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Ransomware hacking: World’s biggest tech firms advise detectives

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global coalition of technology firms and national security agencies is calling for “aggressive and urgent” action against ransomware hackers following a surge in attacks this past year.

Microsoft, Amazon, the FBI and Britain’s National Crime Agency have formed a new ‘Ransomware Task Force’ to combat criminal gangs and hackers linked to rogue states who target everything from private firms to schools and hospitals.

Among 50 recommendations to improve cybersecurity are designating ransomware attacks as a national security threat, better regulation of crypto and putting pressure on “complicit” nations.

Britain’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, or SAGE, says there is good evidence from early real-world data in the UK that Covid-19 vaccines are working after the first dose.

But they warned coronavirus jabs may fail to prevent hospital admissions among a very small number of people, particularly the frail and elderly.

Social media giants could face multi-million pound fines for failing to crack down on racist abuse on their platforms, that’s according to the British government.

The Online Safety bill is due before Parliament this year and is expected to set out a duty of care for tech companies.

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