FLORIDA PAYS $600,000 RANSOM TO HACKERS WHO PARALYSED THE CITY’S COMPUTER SYSTEMS

A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the hackers’ demands, believing the Palm Beach suburb had no choice if it wanted to retrieve its records, which the hackers encrypted. The council already voted to spend almost $1 million on new computers and hardware after hackers captured the city’s system three weeks ago. The hackers…

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Writing their way for a better tomorrow: Pune authors who made an impact in 2018

About the book: If you ever thought that women in their 50s must lead dull, boring lives, Feisty At Fifty busts your myths and shows you that life, indeed begins at fifty. Join this witty fifty-something woman who is pursuing middle-aged sexiness, nailing the work-life balance, taking on the FOMO (fear of missing out), celebrating mid-life discoveries and generally feeling great about ourselves. Hilarious yet poignant, Feisty at Fifty, is both a moving personal story and the ultimate guide to making the fifties the most fabulous decade of your life.…

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Opinion | When it comes to surveillance, who will watch the watchman?

The Government of India’s recent notification allowing all central security and investigative agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt “any information on any computer” resulted in protests of a surveillance state. The government was quick to clarify that these “investigative” powers had been previously provided to agencies under the IT (Procedure and Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information) Rules 2009, which flowed under Section 69 of the Information Technology Act. Rule 4 of the 2009 guidelines allowed an agency of the government to “intercept, monitor or decrypt information generated, transmitted, received or stored in…

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