As ransomware rages, debate heats up on response

Ransomware attacks have crippled many municipal and corporate networks and created difficult choices on whether to pay the hackers to unlock data City services in Baltimore, Maryland, were paralyzed earlier this year when a ransomware attack locked up computer networks and made it impossible for residents to make property transactions or pay their municipal bills…. read more »

French inventor soars above Champs-Elysees on flyboard at Paris parade: AFP

Zapata CEO Franky Zapata flies a jet-powered hoverboard or “Flyboard” over the Bastille Day military parade in central Paris A French inventor and entrepreneur on Sunday soared above the Champs-Elysees on a turbine engine-powered flyboard in front of President Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders. Former jet-skiing champion Franky Zapata, grasping a rifle in a… read more »

Thousands left in the dark during NYC power outage

Pedestrians cross the street near emergency response vehicles at 50th Street and 8th Avenue during a power outage, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in New York. Authorities were scrambling to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square’s towering electronic screens and darkened marquees in the theater district and left businesses… read more »

Facebook’s Libra currency under fire

The volatility driven by mining of cryptocurrencies and speculation worry many, but those in the tech sector worry about corporations such as Facebook running currencies Facebook’s planned virtual unit Libra, already under heavy attack from US President Donald Trump and global regulators, faces scepticism among the wider cryptocurrency community as well. One theme—besides Brexit—dominated discussion… read more »

New election systems use vulnerable software

In this June 13, 2019, photo, Steve Marcinkus, an Investigator with the Office of the City Commissioners, demonstrates the ExpressVote XL voting machine at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. An analysis by The Associated Press has found that the vast majority of the nation’s 10,000 election jurisdictions will be managing their elections on Windows… read more »

Sudden turbulence that injured dozens is hard to predict

Passengers from an Australia-bound Air Canada flight diverted to Honolulu Thursday, July 11, 2019, after about 35 people were injured during turbulence, stand in line at the Air Canada counter at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport to rebook flights. Air Canada said the flight from Vancouver to Sydney encountered “un-forecasted and sudden turbulence,” about two… read more »