LIBRARY Readers ALERT no. 264 — Ransomware

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1. Zetter, Kim. “What Is ransomware? A guide to the global cyberattack’s scary method,”
Wired. (2017, May 14).

Ransomware is malware that locks your keyboard or computer to prevent you from accessing your data until you pay a ransom, usually demanded in Bitcoin. The digital extortion racket has been around since 2005, but attackers have greatly improved on ransom cryptware, which encrypts your files using a private key that only the attacker possesses.

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2. Park, Alice. “HIV genes have been cut out of live animals using CRISPR,”
Time. (2017, May 19)

A group of scientists led by Kamel Khalili, Director of the Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center at Temple University, report in the journal Gene Therapy that they have for the first time successfully eliminated HIV genes from the genomes of mice and rats infected with the virus.

Time is available electronically at


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Virtual billions: the genius, the drug lord, and the ivy league twins behind the rise of Bitcoin / Eric Geissinger

Bitcoin, the digital currency, was introduced in 2009 with little fanfare. Five years later, shocking the world, it was worth $14 billion.

This book unravels the remarkable stories and intriguing personalities behind this cyber currency.


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Eternal Life – Exploring Ancient Egypt

Six Egyptian mummies between 3,000 and 1,800 years old from the British Museum are coming to Hong Kong.

Along with the mummy displays and around 200 invaluable objects, you can find out how non-invasive CT helps archaeologists determine the age and gender of the mummified bodies, and make other alarming discoveries.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet the mummies!


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