Massive cyberattack hits countries all over the world
A massive Cyberattack hit over 150 countries on the weekend infecting over 100.000 computers. Major companies like FedEx, Renault and telefonica in Spain have been affected. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
The virus locks the system and files on the computer until a ransom is paid. It had exploited a known bug in Microsoft Windows operating system. The attackers demand 300$ in Bitcoin and threaten to delete files and increase the sum if the money is not paid.
Microsoft Windows partly blames the affected organizations itself as Microsoft had released an update in March which could have saved many computers from the cyberattack. The scale of the attack is what is unprecedented.
To infect (ɪnˈfekt) – infizieren
to affect (əˈfekt) – beeinflussen
responsibility (rɪˌspɒn(t)səˈbɪləti) – die Verantwortung
file (faɪl) – die Akte
ransom (ˈræn(t)səm) – das Lösegeld
to exploit (ˈeksplɔɪt) – ausbeuten, ausnutzen
bug (bʌg) – hier: der Fehler
to demand (dɪˈmɑ:nd) – etwas fordern
to threaten (ˈθretən) – drohen
to delete (ˈθretən) – löschen
to increase (ɪnˈkri:s) – ansteigen, zunehmen
to blame (bleɪm) – beschuldigen
scale (skeɪl) – hier: der Umfang, die Höhe
unprecedented (ʌnˈpresɪdəntɪd) – beispiellos, noch nie da gwesen
Trump shares classified information with Russia
The newest development in the relation between Trump and Russia draws a lot of criticism. Last week the US president met with two high ranking Russian officials in the oval office. The meeting was documented by Russian photographers after the US media had been banned from the meeting.
Back in May 2016 first reports emerged of hackers attacking the Democratic Party. Although US Intelligence suspected the Russians behind the attack the Trump campaign publicly refused the findings. Several members of the Trump campaign are under investigation regarding their ties to Russia. The first from the Trump team who had to resign was Micheal Flynn, National Security advisor. And last week FBI director Comey was fired just as the investigations into the alleged meddling of the Russians with the Trump campaign were getting serious.
Now Trump has shared classified information about possible Islamic state group terror plots. The details could lead to the exposure of a source of information inside Syria. Furthermore, it makes America look like a country that can`t be trusted with secrets. Ironic is that Trump has often criticized Hilary Clinton for how she handled sensitive information.
development (dɪˈveləpmənt) – die Entwicklung
to draw criticism (drɔ ˈkrɪtɪsɪzəm) – Kritik auf sich ziehen
official (əˈfɪʃəl) – der Beamte
to ban (bæn) – jmd. ausschließen
to emerge(ɪˈmɜ:ʤ) – aufkommen
to suspect (səˈspekt) – jmd. verdächtigen
to refuse (rɪˈfju:z) – etw. verweigern
investigation (ɪnˌvestɪˈgeɪʃən) – die Ermittlung
regarding (rɪˈgɑ:dɪŋ) – bezüglich
ties (taɪ) – die Beziehungen
to resign (rɪˈzaɪn) – zurücktreten
alleged (əˈleʤd) – angeblich, mutmaßlich
to meddle (ˈmedl̩) – sich einmischen
classified (ˈklæsɪfaɪd) – hier: geheim
plot (plɒt) – hier: die Verschwörung, der Plan
exposure (ɪkˈspəʊʒəʳ) – hier: die Entlarvung
source (sɔ:s) – die Quelle
furthermore (ˌfɜ:ðəˈmɔ:ʳ) – außerdem
sensitive (ˈsen(t)sɪtɪv) – brisant, heikel
Turkish bodyguards beat protesters in D.C.
During the visit of the Turkish leader to the US a protest ended in violence when bodyguards of Recep Tayyip Erdogan beat protesters. People were protesting against Erdogan´s policies in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Video clips show men in suits beating protesters and people lying on the ground being kicked in the head. 9 people were hurt during the clash, 2 of them had to go to the hospital.
Trump and Erdogan met earlier this week to talk about their strained ties. The tensions between the two countries had been high due to different opinions regarding YPG (or People´s Protection Units, the Kurdish militia). While Erdogan says he won`t allow them in Turkey Trump sees them as an important ally in the fight against terrorism.
The Turkish government said in a statement regarding the violent incident in Washington that the protesters were affiliated with a terrorist group but failed to provide any evidence. There will most likely be no consequences for the bodyguards.
violence (ˈvaɪələn(t)s) – die Gewalt
policy (ˈpɒləsi) – hier: die Politik
clash (klæʃ]) – der Zusammenstoß, das Aufeinandertreffen
strained (streɪnd) – angespannt
ties (taɪ) – hier: die Beziehungen
tension([ˈten(t)ʃən) – die Spannung (neg.)
opinion – (əˈpɪnjən) – die Meinung
to allow (əˈlaʊ) – etw. erlauben
ally (ˈælaɪ) – der Verbündete
incident (ˈɪn(t)sɪdənt) – der Zwischenfall, der Vorfall
affiliate (əˈfɪlieɪt) – assoziiert, verbunden mit
to fail (feɪl) – versagen
to provide (prə(ʊ)ˈvaɪd) – etw. bereitstellen
evidence (ˈevɪdən(t)s) – der Beweis
likely (ˈlaɪkli) – wahrscheinlich