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Sophie Anderson

3/22/2020

Clop Ransomware

Ransomware is malware which encrypts your files until you pay a ransom to the hackers. “Clop” is one of the latest and most dangerous ransomware threats. It’s a variant of the well-known CryptoMix ransomware, which frequently targets Windows users.

Before beginning the encryption process, the Clop ransomware blocks over 600 Windows processes and disables multiple Windows 10 applications, including Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials — leaving you with zero chance of protecting your data.

The Clop ransomware has evolved since its inception, now targeting entire networks — not just individual devices. Even the Maastricht University in the Netherlands became a victim of the Clop ransomware, with almost all Windows devices on the university’s network being encrypted and forced to pay a ransom.

Hackers are attacking Word users with new Microsoft Office zero-day vulnerability

By Zack Whittaker for Zero Day

April 9, 2017

The bug affects all supported versions of Microsoft Word, but will be fixed this week.

 

Attackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Word, which security researchers say can be used to quietly install different kinds of malware -- even on fully-patched computers.

Unlike most document-related vulnerabilities, this zero-day bug that has yet to be patched doesn't rely on macros -- in which Office typically warns users of risks when opening macro-enabled files.

CES 2017: Kingston unveils 'world's highest capacity USB flash drive'

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for Hardware 2.0

January 3, 2016

Kingston's new DataTraveler Ultimate GT comes in 1TB and 2TB configurations.

Imagine being able to carry a whopping 70 hours of 4K video in your pocket. Kingston makes this a reality.

2017: Here's what you should be paying attention to

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for Hardware 2.0

December 30, 2016

A year is an incredibly long time in tech, but here are a few things you should be keeping an eye out for as the year progresses.

With 2016 drawing to a close, here is a look at some of the things -- tech, as well as a number of industry metrics -- that you should be keeping an eye on over the coming year.

CES thoughts

Before I begin, I want to mention the first big tech shindig of 2017, which will be CES. I pay very little attention to CES these days, not because there isn't some interesting stuff demonstrated there, but because it's a pretty poor indicator of what's going to be important throughout the year.

Small fish, small pond: Why Pebble went belly up

By Ross Rubin

December 8, 2016

Pebble is the the latest in a line of category pioneers that struggled to gain traction after optimizing a device for early adopters.

Pebble did not launch the first smartwatch or even the first smartwatch of the modern era. But its combination of long battery life, daylight-readable display and iOS compatibility led it to become the highest-grossing Kickstarter campaign ever.

Microsoft reneges on 'unlimited' OneDrive storage promise for Office 365 subscribers

By Ed Bott for The Ed Bott Report

November 3, 2015

A little over a year ago, Microsoft announced with great fanfare that all Office 365 subscribers would get 'unlimited' OneDrive storage. Tonight, months after an executive shakeup, the company says it has no intention of keeping those promises.

Microsoft plans Windows 10 launch with 'upgrading the world' theme

by Mary Jo Foley

July 13, 2015

Microsoft's multi-million-dollar Windows 10 ad and marketing campaign will be focused on 'upgrading the world' to the coming operating system release.

 

When Microsoft starts rolling out Windows 10 on July 29, it won't be holding a single news-focused centralized launch or a webcast chock full of PowerPoint slides.

Instead, Microsoft plans to play up "the newest generation of Windows fans," via a global advertising and online marketing campaign, officials said on July 13.

Smart credit cards are coming. Here's what you need to know

by Sharon Profis @sharonprofis

May 25, 2015 5:00 AM PDT

At least four startups are betting the world isn't ready for mobile payments.

Unlike services like Apple Pay and Google Wallet (which use your phone), all-in-one cards or "smart cards" embrace a familiar medium -- the plastic credit card -- and turn it into an all-in-one payment solution.

Smart credit cards primarily offer convenience while maintaining security. Instead of carrying a dozen cards (including gift and rewards cards), all your payment options are tidied up into one dynamic card.

Since many merchants aren't yet equipped to accept contactless payments like Apple Pay and Google Wallet, a smart card is one way to consolidate your wallet until merchants catch on

Can Windows 10 save the PC?

May 17, 2015

New versions of Windows usually generate a new PC sales bonanza, but don't expect such a big bump with the arrival of Windows 10, due sometime this summer.

The initial rush usually comes from consumer upgrades, as businesses tend to be more cautious about operating system upgrades and hold back. That's especially true this time around as many businesses will have just finished off replacing the last of their antique Windows XP with Windows 7 and will be in no mood to start the whole thing again.

Three critical goals for IT… and a three-year plan to get there

November 3, 2014

Technology might be developing at a breakneck pace, but core business goals remain the same. Here's a strategy for making sure IT supports them.

 

It's November, which means it's time for the IT pundits begin to prophesize about the future. Here is my prediction: The next three years in IT will be no different from the last three years.

There will be constant change.  Everyone is looking for more value for less investment. Faster speed to market. Bigger wins. Simpler solutions. Better security. Just like always.

Only 8 percent of companies can track shadow IT

Jan 13, 2015

Most organizations don't know how dark the shadows are, according to a new survey by the Cloud Security Alliance.

Only 8 percent of companies know the scope of shadow IT at their organizations, according to a new survey by the Cloud Security Alliance.

"The low awareness of shadow IT was not a surprise," said Jim Reavis, CEO of the Cloud Security Alliance. "Anecdotally, that's what we've heard."

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