Bad Rabbit ransomware: Should you be scared?

Networks in Russia and Eastern Europe have been targeted by a new strain of ransomware dubbed ‘Bad Rabbit,’ a possible variant of the ‘Petya’ malware that hit computer systems earlier this year.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/25/bad-rabbit-ransomware-should-be-scared.html

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China's inescapable Tencent adds Hollywood movies to its vast 'walled garden'

After getting off work at a real-estate company in eastern China, Zhu Feiyue spends most of his time on his smartphone.

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Student's tweet perfectly calls out cynical stepfather

In a moment of reflection on the eve of graduating from Eastern Michigan University, student Daivon Reeder struck a chord on social media with a tweet that has since gone viral.

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Farmers are pirating John Deere tractor software to stick it to the man

Many of us have downloaded cracked software from the darker corners of the internet over the years. Remember when the only way to get Photoshop was to buy a $700 license? Yeah, enough said. Some of the most prolific users of cracked software these days aren't who you think. Farmers across the USA are grabbing modified copies of tractor software from sketchy Eastern European websites to get around John Deere's draconian software restrictions. Large-scale farming is now a heavily mechanized industry, and some of these pieces of machinery can cost several times as much as your car. John Deere is becoming known as a particularly troublesome company to deal with when you need to make repairs on one of the expensive pieces of farm equipment you bought. Farmers explained to Motherboard recently how the software running on their tractors make even simple repairs a pain. John Deere's tractor firmware prevents the owners from making an unauthorized repairs. Whenever maintenance is needed, an authorized agent needs to swing by and connect to the tractor with diagnostic software. They okay the repair, and the tractor to works. Without that, it's a very big paperweight. John Deere charges several hundred dollars for service calls, plus $150 per hour for the technician. When techs aren't available, they have to wait. The alternative many are starting to turn to is pirating the diagnostic software themselves. Most of the cracked John Deere programs seem to be coming out of Poland and Ukraine. Gaining access involves finding one of the secretive invite-only forums and paying a membership fee. Once inside, farmers can buy John Deere's software kits for a few hundred dollars -- the cost of just a few maintenance checks. The legality of this is questionable. The Librarian of Congress has approved a temporary exemption to the DMCA that allows owners of land vehicles to circumvent locked down software. Doing it with cracked software is a different matter. The farm-heavy state of Nebraska is one of those pushing right-to-repair legislation, which would render John Deere's license agreement void. Then, it would have to sue individual customers for violating the contract if it wanted to enforce it. Naturally, it's fighting the legislation hard. Farmers fear what will happen if right to repair doesn't become law. Will John Deere get to decided when their tractors stop working by ending repair service? It's like when a game developer shuts down the online authentication server for that game you bought five years ago. Except instead a game that cost you $40, it's a tractor that cost $30,000 and should be able to run for years to come.

Farmers across the US are grabbing modified copies of tractor software from sketchy Eastern European websites to get around John Deere’s draconian software restrictions.

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How small states prepare for cyber-war

With Russian tanks and rebels firmly lodged in eastern Ukraine, Eastern Europe has been on high alert for months. As Russian bombers intermittently skirt or trespass Western airspace — and a foreign submarine was reported to be hiding out in waters just off Stockholm last year — the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have ramped up expenditures on armored personnel carriers, mobile missile launchers and other hardware to defend their borders.


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Polish town to have monument honoring Wikipedia

A university professor says that an eastern Polish town is taking up his suggestion and will put up a monument to honor the authors of Wikipedia, the Internet encyclopedia which allows anyone to contribute.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/10/09/polish-town-to-have-monument-honoring-wikipedia/

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 event in San Francisco: Updated live blog

Microsoft Windows 9 event, September 30
At an event in San Francisco today (1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific, 6pm UK) Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 — or whatever Microsoft ends up calling it. The event is expected to focus on the Desktop and enterprise side of things, though Microsoft might also show off some of the changes to the Metro/mobile side of things. We’ll be covering the event here with a live blog, and photos from our reporter in San Francisco — but sadly, it seems Microsoft won’t be providing a live video stream.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/191135-windows-9-event-san-francisco-live-blog

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Microsoft’s Surface Mini event: Watch the live video stream here (updated live blog)

Mini-Surface Pro
At 11am Eastern Time (4pm UK time), Microsoft will hold a special Surface event in New York City. Microsoft has been uncustomarily secretive about the event, offering no guidance or embargoed materials to journalists. The only clue we have is a line from the invitation — ‘join us for a small gathering’ — which hints that Microsoft is probably going to unveil a small Surface tablet. A live video feed of the event is embedded below, and this story will be updated with the latest news once the event begins.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/182695-microsofts-surface-mini-event-watch-the-live-video-here-updated-live-blog

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Questionable 'iPhone 6' render claims Apple's next handset will be 33% thinner

A dodgy set of renderings sourced from Eastern Europe on Friday purport to show Apple’s next-generation iPhone with a chassis designed to hold a 4.7-inch display in an ultra-thin 6 millimeter cross-section.



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