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Pakistan, India lead in malware attacks: Microsoft report

An illustration picture shows a projection of text on the face of a woman in Berlin Pakistan, Indonesia, the Palestinian territories, Bangladesh, and Nepal attract the highest rates of attempted malware attacks, according to Microsoft Corp. Countries that attracted the fewest include Japan, Finland, Norway and Sweden, Microsoft said in a new study, based on sensors in systems running Microsoft anti-malware software. "We look at north of 10 million attacks on identities every day," said Microsoft manager Alex Weinert, although attacks do not always succeed. Millions occur each year when the attacker has valid credentials, Microsoft said, meaning the attacker knows a user’s login and password.


Turkey eyes visa-free travel to Europe but hurdles remain

This is an image taken Wednesday May 4, 2016 of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey has hailed the European Union executive Commission's recommendation to grant Turkish citizens the right to travel to Europe without visas as "a new page" in relations between Turkey and the EU. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File) ISTANBUL (AP) — Visa-free travel to Europe may be finally within Turkey's grasp, but the remaining benchmarks it must meet by June are not easy hurdles to clear. Turkish leaders have explicitly warned the European Union that they will stop cooperating on the migrant crisis if the visa requirement isn't lifted.


Bangladesh Bank officials say to meet NY Fed, SWIFT; seek to recover stolen money

Photo illustration of the SWIFT logo Bangladesh's central bank chief will meet the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a senior executive from global financial messaging service SWIFT next week to seek the recovery of about $81 million stolen by hackers, officials in Dhaka said. Two Bangladesh Bank officials said the bank believed both the New York Fed and SWIFT bore some responsibility for the February cyber heist. Hackers tried to steal nearly $1 billion from Bangladesh Bank's settlement account at the New York Fed in early February by sending fraudulent transfer orders through SWIFT.


Doctor called to help Prince is a longtime pain specialist

The building housing the office of Dr. Howard Kornfeld appears, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Mill Valley, Calif. Minneapolis attorney William Mauzy, who represents Kornfeld, said Wednesday that singer Prince had arranged an initial meeting with him the day before he died. Mauzy said Kornfeld had never met or spoken to Prince before the singer's representatives reached out to him on April 20. Mauzy said Kornfeld wasn't able to travel immediately to Minnesota, so arranged for his son Andrew to go instead. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The Northern California doctor who was asked to help Prince before his death is an addiction and pain specialist who has championed the use of a semi-synthetic opiate to treat pain.


Doctor called to help Prince is a longtime pain specialist

The building housing the office of Dr. Howard Kornfeld appears, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Mill Valley, Calif. Minneapolis attorney William Mauzy, who represents Kornfeld, said Wednesday that singer Prince had arranged an initial meeting with him the day before he died. Mauzy said Kornfeld had never met or spoken to Prince before the singer's representatives reached out to him on April 20. Mauzy said Kornfeld wasn't able to travel immediately to Minnesota, so arranged for his son Andrew to go instead. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The Northern California doctor who was asked to help Prince before his death is an addiction and pain specialist who has championed the use of a semi-synthetic opiate to treat pain.


Clinton has the map on her side, but history working against her

Clinton has the map on her side, but history working against her Hillary Clinton makes a stop at the Lincoln Square pancake house in Indianapolis on May 1. If you want to experience the full-on contempt of the leftist intelligentsia right now, go on social media and suggest, as I did this week, that Donald Trump isn’t certain to get crushed in November. The way a lot of partisan Democrats see it, Hillary Clinton — despite a loss to Bernie Sanders in Indiana Tuesday — will soon lock down her party’s nomination, and the only way she finds herself even threatened by Trump is if the media decides to legitimize him so we all have something to talk about.


Clinton has the map on her side, but history working against her

Clinton has the map on her side, but history working against her Hillary Clinton makes a stop at the Lincoln Square pancake house in Indianapolis on May 1. If you want to experience the full-on contempt of the leftist intelligentsia right now, go on social media and suggest, as I did this week, that Donald Trump isn’t certain to get crushed in November. The way a lot of partisan Democrats see it, Hillary Clinton — despite a loss to Bernie Sanders in Indiana Tuesday — will soon lock down her party’s nomination, and the only way she finds herself even threatened by Trump is if the media decides to legitimize him so we all have something to talk about.


Alberta declares emergency as fires threaten Canada oil town

Alberta declares emergency as fires threaten Canada oil town Alberta declared a state of emergency Wednesday as crews frantically held back wind-whipped wildfires that have already torched 1,600 homes and other buildings in Canada's main oil sands city of Fort McMurray, ...


Alberta declares emergency as fires threaten Canada oil town

Alberta declares emergency as fires threaten Canada oil town Alberta declared a state of emergency Wednesday as crews frantically held back wind-whipped wildfires that have already torched 1,600 homes and other buildings in Canada's main oil sands city of Fort McMurray, ...


US Judge: Clinton may be ordered to testify in records case

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in Athens WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday he may order Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to testify under oath about whether she used a private email server as secretary of state to evade public records disclosures.


US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections and can’t be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. In a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory, the Justice Department said federal officials view the state law as violating federal Civil Rights Act protections barring workplace discrimination based on sex. Provisions of the state law directed at transgender state employees violate their anti-discrimination protections, the letter said.


US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections and can’t be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. In a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory, the Justice Department said federal officials view the state law as violating federal Civil Rights Act protections barring workplace discrimination based on sex. Provisions of the state law directed at transgender state employees violate their anti-discrimination protections, the letter said.


President Obama drinks the water in Flint

President Obama drinks the water in Flint Barack Obama traveled to Flint, Mich., on Wednesday to meet with local and federal officials to discuss the water crisis there — and to reassure families that his administration is doing everything it can to make the water in Flint safe to drink. To help illustrate his point, Obama drank from a glass of filtered water during a press briefing at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, which has become a hub for the response to the water crisis. “Generally, I haven’t been doing stunts, but here you go,“ Obama said as he took a small sip of the water.


President Obama drinks the water in Flint

President Obama drinks the water in Flint Barack Obama traveled to Flint, Mich., on Wednesday to meet with local and federal officials to discuss the water crisis there — and to reassure families that his administration is doing everything it can to make the water in Flint safe to drink. To help illustrate his point, Obama drank from a glass of filtered water during a press briefing at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, which has become a hub for the response to the water crisis. “Generally, I haven’t been doing stunts, but here you go,“ Obama said as he took a small sip of the water.


Unconventional #10: This year’s conventions won’t be ‘contested.’ Here’s why they could still be crazy.

Unconventional is Yahoo News’ complete guide to what could be the craziest presidential convention — or conventions — in decades. Here’s what you need to know today.

Unconventional #10: This year’s conventions won’t be ‘contested.’ Here’s why they could still be crazy.

Unconventional is Yahoo News’ complete guide to what could be the craziest presidential convention — or conventions — in decades. Here’s what you need to know today.

Elizabeth Warren unleashes Twitter tirade on Donald Trump

Elizabeth Warren unleashes Twitter tirade on Donald Trump The Massachusetts senator and liberal Democratic firebrand says the likely Republican nominee's "toxic stew" must be stopped before it reaches the White House.


Elizabeth Warren unleashes Twitter tirade on Donald Trump

Elizabeth Warren unleashes Twitter tirade on Donald Trump The Massachusetts senator and liberal Democratic firebrand says the likely Republican nominee's "toxic stew" must be stopped before it reaches the White House.


John Kasich suspends campaign in emotional speech

John Kasich suspends campaign in emotional speech Republican presidential candidate John Kasich officially ended his bid for the White House in an address from Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday evening — a decision that all but assures Donald Trump’s position as the GOP nominee.


John Kasich suspends campaign in emotional speech

John Kasich suspends campaign in emotional speech Republican presidential candidate John Kasich officially ended his bid for the White House in an address from Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday evening — a decision that all but assures Donald Trump’s position as the GOP nominee.


Over 272 million email accounts stolen from Gmail, Microsoft, Yahoo and more

A new report shows that hackers from Russia have obtained login credentials for more than 272.3 million email accounts, which are now available for sale in Russia’s criminal underworld, a Most of them are Mail.ru accounts, though the list also includes smaller fractions of Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft email users. DON’T MISS: Watch Barack Obama roast Donald Trump then drop the mic in his final Correspondents’ Dinner The discovery comes from Hold Security, with  Reuters saying it’s one of the biggest stashes of credentials to be discovered since the cyber attacks that hit U.S. banks and retailers in 2014. Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer at Hold Security, has uncovered some of the largest known data breaches in previous years, including the attacks on JPMorgan, Target, and Adobe Systems. Researchers found the treasure trove of information by accident, after discovering a young Russian hacker on a forum. He was bragging that he had collected and was going to give away a large number of stolen credentials that amounted to 1.17 billion records. After eliminating duplicates, Holden said he found 57 million Mail.ru accounts, which is an enormous number compared to the 64 million monthly users the service said it had late last year. The database includes tens of millions of credentials from Gmail (24 million), Microsoft (33 million), and Yahoo (40 million), and hundreds of thousands of accounts from German and Chinese email providers. Thousands of stolen credentials belong to employees of some of the largest U.S. banks, manufacturing and retail companies, the firm revealed. “This information is potent. It is floating around in the underground, and this person has shown he's willing to give the data away to people who are nice to him," Holden sais. "These credentials can be abused multiple times.” Because people tend to favor certain passwords and reuse them across online services, this type of stolen information may be very valuable to certain people. But the unidentified hacker, who obtained the data from various unspecified sources, was looking to sell it for just $1 and made it available to Holden in return of favorable comments. Hold Security contacted the affected organizations 10 days ago, with Reuters saying that the company’s policy is to return data it recovers at little or no cost to the firms that were breached. What’s more disturbing is that it’s not clear yet how hackers obtained the data.

Big data breaches found at major email services : expert

Illustration picture of Mail.ru logo seen in front of a displayed binary code Hundreds of millions of hacked user names and passwords for email accounts and other websites are being traded in Russia's criminal underworld, a security expert told Reuters. The discovery of 272.3 million stolen accounts included a majority of users of Mail.ru , Russia's most popular email service, and smaller fractions of Google , Yahoo and Microsoft email users, said Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security. It is one of the biggest stashes of stolen credentials to be uncovered since cyber attacks hit major U.S. banks and retailers two years ago.


Digital spring cleaning: 4 'cyber hygiene' tips to stay safe

Digital spring cleaning: 4 'cyber hygiene' tips to stay safe Spring cleaning isn't just about tossing old furniture and torn clothing: It's a great time to clear out your digital clutter and make sure you're protected against hackers. That means evaluating all your ...


Trump on choice for VP: ‘I’ll probably go the political route’

Trump on choice for VP: ‘I’ll probably go the political route’ Fresh off an Indiana primary win that cemented him as the likely Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump says he’s leaning toward a politician for his vice presidential running mate — and will make a decision on fundraising for the general election in the next week. “I have the business — let’s call it talents,” Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.


Trump on choice for VP: ‘I’ll probably go the political route’

Trump on choice for VP: ‘I’ll probably go the political route’ Fresh off an Indiana primary win that cemented him as the likely Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump says he’s leaning toward a politician for his vice presidential running mate — and will make a decision on fundraising for the general election in the next week. “I have the business — let’s call it talents,” Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.


Can Bernie Sanders really change the Democratic Party at the convention?

Can Bernie Sanders really change the Democratic Party at the convention? Bernie Sanders, fresh off a victory over Hillary Clinton in Indiana’s open primary, told reporters Tuesday night that he believes he can pull off “one of the great political upsets in the history of the United States.” Most political observers are deeply skeptical.


Can Bernie Sanders really change the Democratic Party at the convention?

Can Bernie Sanders really change the Democratic Party at the convention? Bernie Sanders, fresh off a victory over Hillary Clinton in Indiana’s open primary, told reporters Tuesday night that he believes he can pull off “one of the great political upsets in the history of the United States.” Most political observers are deeply skeptical.


Swiss defense chief says hackers targeted his ministry

BERLIN (AP) — Switzerland's defense minister says his department was targeted by hackers in January and is indicating that the motive was industrial espionage.

Anonymous attack Greek central bank, warns others

A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, symbolic of the hacktivist group "Anonymous", takes part in a protest in central Brussels Greece's central bank became the target of a cyber attack by activist hacking group Anonymous on Tuesday which disrupted service of its web site, a Bank of Greece official said on Wednesday. Today we have continuously taken down the website of the Bank of Greece," the group says in a video on You Tube.


5 Reasons Apple Is A Screaming Sell

Apple shares -- in which I have no financial interest -- are down 30% from their April 2015 high. Are they cheap now? I see five reasons why Apple shares are a screaming sell. 1. Shrinking China opportunity ...

Facebook CEO urges Brazilians to decry WhatsApp block

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, delivers a keynote speech during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg called on Brazilians to demand his company's WhatsApp messaging service never be blocked again after an appeals court on Tuesday overturned the application's second suspension in five months. In a post in English on his Facebook page, the U.S. billionaire and Facebook founder urged Brazilians to gather outside Congress in the capital Brasilia at 6 p.m. (1700 EDT) on Wednesday to rally in favor of legislation that would prevent Internet services from being blocked. WhatsApp was cut off in Brazil at 2 p.m. (1300 EDT) on Monday after a judge in the remote northeastern state of Sergipe ordered Brazil's five main wireless operators to block access to the app for 72 hours.


Move over drones, driverless cars _ unmanned ship up next

A self-driving, 132-foot military ship sits at a maritime terminal Monday, May 2, 2016, in San Diego. The Pentagon's research arm is launching tests on the world's largest unmanned surface vessel designed to travel thousands of miles out at sea without a single crew member on board. (AP Photo/Julie Watson) SAN DIEGO (AP) — It's not only drones and driverless cars that may become the norm someday — ocean-faring ships might also run without captains or crews.


Russian creator of malware ordered to pay $6.9 million

By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Russian man who spent about three years behind bars in the United States for creating the computer malware known as Gozi was ordered on Monday to pay $6.9 million to cover losses to bank customers but spared further U.S. prison time. Nikita Kuzmin, 28, could have received more prison time but was sentenced to time served at a hearing in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said in a statement. A probation office had recommended a sentence of 84 months, although it said it was not taking into account any assistance Kuzmin provided to investigators, prosecutors said.

Hackers can break into your company using $700 worth of parts from Amazon and eBay

Hackers looking to break into companies could do so with the help of a $350 device that can be purchased online from Amazon or eBay, new research shows. By taking advantage of the way most employee ID badges work,  hackers could simply manufacture counterfeit access cards that would work just like the original badges. DON’T MISS: Time to cut the cord: $95 gets you a Fire TV and free network TV in HD for life Researchers from RedTeam Security showed Tech Insider how easily it is to clone an access card belonging to any employee by simply roaming around. The hackers did not have to steal personal information belonging to that person and instead used a much simpler trick. Using a particular device that costs just $350, researchers pretended to visit a target company. "[We] got the big, long range reader from Amazon," RedTeam Security consultant Matt Grandy said. "They're also all over on eBay." The attacker, posing as a student who requested a tour, carried the gadget in a seemingly harmless laptop bag that intercepted the unencrypted communication that takes place between an access card the moment it approaches a target. These work IDs use radio-frequency identification (RFID) to talk to doors and unlock them. Unfortunately, the data traffic isn’t protected by encryption, which means that it can be picked up by intrepid hackers armed with this device. Purchased from Amazon, the portable RFID badge reader can grab card data up to three feet away. When positioned close enough to a target, the device grabs the data from the card who’s trying to communicate with it and writes it on a microSD card. That means malicious individuals simply have to find a reason to be in the vicinity of a known employee to try to grab his or her credentials. The data is then transferred to a computer, where a $300 device called a Proxmark can write it on a fake employee badge. Using the manufactured card, hackers can then access any doors that badge is allowed to open. There are ways that companies and employees can protect themselves against such attacks. One of them is using encryption to protect RFID data. The other one is using RFID-blocking sleeves for access cards – you can purchase them on Amazon at this link .

AP EXPLAINS: What is bitcoin? A look at the digital currency

File - This is a Oct. 16, 2015 file photo of a Bitcoin ATM. An Australian man long thought to be associated with the digital currency Bitcoin has publicly identified himself as its creator. BBC News said Monday, May 2, 2016 that Craig Wright told the media outlet he is the man previously known by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. The computer scientist, inventor and academic says he launched the currency in 2009 with the help of others. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NEW YORK (AP) — Bitcoin is a type of digital currency that allows people to buy goods and services and exchange money without involving banks, credit card issuers or other third parties. Its origins have long been a mystery — though an Australian man long rumored to have ties to bitcoin has come forward claiming to be its creator.