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55% off Panda Security Ransomware and Virus Protection Products for Home Users - Deal Alert

Panda security solutions will fully protect you against the newly released malware and ransomware attacks, and Panda is offering 55% off all security products for home users using this special code at checkout.

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FTC to crack down on bogus ‘tech support’ lines

Bogus sites claiming to be Microsoft are the new Nigerian scammers.

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Hackers reportedly hold Disney's newest Pirates of the Caribbean film for ransom

Hackers have reportedly threatened to release 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' if Disney won't pay the ransom.

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IBM makes leap in quantum computing power

IBM has some new options for businesses wanting to experiment with quantum computing.

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Shadow Brokers boasts of more Windows exploits and cyberespionage data

A group of hackers that previously leaked alleged NSA exploits claims to have even more attack tools, as well as intelligence gathered by the agency on foreign banks and ballistic missile programs.

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WannaCry: Sometimes you can blame the victims

Last week’s big malware outbreak caused a lot of damage, but organizations that made good decisions ahead of time weren’t affected.

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Missing protection: Corporate B2B privacy policies

The general lack of such policies is a major security hole.

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China pays for Windows XP addiction as 'WannaCry' hits

The WannaCry ransomware has wormed its way into tens of thousands of Windows PCs in China, where Windows XP remains relatively popular.

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New WannaCry variant being monitored, DHS official says

A variant of the WannaCry ransomware has been able to infect some of the computers patched after the original malware struck. But attacks in the U.S. appear to be limited so far.

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WikiLeaks posts user guides for CIA malware implants Assassin and AfterMidnight

WikiLeaks released user guides for CIA malware implants Assassin and AfterMidnight which target Windows PCs.

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WannaCry ransomware attacks won't be the last

As the WannaCry ransomware attack evolves, more cybercriminals are likely to attempt to profit from the vulnerability it exploits and similar flaws in the future.

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'Perfect storm' of ransomware and network worm hits unprotected computers globally

Enterprises were clearly unprepared. The question is if they'll fare any better the next time around -- and there will likely be a next time.

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Patching Windows XP against WannaCry ransomware

Microsoft issued a bug fix yesterday for Windows XP to patch the SMB flaw used by the current WannaCry ransomware. This is a walk-through of installing the patch

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Microsoft issues first Windows XP patch in 3 years to stymie 'WannaCrypt'

Microsoft took the unprecedented step of patching long-demoted versions of Windows, including Windows XP, to immunize PCs from the ransomware.

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'Kill switch' helps slow the spread of WannaCry ransomware

Friday’s unprecedented ransomware attack may have stopped spreading to new machines -- at least briefly -- thanks to a "kill switch" that a security researcher has activated.

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Microsoft posts PowerShell script that spawns pseudo security bulletins

A Microsoft manager this week offered IT admins a way to replicate -- more or less -- the security bulletins the company discarded last month.

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May Patch Tuesday delivers fixes critical Windows 10 exploits

For this May Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Microsoft attempts to resolve 56 reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, Windows, both Browsers and the .NET development platform. Three of the vulnerabilities have been reported publicly...

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Ransomware attack spreads worldwide using alleged NSA exploit

A ransomware strain appears to be spreading worldwide, by leveraging a hacking tool that may have come from the U.S. National Security Agency.

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Trump's cybersecurity order pushes U.S. government to the cloud

President Trump has finally signed a long-awaited executive order on cybersecurity, which calls for the U.S. government to move to the cloud and modernize its IT infrastructure.

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Third party antivirus programs interfere with Windows Defender critical patch

To install the latest Windows Defender update, I had to fight it out with Avast antivirus. It took a few rounds, but in the end, I won.

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