Florida city to pay $600K ransom to hacker who seized computer systems weeks ago
- Riviera Beach officials voted this week to pay 65 Bitcoins to the hacker who seized the city's computer systems, forcing the local police and fire departments to write down the hundreds of daily 911 calls on paper, CNN affiliate WPEC reported.
- Targeted ransomware attacks on local US government entities -- cities, police stations and schools -- are on the rise, costing millions as some pay off the perpetrators in an effort to untangle themselves and restore vital systems.
- Cybersecurity firm Recorded Future found that at least 170 county, city or state government systems have been attacked since 2013, including at least 45 police and sheriff's offices.
- In March, the New York state capital of Albany quietly admitted it had been hit with ransomware on a Saturday -- a popular day for hackers because of minimal or no IT staff.
Xi Jinping leaves for Pyongyang, marking first visit by Chinese leader to North Korea in 14 years
- Kim invited Xi to Pyongyang in March 2018, after the North Korean leader's first trip to Beijing.
- Analysts believe that Xi's trip could portend some movement in the stalled nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States.
- Xi and Trump are expected to meet on the sidelines next week at the G20 in Osaka, Japan, where they will likely discuss both the trade war between their two countries and nuclear talks with North Korea.
- His trip Thursday is the first visit of a Chinese leader to North Korean since 2005, a time period marred by mutual mistrust and, at times, outright loathing between the two countries.
- Since then, North Korea has neither conducted nuclear tests nor fired long-range ballistic missiles, and the United States has either canceled or suspended major military exercises.
Working with Forms in React without libraries
- Now let's talk about the interesting part, a controller input/select/textarea is an element where the value is bound to the state and we need to update the state to update the input value the use see.
- Our example set the input value to message and attached a onChange event listener we call handleChange, inside this function we need the event.target.value where we will receive the new value of the input, which is current value plus what the user typed, and we call setMessage to update our component state, this will update the content of the p tag and the value of the input tag to match the new state.
Pompeo overrules experts, keeps Saudi Arabia off US child soldiers list
- Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decided not to include Saudi Arabia on the State Department's list of countries that recruit child soldiers and overruled his own team of experts, who argued that there was sufficient evidence to do so, a source familiar with the issue told CNN.
- A source familiar with the internal discussions told CNN that the State Department's experts on human trafficking recommended that the department include Saudi Arabia, in part, due to reports that the kingdom was using child soldiers from Sudan to fight for the US-backed coalition in Yemen -- a claim they said was corroborated by a military source.
- Yet despite acknowledging that there are child soldiers fighting in Yemen, some State Department officials claimed that the evidence fell short of proving they were being led by Saudi commanders and pushed back on the experts' recommendation to include the kingdom on the list.
Beto O'Rourke hires 4 for national communications team
- Despite consistently trailing five Democratic foes in national and early-voting state polls in recent weeks, the former Texas congressman is continuing to attract well-regarded Democratic talent to his campaign -- and is ahead of most of his competitors in building on-the-ground organizations in the early states.
- O'Rourke's latest hires are deputy communications directors Rachel Thomas, hired from the Democratic digital organization ACRONYM, and Ofirah Yheskel, who was Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's communications director.
- Yheskel, who prior to working on Northam's 2017 campaign was Hillary Clinton's Wisconsin press secretary in 2016 and worked on Wendy Davis' bid for Texas governor, is O'Rourke's deputy communications director for states.
- National and early-state surveys have shown Biden, Warren, Sanders, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala Harris at the front of the field, with O'Rourke among a group of other Democrats attempting to break out following them.
Lawsuit dismissed after Canadian bridge-maker accused of plotting to steal U.S. competitor’s secrets agrees to play nice
- According to the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the State of Colorado, Acrow alleged the defendants sought to have a Big R employee tour, under false pretences, a galvanizing plant where Acrow’s components were stored in order to catch a glimpse of them.
- The fumble occurred on April 25, when an employee of Big R sent an email request for a tour of the galvanizing plant, Acrow’s court filings state.
- Attached to that email was a series of messages in which Klein allegedly stated that he had been working with the two Canadian firms to develop a panel bridge system that could be manufactured in the U.S. The firms had attempted to “reverse engineer” Acrow’s bridge components, Klein wrote, according to the filing, but the project ran into a snag when they were unable to determine the closely guarded identity of the company’s steel supplier.
EINTR and PC Loser-Ing: The “Worse Is Better” Case Study (2011)
- It’s true that invoking the system routine is a single instruction, but why is it that “the PC of the user program does not adequately capture the state of the process,” as Gabriel’s essay states?
- This sounds an awful lot like the the New Jersey guy’s approach from the story, which required a correct program “to check the error code to determine whether to simply try the system routine again.” And there’s nothing else in Unix that I’ve ever heard of that’s anything like this.
- If we don’t, our system calls can start failing and causing program errors whenever we catch a signal.
- On the flip side, if you’re implementing a library you can never know if the main application will use signals or not, so any library that wants to be robust will have to wrap these system calls in a retry loop.
How to Turn a Quantum Computer into the Ultimate Randomness Generator
- A sampling task involves a computer algorithm that does the equivalent of reaching into a box with a certain distribution of tiles and randomly extracting one of them.
- In our case, to randomly output a 50-bit string, you can build a quantum circuit that puts 50 qubits, taken together, into a superposition of states that captures the distribution you’d like to re-create.
- A classical computer first gathers a few bits of randomness from some trusted source and uses this “seed randomness” to generate the description of a quantum circuit.
- Aaronson and his coauthor Lijie Chen have shown that, under certain plausible assumptions that such problems are computationally hard, no classical computer can generate such entropy in anywhere near the time it would take a quantum computer to randomly sample from a distribution.
A Pennsylvania woman was bitten by a copperhead snake while doing laundry
- Judy Reed descended the stairs of her Mount Penn home Tuesday morning to clean some clothes.
- A copperhead snake was there, and the 2-foot-long adolescent reptile bit her on the left arm above the elbow.
- Reed quickly called 911 and was transported to the hospital.
- When police arrived, they contacted the state Fish and Boat Commission, which trapped the snake in a bag and relocated it to a safe spot outdoors, Detective Sgt. Deron Manndel of the Central Berks Regional Police Department told CNN.
- Reed's house sits at the base of a mountain, and the snake was most likely trying to escape the recent spate of rainy weather, police said.
- Manndel said copperheads are pretty common around the area.
- The snakes live throughout the Eastern and central United States.
- Police said the woman was in stable condition as of Tuesday night at Reading Hospital.
EPA rolls back Obama-era plan limiting coal emissions
- Washington (CNN) - The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said states can set their own carbon emissions standards for coal-fired power plants -- a rule that the agency itself says could result in 1,400 more premature deaths by 2030 than the Obama-era plan it will replace.
- The move fulfills part of President Donald Trump's promise to help the coal industry, but will likely face court challenges from environmental groups and several states who see the rollback as detrimental to clean air and efforts to fight the climate crisis.
- The Obama Clean Power Plan was set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to the climate crisis, by up to 32% compared to 2005 levels by the same year.
- The new plan, which EPA is calling the Affordable Clean Energy rule, is designed to boost the struggling coal industry but also likely increase carbon emissions nationwide.