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Ransomware infections reported worldwide - BBC News
A series of ransomware infections have been reported at organisations in a number of countries around the world.

A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world.

Screenshots of a well known program that locks computers and demands a payment in Bitcoin have been shared online by parties claiming to be affected.

There have been reports of infections in the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy, Vietnam, Taiwan and others.

Security researchers are linking the incidents together.

One cyber-security researcher tweeted that he had detected 36,000 instances of the ransomware, called WannaCry and variants of that name.

“This is huge,” he said.

Another, at cyber-security firm Kaspersky, said that the ransomware had been spotted cropping up in 74 countries and that the number was still growing.

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) was also hit by a ransomware outbreak on the same day and screenshots of the WannaCry program were shared by NHS staff.

A number of Spanish firms were among the apparent victims elsewhere in Europe.

Telecoms giant Telefonica said in a statement that it was aware of a “cybersecurity incident” but that clients and services had not been affected.

Power firm Iberdrola and utility provider Gas Natural were also reported to have suffered from the outbreak.

There were reports that staff at the firms were told to turn off their computers.

Screenshots of WannaCry with text in Spanish were also shared online.

In Italy, one user shared images appearing to show a university computer lab with machines locked by the same program.

Bitcoin wallets seemingly associated with the ransomware were reported to have already started filling up with cash.

Another firm that confirmed it had been caught out was delivery company FedEx.

“Like many other companies, FedEx is experiencing interference with some of our Windows-based systems caused by malware,” it said in a statement.

“We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible.”

‘Spreading fast’

“This is a major cyber attack, impacting organisations across Europe at a scale I’ve never seen before,” said security architect Kevin Beaumont.

According to security firm Check Point, the version of the ransomware that appeared today is a new variant.

“Even so, it’s spreading fast,” said Aatish Pattni, head of threat prevention for northern Europe.

Several experts monitoring the situation have linked the infections to vulnerabilities released by a group known as The Shadow Brokers, which recently claimed to have dumped hacking tools stolen from the NSA.

A patch for the vulnerability was released by Microsoft in March, but many systems may not have had the update installed.

Some security researchers have pointed out that the infections seem to be deployed via a worm - a program that spreads by itself between computers.

More to follow

मेरी तरह से माह-ओ-माहर भी है आवारा
किसी हबीब की ये भी जुस्तजू करते
the sun and moon wander just like me
they too are searching for their beloved
—  Haider Ali Aatish

At 10:02 AM on August 27th, 1883, a volcanic island in modern day Indonesia called Krakatoa erupted. The blast sent shockwaves across the ocean, triggering tsunamis that destroyed the coast of Java and Sumatra. The sound was so loud it was heard 3000 miles away.

As Aatish Bhatia notes in this recent article:What we’re talking about here is like being in Boston and clearly hearing a noise coming from Dublin, Ireland.

Barometric readings at the time clocked the sound pressure at 172 decibels ONE HUNDRED MILES AWAY from the island.

Here’s a handy reference:

  • Using a jackhammer – 100 decibels
  • Human threshold for pain – 130 dB
  • Standing next to a jet engine – 150 dB

And the scale is logarithmic - so a 10 dB increase doubles the loudness.

Bulleya
Junoon
Bulleya

Bulleya - Junoon

The original kalaam of Baba Bulleh Shah, that inspired this song, is “Bulla Ki Jana Main Kaun”

Na main momin vich maseetaan
Na main vich kufar diyan reetaan
Na main paakaan vich paleetaan
Na main Moosa na Firaun

Bulla, ki jaana main Kaun

Na main andar ved kitaabaan
Na vich bhangaan na sharaabaan
Na vich rindaan masat kharaabaan
Na vich jaagan na vich saun

Bulla, ki jaana main Kaun

Na vich shaadi na ghamnaaki
Na main vich paleeti paaki
Na main aabi na main khaki
Na main aatish na main paun

Bulla, ki jaana main Kaun

Na main Arabi, na Lahori
Na main Hindi, shehar Nagauri
Na Hindu, na Turak, Peshawri
Na main rehnda vich Nadaun

Bulla, ki jaana main Kaun

Na main bheth mazhab da paaya
Ne main Aadam Havva jaaya
Na main apna naam dharaaya
Na vich baitthan na vich bhaun

Bulla, ki jaana main Kaun

Avval aakhir aap nu jaana
Na koi dooja hor pehchaana
Maethon hor na koi siyaana
Bulla! ooh khadda hai kaun

Bulla, ki jaana main Kaun

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7 stages of love
     3. عشق - Ishq - love 
Ishq par zor nahin, hai yeh woh aatish
Ghalib
Ja lagaye na lage, aur bujhaye na bane

Love can’t be tamed, it’s like a fire that overpowers everything else
At times, it doesn’t start even after repeated tries; but once started,
it’s impossible to extinguish