Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities and Businesses

SAN FRANCISCO — New Orleans’s city government crippled. A maritime cargo facility temporarily closed. Hospitals forced to turn away patients. Small businesses shuttered. The cause in each of these incidents: ransomware attacks. In recent years, hackers have taken to locking down entire computer networks and demanding payments to let users …

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NASA-E.S.A. Solar Orbiter Launch: How to Watch

When Solar Orbiter launches, and how to watch it An Atlas 5 rocket is scheduled take Solar Orbiter to space from a launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Sunday at 11:03 p.m. Eastern, around the time this year’s Academy Awards ceremony will come to an end. Forecasts currently call for …

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Maybe Information Actually Doesn’t Want to Be Free

In June 2017, the site landed one of its biggest scoops: a feature that revealed sexual harassment allegations against one of Silicon Valley’s most well-connected venture capitalists. Six women had accused Justin Caldbeck, a partner at Binary Capital, of unwanted sexual advances, with three of them speaking to the reporter, …

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U.S. Divided Over Chinese Drone Bans

WASHINGTON — Federal agencies are split on how best to handle national security concerns surrounding popular and ubiquitous Chinese-made drones, with some policymakers chafing at more protectionist approaches. The Department of Interior, which utilizes drones for tasks like wildlife conservation and monitoring the state of infrastructure, grounded all those made …

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