Former ISRO Chairman and celebrated scientist, Professor U R Rao (85) passed away at his Bengaluru residence on Monday.
The Public Relations Director of Indian Space Research Organisation, Deviprasad Karnik confirmed his death saying, “Rao passed away at his residence in the city's eastern suburb at around 3 a.m., after prolonged illness and age-related health issues.”
Earlier this year Rao was admitted in a hospital with heart ailments.
The Prime Minister also expressed his grief on the micro-blogging...
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The village had been cut off from rest of the district due to the floods.
As soon as a message about the need to evacuate two women who were in critical condition and 'about to deliver' was received at 4.30 pm, a Chetak helicopter was sent from Jamnagar, said Defence spokesperson...
Easing the process of obtaining a passport, the government has informed the Parliament that the process doesn’t require birth certificate anymore as Aadhaar and PAN card can be used to establish proof of birth.
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An explosion has been reported in the PD6 area of Kabul in Afghanistan.
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It was a case of 'so near and yet so far' for India as they suffered a spectacular middle and lower order batting collapse to lose by nine runs to England in a nail-biting final of the ICC Women's World Cup here on Sunday.
Mithali Raj rued that the inexperience of her teammates and their inability to hold their nerves during the crucial moments proved to be the difference between the two teams in the final.
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Second seeded Prannoy on Friday got the better of Vietnamese 15th seed Tien Minh Nguyen 21-14, 21-19 in 40 minutes in the second semi-final.
In the other semi-final, World No.59 Kashyap overcame South Korea's Kwang Hee Heo 15-21, 21-15, 21-16 in an hour and six minutes.
In the international...
Massive Cyber-Attack: 'Ransomware' Wreaks Havoc Worldwide, Hits 99 Countries
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May 13 , 2017 , 11:16 IST
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A large scale cyber-attack has hit around 99 countries worldwide, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and India.
The massive cyber-attack has affected the IT systems of banks, telephone companies and hospitals. No instance of the vulnerability being exploited in India has come to light yet.
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Kaspersky Lab has recorded as of Friday more than 45,000 attacks of ransomware in 74 countries around the world, mostly in Russia.
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The multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider's Global Research and Analysis Team said in these attacks, data is encrypted with the extension ".WCRY" added to the filenames.
The attack by the ransomware, dubbed "WannaCry," is initiated through an SMBv2 remote code execution in Microsoft Windows.
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The exploit, codenamed "EternalBlue," has been made available on the internet through the Shadowbrokers dump on April 14, 2017, and patched by Microsoft on March 14.
"It's important to understand that while unpatched Windows computers exposing their SMB services can be remotely attacked with the 'EternalBlue' exploit and infected by the WannaCry ransomware," Kaspersky Lab's Global Research and Analysis Team noted in a web posting.
"The lack of existence of this vulnerability doesn't really prevent the ransomware component from working. Nevertheless, the presence of this vulnerability appears to be the most significant factor that caused the outbreak."
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The WannaCry malware encrypts the files and also drops and executes a decryptor tool. The request for $600 in Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency, is displayed along with the wallet.
As not all ransomware provides this timer countdown, said the team, the WannaCry attack shows computer users that "payment will be raised" after a specific countdown, along with another display raising urgency to pay up, threatening that the user will completely lose their files after the set timeout.
To make sure that the user doesn't miss the warning, the tool changes the user's wallpaper with instructions on how to find the decryptor tool dropped by the malware.
While Spain's Computer Emergency Response Team CCN-CERT, posted an alert on its site about the attack affecting several Spanish organizations, the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain also issued an alert and confirmed infections at 16 medical institutions.
Kaspersky Lab said its team has confirmed additional infections in additional countries, including Ukraine and India.