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WannaCry Ransomware Promises Second Wave of Attacks

Investigators find clues that may lead to a connection between the ransomware and North Korea.

The latest cyber attack against computer users came from a group of anonymous hackers who wanted to raise money. The unknown hackers released a type of software called ransomware, which meant that users had to pay a fee to stop the software and get their data back. Currently, the software has infected millions of computers worldwide in about 150 countries. It has affected many government systems as well as healthcare systems. Few have paid the bitcoin ransom.

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Integrating Biometrics into Visitor Screening

Next-generation technology can remedy the missing link in homeland security

The horrible attack in Manchester, coupled with the recent release of the Department of Homeland Security’s Visa Overstay Report, should again force us to ask the question, are we doing everything we can to properly vet those seeking to come to the United States?

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Biometric Earbuds to Help Secure Your Devices from Hackers

Security experts always recommend users to enable two-factor authentication to secure the devices as much as possible. In two-factor authentications, users receive a one-time-password via text messages or they have to swipe their fingers across a sensor, but now NEC has come with an even easier method, as they think verifying one's identity should be done without the users having to make any extra effort.

That's why the company has developed a pair of biometric earbuds.

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Ariana Grande Concert Bombing: Safety Focus Shifts to Venue Perimeters

The bombing of departing audience from an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, late Monday serves as an alarm bell that protecting public venues in the future will have to focus more on hardening building perimeters, security experts said Tuesday.

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Manchester Suicide Attack Lays Bare Limits of Security Measures

Countries across the world will tighten security ahead of major cultural and sports events after a suicide bombing in Britain that killed at least 22 people, but experts say reinforced measures will do little to prevent determined individuals.

Given the target being a Manchester pop concert, the latest attack to hit Europe had echoes of the coordinated attacks in November 2015 by Islamist militants on the Bataclan concert hall and France's national soccer stadium that killed 130 people.

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Security Service Failure Lead to Manchester Bombing Attack, Says Expert

A failure by the security and intelligence services is likely to have led to the Manchester bomb attack which killed at least 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert, according to a leading terror expert.

Low tech attacks using stolen and hired vehicles to randomly ram into crowds have become increasing common by terrorists unable to get hold of guns and explosives.

But the latest outrage shows a break from this recent tactic for more complex and planned attacks.

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Local Event Security in Focus After Manchester Arena Bombing

Security at local events coming up this summer are in focus after a suicide bombing in Manchester England at an Ariana Grande concert.

Security experts say "soft targets" like the area that was bombed at Manchester Arena Monday night continue to pose challenges for law enforcement. The bombing took place outside the secured arena, but in an area with lots of people.

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Perimeter Security, Now A Simpler Mission

Standard Comms presented its Smart Sound Perimeter system that has the ability, using audio and infrasonic sensors, to not just detect perimeter breaches but details of the breach, according to Zach Thompson, a company representative. The company’s sensor technology is already used to help NASA detect caves on Mars among other applications on Earth, even in the harsh environment of Antarctica, Thompson explained.

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Smart Cities? Not Until Those Cyber Weaknesses Get Sorted

Smart Cities aren’t that smart at the moment, argues Vince Warrington at Protective Intelligence, primarily because they ultimately create greater cyber security risks for citizens.

What does Benny Hill have to do with the Smart Cities of the future? You may think very little, but there is a connection. Back in 1969 Hill played Professor Simon Peach in the classic caper movie The Italian Job, where his character is recruited into Michael Caine’s criminal gang. Computer expert Peach’s role in the heist was to replace the programming of the Turin traffic control system, causing a paralysing traffic jam which enables three Mini Coopers to escape with rather a lot of gold.

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Advancing Asia’s Digital Strategy and Roadmap at CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia 2017

Newly created ConnecTechAsia2018 to comprise CommunicAsia, NXTAsia and BroadcastAsia

Singapore – CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia 2017 wrapped up last week after a three-day exhibition and conference addressing technologies and strategies for smart cities and digital ecosystems driving the digital strategies and transformation roadmaps of governments and enterprises in Asia.