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Philippines asks airline passengers to check for MERS

The Philippines on Thursday asked more than 400 passengers who shared an airline flight with a man infected with the MERS virus to check in with the health department immediately. The move was a precautionary measure to ensure none of them were infected by the man who has since been quarantined along with his family, a health official said.

Mexican police issue warning about new 'ransom ware' virus

MEXICO CITY - Police in Mexico City have issued a warning about a new type of "ransom ware" virus that can take over computers' cameras and make the user think they are under surveillance. The Mexico City police department's cyber-crime unit says the virus infects computers, generally after they view or download sexually explicit material. Police say a message appears on the screen from a "supposed police agency" saying the user must pay a fine via electronic transfer.

PCs at gov't, firms at risk of infection from media-player sofatware

Personal computers at government agencies and companies are at risk of infection with a virus that allows hackers remote access when a South Korean firm's media-player application is updated. At risk are users of GOM Player, produced by Seoul-based Internet company Gretech Corp., according to Tokyo-based information security firm LAC Co.

Latvia to extradite cyber theft suspect to US

Latvia agreed Tuesday to extradite a programmer to the United States to stand trial for his alleged role in a global cyber theft ring that broke into a million computers. Latvian Deniss Calovskis, 27, and two other Europeans are suspected notably of hacking into computers at the US space agency NASA and of stealing online banking credentials for profit. Calovskis's lawyers said they would appeal the government's decision to the European Court of Human Rights, claiming their client would not receive a fair trial in the US.

China H7N9 survivor gives birth

A Chinese woman who spent five weeks in intensive care with H7N9 bird flu has given birth to a girl in what was described as a "miracle" first, state media said Friday. Qiu Yan, 25, was five months pregnant when she was diagnosed with the virus in April, early in China's human outbreak of the disease. She was in a "very serious condition" and underwent antibiotic, antiviral and hormone treatments, along with daily X-rays, during her therapy, the Global Times cited doctors as saying.

Australia central bank targeted by hackers

SYDNEY, March 11 (Reuters) - Australia's central bank has been targeted by sophisticated hackers seeking sensitive information which included Group of 20 negotiations, but a bank spokesperson said nothing was stolen. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) would not comment on a media report that the malware computer virus used in the attack was Chinese in origin.

CORRECTED-U.S. authorities charge three over 'Gozi' computer virus

(Corrects spelling of Gozi in the 3d paragraph) By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors charged three people in as many countries with creating and distributing a computer virus that infected more than a million computers around the world, including some operated by the U.S. space agency and others by banks.
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