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Kaseya Gets Master Decryption Key After July 4 Global Attack

The Florida company whose software was exploited in the devastating Fourth of July weekend ransomware attack, Kaseya, has received a universal key that will decrypt all of the more than 1,000 businesses and public organizations crippled in the global incident. Kaseya spokeswoman Dana Liedholm would not say Thursday how the key was obtained or whether a ransom was paid. She said only that it came from a "trusted third party" and that Kaseya was distributing it to all victims.

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Malawi Begins Classes in World's First 3D-Printed School

Adifu Maulana quit school in 2014 to escape punishment she often received for arriving late. She had to walk 7 kilometers to attend classes held under a tree because of Malawi’s shortage of classrooms. But thanks to what is being called the world’s first 3D-printed school, constructed by joint-venture group 14Trees, Maulana has resumed learning. The Swiss-British group says the fast construction of computer-built schools could help alleviate a shortage of classrooms in countries like Malawi. Maulana said she is happy because she can realize her dreams of becoming a teacher.

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Thousands of Websites Go Down in Global Outage

Thousands of websites around the world were unreachable Thursday in what appears to have been a problem with a widely used content distribution network. Akamai, said on its website that it was experiencing "an emerging issue with its Edge DNS service." Later, the company said the issues had been resolved. “We have implemented a fix for this issue, and based on current observations, the service is resuming normal operations,” Akamai tweeted.

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Journalists Say They Feel Constantly Watched After Pegasus Spyware Revelations

Human rights and press freedom groups have expressed outrage over revelations that 180 journalists around the world were targeted for surveillance by military-grade Israeli spyware. The private Israeli company NSO Group sold its Pegasus surveillance software to governments, some of which used it to target journalists and human rights activists. The software was even used against government leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron has called for an investigation, and Israel says it is appointing a task force to investigate.

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Mexico Investigates Alleged Graft in Spyware Purchase

Mexico is investigating suspected corruption linked to the $32 million purchase of Pegasus malware allegedly used by authorities to spy on political opponents and journalists, a government agency said Wednesday. An international media investigation revealed this week that 15,000 Mexican smartphone numbers were among more than 50,000 believed to have been selected by clients of Israeli firm NSO, which developed Pegasus. They include numbers linked to 25 journalists and even leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's inner circle before he took office. The graft probe is focused on two

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Suspect in 2020 High-profile Twitter Hack Arrested in Spain 

A person allegedly involved in a high-profile Twitter hack in July 2020 has been arrested. The U.S. Justice Department said British citizen Joseph O’Connor, 22, was arrested Wednesday in Spain. He faces conspiracy and computer intrusion charges. O’Connor allegedly participated in the hijacking of more than 130 verified accounts, including those of SpaceX's Elon Musk, former U.S.

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Bachelet: Misuse of Spyware Imperils Human Rights

The U.N. high commissioner for human rights has issued a warning about the misuse of surveillance technology in the wake of reports spyware was used to hack smartphones of human rights activists, business executives and journalists. Michelle Bachelet says the illegitimate use of the tools could undermine people’s human rights and subvert democratic societies. It is not yet clear to what extent the Pegasus spyware developed and sold by the Israeli firm NSO Group has been used to spy on journalists, human rights defenders, opposition politicians and others.

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Rocket Carrying Billionaire Bezos Blasts Off on Voyage to Space

A rocket carrying American businessman Jeff Bezos blasted off Tuesday from a remote desert launch site in Texas, as he becomes the second billionaire to self fund a trip to space this month. The 57-year-old founder of e-commerce giant Amazon and three companions were on board the New Shepard rocket built by his company Blue Origin, which he founded in 2000 with the goal of creating permanent space colonies where people will live and work. FILE - This undated file illustration provided by Blue Origin shows the capsule that the company will use to take tourists into space.

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US Charges 4 Chinese Nationals in Hacking Campaign

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday announced charges against three Chinese intelligence officers and a Chinese computer hacker in connection with an unlawful cyber campaign that pilfered trade secrets and confidential information from dozens of companies, universities and government entities in the United States and 11 other countries between 2011 and 2018.

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Smartphones of Rights Activists, Journalists Hacked With Private Israeli Spyware

Spyware developed by an Israeli firm and licensed to governments for tracking terrorists and criminals was also used to hack smartphones of human rights activists, business executives and journalists, according to a global investigation by 17 media partners. The media outlets reported Sunday that 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, business executives and two women close to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were on a list of more than 50,000 numbers that were concentrated in countries that engage in surveillance of their citizens. These countries include

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Smart Phones of Rights Activists, Journalists Hacked With Private Israeli Spyware

Spyware developed by an Israeli firm and licensed to governments for tracking terrorists and criminals was also used to hack smartphones of human rights activists, business executives and journalists, according to a global investigation by 17 media partners. The media outlets reported Sunday that 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, business executives and two women close to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were on a list of more than 50,000 numbers that were concentrated in countries that engage in surveillance of their citizens. These countries include

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Genetic Data Collection by Chinese Company Poses Global Policy Challenge, Experts Say

A Chinese gene company is collecting genetic data through prenatal tests from women in more than 50 countries for research on the traits of populations, raising concern that such a large DNA database could give China a technological advantage and the strategic edge to dominate global pharmaceuticals, according to a recent news report. Analysts expressed unease with the developments exclusively reported by Reuters at BGI Group, the Chinese gene company, which is collecting genetic data via its NiPT prenatal test with the brand name NIFTY (Non-Invasive Fetal TrisomY). The tests, sold in more