Activision's "Destiny 2" is expected to feature a more complex villain and better worldbuilding than previous installments. "We're spending a lot of time just trying to make sure that we're telling a story and that we have characters that people want to meet and want to work with," says Luke Smith, director of "Destiny 2."
Cybersecurity experts recommend that WannaCry victims not pay the requested ransom, but they also believe that every organization should consider all available options before proceeding. The FBI and CIA encouraged victims to report attacks, while Kaspersky Lab discussed the availability of decryption tools for those affected.
CIOs still retain control of corporate tech purchases, but other business executives also are making decisions on what digital products to buy, according to reports from CompTIA and Forrester Research. CompTIA said 36% of businesses are letting executives other than CIOs provide input on purchasing decisions.
Applied Materials reported fiscal second-quarter revenue of $3.55 billion for the period ended April 30, up 45% from a year earlier, and forecast its fiscal third-quarter revenue will be between $3.6 billion and $3.75 billion. "Applied Materials delivered the highest quarterly revenue and earnings in our history, and we've now set new earnings records for four quarters in a row," President and CEO Gary Dickerson said in a statement.
The recent global ransomware attack dubbed WannaCry may be followed by something even worse, named EternalRocks by researchers. The malware taps seven US National Security Agency tools to spread and steal data.
According to DigiTimes, Apple is confident enough in its upcoming 10.5-inch iPad Pro to order accelerated production in anticipation of selling as many as 6 million units this year. In addition, upgrades are reportedly coming to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., has put forward a bill called Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly Act of 2017, which would require digital publishers, social platforms and internet service providers to get opt-in consent before using or disseminating consumers' sensitive information. That information would include browsing, app-usage and location data.
The WannaCry ransomware attacks highlight the importance of having a personal cybersecurity policy to keep data secure. Tips for securing data include making strong passwords, refusing to respond to email requests for personal information, using antivirus software and avoiding unsecured networks.
Marc Elsberg's "Blackout" is a story of hackers infecting electrical grids with malware, a scenario that is possible in today's world, writes Marty Munford. The lack of cooperation and universal regulations needs to be addressed to secure our systems, including electrical grids and smart home technology, Munford writes.
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