In another Florida city that is rapidly becoming a trend, computers have been infected with ransomware. Since most computer systems were encrypted outside of the police and fire department, the city agreed to pay a ransom of 42 bitcoins (about $ 500,000).
This is not a good time for cities and counties. In addition to Lake City, Florida, this week, and Riviera City, Florida, last week, ransomware hit Jackson County, Georgia, Cartersville, Georgia, Lynn, Massachusetts, and Baltimore, Maryland, this year. In any case, important data is encrypted and cities often can not continue operation. Some cities pay, others like Baltimore refuse. It's hard to say which one is the better choice.
On the one hand, there is a danger that hackers will not provide a decryption key when sending money. On the other hand, it's hugely complicated and incredibly expensive to start over. Baltimore, which has seen two attacks a year, estimates that the cost of the recovery will be $ 1
Ransomware developers continue to adapt and improve their methods. In the case of Lake City, IT staff discovered the malware within ten minutes of the infection and hurried to disconnect the systems to stop the spread of damage. But even this fast reaction was too slow. Only the fire department and the police were able to escape the malware, and only because they are operated in a separate network.
Lake City has a population of 65,000, and it's likely to see the loss of $ 500,000, but the city council probably had no choice in the case. Unfortunately, given the cat and mouse game, which is ransomware and anti-virus, the weakest link is computer users. Alertness is currently the best security method: Do not click links in emails, even from trusted senders, and do not think twice before opening attachments. [ZDNet]
CONNECTION: How to protect yourself from ransomware (such as CryptoLocker and others)
In other news:
- YouTube Music Now Offers Smart Downloads : If you travel frequently and want to listen to music without devouring your data plan, downloading your music in advance is a must. YouTube Music wants to do this for you and now offers to automatically download music for you based on your listening habits. Try not to be ashamed if your app downloads ten versions of Baby Shark. [9to5Google]
- Verizon is allowed to block his phone for 60 days: Normally, Verizon must sell his phones unlocked due to the frequency rules. Now the company has the FTC's permission to disable its phones for 60 days after activation. The company says this would prevent thieves from buying phones with stolen identities. [Ars Technica]
- You can use the Windows Calendar on Android, iOS, and the Web: Microsoft opened its calculator app as an open source version and made it available to anyone to use or even add new functionality. Uno, maker of a cross-platform development app, has adopted the code and ported it to other platforms. Because why not? [Liliputing]
- Twitch tests only subscriber streams: When you subscribe to a twitch channel, you usually get little extras like special chatroom access or funny emoji. The company is currently testing beta versions of subscriber streams. It's exactly what it sounds like. If you do not sign in, you will not be able to view the stream. The company is restricting the function to streamer as a precautionary measure that has not violated policies in the last 90 days. [Engadget]
- Google now has the ability to automatically delete location and web activity data: Google has already announced options to automatically delete your location and web data after specified periods of time. These options are now available to all. Huzzah for privacy! [The Verge]
- You'll soon be able to pick up your Amazon bundle from local retailers: Amazon has announced a new service called Counter that will allow you to pick up your packages from local retailers. The service works similar to lockers. You can choose a suitable location to receive your package if your home is not a good option. The first retailer you can choose is Rite Aid, but Amazon is working to add more retailers. [GeekWire]
- Signify's new Hue bulb is Bluetooth and bypasses the hub: Hue bulbs are bright, colorful and expensive. Part of this cost is the purchase of the required ZigBee hub. However, if you are a buyer for the first time, you can skip the hub. The latest Hue lamps have a Bluetooth radio and can be paired with some Voice Assistant devices. You can still pair them with hue hubs, so everyone wins. [Review Geek]
Crocodiles are huge reptiles full of dangers with powerful pines for the diet of carnivores – except when this was not the case.
Scientists Keegan Melstom and Randall Irmis of the Natural History Museum of Utah have discovered this through research into fossils. At certain points in history, crocodiles were herbivores. The proof is in the teeth.
Carnivores have relatively simple teeth: pointed, sharp and usually conically shaped. They are perfect for tearing and ripping meat. Herbivores, on the other hand, have much more complex teeth that are flatter but have gaps and structures that help with grinding, as opposed to tearing. Of course, omnivore teeth are somewhere in between.
The scientists measured and examined almost 150 fossilized teeth from 16 different extinct crocodile species and discovered them in at least three periods, possibly six; Some crocodiles had complex herbivorous teeth. Keegan Melstrom: "The herbivores lived at different times on different continents, some not mammals and mammal mates, others not. This suggests that a herbivorous crocodile form has been successful in a variety of environments! "
Just when you thought all crocodiles were dangerous – well, they still are. Stay away from crocodiles. But learn from your past.