Current Affairs 29 June 2017

Current Affairs 29 June 2017

Current Affairs 29 June 2017

Current affairs today - 29 june 2017

US think-tank launches web portal to track Indian states
A top US think-tank launched a knowledge web portal which tracks the policy and regu- latory environments of major Indian states.
★An initiative of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the online web portal the ‘Engaging Indian States,’ was launched by Griffin Thompson, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Transformation and Richard Rossow, senior adviser and Wadhwani Chair in the US-India Policy Studies.
British Prime Minister Theresa May pledges new powers to punish and tax social media firms
British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to create new powers allowing her to punish social media and communications companies that fail to look after users’ data, and to demand cash from firms to pay for policing the internet.
The election pledge comes after firms like Facebook and Twitter have been criticized the government for not doing enough to stop the spread of extremist content online or help victims of abuse.
Malware strikes nearly 100 nations
The WannaCryptor 2.0 ‘ransomware’, aka WannaCry, spreads using a flaw in older Microsoft Windows systems, which was made public when documents and cyber tools of the U.S. National Security Agency were leaked online.
★A ransomware is a malware that encrypts the files on an infected system and then demands a ransom to decrypt them, with escalation in the demand over time. The ran- som demand is in Bitcoins, the cyber cryp- tocurrency that is hard to trace.
★The WannaCryptor 2.0 has been asking a ransom of the Bitcoin equivalent of $300.

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