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Firms scramble to recover from wave of cyberattacks
Thousands of computer users across the globe scrambled on Wednesday to reboot after a wave of ransomware cyberattacks spread from Ukraine and Russia across Europe to the United States. The new attack appeared much smaller in scale, with global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab estimating the number of victims at 2,000. Some IT specialists identified the newcomer as Petrwrap, a modified version of ransomware called Petya which circulated last year.
Petya ransomware attack: Why India needs to worry
Saket Modi, CEO & Co-founder, Lucideus suggests over half the Windows systems in India are still not patched. This is worrying because these computers might all be vulnerable and not aware of the best way to fix it. The latest ransomware attack, named Petya, has hit closer home this time than the WannaCry attack before this. In India, operation at one of the terminals of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust came to a standstill thanks to the attack.
Macron's government kicks off controversial labour reform
President Emmanuel Macron's government is launching an effort to redesign French labour rules, one of the most important and divisive promises of his presidency. Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud told RTL radio today the government is moving the rules of the game in hopes of tackling unemployment, hovering near 10 per cent. A draft labour law is being presented at a Cabinet meeting today, and unions fear it strips hard-earned worker protections.
Adidas promotes alternate sports in new digital film
Titled Fan the fire, the digital campaign features the 18-year-old athlete who has won four international medals and is a nine-time national gold medalist. This film on Luthra is the first in Adidas's initiative to draw attention to lesser known athletes who require the support of the nation. We want to turn the spotlight on alternate sports and athletes who pursue them in India. The Fan the fire initiative is a part of Adidas Uprising, a platform that the brand created three years ago.
Toshiba misses self-imposed deadline for chip unit sale, sues Western Digital
The delay came as the conglomerate sued its chip business partner Western Digital Corp for interfering in the sale, one day after the US firm resubmitted a bid for the unit. On one hand, Tsunakawa lambasted the Western Digital at the shareholders meeting, saying it had been interfering in the sale. Toshiba argues that Western Digital's bid for the memory unit presents anti-trust issues and is too low in price.
WhatsApp for Android beta gets new call screen, media bundling
WhatsApp for Android beta has added support for two new features which includes a redesigned call screen, and media sharing. According to a report in Android Police, the features should be available in the latest WhatsApp beta version. Users who are a part of WhatsApp's official Play Store beta program are likely to receive the update sooner that everyone else. It allows users to share all file types on the WhatsApp, with maximum file size set at 128MB for iOS and 100MB for Android.
Qualcomm announces fingerprint sensor that works through display, glass
Qualcomm, a global leader in semiconductors and telecommunication equipment, on Wednesday announced next generation ultrasonic fingerprint solutions that can be mounted under the device display, glass and metal body. The Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors is an enhanced version of Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology and is unveiled today at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017. The enhanced fingerprint sensors from the stable of Qualcomm are capable of scanning through display, thick glass and metal.
Ministry of Shipping and JNPT team up to contain disruptions caused by the ransomware attack
The Ministry of Shipping and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) have got onto the front foot trying to contain the disruption in operations at one of the port terminals in the wake of the latest malware attack. The Ministry of Shipping and JNPT are alive to the situation and are taking steps to ensure minimum disturbance to trade, transporters and more importantly, local citizens, the statement said.
Apple to hire human assistant to update Siri on non-traditional holidays and cultural events
Apple is looking to hire a person to help its Siri assistant stay updated on all the non-traditional holidays, trending cultural happenings, and events that people might ask about. We're looking for someone to help us keep Siri up to date on all the various events happening around the world, according to the job description posted by Apple. The human assistant would join the Siri team to scour social media for trends and happenings that Apple's voice assistant doesn't know about.
Philips buys US cardiac-implant firm for 1.9 bln euros
Dutch electronics giant Philips Wednesday announced it was buying for 1.9 billion euros ($2.2 billion) a specialist US company manufacturing ground-breaking treatments for heart and vascular diseases to broaden its health portfolio. The Amsterdam-based company said it would acquire Spectranetics, which has developed a range of lasers and balloons for treating blockages in cardio and arterial vessels.
Apple iPhone 8 might be hard to find at launch, OLED supply issues to blame: Report
The iPhone 8 may be limited at launch when it goes on sale in September, according to a new report. Citing sources close to the matter, Digitimes' report says Apple will only able to ship 3-4 million units of the iPhone 8. The report states that Samsung Display, which is the lead manufacture of OLED panels, can't cope with the excessive demand for the anniversary iPhone. Apple originally placed an order of 60 million OLED panels from Samsung Display for the iPhone 8.
This man had the chip from his travel card implanted under his skin
This Australian can now tap in and out at train stations with a travel card chip implanted in his left hand. Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow says he had it put under his skin by a professional piercer. The chip in his Opal card was cut down to 10mm by 6mm for the procedure and is one of several implants. An Opal card is the Sydney alternative to an Oyster card in London.
'Petya malware cyber attact potent, uses multiple techniques'
The attack, which comes within weeks of a similar cyber attack called WannaCry, has been spreading through Europe, and seems to be making its way into India. Security solutions company Sophos said the latest version of malware is particularly virulent because it uses multiple techniques to spread automatically within a company s network once the first computer is infected. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that proactive measures have been initiated and the government is keeping a close vigil on the situation.
Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3: Vodafone offers 10GB 4G data extra to buyers
Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 buyers can get some special Vodafone data offers when they purchase the smartphones. Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 might not have gone on sale in India, but it looks like Vodafone is offering some special data offers for those who plan to buy the new Nokia phones. For postpaid customers, Vodafone will give 5GB/10GB of 4G or 3G data per month for 3 consecutive billing cycles.
Petya ransomware attack: what is it and how can it be stopped?
Companies have been crippled by an attack dubbed 'Petya', the second major ransomware crime in two months. Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it. The Petya ransomware takes over computers and demands $300, paid in Bitcoin. Security experts say that the payment mechanism of the attack seems too amateurish to have been carried out by serious criminals.
Gionee inks pact with Reliance Jio to offer up to 60 GB extra data
Gionee, a China-based smartphone maker, has tied-up with Reliance Jio Infocomm to offer additional 4G data benefits to customers. According to the 'Jio- Gionee additional data offer', the customers who purchased the Gionee-branded smartphone after June 16 are eligible to get additional data of up to 10 GB for 6 months on recharge of Rs 309 and above for 6 months valid till March 31, 2018.
Kaspersky Lab statement on NotPetya ransomware attacks reported 27
Our preliminary findings suggest that it is not a variant of Petya ransomware as publically reported, but a new ransomware that has not been seen before. That is why we have named it NotPetya. We can confirm that a modified Eternal Blue exploit is used for propagation at least within the corporate network. With the intention of developing a decryption tool as soon as they can.
Maersk says working on recovery plan after cyber attack
Shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk, which handles one of seven containers shipped globally, said on Wednesday that it was working on a recovery plan a day after being hit by global cyber attack Petya. We have contained the issue and are working on a technical recovery plan with key IT partners and global cyber security agencies, Maersk said in a stock exchange announcement. We have shut down a number of systems to help contain the issue, it said.
Twitter hires a new VP to lead its diversity efforts
In line with its goal of having six percent or more underrepresented minorities in leadership roles, Twitter has hired Castleberry Singleton to lead its diversity efforts. She previously founded the Dignity and Respect Campaign, and formerly led diversity and inclusion efforts at Motorola, Techcrunch.com reported. The microblogging site was making some progress around the hiring of underrepresented minorities, according to its latest diversity report. Twitter Inc had previously hired a former Apple Inc employee as its vice president of diversity and inclusion who left.
Election Commission of India and Facebook team up for nationwide voter registration campaign
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has partnered with Facebook to launch a nationwide voter registration reminder. From 1 to 4 July, a voter registration reminder will be sent to people who are eligible to vote in India, on Facebook. For the nationwide voter registration campaign, A 'Register Now' button would be provided. By clicking on it, the eligible voters would be directed to the National Voters' Services Portal (NVSP) for registration.

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