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Google bots shut down Baltimore officials’ ransomware workaround Gmail accounts

Enlarge / Oh, Baltimore. (credit: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) In the wake of the ransomware attack that has kept city networks and infrastructure shut down now for over two weeks, Baltimore officials—including the mayor and city council members—set up Google Gmail accounts as a backup communications channel. But earlier this week, Google’s automated systems shut the

Fake cryptocurrency apps on Google Play try to profit on bitcoin price surge

Enlarge (credit: Google) Google’s official Play Store has been caught hosting malicious apps that targeted Android users with an interest in cryptocurrencies, researchers reported on Thursday. In all, researchers with security provider ESET recently discovered two fraudulent digital wallets. The first, called Coin Wallet, let users create wallets for a host of different cryptocurrencies. While

Why a Windows flaw patched nine days ago is still spooking the Internet

Enlarge / Artist’s impression of a malicious hacker coding up a BlueKeep-based exploit. (credit: Getty Images / Bill Hinton) It has been nine days since Microsoft patched the high-severity vulnerability known as BlueKeep, and yet the dire advisories about its potential to sow worldwide disruptions keep coming. Until recently, there was little independent corroboration that

Serial publisher of Windows 0-days drops exploits for 3 more unfixed flaws

Enlarge (credit: SandboxEscaper) A serial publisher of Microsoft zeroday vulnerabilities has dropped exploit code for three more unpatched flaws, marking the seventh time the unknown person has done so in the past year. Technical details of the vulnerabilities, along with working proof-of-concept exploits, are the work of someone using the moniker SandBoxEscaper. A local privilege-escalation

Cable TV customer satisfaction falls even further behind streaming video

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | amesy) Netflix and other online video services have expanded their customer-satisfaction lead over cable and satellite TV, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) found in its annual telecommunications report released today. Streaming-video services averaged a score of 76 on the ACSI’s 100-point scale, up from 75 last year. Meanwhile, the

Baltimore ransomware nightmare could last weeks more, with big consequences

Enlarge / Days after Mayor “Jack” Young took over for disgraced Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, ransomware took down Baltimore City’s networks. It may be weeks or months before things return to normal—and “normal” wasn’t that great, either, based on the city’s IT track record. (credit: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) It’s been nearly two weeks since the
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