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Submission + - Locky Ransomware Activity Ticks Up (csoonline.com)

itwbennett writes: Locky, the new family of ransomware that only emerged in the last few weeks is now commonly seen, say researchers. 16.4 percent of 18 million communications detected by Fortinet between Feb. 17 and March 2 were for Locky infections, with the rest belonging to CryptoWall and TeslaCrypt. Locky is distributed through spam messages that have been sent through the same botnet used to send Dridex, the infamous online banking malware. At first, the spam messages contained malicious Microsoft Word documents with macros that would download Locky. But McAfee wrote on Monday that recent Locky spam contains an obfuscated JavaScript file, which if executed downloads the ransomware.

Submission + - SETI Shutting Down Alien Seeking Operations (mercurynews.com)

spacemky writes: Due to a lack of funding, the SETI Institute is shutting down its array of 42 dishes which listen for signs of alien life.

From the article:
"Lacking the money to pay its operating expenses, Mountain View's SETI Institute has pulled the plug on the renowned Allen Telescope Array, a field of radio dishes — popularized in the Jodie Foster film "Contact" — that scan the skies for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations."

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7 of the Best Free Linux Calculators 289

An anonymous reader writes "One of the basic utilities supplied with any operating system is a desktop calculator. These are often simple utilities that are perfectly adequate for basic use. They typically include trigonometric functions, logarithms, factorials, parentheses and a memory function. However, the calculators featured in this article are significantly more sophisticated with the ability to process difficult mathematical functions, to plot graphs in 2D and 3D, and much more. Occasionally, the calculator tool provided with an operating system did not engender any confidence. The classic example being the calculator shipped with Windows 3.1 which could not even reliably subtract two numbers. Rest assured, the calculators listed below are of precision quality."

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