New ransomware Jaff demands $3,700 payments

Attackers behind the highly successful Locky and Bart ransomware campaigns have returned with a new creation: A malicious file-encrypting program called Jaff that asks victims for payments of around $3,700.

Like Locky and Bart, Jaff is distributed via malicious spam emails sent by the Necurs botnet, according to researchers from Malwarebytes. Necurs first appeared in 2012 and is one of the largest and longest-running botnets around today.

According to an April analysis by researchers from IBM Security, Necurs is made up of about 6 million infected computers and is capable of sending batches of millions of emails at a time. It is also indirectly responsible for a large percentage of the world’s cybercrime because it’s the main distribution channel for some of the worst banking Trojan and ransomware programs.

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LinkedIn tip: How to turn off activity broadcasts

IT pros have a lot of questions about LinkedIn, from how to use it to job hunt to tips and tricks for networking. But one of the most frequently asked questions people ask me is how to turn off activity broadcasts.

Activity broadcasts are the updates that LinkedIn posts on your behalf to your network and to the Recent Activity section of your profile. LinkedIn does this when you make changes like adding skills, changing your profile picture, posting recommendations or following companies, among other actions. (If you’re interested in seeing what actions are posted to your profile now, scroll to the Recent Activity section of your profile and click “See all activity.”) 

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Airport terminals for the super-rich might be best for everyone

ON MAY 7th a fist-fight broke out on a Southwest Airlines flight that had just landed at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. The violence began when a passenger accused another of “messing with his chair”. It was, inevitably, captured on video and quickly spread on social media.

Twenty miles down the road, Los Angeles International Airport unveiled a new $22m terminal. The facility, called the Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport, will be the first of its kind in America when it opens on May 15th: an exclusive hideaway for Hollywood types who want to avoid the masses (and the paparazzi) en route to their flights. For an annual membership of $7,500, plus $2,700 to $3,000 per flight, a group of up to four travellers can enjoy luxury suites before being screened by a dedicated security team and transported directly to the plane in a BMW. Once there, they can board using a separate staircase,…Continue reading

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FileMaker 16’s complex simplicity echoes Apple’s enterprise IT strategy

Nowhere is Apple’s visionary approach to enterprise technology evidenced as clearly as in the latest edition of FileMaker 16 Platform, which comes from an independently-run company that happens to be wholly-owned by Apple.

Simple complexity

The veteran solution has been available for over 35-years and has over a million active users.With this kind of constituency, the platform has been given a thorough sprucing up in this release.

FileMaker says it provides everything needed to create, share, and run custom apps for business teams, but it has worked to make the whole thing much more accessible. The new release includes a host of improvements to mobility, integration, development, scalability and security.

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