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Hospital pays $55,000 in bitcoin to hackers after 'SamSam' ransomware locks systems

SamSam ransomware infected Hancock Regional Hospital, officials said iStock A US hospital has reportedly paid hackers $55,000 (£39,900) to restore control over its computer systems after they were infected with a strain of ransomware known as ‘SamSam’. Last Thursday (11 January), staff at Hancock Regional Hospital, Indiana, found their computers …

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Radicalised inmate beats 7 French prison guards just days after al-Qaeda terrorist attack

Seven prison guards were attacked in Mont-de-Marsan jail GEORGES GOBET/AFP/GettyImages A radicalised inmate injured seven guards in a French jail just days after an al-Qaeda terrorist attacked four other prison officers. Monday’s attack occurred at a jail in Mont-de-Marsan in southwest France. Violence erupted while the inmate was being searched …

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Syria 2018: 5 key factors to watch

After a string of breakthroughs in 2016 and 2017, President Bashar al-Assad’s government now has the clear upper hand in Syria’s long war. Out east, the so-called Islamic State has been crushed between the hammer and anvil of al-Assad’s army and a Kurdish-led group backed by the United States. A …

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