p If you’ve done your best to stay away offline for the past two days so you could actually enjoy your weekend, you undoubtedly now find yourself trying to catch up on all the news surrounding WannaCry ransomware.This unprecedented malware attack began sweeping the globe late last week, and security researchers estimated that nearly 57,000 computers in more than 150 countries were infected by the end of the day on Friday.As of Monday morning, more than 200,000 systems around the world are believed to have been infected.WannaCry is far and away the most severe malware attack so far in 2017, and the spread of this troubling ransomware is far from over.In this post, we’ll tell you what WannaCry is, what developments we’ve seen over the past three days, and how to protect yourself.In the case of WannaCry specifically, the software demands that the victim pays a ransom of $300 in bitcoins at the time of infection.
p Linus Torvalds might just be a big softie after all.The Linux Lord, infamous for his occasional foul-mouthed criticism of those who don't meet his standards, has just popped out release candidate one for Linux 4.12 a day early so he could give his undivided attention to Mother's Day.“So I'm doing this one day early, because I don't like last-minute pull requests during the merge window anyway, and tomorrow is mother's day, so I may end up being roped into various happenings,” Torvalds wrote on the Linux Kernel Mailing List on Saturday.Torvalds' release announcements are usually made on Sundays.Torvalds says this release is dominated by “new AMD Vega10 header files that have all the register definitions in them” and “the new Intel Atom IPU driver”.Beyond those two additions, he says this release looks like “Two thirds drivers, with the rest being arch updates, documentation updates and "misc" (filesystems, networking, header updates, core files).”