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The threat of ransomware has grown at an unprecedented rate, rising from being a menace to becoming by far the most common form of malware delivered to victims by cyberattackers.
In the space of a year, ransomware appears to have evolved on from the simple but effectivestrategy of locking down the files of infected targets until they pay a ransom, to incorporating additional malicious elements, such as stealing personal or financial data from the victim’s system.
While the success of ransomware demonstrates there are plenty of victims who’ll pay cybercriminals in order to get their files back, there are also schemes such as No More Ransomwhich allow them to restore their computer without having to part with a penny.
Swiss authorities have added another security measure for this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos: anti-drone guns. Bloomberg has spotted local police preparing HP 47 Counter UAV Jammers to make sure no unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) gets too close to the venue, whether it’s sent by a spy organization or just a nosy onlooker. That’s the same jammer the German police used in Berlin when President Obama visited the country. The publication says authorities decided to bring in an anti-drone technology, because people with malicious intent could use UAVs to monitor security positions or even to launch attacks.
Sega unveils humanoid robots, capable of laughing, loving and crying. The family includes C-BOT which communicates via a digital display face on its head and by a cell phone. Other members are Y-BOT, which is touted as the robot that can talk back and learn words, and M-BOT, which is expected to dance along with music. Another robot, however, Robo-chi, can’t walk because it’s a baby. • Those little virtual business cards that some people attach to their e-mails might be dangerous. Microsoft announced Friday that a flaw in its Outlook e-mail program allows crackers to crash or remotely control computers and entire networks, via virtual business cards (Vcards) that harbor malicious code.