Fabian Wosar makes a living ruining ransomware gangs’ days, and he has the hate-mail to prove it.“At one point, I managed to annoy a ransomware author so much that they literally renamed their ransomware in my name,” he says. “So they renamed their ransomware to ‘fabiansomware’, which is kind of really bizarre.” Wosar is the head of research at IT security company Emsisoft, whose free ransomware decryption tools have been downloaded over a million times (1,144,351, to be exact, not including downloads from mirror sites). With the average ransomware writer demanding $522 (about £400, AU$750) to restore victims’ files, that’s a potential $597,351,222 (about £455,000,000, AU$833,000,000) kept out of the pockets of ransomware authors. Not bad for a 40-person company without an office.“Emsisoft started out as a very, very small company with only two employees,” says Wosar. “When you try to get into the … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about ransomware in 2019
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All you need to know about ransomware in 60 seconds What is a ransomware attack? Ransomware has grown to be one of the biggest problems on the web. It's a form of malicious software -- malware -- which encrypts documents on a PC or even across a network. Victims can often only regain access to their encrypted files and PCs by paying a ransom to the criminals behind the ransomware. A ransomware infection often starts with someone clicking on what looks like an innocent attachment, and it can be a headache for companies of all sizes if vital files and documents (think spreadsheets and invoices) are suddenly encrypted and inaccessible. But that's not the only way to get infected. Cybercriminals didn't used to be so obvious. If hackers infiltrated your corporate network, they would do everything possible to avoid detection. It was in their best interests not to alert a victim that they'd fallen victim to a cybercriminal. But now, if you are attacked with … [Read more...] about What is ransomware? Everything you need to know about one of the biggest menaces on the web
So what do you need to retire in France, regardless of where you’re from? In a nutshell: a valid passport, proof of sufficient means of income, proof of medical insurance and proof of accommodation in France. It may seem straightforward but depending on your particular set of circumstances it goes from easy to fairly challenging. The criteria are obviously different for people from the EU and for those from outside, but both sides still have to complete a number of processes to obtain full long-term residency in France. EU/EEA/Switzerland nationals…and Brits (for the moment) Admittedly moving to France is a lot easier for EU/EEA/Swiss nationals. It's no longer a requirement to register as a resident at your local town hall (mairie) within your first three months of living in France. Photo: AFP As long as you have a valid EU passport and have proof of financial means, you’re sorted. The latter is due to the fact that as a retiree you technically fall into … [Read more...] about Visas and residency: How to make your dream of retiring in France a reality
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Neil Swidey October 14, 2015 BEFORE WE GET INTO IT, let me make one thing clear. This intervention is not aimed at those with life-threatening food allergies or similarly grave medical conditions. I would never question people whose faces will balloon if they ingest trace amounts of shellfish. Or people who risk going into anaphylactic shock with a whiff of peanut dust. Or people whose ingestion of a smidge of gluten will send their bodies on an autoimmune witch hunt that over time will eat away at the lining of their small intestines and potentially lead to everything from infertility to cancer. Those problems are very real, and everyone who is afflicted with one or more of them has my sympathy.I’m talking about the rest of you. Those of you who don’t eat garlic because you detest its smell or avoid cauliflower because it makes you fart or have gone gluten-free … [Read more...] about Why food allergy fakers need to stop
Normally when you think about sectors of the U.S. economy that are subject to government protections or emergency oversight, you think of financial institutions and automakers such as GM, which received bailouts in the wake of the financial meltdown in 2008 and 2009.Or, most recently, tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on foreign imports of aluminum and steel.But last week, the actions of a federal agency few San Diegans had ever heard of highlighted a larger discussion about the relationship between national security interests and the tech sector.The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on March 4 put the much-anticipated shareholder meeting of San Diego Fortune 500 company Qualcomm on hold. The committee said it will conduct a 30-day review “to investigate fully” the $117 billion hostile takeover bid by Singapore-based Broadcom to acquire Qualcomm.The reasons?General concerns about national security and specific anxieties whether a Broadcom … [Read more...] about Does the U.S. government need to protect American tech companies?