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Ransomware and Recent Variants

Systems Affected

Networked Systems


In early 2016, destructive ransomware variants such as Locky and Samas were observed infecting computers belonging to individuals and businesses, which included healthcare facilities and hospitals worldwide. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users’ access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in collaboration with Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC), is...
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Fashion brands and technology companies are understandably breathless over the promise of wearable devices. The financial opportunity appears enormous—a tenfold market increase to $50 billion dollars in three to five years, by some projections, and the upcoming release of the Apple Watch in 2015 has only fanned the flames of excitement. This explained the energy earlier this month at a New York Times International Luxury Conference session on wearables, where panelists including the fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg; academic-turned-venture-capitalist John Maeda; fashion company Only the Brave...
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How Secure is your Browser

Like many of us I have used almost all browsers to date to either casually surf the web or in developing web applications and testing their functionality on different web browsers.  As a security professional  and developer like many I have also had to jump through hoops to protect where I surf on the web and have always looked for either plug-ins or other means to make my web surfing experience a little more safer.   I recently came across a browser that is developed by...
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