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May 13, 2017, 4:55 PM

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Troy Hunt:
Everything you need to know about the WannaCry / Wcry / WannaCrypt ransomware  —  I woke up to a flood of news about ransomware today.  By virtue of being down here in Australia, a lot happens in business hours around the world while we're sleeping but conversely, that's given …
Chris Baraniuk / BBC:
WannaCry ransomware attacks reportedly spotted in 99 countries on Friday, including UK, US, Spain, Italy, China, Russia, and Taiwan  —  A massive ransomware campaign appears to have attacked a number of organisations across Europe.  —  Screenshots of a well known program that locks computers …
Phillip Misner / MSRC:
In response to WannaCry attacks, Microsoft issues security update for older Windows versions, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003  —  Microsoft solution available to protect additional products Today many of our customers around the world and the critical systems they depend …
Damien Gayle / The Guardian:
Multiple hospitals across UK hit by ransomware attack, locking staff out of their computers and forcing hospitals to divert emergency patients  —  Many hospitals having to divert emergency patients, with doctors reporting messages demanding money … Hospitals across England have been hit …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Hackers are using EternalBlue vulnerability discovered by NSA and an exploit released by Shadow Brokers to infect unpatched Windows computers with WannaCry  —  A new strain of ransomware has spread quickly all over the world, causing crisis in National Health Service hospitals and facilities around England …
The Guardian:
Cybersecurity researcher @MalwareTechBlog accidentally finds kill switch to stop spread of WannaCry malware by registering domain hardcoded into malware  —  Expert who stopped spread of attack by activating software's ‘kill switch’ says criminals will ‘change the code and start again’
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Google's Project Treble in Android O tries to make vendor and carrier updates easier by separating vendor specific implementations from the higher levels of OS  —  How Google can build one update that works everywhere.  —  In March 2016, when the Android N developer preview was released, we noticed something was different.
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Samsung and Intel file amicus briefs against Qualcomm, supporting FTC's antitrust action  —  Samsung says Qualcomm stops it from selling modems to others  —  South Korean firm is one of biggest users of Qualcomm chips  —  Samsung Electronics Co. and Intel Corp. weighed in with their own gripes …
Mike James / I Programmer News:
Fraunhofer, the major contributor to MP3, shut down its licensing program in April as MP3 patents expired  —  Red Hat has announced that Fedora will include official MP3 decoding and encoding.  The reason is that MP3 is now patent free - as far as anyone can tell.

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