With some advanced preparation, you can survive a ransomware attack  

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You know it’s bad when a cyber crime wave makes victims out of U.S. police departments. Law enforcement agencies in at least seven states have been blackmailed by cyber attackers using ransomware. Data on departmental computers has been encrypted by malware and held hostage, with the demand that a ransom be paid in bitcoins. Unaccustomed to giving in to criminals, many of the agencies refused to pay and subsequently lost access to their information forever.

Cyber criminals also have been targeting U.S. hospitals. In one high profile case, a California hospital lost access to its critical patient records for a week until a ransom worth about $ 17,000 was paid. Experts estimate this particular facility was losing as much as $ 100,000 a day in just one department because it wasn’t able to perform CT scans without access to its data.

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‘Clash Royale’ Strategy: 5 Tips For Winning Every Attack

Supercell’s Clash Royale is out in America, and you should be playing it. It’s a tense, strategic and intense game, microtransactions and all. Like any mobile game, upgrades are pretty essential to success. But this is an RTS as well, and the right amount of cunning can help you outfox even overpowered opponents. I’ve been playing for a little bit, and here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way. By no means comprehensive:

Cloud Computing

Apple will host Xcode on Chinese servers following malware attack



Apple’s developer software Xcode will soon be available to Chinese developers.

First spotted by Apple Insider, this news comes on the heels of a malware attack on apps in the App Store.

Last week, security researchers at Palo Alto Networks discovered the infected apps and publicized an analysis report detailing the malware’s spread and impact. Xcode is a set of software tools developers use to create iOS apps, but a modified version of Xcode containing the malware, dubbed XcodeGhost, made its way into the App Store.

As Palo Alto Networks explains, the standard Xcode installer is nearly 3GB, which means it could take even longer to download large files from Apple’s servers in other countries. In response to this, some Chinese developers choose to download the software from other sources or obtain copies from colleagues. It’s also hard for developers to detect malware like XcodeGhost because it’s deeply hidden. Read more…

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