crippling cyberattack continues to spread around the world – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017

A crippling computer virus morphed into the biggest ransomware attack in history, triggering a wave of aftershocks being felt well beyond the victims who found their data held hostage. The so-called WannaCry virus once again placed the cyberactivities of the U.S. National Security Agency in a global controversy. Experts criticized the spy agency for not only developing a dangerous tool to exploit a vulnerability in Windows computers, but also letting…

Armed inmate shot and killed after taking nurse hostage at Ill. hospital, authorities say – CBS News

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2017

GENEVA, Ill. – Officers shot and killed an armed jail inmate and freed his hostage at hospital in northern Illinois on Saturday, several hours after the inmate stole a gun from the correction’s officer guarding him, authorities said.  A SWAT team quickly moved in to Delnor Hospital in Geneva after negotiations broke down with the inmate Saturday afternoon, Kane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Patrick Gengler said. Gengler said one officer…

The high stakes of the Comey controversy – CNN

Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017

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Microsoft issues WannaCry patch for unsupported operating systems – Financial Times

Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Microsoft issues WannaCry patch for unsupported operating systems

Here’s how the laptop ban works on flights to the US – TechCrunch

Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017

President Trump is reportedly gearing up to introduce a ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on flights between Europe and the U.S., expanding a ban that was initially placed on travelers entering America from selected airports in the Middle East in March. These days it is almost unthinkable to travel without a laptop, iPad or camera when going overseas, and almost everyone would prefer to keep those items…