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What is the 'ransomware' WannaCry worm? All you need to know
06/01/2017 Industry News
WannaCry is a form of "ransomware" that locks up the files on your compute.

Malicious software called 'ransomware' has forced British hospitals to turn away patients and affected Spanish companies such as Telefonica as part of a global outbreak that has affected tens of thousands of computers.

What is WannaCry - also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.0, WannaCry and WCry?

HOW DOES IT WORK?
WannaCry is a form of "ransomware" that locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you cannot access them anymore.

HOW DOES IT SPREAD?
Ransomware is a program that gets into your computer, either by clicking on the wrong thing or downloading the wrong thing, and then it holds something you need to ransom.

In the case of WannaCry, the program encrypts your files and demands payment in bitcoin in order to regain access.

Security experts warn there is no guarantee that access will be granted after payment. Some ransomware that encrypts files ups the stakes after a few days, demanding more money and threatening to delete files altogether.

There are different variants of what happens: Other forms of ransomware execute programs that can lock your computer entirely, only showing a message to make payment in order to log in again. There are some that create pop-ups that are difficult or impossible to close, rendering the machine difficult or impossible to use.

WHERE HAS IT SPREAD?
British based cyber researcher Chris Doman of AlienVault said the ransomware "looks to be targeting a wide range of countries", with initial evidence of infections in at least two dozen nations according to experts from three security firms.

The broad based ransomware attack has appeared in at least eight Asian nations, a dozen countries in Europe, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates and Argentina and appears to be sweeping around the globe, researchers said.

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT WANNACRY?
WannaCry is not just a ransomware program, it's also a worm. This means that it gets into your computer and looks for other computers to try and spread itself as far and wide as possible.

Ransomware has a habit of mutating and so it changes over time in order to find different ways to access computers or to get around patches (operating system updates that often include security updates). Many security firms are already aware of WannaCry in past forms and most are looking at this one right now to see how it might be stopped.

Several cyber security firms said WannaCry exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft and that Microsoft patched this in March. People don't always install updates and patches on their computers and so this means vulnerabilities can remain open a lot longer and make things easier for hackers to get in.

It exploited a vulnerability in the Windows operating system believed to have been developed by the National Security Agency, which became public last month. It was among a large number of hacking tools and other files that a group known as the Shadow Brokers released on the Internet. Shadow Brokers said that they obtained it from a secret NSA server.

The identity of Shadow Brokers is unknown though many security experts believe the group that surfaced in 2016 is linked to the Russian government.

The NSA and Microsoft did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Intel Core i9: 18-core monster chip unveiled
Intel Core i9: 18-core monster chip unveiled
05/31/2017 Industry News
Intel has unveiled the next generation of ultra-performance processors, its X-series range, which includes the new i9 core chips, and we've got all the latest price, spec, and release date information.
Intel’s next-generation workstation CPUs will include a new model name, called Core i9. This forms the very top end of Intel's X-series of procesors, which was previously topped by a load of different Core i7s.

Specifically, there are five new Intel Core i9 chips, all of which feature 10 or more cores, with the top-end i9-7980XE packing a ridiculous 18 cores – the most ever for an Intel desktop part.


There's also three new i7 chips and an i5 processor joining the new i9 chips, including the quad-core i5-7640X and i7 models in 4, 6 and 8-core variants.

The cheaper chips will rival AMD’s top-end Ryzen processors, featuring higher clock speeds and support for more PCIe lanes – both of which are important for high-end PCs that pack powerful components, like multiple graphics cards and high-speed storage arrays.


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The most expensive new additions are (on paper, at least) in a class of their own, with the Core i9-7980XE priced at $1,999 (about £1,558). It's the first Intel consumer processor that comes with a teraflop of computing power. Alongside the 7980XE, there are 10, 12, 14 and 16-core i9 alternatives, with the 10 core i9-7900X set to go on sale for $999 (about £778).

All Intel's new i9 chips come with 3.3GHz base clock speeds, and are capable of reaching up to 4.3GHz dual-core speeds with Turbo Boost 2.0, pushing that to 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost 3.0.

Stay tuned for more from Computex 2017 in Taipei as TrustedReviews will be providing updates live from the event.
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HP to scale up its 3D printer business
HP to scale up its 3D printer business
05/31/2017 Industry News
HP to scale up its 3D printer business for use in mass manufacturing
After announcing its first revenue from sales, HP Inc. today said it is now focused on scaling up its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing business that it believes will rival standard manufacturing technologies, such as injection molding.

While HP is planning some direct sales of its new Jet Fusion printer lineup, the vast majority of the machines will be sold through about 30 resellers in North America and Europe, where the company is focusing its attention.


What's interesting "is 80% of these channel partners are new for HP," Steven Nigro, president of HP's 3D Printing business, said during a press and analyst briefing on Friday.

HP also has more than a dozen 3D Printing Reference and Experience centers throughout the U.S. and Europe where potential customers can test the industrial 3D printing product. HP made the announced today at the RAPID 2017 additive manufacturing conference in Pittsburgh.

HP claims its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers will enable mass production of parts through additive manufacturing (3D printing), instead of rapid prototyping, for which the technology is typically used. The new printers are unlikely to be used to produce millions or billions of production parts. Think, instead, in terms of hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of parts, HP said.

The printer works by first depositing powder (about 100 microns thick, or the thickness of a standard sheet of paper) onto a print bed using a print bar that looks like a scanning bar on a typical 2D printer. The print bar has 30,000 nozzles spraying 350 million fusing agent droplets per second in specific patterns as it moves back and forth across a print platform.


The top of the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer showing a print bar. It looks like a scanning bar on a typical 2D printer. The 3D print bar, however, has 30,000 nozzles spraying 350 million drops per second of thermoplastic or other material.

A detailing fusing agent is sprayed around the edges of a printed object, giving it "sharp" details.

HP has said its 3D printers will be revolutionary in that they will be able to print electronics into the parts they create through the use of conductive materials printed at the voxel level. Like a pixel in a display, a voxel in 3D printing is a tiny cube, millions of which make up a larger object. A single voxel is 50 microns in size.

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Windows 10 Milestone
Windows 10 Milestone
09/27/2016 Industry News
Back in July, Microsoft tempered its Windows 10 expectations a touch, noting that its initial projection of mid-2018 for one billion active devices was probably a bit over-ambitious.
Back in July, Microsoft tempered its Windows 10 expectations a touch, noting that its initial projection of mid-2018 for one billion active devices was probably a bit over-ambitious. That pronouncement came shortly after the company announced that its OS had hit 350 million machines (after hitting 300 million in May) — and roughly a fortnight before ending its free upgrade period.

Three months after that last major update, Microsoft’s got another big round number to celebrate during the kickoff to the Microsoft Ignite event in Atlanta, noting that Windows 10 has now hit 400 active million machines.

That list includes a wide range of devices, including the standard PCs, phones and tablets, along with the Xbox One, Surface Hubs and HoloLens. As far as what “active” means, the company is referring to machines that have been used at some point in the last 28 days.

The number has, notably, slowed in recent months, owing in part to the aforementioned end of the free upgrade period, which officially came to a close on July 29. Microsoft still anticipates that the operating system will eventually hit one billion devices, but at the moment, at least, it doesn’t have a specific deadline for that massive number.
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Vmware Management Changes
Vmware Management Changes
07/21/2016 Industry News
VMware President Carl Eschenbach, CFO Jonathan Chadwick, and Martin Casado, a vice president, all recently left the company.
VMware (VMW) stock jumped Tuesday as a beat-and-raise quarter eased worries over management changes, amid parent EMC's (EMC) sale to privately held Dell.
EMC shareholders are meeting Tuesday to vote on Dell's $60 billion offer, and approval is expected.
VMware President Carl Eschenbach, CFO Jonathan Chadwick, and Martin Casado, a vice president, all recently left the company.
Late Monday, VMware reported Q2 earnings and sales that exceeded analysts' estimates, and it also raised its forecasts. VMware stock ended trading up 9.1% on the stock market today, at a nine-month high above 68. Full Article Here
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Sophos MEA Program
Sophos MEA Program
07/21/2016 Industry News
The Sophos partner program has been crafted to address the needs of different partners and their engagement levels with Sophos.
Sophos (LSE: SOPH), a global leader in network and endpoint security announced a new partner program for resellers in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), to help channel partners achieve their growth objectives with competitive margins, dedicated marketing and sales support, deal registration protection, sales tools, training and certification and other programs.
The core objective of the Sophos partner program is to equip partners with resources and training that enable them to sell, market, distribute and implement the company’s award-winning cloud, network, server and enduser protection solutions to organizations of all sizes.

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