Message To Pirates Of The Caribbean Hackers – Piracy No Longer Pays
May 18, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, due out on 26 May, was only 10 days from release when hackers stole a copy from a post-production company in LA. They demanded a ransom, believed to be $80,000 (£61,700) – peanuts for a franchise that has pulled in $3bn globally. They threatened that, if the ransom wasn’t paid, they would release the film to torrent sites in chunks, carved up like shark bait.
So far, the film world has reacted with a shrug that suggests the digital pirates have scuppered the wrong vessel. It’s a sign that times have moved on. In 2011, BitTorrent accounted for 23% of US broadband traffic. Now, it is 5%. The equilibrium has shifted.
So far, Disney is ignoring the demands, and it seems that a tacit agreement by big media houses never to pay ransoms may hinder this sort of crime anyway.
One Guy Stopped
The Wannacry Global Attack In Its Tracks
May 17, 2017
A piece of malware began doing the rounds in the UK, locking PC users out of their data unless they paid up a ransom in Bitcoin. It then spread to Spain and eventually more than 150 countries, affecting not just individuals, but also over 10,000 organizations including the UK’s National Health Service.
Twitter user MalwareTech, who wishes to remain anonymous, told The Guardian that when he looked into a sample of the malware, found it connected to a specific domain that wasn’t registered at the time. So he bought it, and that effectively activated a kill switch and ended the spread of WannaCry.
You can read more about how MalwareTech was able to stop this global attack on his blog. He describe after a long day of hard work, "Now you probably can’t picture a grown man jumping around with the excitement of having just been ransomwared, but this was me. The failure of the ransomware to run the first time and then the subsequent success on the second mean that we had in fact prevented the spread of the ransomware and prevented it ransoming any new computer since the registration of the domain..."
Microsoft believes that it’s up to countries, not just companies, to fight such attacks – especially when they affect people at a global scale. The company’s president and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, noted that Microsoft issued a patch for the exploit WannaCry used more than two months ago – and still, systems across the globe remained vulnerable.
Simpsons Episode Banned From
May 15, 2017
A Simpsons episode in which Homer plays Pokemon Go during a service has been banned by a Russian TV channel after church leaders complained it was offensive.
During the episode, Looking for Mr Goodbart, Homer walks into a church on Sunday playing 'Peekimon Get' with Jeffrey 'Comic Book Guy' Albertson.
When the pair are told to stop, Albertson replies, 'Look, this game is - or at least was - bigger than Jesus'. Lovejoy then says: 'Hmm. It's a pretty low bar these days'.
Their decision is thought to have been influenced by the case of Ruslan Sokolovsky, who faces imprisonment after playing Pokemon Go in a cathedral.
The latest new movies coming soon to theaters.
May 5 / Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' continues the team's
adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter
Quill's true parentage.
May 12 / King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword
Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back
alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is
forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.
May 19 / Alien: Covenant
The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on
the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted
paradise. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination,
they must attempt a harrowing escape.
May 12 / The Wall
Two American Soldiers are trapped by a lethal sniper, with only an
unsteady wall between them.
May 12 / Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack
feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when
deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar
(Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on
killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack.
June 2 / Wonder Woman
Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the
Amazons, trained warrior. When a discovering her full powers
and true destiny.
How to Find the Right Contractor for Home Renovations
Home renovations always look easier sketched out on an architect’s paper, but the execution rarely stays on schedule with unexpected issues like shipment delays, weather and structural problems detouring the original plan and possibly sending the project over budget.
Before work on the home even starts, choosing the right contractor to work with is a critical decision and could turn your dream home into a living nightmare. You can eliminate some stress by choosing the right contractor.
Plan Your Project
Before talking to contractors, experts suggest making a detailed plan of the desired project to provide potential contractors with a work scope. Include what the contractor is expected to do and anything you plan to do yourself. “That way, every contractor’s bidding on the same work,” says home improvement expert Danny Lipford.
Is The Contractor Insured? Verify that the contractor has liability insurance and workers compensation to cover their on-site workers. “If a contractor floods your house by accident, their liability insurance will cover it,” says Hamtil.
Make sure the contractor has expertise in the type of work you want done, advises Lipford. “The guys who build new homes aren’t always great remodelers and vice versa.”
Do Proper Research Try to see the contractor’s work. You want to feel comfortable with the quality, says Lipford. “People have different standards and that doesn’t mean they can live up to your standards.”
Get Your Home Improvement Contract In WritingYour contract should include: detailed time frames, the total cost, payment arrangements, your contractor’s license number, project description, names of parties involved and how to handle additional costs if necessary. Keep track of all-important information as well by keeping job-related documents such as contracts, payments and receipts in one place.
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