Fox sets writers for The X-Files season 11

Fox sets writers for The X-Files season 11

Anderson was reacting to a report that the writers’ room for the next season of “The X-Files” is, once again, completely male. And now, Scully herself Gillian Anderson pointed out another way the iconic show has failed women.

The actress, who has played Agent Dana Scully on the hit supernatural Fox drama since it premiered in 1993, retweeted a Washington Post report that Season 11’s writers room has only hired men, and then chimed in with another not-so-fun fact for female filmmakers. The only other woman to direct an episode of the show is Michelle MacLaren (of “Breaking Bad” and more), who made her directorial debut on the Season 9 episode “John Doe”.

As Anderson, who portrays the beloved Dana Scully in the cult Federal Bureau of Investigation conspiracy drama series, points out, only two out of a total 207 episodes in the original X-Files series were directed by women.

We too, look forward to the day when the numbers are different. By the end of the 1993-2002 run, the two develop a romantic relationship and are reunited in the tenth season which takes place 14 years later.

Anderson herself is one of these women.

The X-Files was picked up for another renewal season – technically the show’s 11th overall – in April, and is expected to premiere sometime in early 2018. The series also has an assorted past when it comes to equal pay, Anderson revealed a year ago that it took her three seasons to receive an equal salary with her co-star.

India worst hit in APAC by Petya: Symantec

India worst hit in APAC by Petya: Symantec

The “Petya” ransomware has caused serious disruption at large firms including the advertising giant WPP, French construction materials company Saint-Gobain and Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft. In the May attack, fixing that bug protected the computer from ever becoming affected by the attack. “If you do not power on, files are fine”.

Kaspersky has reported that the hackers have no way of decrypting the data.

While there has been no attribution as to who originated the attack, security researchers have pinpointed what they believe to be the first target of Petya: M.E.Doc, a Ukrainian company that develops tax accounting software. Microsoft said in a blog post that the initial infection “appears to involve a software supply-chain threat involving the Ukrainian company M.E.Doc” and that it has evidence that some active infections started from the software maker’s updates.

John Miller, senior manager (analysis), FireEye, explains that Petya does not encrypt individual files, but overwrites the master boot record and encrypts the master file table, thus rendering the system inoperable until the ransom has been paid.

The cyberattacks recalled the WannaCry ransomware outbreak last month which hit more than 150 countries and a total of more than 200,000 victims.

However, they had not been able to find a so-called “kill switch” that would prevent the crippling ransomware from spreading to other vulnerable computers.

Johnson: In May the issue seemed to be related to Microsoft software and security that it patched – a lot of people hadn’t updated their systems.

So far the attack has earned its creators $6,000 in Bitcoin payments from affected users. Just like WannaCry, Petya also demands the ransom in Bitcoins, but their Bitcoin account is now inactive.

Since the WannaCry attack, governments and a number of corporations have begun implementing stronger cybersecurity protocols.

Petya ransomware, aka Golden Eye, has struck more than 65 nations, according to National Public Radio.

Wisniewski: This attack uses that same flaw that the May attack used.

How much bigger this attack will get.

According to research by Talos Intelligence, the attackers are using a variant of the Petya family of ransomware, using EternalBlue, which was seen in WannaCry.

Ransomware is one of the most popular forms of online attack today.

Ben Johnson: How does this attack appear to be different than May’s attack? The harmful virus will encrypt the data in infected computers and extort the owner to pay a ransom.

North Korea: ‘America first’ is the ‘American version of Nazism’

North Korea: ‘America first’ is the ‘American version of Nazism’

The North also repeatedly threatens to obliterate its neighbors, as well as the US, with nuclear weapons developed in violation of global restrictions. After all, the country is surrounded by larger, supposedly hostile states, and it has no allies on which it can rely to come to its defense. And Sen. John McCiain (R – AZ) flatly stated that Warmbier was “murdered by the Kim Jong-Un regime”.

“First we must vie for a freeze of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, and then as a second phase, try to achieve the complete dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear program”. Previously, foreigners who have been detained in North Korea were held for particularly risky behavior.

Of course, such a scenario is, in many ways, the stuff of fancy.

The letter was signed by Robert Galluci, the chief USA negotiator during the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis; Siegfried Hecker, a plutonium expert and former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory; former Sen. The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang, which handles consular affairs on behalf of US citizens, was denied access to him. The North’s latest verbal attack against the Trump administration follows Pyongyang’s declaration that South Korea should realize that “following psychopath Trump” will only lead to destruction and disaster.

For Moon, the trip – his first overseas – is a chance to personally bring South Korea’s voice to the chorus of those trying to influence U.S. policy on North Korea. Global travel into North Korea is extremely low. But it might also choose not to risk casualties on its own soil.

Moon believes in the importance of the US-South Korea alliance. After all, South Korea’s conventional forces are far better trained, equipped, and motivated than their North Korean counterparts. And for – in the Iran case, it took about three years of heavy sanctions. With renewed efforts to bring Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table, the possibility for improved relations seems increasingly realistic.

Certainly, the world would benefit from a more open, stable, and disarmed North Korea.

North Korea needs the fuel not just for its farmers and shipping, but also for its military. In 1939, for example, when Germany invaded Poland, the British and French, per their treaty with Poland, declared war on Germany.

“They did a little, not a lot”, the official said.

Robert Gallucci, former USA assistant secretary of state, and Leon Sigal, a member of the Social Science Research Council, a US -based nonprofit organization, who met Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol and other high-ranking officials of North Korea in Kuala Lumpur last October briefed The Asahi Shimbun on key points of the meeting.

TERRY: What they want to talk about is – first, they said the United States should accept them as a nuclear power, and then they were willing to discuss formally ending the Korean War by concluding a peace treaty or a peace regime, which really means getting USA forces off the Korean peninsula. Testing is only a small element of a weapons program – and not necessarily an essential one. This was a clear change from his campaign pledge, in which he called for Kaesong’s immediate re-opening, regardless of developments in the nuclear program. Ultimately it’s about regime survival for them, and nuclear weapons guarantees it. She was a Korea expert at the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, and she now works for Bower Group Asia.

A source told Reuters that Chinese and global banks are also stepping up compliance checks on companies dealing with countries on the us sanctions list, such as North Korea.

Sooner or later, the U.S. will have to bite the bullet and agree to talk to North Korea about ending its nuclear weapons program.

A stronger and more purposeful U.S.

The Trump administration is pursuing a strategy of “maximum pressure and engagement” to achieve a denuclearized Korean Peninsula by way of diplomatic and economic pressure, much to North Korea’s displeasure.

Ukraine intelligence officer killed by auto bomb in Kiev

Ukraine intelligence officer killed by auto bomb in Kiev

‘As a result of (the explosion) a member of the defence ministry’s main intelligence department, Colonel Maksim Shapoval, was killed, ‘ the defence ministry said in a statement.

The Defence Ministry later identified the victim as Colonel Maxim Shapoval of the Chief Directorate of Ukrainian military intelligence.

Colonel died as his auto crossed an intersection in the west of Kiev.

Authorities have given no details about who could be behind the attack. “The event has been qualified as a terrorist act”.

Earlier this month, a man from Russia’s Chechnya region posing as a French reporter shot and wounded Adam Osmayev, a Chechen who moved to Ukraine and who fought on Kyiv’s side against Russia-backed militants in eastern Ukraine.

The last major incident in Kiev occurred in July, when a prominent investigative journalist, Pavel Sheremet, was killed by the detonation of an explosive device in his vehicle, Reuters indicated. A number of Ukrainian officials, including prosecutors and an adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister said that Russian security services could be behind the incident.

In March, a gunman shot Denis Voronenkov, a former Russian lawmaker and critic of President Vladimir Putin, next to a five-star hotel in central Kiev in broad daylight.

Shapoval was reportedly investigating Russia’s military aggression in the ongoing war in the Donbass region for Ukraine’s case against Russian Federation in the International Court of Justice, also known as The Hague, said.

At least 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

This is how you can get macOS High Sierra right now

This is how you can get macOS High Sierra right now

The beta versions of macOS High Sierra are exactly that: beta. However, if you can’t wait that long, there is now a way to get macOS 10.13 High Sierra early.

The first thing you’ll notice about the new Photos app is how much easier it is to navigate with the new persistent sidebar on the left and the new editing panel, which allows you to see all the adjustments you can make in one place. Apple has changed from HFS+ to APFS, the file system already used by iOS devices. The new operating systems are slated to release sometime this fall.

Safari is getting intelligent tracking prevention to ward off all those advertisers, while it’ll also be possible to stop videos from autoplaying. If you have any of the above compatible Macs, you can go ahead and try out the new macOS High Sierra public beta.

This update brings a swathe of improvements including new core technologies which Apple says will help improve performance.

Other features of High Sierra include the Metal 2 graphics API, which supports VR and external GPUs, and the new HEVC and HEIF video and image formats which have also been added to the upcoming version of iOS.

At WWDC 2017, Apple announced iOS 11 for iPhones and iPads, watchOS for Apple Watch, tvOS for Apple TV and macOS High Sierra for MacBook and iMac. Memories now shows dozens of new categories from your library, and shows all previously imported photos displayed on an always-on sidebar, so you can easily grab last weekend’s wedding photos, pictures of your friend’s cats and your cousin’s new addition to the family. If you’re anxious that a beta flaw will prevent you from using your Mac, don’t install it.

If, for some reason, you can’t see the public beta update, restart your Mac, and go back to the Update section in the Mac App Store, and download the update.

Apple has explained which machines will run the new macOS High Sierra OS.

Hundreds of firefighters battle brush fires near Malibu, Calabasas

Hundreds of firefighters battle brush fires near Malibu, Calabasas

That blaze – called the Topanga Canyon Fire – scorched about four acres and forced the closure of Topanga Canyon Boulevard about one-half mile from PCH, which remained open, authorities said.

One firefighter sustained minor, heat-related injuries in the Calabasas fire as of 4 p.m. Thursday, according to Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Gustavo Medina.

About 195 firefighter personnel were on scene, Medina said.

Officials said no structures are threatened, as of 3:40 p.m.

Firefighters are battling a brush fire in heavy, dry vegetation on a Malibu hillside Thursday afternoon.

“[Both fires are] burning away from Malibu, so we’re monitoring them, we know that winds can be sneaky, so we always keep an eye on things even when at the moment it looks like it’s ok for Malibu, we’re keeping an eye on it”, Dueñas said.

The second-alarm fire, which became a third-alarm fire for a time, was reported at 3:09 p.m. and had burned about 20 acres as of 4:45 p.m.

Pacific Coast Highway had also been shut down in both directions in the Topanga Canyon area, but was reopened by around 6:30 p.m.

Topanga Canyon Boulevard was closed, he said. The fire started in the area of Topanga Canyon north of PCH. No structures were reported threatened in that fire.

Global wave of cyberattacks hit India’s largest port

Global wave of cyberattacks hit India’s largest port

Petya hit businesses worldwide, having for several hours disrupted the functioning of banking and energy enterprises in the US, Australia, Russia and France, bringing cybersecurity concerns into the spotlight.

“The fact of pretending to be a ransomware while being in fact a nation state in our opinion a very subtle way for the attacker to control the narrative of the attack“, Suiche said. WannaCry, which attacked unpatched Windows PCs around the world last month, also took advantage of the EternalBlue exploit to gain access to vulnerable systems.

“Network devices based attacks will most likely be DoS-based”, he said in a statement. Suiche said that was by design: It is what allows the virus to spread through entire local servers so quickly. Hospitals in Pennsylvania were being forced to cancel operations after the attack hit computers at Heritage Valley Health Systems, a Pennsylvania health care provider, and its hospitals in Beaver and Sewickley, Penn., and satellite locations across the state. “It finds all of your files and encrypts them and then leaves you a message”.

Ukraine has also been affected by massive cyberattacks targeting the country’s government, some banks and companies, as well as the Ukrainian capital’s airports.

“We can confirm the breakdown is caused by a cyber attack“, a spokeswoman said.

Danish shipping and oil firm A.P. Moller-Maersk has reported its computer systems crashed as a result of a cyber attack on Tuesday.

Radiation monitoring at the Chernobyl nuclear facility had to be performed manually due to a related systems failure. India’s biggest container port was also crippled when a Maersk-run terminal in Mumbai was hit.

However security analysts at Kaspersky Lab said they had traced the infections to “a new ransomware that has not been seen before”, dubbing “NotPetya“. Some reports claim that a few parts of India has also been affected by the cyber attack, while on the other hand, IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad assures that India is not much affected by the Petya ransomware.

A National Security Agency spokesman referred questions about the attack to the Department of Homeland Security. This is the second major cyber-attack this year.

Later, multi-nationals in Western Europe and the USA reported that they too had been hit by the virus.

“The global cyberattack hit our non-bank subsidiary, Real Estate. The necessary measures have been taken to rapidly contain the attack”, the bank told Reuters.

The Rosneft infection might be an unintended effect – collateral damage, Williams said. Typically, a solution in ransomware situations is backup recovery, but nonetheless, the computer networks affected are forced to idle for hours.

Army Chief in Sikkim; China toughens stand

Army Chief in Sikkim; China toughens stand

Ashok Kantha, former envoy to China said, “While both sides broadly agree on the alignment of the boundary in the Sikkim Sector, there are differences on the tri-junction point, which involves India, Bhutan and China”.

The Chinese Foreign Minister spokesperson on Thursday once again urged India to respect China’s territorial sovereignty and withdraw its troops from the Sikkim section of Sino-India border.

Even as Army chief General Bipin Rawat reviewed the ground situation by visiting the headquarters of the 17 Mountain Division in Gangtok and 27 Mountain Division in Kalimpong on Thursday, sources said the two rival armies had strengthened their positions at the tri-junction by deploying around 3,000 troops each in a virtually eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation. “For security concerns, China has suspended the entry of Indian pilgrims to China’s Tibet Autonomous Region via the Nathu La Pass in the Sikkim section of the India-China border”, Lu said. Bhutan had told China to restore status quo and stop work on the road immediately. Despite the People Liberation Army’s strong remarks, the Chinese foreign ministry indicated its willingness to resolve the dispute through dialogue.

“Doklam has been a part of China since ancient times”. The pictures were posted on the website of the Foreign Ministry. “The Chinese are very upset by the Indian assertion, and are seeking to push back against what they see as a line having been crossed”, a senior Indian official said. Also, under a China-Pakistan boundary agreement signed in March 1963, Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 of Indian territory in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to China.

The two sets of troops then confronted each other close to a highly strategic valley controlled by China that separates India from Bhutan – a close Indian ally – and gives China access to the so-called Chicken’s Neck, a slither of land that connects India to its remote north-eastern regions.

The Indian government has since taken steps to cool the tensions, rejecting an Australian request to take part in joint naval exercises with the United States and Japan last month to avoid antagonising China.

“This is an undeniable fact that the Indian troops have trespassed the boundary and it is violating our historical boundary convention as well as the promises made by the previous Indian governments”, he said. “This is an indisputable territory and we have adequate legal basis concerning this”, Lu said. China’s activities in Doklam are acts of sovereignty on its own territory. “This is totally justifiable and lawful”, he said.

“Being defeated by China in 1962 has left a lingering effect on India”, an article in China.Com, a Chinese portal said, alleging that India is trying to seek political and diplomatic power as well as military superiority.

Obama ‘did nothing’ about Russian Federation meddling election

Obama ‘did nothing’ about Russian Federation meddling election

President Donald Trump will arrive in Hamburg one week from Thursday to face Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the first time since taking office.

Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stopped short of confirming that the meeting will take place, saying only that the two presidents will take part in the G20 summit on July 7-8 and will be able to meet there.

A report then revealed that the Obama administration knew about Russian interference sooner than it said.

According to officials close to Trump, it is thought that the reopening of these facilities, in Maryland and NY, could be used as bargaining chips with Putin, though what the United States would get in return is unknown. “We’re getting them out”, Trump said.

Burns recommended that the United States work more closely with Europe to identify Russia’s cyber disinformation — fake news spread through social media, for example — and share information in real time. “By the way, not together-together, meaning he was probably shot in Moscow”. The two presidents have talked over the phone three times.

Ambassador Nicholas Burns, who held various diplomatic posts in the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, told Congress on Wednesday that President Obama, in hindsight, “should have acted more resolutely, quickly” to tell the American people about Russian attempts to interfere with the US election.

National Security adviser General McMaster further said that the American President also wants to identify the potential areas of collaboration with the Russian government. Those compounds, located in Maryland and outside New York City, were seized by the USA as part of a larger sanctions package authorized by then-President Barack Obama to punish Russian Federation for the election meddling.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Wednesday that Moscow would respond proportionately if the United States took measures against Syrian government forces.

“We must advance more quickly than our adversary and only together can we do so”, Burr said.

Answering a question from a TASS correspondent about the format of the upcoming Putin-Trump talks, the White House official replied that the schedule was still being formalized.

Cohn told reporters that the meetings will include pull asides as well as bilateral meetings, but didn’t specify details relating to each leader.

“In my view, it would be a great mistake for President Trump to veto such a bill”, he said.

One possible “deliverable” under consideration is returning the two compounds – one in Maryland and one in NY – formerly used by the Russian government. We’re going to do more whether they tell us or not. You’re doing your duty that the people elected you to do.

The director of NATO’s Strategic Communication Center of Excellence, Janis Sarts, recommended that European nations and the USA must first create “societal awareness” of cyber attacks and collaborate with media organizations to help them understand “how they might be manipulated”.