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US may block renewal of H-1B visas

Companies in the US that hire foreign workers on H-1B visas may be blocked from renewing the same, a common occurrence which is undertaken to help the worker stay in the country long enough to obtain a green card.

Warning: Global cyber crime reaches new highs and worse to come

There has been an unprecedented level of new cyber crime attacks worldwide in 2017 — both in number and intensity — and next year is expected to be even worse, according to global security firm MailGuard.

Scammers again circulate fake Xero invoice

A second scam email pretending to contain an invoice from accounting software provider Xero has recently surfaced, according to security company MailGuard.

New US law would clamp down further on H-1B visas

New rules around H-1B visas will make it harder for companies that are dependent on this class of visa to take foreigners to the US for work.

ownCloud adds app for protection against ransomware

Germany-based open-source file syncing and sharing software company ownCloud has included a new Ransomware App, for business users to guard against 90% of ransomware attacks.

North Korea asks US for proof of WannaCry claim

A North Korean diplomat has asked the US to provide evidence for its claim that the WannaCry ransomware was created and spread by Pyongyang.

Millennial management no problem for SAS' David Bowie

David Bowie will be analytics company SAS’ vice-president Australia and New Zealand for a year come January 2018. The year has been characterised by growth and customer success, underpinned by the continued commitment to being a terrific place to work.

Kernel hardening group's suit against open source advocate thrown out

A judge in San Francisco has granted a motion by noted open source advocate Bruce Perens to dismiss a defamation suit filed against him by Grsecurity, a group that supplies a patch for hardening the Linux kernel.

Malware fails to disrupt world's biggest oil company

The world's largest oil company suffered a malware intrusion in August, with a safety system coming under attack in what is said to be the first case of malicious code being used to target a system designed to prevent disaster at an industrial facility.

Romanians arrested for spreading Windows ransomware

Five Romanians suspected of spreading the CTB-Locker Windows ransomware throughout Europe and the US have been arrested in Bucharest.

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