Stolen NSA hacking tool now victimizing US cities report says

first_imgA computer screen inside the Threat Operations Center at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, in the Baltimore metro area. Brooks Kraft/Getty Images A hacking tool developed by the US National Security Agency is now being used to shut down American cities and towns, says a Saturday report in The New York Times. Code-named EternalBlue, the hacking exploit involves malicious software and was leaked in 2017 by a group called Shadow Brokers. Hackers used the tool that same year in the worldwide WannaCry ransomware attacks, which locked up computer systems at hospitals, banks and phone companies and required a ransom to set the networks free. It was also used in the 2017 NotPetya assault against Ukraine, which has been called one of the most destructive cyberattacks ever. Now, though, EternalBlue has reportedly landed in the NSA’s own backyard: Baltimore, site of the agency’s headquarters. The city has been hobbled since a ransomware attack on May 7 ensnared the local government’s computers, disrupting city services. Baltimore’s IT department is only slowly getting systems up and running again. “It is not just in Baltimore,” says the Times report. “Security experts say EternalBlue attacks have reached a high, and cybercriminals are zeroing in on vulnerable American towns and cities, from Pennsylvania to Texas, paralyzing local governments and driving up costs.” The news might prompt some surveillance critics and privacy advocates to say, “I told you so.” For years, law enforcement and intelligence agencies have argued that backdoors should be built into encryption systems to allow the agencies to access suspects’ computers. And the NSA has often developed its own tools for cracking into machines and networks to gather data. But critics have long argued that any such backdoors would inevitably be discovered by hackers and that efforts by spy agencies could spin out of control. The global ransomware epidemic is just getting started 3:53 Share your voice Referring to EternalBlue, Vikram Thakur, Symantec’s director of security response, told the Times that “it’s incredible that a tool which was used by intelligence services is now publicly available and so widely used.” And unnamed officials told the paper that more accountability was needed at the NSA, with one comparing the EternalBlue leak to failing to secure a warehouse of automatic weapons. Agency advocates, though, say such tools are needed to fight crime and terrorism, and that they’re the inevitable cost of being prepared for cyberwarfare and ensuring national security. When asked by CNET about the Times report, the NSA declined to comment. Now playing: Watch this: Finding our personal data on the dark web was far too… Comments WannaCry Hacking Malware NSA 11 Tags Security Eternal blues?last_img read more

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5monthold boy falls to death from mothers arms during mugging

first_imgA five-month-old baby boy died after it slipped from mother’s arms as muggers were trying to snatch her purse at Doyaganj in Sutrapur area of the city on Monday morning.The infant was Arafat, son of Shah Alam and Aklima Begum, hailing from Shariatpur town.Police said the tragic incident took place when Aklima was heading towards Shanir Akhra in a rickshaw along with their baby boy, Arafat, around 7:00am.When they reached Doyaganj, the muggers intercepted the rickshaw and grabbed Aklima’s purse. As Aklima tried to resist the muggers, the baby slipped from her arms and suffered serious injuries.The baby was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where physicians declared it dead, said Bachchu Miah, in-charge of DMCH police outpost.Earlier, Shah Alam along with his family members arrived in Dhaka by a launch from Shariatpur.Alam sent his wife along with Arafat to a relative’s house in Shanir Akhra and he moved to the DMCH with his ailing son Al Amin, 2, for medical treatment, Bachchu Miah added.last_img read more

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Srinagar receives seasons first major snowfall

first_imgSrinagar city on Monday witnessed the season’s first major snowfall along with the rest of Kashmir, bringing respite from the prevailing chill as the mercury settled above the freezing point in most places of the valley for the first time in the last fortnight.The plains of the valley also received light snowfall accompanied by rains with Srinagar experiencing the first major snowfall of the season, according to a MeT Department official. The snowfall in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir began in the morning and it received 2.8 mm of rainfall during the night, the official said, adding the minimum temperature here went up by nearly five degrees to settle above the freezing point at 2.2 degrees Celsius.Most of the higher reaches of the valley, including the twin resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam, received moderate snowfall during the night, while the plains have experienced snow since the morning, the official said.While Gulmarg- the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir, received over seven inches of fresh snowfall till 8:30 AM this morning, more than one inch of snow was recorded in the tourist resort of Pahalgam in south, he added.However, the twin resorts were the only places in the valley where the mercury stayed below the freezing point, he said. The mercury in Pahalgam went up by six notches to settle at minus 0.4 degree Celsius, and Gulmarg registered a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, he added.Reports of moderate snowfall were also received from higher reaches of Shopian, including Mughal Road, Sonamarg, Yousmarg, Amarnath Cave, Sadhna Pass, Gurez and Razdan top.Keeping with the trend, mercury increased in other places in the valley as well with Qazigund, Kupwara and Kokernag registering the temperatures of 2.4 degree Celsius, 1.4 degrees Celsius and 1.6 degrees Celsius, respectively.Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, recorded a low of minus 7.8 degrees Celsius- an increase of nearly five degrees from the previous night’s minus 12.6 degrees Celsius.Nearby Kargil town was recorded as the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 9 degrees Celsius.The town had registered a low of minus 15 degrees Celsius the previous night.last_img read more

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Apple Finally Revamps Apple TV Integrates Siri

first_imgSeptember 9, 2015 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now After years of speculation, Apple finally announced an update to Apple TV Wednesday. As expected, the new version of the set-top box features an updated remote and a new App Store, which will bring a whole new level of functionality and content to the device.Siri supportSiri really shines in the new Apple TV. The personal assistant now has top billing in the device’s remote. If you’re looking for something to watch, you can ask Siri to find it for you. Searches can be performed based on a particular show or movie you’d like to watch, and are across multiple apps on your TV. So, you could do a search for Mel Gibson movies and get results from Netflix, HBO, Hulu and Showtime on the same screen.Image credit: AppleRelated: Apple Unveils the iPad Pro, Its Biggest Tablet YetYou can also perform searches for a particular actor, genre, or even age-appropriateness. On stage, Apple showed a demo where it asked for kid-appropriate movies, and was suggested Paddington.Siri can also make sure you don’t miss anything while you’re watching good ol’ Mel later on. If you miss something while you watch, you can simply say “What dd he say?” and Siri will rewind the program 15 seconds so you can see what you missed. You can also use Siri to look up things like the weather and sport scores.tvOSWith the new Apple TV, Apple also unveiled a new operating system for the device. Called tvOS, the iOS-based operating system is made specifically for the set-top box and will allow developers to create unique apps made specifically to run on the Apple TV, namely games.Image credit: AppleRelated: Apple Unveils New Apple Watch Models, New OSOn stage, Apple showed off a number of games headed to the Apple TV when it launches, including the popular game Guitar Hero. Games can be controlled using the Apple TV remote, and also using your iPhone or iPad. Netflix, Hulu and HBO have also already gotten their hands on the OS and have created updated versions of their apps for the device.A new MLB app allows you to stream games at 60fps and view live stats. NHL Game Center is headed to the TV next year.New remoteAll that new functionality with the Apple TV is focused on a new Apple TV remote. The new remote has a touch surface at the top which works a bit like a touchpad mouse, as well as new buttons that allow you to do things like power your television off and on and control the volume. The device has a built-in gyroscope and accelerometer to handle all the new controls.Unlike the current remote that runs on a watch battery, the new Apple TV remote has a rechargeable battery. It can run 3 months on a single charge, and when it runs low charges using the Lightning connector.The new Apple TV will be available in late October in two versions: a 32GB/$149 version and a 64GB/$199 version. Apple dropped the price of the current version of the Apple TV from $99 to $69 in March. That device will continue to be sold as an entry-level product.Image credit: AppleRelated: Turns Out Apple Didn’t Start in a Garage After All Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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