Injury-ravaged Vermaelen suffers fresh setback

first_imgBarcelona Injury-ravaged Vermaelen suffers fresh setback at Barcelona Jack Davies 21:12 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) vermaelen - CROPPED Getty Images Barcelona Real Betis v Barcelona Real Betis Primera División The Belgium international defender has been ruled out for a fortnight by the La Liga leaders with a hamstring problem Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has been ruled out for two weeks with a left hamstring injury sustained during Sunday’s 5-0 win at Real Betis.The centre-back pulled up in discomfort in the 38th minute at the Benito Villamarin after chasing down Sergio Leon near the halfway line.Vermaelen was replaced by Samuel Umtiti, who came on for his first La Liga appearance since December 2 after recovering from a hamstring problem of his own. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca later tweeted to say Vermaelen would undergo further tests on Monday to determine the severity of the problem.And the club have now confirmed the results of those checks indicate the Belgium international will be out of action for a fortnight.The former Arsenal defender, who has struggled with repeated injury problems in recent seasons, has been involved in all of Barca’s last 13 matches after working his way back to full fitness.He spent last season on loan at Roma but managed only nine Serie A appearances.last_img read more

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We were lucky massive cyberextortion attack could have affected Canada

first_imgCanada is not immune to online extortion, despite apparently sidestepping a massive attack that temporarily crippled networks around the world, a cybersecurity expert said.Atty Mashatan, a professor at Ryerson University’s School of Information Technology Management, said it was nothing more than a fluke that Canada appears to have been spared from Friday’s ransomware attack that disrupted services in Russia, the U.S., Ukraine, Spain and India.Attacks like this one, dubbed “WannaCry” for the “WannaCrypt” technology used to execute it, happen when a type of software seizes control of a computer, encrypting its contents and rendering them inaccessible.“The vehicle that the malware [is using to go] from one device to the other is spam. The most common way that they do that is via a link in an email,” Mashatan said. “It looks as if it’s from someone you know, in your contacts. You click on it, and bingo. The actual malware, the file, is downloaded.”The perpetrators then demand hundreds or thousands of dollars to unlock the victims’ computers — essentially holding the documents, photos and other items on the computer for ransom.“This one wasn’t really a targeted attack at all,” Mashatan said. “They usually run this campaign and hope to infect as many devices as they can.”“This time around we were lucky,” she said. “There’s so many people who are emailing one another within the U.K., whereas the traffic between the U.K. and Canada is not as much.”But if the wrong person had clicked on an infected link, they could have spread the ransomware to Canada.Related stories:Huge cyberattack forces Microsoft to offer free tech fixLakeridge Health reports tech problems amid global cyberattackComputer users worldwide — and everyone else who depends on them — should assume that the next big “ransomware” attack has already been launched, and just hasn’t manifested itself yet, Ori Eisen, who founded the Trusona cybersecurity firm, told The Associated Press.The attack appears to be “low-level” stuff, given the amounts of ransom demanded, Eisen said Saturday.He said the same thing could be done to crucial infrastructure, like nuclear power plants, dams or railway systems.A representative from Public Safety Canada said the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre is aware of the reported attacks, but made no mention on whether any Canadian users were affected.In the meantime, Mashatan said it’s important for everyday people to remain vigilant to prevent these attacks from spreading.She said people should keep their computers’ operating systems up-to-date, because the latest updates often patch up security holes. People should also avoid clicking on suspicious links.With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

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