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Ransomware distress

By definition, ransomware is a type of malware that can access files or systems and prevent users from accessing these files or systems. All files, even the entire device, are encrypted as a hostage until the victim pays the ransom in exchange for the decryption key. This key allows users to access files or systems encrypted by the program.

The history of ransomware

The first known ransomware attack was detected in 1989, but it has been a threat to the business world for many years. The first attack was initiated by AIDS researcher Joseph Popp in 1989. He distributed 20,000 floppy disks to AIDS researchers in more than 90 countries/regions. He claimed that the disk contained an A program that can analyze the risk of individuals acquiring the virus by using a questionnaire to investigate AIDS. However, the disk also contained a malware program that was initially hibernated in the computer and could only be activated after the computer was powered on 90 times. After reaching the 90-start threshold, the malware displays a message requesting payment of $189 and another $378 in software rental fees. This ransomware attack is called the AIDS Trojan or PC Cyborg.

Impact on business

Ransomware attacks have the ability to cause catastrophic effects, which may disrupt catastrophic business operations, data loss, and financial losses. The impact of ransomware attacks includes the loss or destruction of critical information, reputation damage, business interruption, and possibly even business closure.

Ransomware has maintained prominence as one of the biggest threats in modern-day commerce. Consider this:

  • A new organization will fall victim to ransomware every 14 seconds in 2019, and every 11 seconds by 2021. (Source: Cyber Security Ventures)
  • 1.5 million new phishing sites are created every month. (Source: webroot.com)
  • Ransomware attacks have increased by over 97 percent in the past two years. (Source: PhishMe)
  • A total of 850.97 million ransomware infections were detected by the institute in 2018.
  • 34% of businesses hit with malware took a week or more to regain access to their data. (Source: Kaspersky)
  • In 2019 ransomware from phishing emails increased 109 percent over 2017. (Source: PhishMe)

As a business, a business or a government getting into ransomware is a dangerous game-the business will eventually be stuck with limited or no choice. Sensitive information is risky, but paid hackers cannot guarantee that the information has not been copied. The payment of the ransom does not guarantee the safe return of all documents.

So what should be done? How can companies resist the negative impact of ransomware?

Some of the tips to guard against ransomware attacks includes:

  • Performing regular backups on important data and keeping backup copies disconnected from the computer
  • Installing the latest patches for operating systems and software in use
  • Keeping your anti-malware program and signatures up to date
  • Carrying out a regular full scan to detect and guard against malware attacks
  • Refrain from visiting suspicious websites or downloading any files from them
  • Do not open any suspicious emails or instant messages, as well as the attachments and hyperlinks inside

“Play by the rules but be ferocious.” – Phil Knight

Ransomware Insurance

Ransomware insurance is an insurance policy that covers financial losses caused

Attacked via ransomware.

This kind of insurance makes it possible to obtain protection against financial losses.

It comes from the cost of handling and recovering from ransomware attacks.

The language and coverage of ransomware insurance policies may vary greatly.

Therefore, insurance experts recommend insurance policies that can be extorted,

Payment and loss of revenue due to attacks.

The future of ransomware

Cybercriminals continue to evolve, and ransomware operations are becoming more complex and creative in terms of profiting from their efforts. The profit potential of ransomware authors and operators also promotes rapid innovation and brutal competition among cybercriminals

The focus of today’s global business field is to build a sustainable business through powerful functions

System and adequate insurance to prevent threats.

Therefore, it is essential that all businesses, organizations, and enterprises must protect themselves from potential ransomware attacks.

So, it’s not a bad idea to get good Ransomware protection after all.

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Abdullah Al-Antari – A Young magician amazing people with his crazy tricks-2022

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The world is full of people as a walking piece of art. One of such people is musicians who succeed with entertaining their viewers and audiences with their exceptional performance and unmatchable material manipulating skills. Frankly speaking, a magician allows us to forget our daily life problems for a moment by taking us to another world by fascinating us with their magic tricks. To explore the thing in more detail and see it from a closer point of view, we had some amazing minutes of joy spent with the most inspiring IMS certifies young magician of 2022, namely Abdullah. So why not share with you the amazing conversation.

Hi Abdullah, how are you doing? You are already the talk of the town especially for magic lovers; would you like to tell people more about yourself and your journey towards magic?

“Hi, my name is Abdullah Al-Antari, 22. I live in Germany. I started learning about magic three years ago.

So what about your academic career Abdullah Al-Antari? Are you pursuing both things simultaneously?

“Yeah, I went to high school in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and now I am managing to carry out my further studies in Germany.”

What do you like to do in your free time, what more precisely are your hobbies Abdullah?

“Amm well, my hobbies are football and table tennis and that’s what love doing in my spare time. It feels great.”

Tell us about lovely family Abdullah Al-Antari-

“I have a kind of big family of 6 who I love love love love!!! They make my life even better with their insane support and love for me. Their affection encourages me to love my life do my love job and keep growing. They are my better half I must say.”

Abdullah Al-Antari your fans wonder a lot where did you learn magic from? And also you are an International Magicians Society certified. That’s great to know. How did you make it?

“Ahh, well I am a self-trained magician, I learned magic from books, I learned it From Expert card technique and I did it from some paid websites out there. I love what I do. I love my job. Your dedication and commitment earn you a lot more than just fame and appreciation, people would eventually recognize you for your love job.”

Abdullah Al-Antari, you have carved yourself into a real piece of art that is truly fascinating to so many people around you. How do you feel while performing tricks and amazing youngsters? Also, we wonder if you teach any tricks-

“Yeah it is always time-demanding to reach your goals and it takes a lot of patience to get there. I feel great while doing tricks. Magic is much more for me. It is close to my heart. I love when people get amazed by my tricks. I love when people spread the word and more appreciation comes out. I love it even more doing more and more tricks and showing them amazing content over time. And yeah, I don’t teach tricks but I do love doing them.”

It was lovely knowing you from even closer Abdullah, what message would you like to give to young people and how can your fans and new viewers reach out to you on social media?

“My fans can stay in touch on Instagram with me where I post a lot of my fresh videos. And yes the message I would like to give to young people is that they should develop the skills they have to enjoy an exciting and interesting life.

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MeatSpady: An artist by the people and for the people

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We make a living by what we get but, we make a life by what we give. Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. There is no denying the fact that people who keep the passion of serving the community by giving back are the true leaders and beacons of hope. One such community servant and philanthropist is MeatSpady. A musician by occupation; by nature, a care giver to others. MeatSpady is the owner of the clothing brand, The Beautiful Letdown Store. Through his brand he has been consistently involved with his community by providing those less fortunate with food and free t-shirts bearing The Beautiful Letdown logo. The brand also offers two scholarships and two grants for qualifying families in the city of Philadelphia.

MeatSpady is a hip-hop artist, born and raised in North Philadelphia, whose deep real-life lyrics speaks to the very people he serves in his community. The Beautiful Letdown Store is an online store where the customers can buy a vast variety of quality apparel for a low price. The products range from t-shirts, hoodies, sweaters, sweatpants, sea moss and more. The brand came about after the 2018 release of The Beautiful Letdown mixtape. The project reflected MeatSpady taking full accountability for who he is as a human being. When the brand was created the objective was to convey the concept of having acceptance of self. Something he considers to be the highest form of self-love.

Through his brand, MeatSpady is striving to become a staple in his community. Leading by example he makes monthly visits into the community to provide food and clothing to the people, sponsoring the For The Love Basketball events throughout the city of Philadelphia and finding various  ways to give back to others.

The brand plans to offer two scholarships to Philadelphia high school graduates this year, as well as two grants to families who deal with the everyday effects of the health issues that their children are faced with. The Beautiful Letdown Store is always looking to sponsor events in the community that can help bring positive change to the people in it. “This is my way of giving back to my community until I can do so on a larger scale” says MeatSpady. When asked about the significance of the variety of colorways the brand offers, he stated “We believe everybody has a story and every story has a color. What color is your story?.

Being a musician and operating a brand to help the community is really an inspiring and appreciable action of MeatSpady. He is determined to continue to impact the lives of others as time progresses. With the continued support of his listener, fans, and customers the future is bright for MeatSpady and all his endeavors.

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https://www.thebeautifulletdownstore.com/

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Facebook.com/imeatspady

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How to Set up a Cardano Node?

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How to Set up a Cardano Node?

The constant evolution of the blockchain has made it a more mainstream technology. Such improvement contributes to its rapid market growth. Blockchain technology came along with Bitcoin in 2008, the first-generation blockchain that can facilitate only cryptocurrency transactions. Later, when Ethereum (second-generation blockchain) entered the blockchain space, it set a new definition of how blockchain technology can power enterprise-grade solutions and eliminate the need for third-party authentications.

Amidst the blockchain advancement and the advent of new protocols, scalability continued to create challenges for the first and second-generation blockchain users. Besides, lack of interoperability is another reason that disrupts the global utilization of diverse blockchain use cases. Blockchain experts realized the potential adverse impact of these short flaws, and thus we had the third generation blockchain, Cardano, in 2017. This article will explore Cardano, its diverse use cases and discover how to set up Cardano node. So, let’s start.

What is Cardano?

Cardano is a third-generation proof-of-stake blockchain platform designed to be open-source and decentralized. It addresses the challenges of first and second-generation blockchains. In addition, it eliminates the flaws of POS (proof-of-work) consensus mechanism such as high transaction cost, slow transaction processing, high energy consumption, etc.

Due to its open-source nature, the platform offers a range of Cardano development opportunities for worldwide developers. One can easily participate in the Cardano ecosystem and contribute to its sustainability by developing innovative solutions like a Stake pool, smart contracts, Cardano exchanges, and even a unique ecosystem.

What is a Cardano node, and how it works?

A node is the core component of the Cardano ecosystem that underpins the whole network. Ultimately, every blockchain network consists of various interconnected nodes to validate transactions and blocks via a consensus mechanism. Specifically, in Cardano, users are required to run Cardano node if they wish to join the platform and contribute to the open-source project.

So, how does a Cardano node work?

A Cardano node is a service node that imparts complete transparency across the network by validating how the pool interacts inside the network. The nodes further hold and manage the combined stake in a single entity.

Other core responsibilities:

Production of blocks

Cardano produces independently verifiable blocks across a peer-to-peer protocol through a robust block-producing system. It further adds security layers to decide which blocks should be added to extend the chain.

Validation of transactions

Nodes validate the transaction by appointing slot leaders who determine if the sender has enough funds to meet transaction parameters. Once confirmed, the slot leaders record data and assume it as an active block after the complete verification process.

How to set up a Cardano node?

We will discuss the step-by-step process of setting up the Cardano node from the source node and running the node into multiple operating systems.

For that, you need the following component setup for node installation:

  • The latest operating system- Windows, Linux, or macOS.
  • Dual-core CPU with 8GB RAM and 10GB disk space.

For Linux

Step1: Install operating system dependencies on the Linux system.

Step:2: Install GHC and Cabal using ghcup.

Step3: Download and compile a working directory to store source code and builds.

Step4: Configure the build option.

Step5: Build up and install the node.

For macOS Operating system

Here, we will explain the download, compilation, and installation process for the node.

Step1: Install operating system (OS) dependencies for MacOS.

Step2: Install homebrew packages.

The rest of the steps are the same as the node installation in Windows operating system (from step 3 to step 5).

For Windows operating system

Node installation for Windows is the same as macOS and Linux, but you need WSL (windows subsystem for Linx) that changes the windows environment into Linux.

Conclusion

With a highly mutative nature and the ability to embrace modern technologies, Cardano has brought significant change to the blockchain and its real-world implementations. Such overwhelming popularity has also empowered Cardano-based development & deployment services since this protocol supports scalable, interoperable, and sustainable enterprise-wide solutions at a reasonable cost.

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