Wannacry Is Still Alive Hitting Almost 75,000 Users In Q3 2018

One and a half years after its epidemic, WannaCry ransomware tops the list of the most widespread cryptor families and the ransomware has attacked 74,621 unique users worldwide. These attacks accounted for 28.72% of all users targeted by cryptors in Q3 2018. The percentage has risen over the last year, demonstrating more than two thirds of growth against Q3 2017, when its share in cryptor attacks was 16.78%. This is just one of the main findings from Kaspersky Lab’s Q3 IT threat evolution report.

Better ‘Nowcasting’ Can Reveal What Weather is About To Hit Within 500 Meters

Weather forecasting is impressively accurate given how changeable and chaotic Earth’s climate can be. It’s not unusual to get 10-day forecasts with a reasonable level of accuracy. But there is still much to be done. One challenge for meteorologists is to improve their “nowcasting,” the ability to forecast weather in the next six hours or so at a spatial resolution of a square kilometer or less. From a report: In areas where the weather can change rapidly, that is difficult. And there is much at stake. Agricultural activity is increasingly dependent on nowcasting, and the safety of many sporting events depends on it too. Then there is the risk that sudden rainfall could lead to flash flooding, a growing problem in many areas because of climate change and urbanization. That has implications for infrastructure, such as sewage management, and for safety, since this kind of flooding can kill. So meteorologists would dearly love to have a better way to make their nowcasts. Enter Blandine Bianchi from EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a few colleagues, who have developed a method for combining meteorological data from several sources to produce nowcasts with improved accuracy.

Their work has the potential to change the utility of this kind of forecasting for everyone from farmers and gardeners to emergency services and sewage engineers. Current forecasting is limited by the data and the scale on which it is gathered and processed. For example, satellite data has a spatial resolution of 50 to 100 km and allows the tracking and forecasting of large cloud cells over a time scale of six to nine hours. By contrast, radar data is updated every five minutes, with a spatial resolution of about a kilometer, and leads to predictions on the time scale of one to three hours. Another source of data is the microwave links used by telecommunications companies, which are degraded by rainfall.

Four Ways Layered Security Will Improve Your Detection and Response

It’s widely understood by cybersecurity professionals today that it’s no longer a case of if your organization gets attacked online but when. Trend Micro blocked more than 20.4 billion threats in the first half of 2018 alone, and the ready availability of “as-a-service” toolkits will continue to make cybercrime a hugely attractive and profitable venture. If attacks are inevitable, it’s more important than ever to improve your detection and response to help minimize their impact. Most analysts agree: claiming organizations must move away from an unrealistic prevention only mind-set.

Hello, And Please Don’t Hang Up: The Scourge of Robocalls

Over the last few months, I’ve noticed extra calls coming in from local numbers, and if you live in the US, I suspect maybe you have too. These calls are either just dead air, or recordings that start with “Please don’t hang up.” Out of curiosity, I’ve called back on the number the call claims to be from. Each time, the message is that this number has been disconnected and is no longer in service. This sounds like the plot of a budget horror movie, how am I being called from a disconnected number? Rather than a phantom in the wires, this is robocalling, combined with caller ID spoofing.

Third-party data breach exposes info of Alabama hospital job applicants

Huntsville Hospital in Alabama announced that the personal data of job applicants may have been compromised after a security incident at the recruitment platform they collaborate with. Social Security numbers of thousands of people may have been leaked online. Detailed information has not been released, but applicants that may have fallen victim are contacted and offered identity protection services.

ADIPEC 2018: Skybox Calls On Oil And Gas Companies To Unify IT And OT Cybersecurity

The 2018 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) will begin on Monday 12 November, bringing together 110,000 industry experts from across the globe. As leaders and decision makers assess the future of energy and discuss the role of technology within their vision, Skybox Security calls on the industry to take a unified approach to securing IT and operational technology (OT) network that align with the needs and goals of each environment.

Firefox’s newest Test Pilot experiments help you track prices and email links

Test Pilot is Mozilla’s program for experimenting with some of its more outlandish ideas for Firefox and beyond. Some of those experiments make it into the browser itself, some become stand-alone extensions and others get unceremoniously canned. Today, the organization is announcing two new Test Pilot projects: Price Wise, which lets you track the price of items in online stores, and Email Tabs, a tool for making it easier to send links to people by email.