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WannaCry or WanaCrypt0r or WCry, the ransomware behind the cyber-attacks, is a modified version of Eternal Blue, a government hacking tool that a group known as the Shadow Brokers released into the wild only last month. Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, said in a blog post Sunday that it was in fact the NSA that developed the code being used in the attack.
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    Then the program puts up a screen demanding you pay money to get access back. The initial demand was for $300 in bitcoins, but it now has gone up to $600 worth of the currency, Gazeley said. It's largely a question of resources and attention. Organizations are scrambling to apply the latest security patch to their computers to prevent the spread of the attack.
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    But Qualcomm has maintained an interlocking web of abusive patent and commercial practices that subverts competition on the merits. Boy, are Qualcomm's ears burning. "The Federal Trade Commission's latest submission to the court does nothing to cure the fundamental flaws in its complaint against Qualcomm: no coherent theory of competitive harm and no allegations of the type of conduct that the antitrust laws are created to address", Qualcomm said on Friday in a statement.
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    The nose cone resembles that of the KN-08 ICBM the North is believed to be developing, and the lofted trajectory tests re-entry by putting the missile through extra stress, said Joshua Pollack of the USA -based Nonproliferation Review. But President Trump also said he'd be honored to meet Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances. Tokyo clocked the missile as traveling about 800 kilometers (500 miles) and reaching a height of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) during its half-hour flight.
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    Nachreiner also recommended organizations invest in advanced malware protection, and build up a multi-layered defense to cyber attacks. WannaCry affected an exploit in the Windows XP operating system on PCs, and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) shortly sent out a fix for the security flaw.
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    India is taking Pakistan to the United Nations' highest court in an attempt to save the life of an Indian naval officer sentenced to death last month by a Pakistani military court after being convicted of espionage. Salve said the provisions of the Vienna Convention recognised that any prisoner has a right to be tried by an independent tribunal as established by law and he should be tried in his presence and defended by legal aid assigned to him.
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    The petrol automatic variants are priced between Rs 6.76 lakh and Rs 8.41 lakh while the diesel trims with automatic transmission are in the range of Rs 7.76 lakh and Rs 9.41 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi). The 1.2-litre, four-cylinder K-series petrol engine churns out 82 BHP @ 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque @ 4,200 rpm, while the 1.3-litre, four-cylinder DDiS diesel unit is rated at 74 BHP @ 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm @ 2,000 rpm.
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    The warning echoed that from Europe's policing agency earlier Sunday. Computers booting up to start the workweek might continue the spread of " WannaCry ", a ransomware attack where hackers lock down a computer and threaten to delete all its data unless a ransom is paid.
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    Security sources said spy agencies such as GCHQ and the National Cyber Security Centre in Britain had long had a policy of reaching out to leaders in the cyber security field who may be working alone. Qihoo had previously said the attack had infected close to 30,000 organizations by Saturday evening, more than 4,000 of which were educational institutions.
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    Once inside the targeted network, so-called ransomware made use of recently revealed spy tools to silently infect other out-of-date machines without any human intervention. In Asia, some hospitals, schools, universities and other institutions were affected, though the full extent of the damage is not yet known. "It was early morning Saturday for us, and that meant the bulk of us weren't at our keyboards", the prime minister's cyber security adviser Alastair MacGibbon said.