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with businesses and organizations across the globe reeling from a major ransomware attack - including the nhs in the uk - microsoft has taken the unusual step of releasing a security patch for windows xp, some three years after support for the antiquated os was officially stopped.the wannacry ransomware is currently causing a headache for it managers at renault in france, the nhs in the uk, telefónica in spain, and dozens of other companies. it works by exploiting an unpatched bug in windows xp, the 16-year-old operating system which is still limping along in many a corporate office.microsoft stopped issuing global patches for xp in april 2014, though it does still provide essentially security updates for the os to companies who stump up extra cash for the privilege. the wannacry attack i...

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image copyrightsvetlana lokhovawhen svetlana lokhova saw the internet light up with suggestions she was a russian spy, she initially thought it was a joke. but the russian-born academic soon found herself, in her words, "collateral damage" in the controversies surrounding the trump administration and the swirl of allegations about russian espionage. the claims revolved around her contact with gen michael flynn in cambridge in 2014. flynn resigned after just 24 days as us national security adviser after allegations he had failed to be honest about contacts with the russian ambassador to the us during the transition to the trump administration.after his resignation in february, there were reports in the us and uk media about lokhova, including the claim that flynn's contact with lokhova "tro...

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