Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.
Despite suffering a ransomware attack that affected all 9.7 million of its customers, medical insurer Medibank Group has paid its chief executive David Koczkar and other top bosses their annual bonuses, worth about $7.3 million.
Google has settled a case over location tracking brought by 40 attorneys-general in the US, paying US$391.5 million (A$578.95 million) in what is claimed to be the biggest multi-state attorney-general privacy settlement in the US.
Data published by the individual(s), who attacked the medical insurer Medibank Group using ransomware, has now been linked to from a forum on the clear Web, the same forum where the data from telco Singtel Optus was released. Ransomware generally attacks only systems running Microsoft's Windows operating system.
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