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Security software infects 2 million computers

Security software infects 2 million computers

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More than two million people who downloaded security software CCleaner have been infected by malware on their computers, its developers have confirmed.Piriform, the company behind the software, said on its website that a new version of the app had been tampered with before being released.The malicious code was added to the legitimate code for CCleaner, which allows users to wipe unwanted files from their hard-drives, and could have allowed hackers to take over the devices of 2.27 million people.Known as a "supply chain attack", hackers often target trusted software to bypass security checks that target organisations might have in place.Image:CCleaner allows users to wipe unwanted files from their hard-drives. Pic: Talos/CiscoThe version of the software which had been "illegally modified" h...
Microsoft confirms Outlook issues

Microsoft confirms Outlook issues

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Microsoft has confirmed that some users of its email service Outlook are unable to send email or access their accounts.Hundreds from around Europe have commented on the website Downdetector that they have been affected by the problem - many since Monday morning.One common issue seems to be that sent emails remain in the drafts folder and are not being delivered to recipients.On its website, Microsoft says the service dropped "unexpectedly" and it is working on a fix.Not all account holders are affected."Intermittent connectivity is affecting customers in some European countries, which we are working to resolve as soon as possible," said a Microsoft representative.Outlook incorporates Hotmail and Windows Live Hotmail accounts.On its service status page, Microsoft is currently saying that an...
Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

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Social media platform Snapchat has blocked access to Al Jazeera content in Saudi Arabia. Snapchat said it was asked by the Saudi authorities to remove the Qatari-backed broadcaster's Discover Publisher Channel because it violated local laws.Qatar is in an ongoing dispute with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE. The four countries cut ties with Qatar earlier this year, accusing the country of supporting terrorism. Saudi Arabia has one of the world's most restrictive media environments, according to human rights groups and media freedom advocates. But the Saudi authorities have a particular dislike for Al Jazeera. At one point they had demanded Qatar's government shut it down altogether as one of 13 conditions to remove sanctions against the country.Those conditions were later withdra...
Warm waters off West Coast has lingering effects for salmon

Warm waters off West Coast has lingering effects for salmon

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The mass of warm water known as "the blob" that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead. Federal research surveys this summer caught among the lowest numbers of juvenile coho and Chinook salmon in 20 years, suggesting that many fish did not survive their first months at sea. Scientists warn that salmon fisheries may face hard times in the next few years. Fisheries managers also worry about below average runs of steelhead returning to the Columbia River now. Returns of adult steelhead that went to sea as juveniles a year ago so far rank among the lowest in 50 years. Scientists believe poor ocean conditions are likely to blame: Cold-water...
Typhoon Doksuri batters central Vietnam, killing 4

Typhoon Doksuri batters central Vietnam, killing 4

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Typhoon Doksuri slammed into central Vietnam on Friday, killing four people and injuring 10 others as heavy rains and strong winds ripped off roofs and knocked over many electricity poles. Blackouts were widespread and technicians tried to restore power. Flooding was reported in some villages. Packing maximum sustained winds of 135 kilometers (84 miles) per hour, the typhoon made landfall in Ha Tinh province, pounding six coastal districts and destroying the roofs of 62,500 houses, disaster official Ngo Duc Hoi said. In the neighboring province of Quang Binh, farther south, a man fell to his death when he tried to reinforce his house and an elderly man fell to the ground in his yard and died of head injuries, said disaster official Nguyen Duc Toan. 10 other people were injured by falling ...