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'Petya' Ransomware Hits At Least 65 Countries; Microsoft Traces It To Tax Software

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:00:00 -0400

An updated version of the malware has the ability to worm through computer networks, gathering passwords and credentials and spreading itself.

New Ransomware Attack Spreads From Ukraine

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:04:23 -0400

A cyberattack spread from Ukraine to Europe and around the world Tuesday. Cybersecurity expert Matt Tait of Capital Alpha Security tells Rachel Martin about who is vulnerable.

European Union Fines Google $2.7 Billion

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:04:00 -0400

The European Union has fined Google $2.7 billion over what it calls anti-competitive practices. Steve Inskeep talks with Adrianne Jeffries of The Outline.

Morning News Brief: Health Care Vote Delayed, New Ransomware Attack Spreads

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:04:00 -0400

We look at the future of the Senate's health care bill after Republican leaders postponed a vote. Also, a new ransomware attack has spread from Ukraine, and we update the fight against Boko Haram.

Cyber Attacks Spread Across Europe Using Stolen NSA Tool

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:41:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and chief technology officer of CrowdStrike, on the cyber attacks spreading across Europe using a stolen National Security Agency tool.

Massive Ransomware Attack Hits Ukraine; Experts Say It's Spreading Globally

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:59:00 -0400

Some have called the previously seen malware "Petya," though others say it is "a new ransomware that has not been seen before." It has been reported in at least a half-dozen countries.

Driving The Future: How Smart Can A Smart Car Be?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:18:30 -0400

Car owners form special relationships with their vehicles — they give them names, customize them and get to know their intricacies and quirks. But what if the car could do the same for the driver?

Beyond The Valley Of The CEOs — Bringing Big Tech To Small Towns

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Venture capital is concentrated on the coasts — how can investors be encouraged to spread the wealth?

Google Fined Record $2.7 Billion In EU Anti-Trust Ruling

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:26:00 -0400

The European Union says Google unfairly abused its power over search results to promote its own over competitors. It's the biggest fine the EU has ever given a single company in an anti-trust case.

Google Hit With $2.7 Billion Fine By European Antitrust Monitor

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:56:00 -0400

The European Commission says Google "abused its market dominance as a search engine by promoting its own comparison shopping service in its search results, and demoting those of competitors."

Google Says It Will No Longer Read Users' Emails To Sell Targeted Ads

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:40:00 -0400

The company says it will make the change later this year, bringing Gmail in line with its business products. But Google has already gathered a lot of data on users since it launched Gmail in 2004.

Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:03:00 -0400

If you travel from Boston's Logan Airport to Aruba on JetBlue you can use your face as identification rather than a passport. Similar experiments in facial recognition are underway at other airports.

How Will Things Change For Shoppers After Amazon Buys Whole Foods?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:35:00 -0400

It was recently announced that Amazon was going to acquire Whole Foods, giving the web giant a physical presence in nearly 450 locations across the country.

How To Pick Kids' Apps For The Backseat This Summer

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:01:00 -0400

Screen time can be more than a distraction if you follow these principles.

Schools Let Students Take Laptops Home In Hopes Of Curbing 'Summer Slide'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:01:23 -0400

More districts are letting students take computers home for the summer. Officials hope the devices help fill in learning gaps, but experts say parents must play a role to make the lending effective.