Increasing ransomware for ransomware
Ransomware extorted US $ 590 million in the US alone in the first half of the year, more than in all of 2020. According to a recent report by the US agency for the prosecution of financial crimes. Accordingly, Bitcoin remains the most popular crypto currency for paying blackmailers. The experts of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network have observed a successful change in tactics among criminals in the past two years: While it used to be about encrypting important files for as many targets as possible with widely spread attacks, one is now much more selective when choosing victims . In the meantime, large companies in particular are being targeted in order to extort the highest possible ransom money for the release of the data. In addition, the release of captured data is threatened.
“Climate policy must become a priority”
The youngest member of the CDU federal executive committee, Wiebke Winter, has called on her party to make climate and energy policy one of the priorities in the content reorganization. The 25-year-old told the dpa that the climate crisis was one of the most urgent crises that we would have to cope with in the 21st century. For democratic reasons, she believes that it is essential that each party submit a program on how they want to meet the Paris climate targets. That is missing so far. “The long-term consequences of climate change must be averted in favor of the next generation,” emphasized Winter.
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China is testing a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile
China is said to have tested a nuclear-weapon capable hypersonic missile in August. This is reported by the Financial Times, citing five anonymous sources. According to this, the rocket circled the globe once in a low orbit before it missed its target by around 39 kilometers. According to the report, the test should show that China’s military is already much more advanced with its hypersonic weapons program than US intelligence agencies had previously assumed. Both the United States and Russia are currently working on hypersonic missiles.
Valve doesn’t want to offer NFT games
Valve does not allow titles on its Steam PC gaming platform that distribute NFTs or cryptocurrencies via the blockchain. This is based on a recent change in store policies. The exchange and allocation of NFTs in video games is therefore not permitted on Steam. The introduction of this ban can probably be traced back to a specific case: the developer SpacePirate was working on a game about NFTs and wrote on Twitter that he had “lost the battle with Steam”.
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