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Submission Ransomware creator apologizes for 'sleeper' attack, releases decryption keys->

colinneagle writes: Last week, a new strain of ransomware called Locker was activated after having been sitting silently on infected PCs. Security firm KnowBe4 called Locker a "sleeper" campaign that, when the malware's creator "woke it up," encrypted the infected devices' files and charged roughly $24 in exchange for the decryption keys. This week, an internet user claiming to be the creator of Locker publicly apologized for the campaign and appears to have released the decryption keys for all the devices that fell victim to it, KnowBe4 reported in an alert issued today. Locker's creator released this message in a PasteBin post, along with a link to a file hosted on containing the decryption keys. The malware creator also said that an automatic decryption process for all devices that were affected by Locker will begin June 2nd.

However, the post did not mention anything about providing a refund to victims who paid the 0.1 bitcoin (equal to $22.88 at the time this was posted and about $24 last week) required for the decryption keys since last week.

KnowBe4 CEO Stu Sjouwerman says the files released do not appear to be malicious after brief analysis, and that "it does contain a large quantity of RSA keys and Bitcoin addresses." But he warned those interested to only open these files "at your own risk until further analyses are performed." Sjouwerman speculated that the malware creator may have been spooked by attention from law enforcement or Eastern European organized crime syndicates that are behind most ransomware campaigns.

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Submission Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene

William Robinson writes: While using a laser to cut a sponge made of crumpled sheets of Graphene oxide, Researchers accidentally discovered that it can turn light into motion. As the laser cut into the material, it mysteriously propelled forward. Baffled, researchers investigated further. The Graphene material was put in a vacuum and again shot with a laser. Incredibly, the laser still pushed the sponge forward, and by as much as 40 centimeters. Researchers even got the Graphene to move by focusing ordinary sunlight on it with a lens.Though scientists are not sure why this happens, they are excited with new possibilities such as light propelled spacecraft that does not need fuel.

Submission KFC suing Chinese marketeers over false rumors->

mi writes: KFC — China's largest restaurant operator — filed a lawsuit in Shanghai Xuhui District People's Court against three companies in China, whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens are "genetically modified" to have six wings and eight legs. KFC is demanding 1.5 million yuan ($242,000) and an apology from each of three companies that operated accounts on the popular mobile phone app WeChat. It is also seeking an immediate stop to their infringements.

In the past Internet marketers have been convicted of trying to manipulate online sentiment on behalf of clients by posting false information about competitors or deleting critical posts.

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Comment Can't remember title (Score 1) 1244

Many years ago I read a book, the plot was, a cop was involved in a shootout and was hit bad. He woke up in an alternate universe where everyone carried weapons as a legal right. His first memory in this new world was of a paisley hovercraft ---alternative to a car-- and his rescue and return to health with the help of a couple and their mother ( I think) they used lighter than air craft for long journeys. I remember the cover art, a large simian wearing a bandoleer and holding a large handgun. If any of you recall this book I sure would like to reread it. I have read most of the books mentioned in this post, I am a very avid science fiction reader; not so much fantasy :P Try John Scalzi's Old mans war, David Weber's The Honor Harrington series, Ben Bova Moonwar series, Jeffrey Carver Eternities end, Philip K Dick do androids dream of electric sheep(Bladerunner), David Drake's Hammers Slammers series, and if you want something more--- adult--- try Angela Knight Mercenary series, I could go on for a long time. Somewhere out on the web is a group of files that can be downloaded, called library of science fiction and fantasy, I found it on the something or other bay-- a ton of files that kept me in reading material for years.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman