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US hospital pays ransom but doesn’t get files decrypted – criminals ask for second payment

An American hospital that became a ransomware victim didn't get their encrypted files back after paying the ransom. The cybercriminals behind the ransomware demanded a second payment but the Kansas Heart Hospital didn't respond to that request.

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Gartner numbers show you need a magnifying glass to find Windows Phone users

Smartphones running Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Phone, continue to decrease in popularity. The latest sales numbers disappoint again and the market share of the OS is nowhere to be seen compared to Android and iOS.

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‘Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology (TSST) stopped making CD, DVD and Blu-ray burners’

Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology (TSST) has stopped making CD, DVD and Blu-ray computer drives since mid-April this year, leaving only Lite-on and LG-Hitachi as the only optical disk drive manufacturers.

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Fake Windows Update tries to scam users into buying new fake Windows license

A new sophisticated scam uses malware to show a fake Windows Update process that fails stating the license key is invalid. Victims have to pay $250 to 'activate' their Windows version again.

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AnyDVD HD license purchasing back – up to 50% discount if you buy now

After several weeks of waiting it's now possible again to purchase licenses for AnyDVD HD. The website of the Redfox Project has been updated with a purchase page.

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DVD-Ranger hopes to raise $86,000 to fund SoundTouch 3 development

The developer of DVD-Ranger hopes to raise €76,500 ($86, 259) to fund the development of his new Cinavia removal solution SoundTouch 3. He has posted a campaign on the GoFundMe crowdfunding platform explaining why funds are required.

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Samsung Magician refuses to update firmware without collecting personal data

Samsung's SSD toolbox, Magician, requires users to agree to collection of personal data, if they don't, they can't upgrade their firmware. Users are presented with a privacy policy after they've agreed to the terms and conditions. The privacy policy has an accompanying text stating that if users not agree, they won't be able to update their firmware.

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Google will start to block Adobe Flash content in its Chrome browser

Google Chrome will soon start to block Adobe's heavily criticized plugin Flash Player by default. The plugin is used on many sites to display videos or other interactive content.

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New Crypto Hitman ransomware deletes files and displays pornographic images on Windows lockscreen

A new type of ransomware not only encrypts files but also removes files every hour and displays pornographic pictures on the Windows lock screen. The so-called Crypto Hitman ransomware is a variant of the Jigsaw ransomware, also known for deleting files after a certain timespan.

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Microsoft fixes critical vulnerabilities in Windows, Office and Internet Explorer

Microsoft yesterday fixed 36 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Edge and the .NET Framework. The update was part of its monthly Patch Tuesday and also fixed an actively exploited vulnerability in Internet Explorer for which no patch was available before.

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Microsoft removes criticized WiFi sharing feature from Windows 10

Microsoft has decided to remove a heavily criticized feature from Windows 10. The feature is called Wi-Fi Sense and can be used to share WiFi logins with Facebook, Skype and Outlook contacts without providing them with the password.

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OCZ announces RD400 PCIe NVMe SSDs – 2,600 MB/s reads and 1,600 MB/s writes

OCZ today announced its new RD400/400A PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD that has specified sequential read and write speeds of respectively 2,600 MB/s and 1,600 MB/s. The RD400/400A series is available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1024GB.

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Google is going to collect more personal and behavioural data to allow password-less login

Google will collect more personal and behavioural data on Android device owners to allow password-less login to apps. The new technology goes by the project name Abacus and was revealed during Google's developers conference Google I/O in San Francisco.

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Toshiba announces 8TB HDD in its X300 high performance series

Japanese HDD manufacturer Toshiba has announced a 8TB hard drive. The 3.5" form factor drive is the largest in Toshiba's X300 series which are also available in capacities of 4TB, 5TB and 6TB.

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Only 2 OCZ products left on the company’s new website – Toshiba all over the place

OCZ's new website shows there are only 2 SSD series left sold under the OCZ brand name. The company is now clearly a sub-brand of its new owner Toshiba. The branding of the Japanese electronics giant is clearly visible all over OCZ's new website.

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TeslaCrypt developers release universal decryption key – decrypts all files for free

The cybercriminals behind the widespread TeslaCrypt ransomware have released an universal decryption key. This is good news for TeslaCrypt victims as the key allows them to decrypt their files without paying for it.

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Microsoft releases ‘convenience update’ for Windows 7

Microsoft has released a 'convenience rollup' for Windows 7 which contains hundreds of updates for the operating system. The updates in this rollup are from after Service Pack 1 up to April 2016.

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Purchasing AnyDVD HD license to be possible with 1 to 2 days, new 21 day free trial available too

The website of Redfox, the new project from former Slysoft employees, now shows that it should be possible to purchase new licenses for AnyDVD HD within 1 or 2 days. A new AnyDVD HD beta makes it possible to test the software for 21 days for free.

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Consumer organisation: Microsoft marketed Windows 10 too aggressively

Microsoft has been too aggressive in trying to convince users to upgrade to Windows 10, according to the Dutch consumer organisation 'Consumentenbond'.

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Microsoft removes Locky and Kovter malware from millions of Windows PCs

Microsoft has checked million of computers for the Locky and Kovter malware during the Patch Tuesday of this week. The company regularly performs these kind of checkups for which its Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) is used.

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Researchers: “online pirates hardly feel any guilt”

People feel less guilty when downloading pirated content than when stealing a tangible object, according to a report from the Australian University of Monash. The researchers analyzed the brain of test subjects while they asked them to think about stealing either a tangible object or downloading illegal music or movies.

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Samsung announces 256GB Micro SD – $1 per GB

Samsung today announced a new Micro SD memory card that has a capacity of 256GB. The card, named Evo Plus 256 GB, should allow users to store up to 12 hours of 4K video or 33 hours of full HD recordings.

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Redfox releases discount details for unlucky SlySoft license buyers

Redfox has just released details for unlucky buyers who purchased licenses shortly before Slysoft's demise. Earlier we reported about the different prices and available discounts, however some users were still confused. Ivan, administrator at redfox, has just released a clear details about the 50% off discount or 1 year free license.

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Messaging app Telegram now easily downloads torrents with Torzzan bot

Russian owned WhatsApp competitor, Telegram, makes it possible to download torrents with a bot called Torrzan.

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IBM files for patent of anti-piracy printer

American technology giant IBM wants to patent a technology that when it ends up in commercial printers, it could stop regular consumers from printing copyright protected content.

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FTC starts case against fake-Microsoft employees with thousands of victims

Several fake-Microsoft employees have been sued for scamming people to pay for non-existing technical problems with their computer. They reportedly scammed ten thousands of victims and made them pay several millions of dollars.

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Netflix launches tool to show how fast your internet really is

Netflix today launched a new internet speed testing service called Fast.com. With the new service it's possible to test the speed of both mobile and broadband connections anywhere in the world.

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IBM researchers make phase change memory cheap as Flash memory and 50x faster

IBM scientists have reported success in the discovery of new memory that is 50x faster and cheaper than Flash memory. Their discovery appears to be a breakthrough in the development of phase change memory (PCM).

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Microsoft doubles the number of advertisements in Windows 10

Microsoft will double the number of advertisements shown in the Windows 10 start menu.

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Adobe fixes 25 vulnerabilities in Flash Player – including 1 zero-day leak

Adobe today released an update for Flash Player that patches 25 vulnerabilities, including a zero-day leak that allows an attacker to take full control over the computer. All 25 vulnerabilities could be used to execute random code on computers.

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Swedish court rules Thepiratebay.se and Piratebay.se have to be handed over to authorities

A judge ruled that the two Swedish domain names of the popular torrent site Thepiratebay have to be transferred to the Swedish government. The decision of the Court of Appeal is the same as an earlier ruling by a lower court.

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AACS-LA renew legal pressure on DVDFab

In a motion filed with a US Federal Court in New York, the AACS-LA has moved for a judgement of contempt of court (PDF) by DVDFab and Feng Tao Software, arguing that this company has ignored a court ruling made in 2015, prohibiting sales of their Blu-ray and DVD decryption software in the United States.

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Chrome, Firefox, Safari block The Pirate Bay for alleged phishing

Google's Safe Browsing is currently marking the popular torrent site The Pirate Bay as dangerous resulting in a block by Chrome, Safari and Firefox.

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