Ransomeware ‘PETYA’ cyberattack locks windows computers

Ransomeware ‘PETYA’ cyberattack locks windows computers

PETYA a massive cyber attack is spreading across the world. It has impacted numerous businesses across Europe including banks, electronic companies, telecoms operators, retailers and even government agencies.

Maersk the largest shipping company(container line) reported on twitter that its computer systems are down.

Russian top oil producer Rosneft reported its computer systems also were hit. It said on twitter that it did not affect production.

It reads ;”A massive hacker attack has hit the servers of the Company. We hope it has no relation to the ongoing court procedures. …neither oil production nor preparation processes were stopped.”

The virus also took down government agencies, electricity suppliers and
even banks in Ukraine.

Here is a statement from Ukraine “Some of our gov agencies, private firms were hit by a virus. No need to panic, we’re putting utmost efforts to tackle the issue.”

PETYA virus is particularly a nasty ransomeware. Instead of encrypting and locking files on the system, it just restarts the system and locks up the entire system files leaving the computer unable to boot-up.

It demands the owner pays 300 dollar worth of bitcoin to restore the computer. It comes on the heels of WannaCry Ransomeware.

Recall WannaCry ransomeware last month crippled more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries. WannaCry affected outdated Windows systems that did not have the latest security patches. It seems like PETYA is also taking advantage of similar flaws on Windows operating systems
. It also seems like if you install all updates, you should be free from the attack. As at the time of this report security experts have not found a way to fix the ransomeware and it is unclear who is behind the attack.

Hmm!  Obviously Microsoft Corporation is in trouble.

Read AlsoObaseki aids family of late pensioner in Oredo Local Government Area

Obaseki aids family of late pensioner in Oredo Local Government Area

Obaseki aids family of late pensioner in Oredo Local Government Area

Governor Obaseki in deep pain came to the aid of the family of late pensioner from Oredo Local Government Area in Edo State.

It was reported that the dead body had been left in the mortuary for over
454 days. What could be the reason? One would ask. Could it be tradition or money for not allowing the dead to rest in peace?

The Governor of Edo State in sympathy promised to offset the bills and empower the Oboite’s family to enable them carry out the burial rites of their late father.

This was made public in a statement released by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. John Mayaki who also clarified that the Governor did not order the employment of 4,200 people into the State Civil Service but into public works program.

On the issue of the late pensioner, John revealed that the Governor
was earlier informed of one Mr. Sunday Oboite who passed away while waiting to be verified during a verification exercise at Oredo Local Government Area and that his family was in dare need of financial assistance to carry out the burial ceremony. The man was said to have been left in the mortuary for over 454 days.

According to John, “the governor sympathizes with the family of the late Oboite, especially his son, Osasu Oboite, on whom the onus of responsibility for the burial fell. He has therefore decided to assist the family with the burial, clear the mortuary bills and also provide resources for his only son to start a business.”

Read AlsoFani-Kayode gives four reasons why Nigeria is described as not being free

Fani-Kayode’s four reasons why Nigeria is described as not being free

Fani-Kayode gives four reasons why Nigeria is described as not being free

Former Minister of Aviation Fani-Kayode is at it again when he came up with a recent post on his twitter handle of four reasons on “How can anyone describe Nigeria as free“.

Below are excerpts from his twitter handle;

“How can anyone describe Nigeria as free when Christian studies (CRK) is
removed from the curriculum & Islamic Arabic studies is compulsory?”

“How can anyone describe Nigeria as free when its almost impossible for a Christian to gain admission into Ahmadu Bello University today?”

“How can anyone describe Nigeria as free when Christian studies is removed from the curriculum & Islamic studies are made compulsory?”

“How can anyone describe Nigeria as free when Christians are banned from buying land to build churches in most parts of the core north?”

Can anyone in Nigeria object to his thoughts? He is simply expressing himself on four points.

Consequently, this is simply his opinion and anyone that has anything contrary to this is as free as a bird to comment.

Read AlsoGTBank Nigeria now offers cardless withdrawal option

GTBank Nigeria now offers cardless withdrawal option

GTBank Nigeria now offers cardless withdrawal option

GTBank has come up with another great news. Now customers can withdraw money from any GTBank ATM across the nation.

Customers can now withdraw cash with 737. Simply Dial *737*3*Amount# and select cardless Withdrawal option at any GTBank ATM.

Wow! What a great relief for customers who hates roaming about with ATM Cards.

This is simply phenomenon and captivating.

Read AlsoWhy Nigeria’s Power Sector is unattractive to investors – Nnaji versus Naresh

Why Nigeria’s Power Sector is unattractive to investors – Nnaji versus Naresh

Why Nigeria’s Power Sector is unattractive to investors – Nnaji versus Naresh

The former Minister of Power , Prof. Barth Nnaji last week Thursday spoke on why Nigeria’s power sector is not attractive to investors. He stated his reason to be “harsh operational environmental and regulatory challenges”.

Nnaji, who is the Chairman of Geometric Power Limited, spoke at the natural gas business forum in Lagos with its theme “Embracing new realities: Resetting our gas to power industry.”

According to Nnaji the fears expressed by international investors includes lack of cost reflective tariff, gas supply constraints, poor transmission network, non-credit worthiness of distribution companies (DisCos), over leveraged power assets, value chain misalignment and lack of will to enforce agreements.

In contrast, the CEO at Viking Renewable UK Ltd., Naresh Bhundia
said “The real fact is that the government is a joke starting from just getting Visas in London . I tried 3 full days of travel from North of England driving to London just to get a visa .

I think having more than 145 mws built by my company including probably some of the largest solar parks in the UK, would qualify me to do some solar work in Nigeria. I now want my passport back and they can keep all the fees which was so high that all my travels to some seven African countries combined did not cost so much as charged for a Nigeria Visas.

I hope they will give my passport back and I will forget Nigeria…the power sector is attractive sir, but the Government is not!”

Consequently the Naresh is still of the opinion that the government has not yet created a conducive atmosphere for investors in the power sector.

Read AlsoEdo State commences the second phase of N-Power Programme

Edo State commences the second phase of N-Power Programme

Edo State commences the second phase of N-Power Programme

The second phase of the federal government N-Power programme has commenced.

A statement released from the office of the focal person Edo State Social
Investment Programme SIP Rev. S.O Uhunmwangho said the programme commenced with the opening of website for online enrollment.

The statement therefore advice the general public particularly the unemployed living in Edo State to urgently enroll into the programme by visiting www.npower.gov.ng.

The statement however stated that unemployed graduates living in rural areas of the state will be given priority in the selection process.

What could be the yardstick for the preference?

Read AlsoObaseki issues stern warning to political appointees in Edo State

Obaseki issues stern warning to political appointees in Edo State

Obaseki issues stern warning to political appointees in Edo State

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has charged the new political appointees to see the appointments as a call to service and opportunities to impact positively on their communities.

The Governor gave the charge at the opening ceremony of a 2-day orientation programme organised for newly appointed 54 Senior Special Assistants SSAs and 192 Special Assistants SAs in Benin City on Monday.

He first congratulated the appointees for their well-deserved appointments which he said was participatory. Governor Obaseki also said his administration has resolved to grass-root approach to governance saying that the workshop became necessary so as to bring the new appointees up to speed with the vision of the new government.

His statement reads; “We through our party requested that every ward should give us three nominees out of which we were going to select one as Special Assistant to represent that ward in government.

This event therefore is designed to acquaint all of you with the programme, policy and the direction of our government as well as your function as political appointees in this new dispensation. I also want to congratulate all of you warmly on your well deserved appointments.”

The Governor said the SAs will report to his office through the office of his political adviser and will operate from the offices already created for them in the 18 local government areas of the State.

He said that his administration was keen on revolutionizing six cardinal programmes in the State and the appointees needed to be brought into the new vision which includes strengthening of institutions, economic revolution, culture and tourism, environmental sustainability, social welfare enhancement and infrastructure, adding that the appointees needed to key into the quest.

However he warned that any appointee found wanting in areas of corruption and negligence to duty will be relieved of his position.

In an earlier opening remark, Secretary to the State Government Barr. Osarodion Ogie said the programme was aimed at building leadership skills as well as explaining the function of respective positions to the appointees.

His statement reads; “as you are already aware, the programme is to expose new political appointees to the strategic objectives of this administration at the same time to define role and expectations to the appointees … The content of the strategy will be fully discussed. That discussion will not be in isolation of building leadership skills …”

Ogie tasked the appointees to be disciplined, accountable and responsible as well as to make impact of the government felt especially at the grass-root.

The 2-day workshop for the political appointees will end on Tuesday June 20, 2017.

Read AlsoOba Ewuare II – “strike is against hippocritical oath sworn”

 

 

 

Oba Ewuare II – “strike is against hippocritical oath sworn”

Oba Ewuare II – “strike is against hippocritical oath sworn”

Oba Ewuare II of Benin Kingdom has expressed concern over incessant strikes in Nigeria health sector in which medical services affects patients.

He made this known when the minister of health Prof. Isaac Adewole paid him a courtesy visit at his palace recently. While stressing that strike is against the Hippocratic Oath’ sworn by medical doctors in Nigeria, he pointed out that reasons often given by doctors embarking on strike are unreasonable.

The Benin monarch also drew the attention of the minister of health
to the lack of adequate diagnostic centers in the hospital across the country as early detection of any ailment was a best way to curbing it.

His Royal Majesty called on the minister to provide adequate medical facilities to meet the health needs of the rural dwellers who find it difficult to access medical care in the cities.

Earlier the minister of health Prof Isaac Adewole said he was in Benin City to commission some projects executed by the Chief Medical Director, University of Benin Teaching Hospital UBTH Prof. M. O. Ibadin.

He told the Oba that he is working with the Minister of State for Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire to improve health care services in Nigeria and assured that UBTH will be improved to make exploit in the medical field especially in the treatment of cancer and other ailments.

Read AlsoObaseki advises Nigerians clamoring for disintegration to stop

Obaseki advises Nigerians clamoring for disintegration to stop

Obaseki advises Nigerians clamoring for disintegration to stop

Governor Obaseki says those clamoring for disintegration of Nigeria should stop and preach”peace and unity“.

Obaseki made the call at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Nigeria Army 4th Brigade Garrison Ikpoba Hill, Benin City during their 2017 harvest.

In his message to the parishioners Gov. Obaseki asserted that Nigeria will not breakup and urge those propagating hate speeches should stop.

The governor called on the church to pray for Nigeria’s continued unity as it pays to stay as a united country. Gov. Obaseki explained that he decided to worship with the church because its premises housed equipment of contractors handling the ongoing rehabilitation of Lucky Way road.

He said his administration will redefine political office as service to the electorate and that residents of the area most of whom served in the military deserve better infrastructure.

In his address the officiating priest Rev. Fr. Major Richard Bwami commended Gov. Obaseki for turning attention to the deplorable road and described him as “action governor“.

Gov. Obaseki later volunteered to join the harvest committee of the church with an assurance to assist in raising money for the construction of their building project.

Read AlsoProf. Osinbajo to address challenge in aviation sector

Prof. Osinbajo to address challenge in aviation sector

Prof. Osinbajo to address challenge in aviation sector

Nigerians acting President Prof. Osinbajo says the federal government will urgently address challenges facing the aviation industry which has hampered the growth and development of the sector.

Prof. Osinbajo gave the assurance in a meeting with a delegation of chief
executives of airline operators of Nigeria in his office in Abuja at the
weekend.

The acting President said Nigeria has failed to take advantage of its natural geographical position as the heart of Africa.

He also said the meeting was used as a fact finding exercise to hear first hand information from the airline operators and what domestic airlines are going through within the sector.

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