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US Hackers demanding ransom in bitcoin attack govt computers

GEORGIA: Hackers demanding ransom payable in bitcoin have attacked computers of the Atlanta city government in the southern US state of Georgia, officials say. The ransomware assault shut down multiple internal and external applications for the city, including apps that people use to pay bills and access court-related information, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told a news conference Thursday. "This is a very serious situation," Bottoms said. City officials said they learned of the attack before dawn Thursday when they…

French researchers find way to unlock WannaCry without ransom

FRANKFURT: French researchers said on Friday they had found a last-chance way for technicians to save Windows files encrypted by WannaCry, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up victims' computers first infected a week ago. WannaCry, which started to sweep round the globe last Friday and has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations, threatens to lock out victims who have not paid a sum of $300 to $600 within one week of infection. A loose-knit team of security researchers…

Ashfaq Laghari’s family receives call for ransom from Afghanistan

KARACHI: Family of Ashfaq Laghari, an aide of former president Asif Zardari, on Tuesday received a call for ransom from Afghanistan, ARY News reported. Ashfaq Laghari, while on his way to Hyderabad from Karachi, was kidnapped a few days ago. Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) official sources said they were trying to trace the call reportedly received from Afghanistan. Read More: Petition seeks recovery of Zardari’s missing aide filed in SHC While, fingerprints of three people have been taken from Ashfaq’s…

Turkish Police releases six ‘rescued’ Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD: Turkish Police have released six abducted Pakistanis which were rescued earlier, ARY News reported on Tuesday. According to Foreign Office in Islamabad, two out of six Pakistani workers -- that were rescued in operations across Turkey -- will be deported to Pakistan this week. The rest of the recovered Pakistani nationals will be handed over to Pakistani embassy in Istanbul on Wednesday, the spokesman added. The FO official said that Pakistani authorities have informed their Turkish counterparts regarding…