Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report Is Out

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends report was delivered at Code Conference in California today. Described by TechCrunch as “the state of the union for the technology industry,” her report is one of the most anticipated, annual presentations on Internet trends.

Insights from her report may help shape future product and service offerings and can easily impact governments, businesses and individuals across the world (including the Caribbean).

If you read only one annual report on Internet trends, this is the report for you. The 2017 slide deck weighs in a a hefty 355 pages. I waded through all of the them and added emphasis where I felt it was needed (in ALL CAPS and/or bold).

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British Airways Flights Resume from Tuesday

British Airways said that full service will resume from Tuesday (May 30). This follows the cancellation of all flights on May 27 as a result of an I.T. systems crash. The crash was blamed on a power supply issue.

Our IT systems are now back up and running and we will be operating a full flight schedule at Heathrow and Gatwick

These cancellations would have negatively affected the businesses of several Caribbean islands that British Airways flies into.

Source: British Airways, The Register

Attack Of The Killer Movie Subtitles!

Researchers at Check Point, an information security company, have discovered a new way for hackers to gain access to your devices – movie subtitle files.

This particular attack uses popular media player software including VLC and Popcorn Time. It is estimated that hundreds of millions of users worldwide may be at risk to this type of attack.

By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.

Users are encouraged to download and apply the relevant updates for the media players listed above and to also check for updates for any other media/streaming software not listed above.

Source: Check Point

Accidental Hero Who Stopped WannaCry Attack Does AMA On Reddit

REDDIT, The Internet – If you’re interested in “MalwareTech,” the handle of the guy who helped stopped the recent WannaCry ransomware attack, head on over to his reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session.

Over the years, reddit’s AMA’s have seen several politicians, movie stars, athletes, authors, and a variety of other interesting people, answer questions from members of the popular social site.

Past popular AMA’s include:

Barack Obama

Gordon Ramsay

Bill Gates

Elon Musk

Peter Dinklage

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Source: reddit

WannaCry Threat Still Real, Possible Links To North Korea

Almost 72 hours have passed since the WannaCry ransomware attacked computers and networks across the globe. Here’s a recap:

Starting Friday (May 12) hundreds of thousands of computers across 150 countries were hit. Organizations affected include: The UK’s National Health Service (NHS), FedEx, Telefonica and Renault. The software infected computer files and demanded a ransom of several hundred dollars payable in Bitcoin.

WannaCry was delivered via a vulnerability discovered in recent Windows Operating Systems, but which was patched back in March 2015.

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