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In May, the criminals behind the TeslaCrypt ransomware leaked online the master encryption key that allowed security experts to develop a decryption tool for the last variant of the threat.

“In surprising end to TeslaCrypt, the developers shut down their ransomware and released the master decryption key. Over the past few weeks, an analyst for ESET had noticed that the developers of TeslaCrypt have been slowly closing their doors, while their previous distributors have been switching over to distributing the CryptXXX ransomware. ” reported Lawrence Abrams from that also published a step by step guide to use the Teslacrypt decryption Tool.

The decryptor was developed by experts from the ESET security Firm, it was able to unlock files encrypted by versions 3 and 4 of TeslaCrypt by using the above master key, released on May 19.

“Today, ESET® released a decryptor for recent variants of the TeslaCrypt ransomware. If you have been infected by one of the new variants (v3 or v4) of the notorious ransomware TeslaCrypt and the encrypted files have the extensions .xxx, .ttt, .micro, .mp3 or remained unchanged, then ESET has good news for you.” announced ESET.

I have other good news for the victims of all TeslaCrypt variants, Cisco Talos Team has updated its decryptor tool to address all four versions of TeslaCrypt ransomware in wild.

“Talos has developed a decryption tool to aid users whose files have been encrypted by TeslaCrypt ransomware. The Talos TeslaCrypt Decryption Tool is an open source command line utility for decrypting TeslaCrypt encrypted files so users’ files can be returned to their original state.” states the announcement published by Cisco Talos.

Version 1.0 is able to decrypt all the files encrypted by all version of TeslaCrypt and AlphaCrypt:






SAN DIEGOJune 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Turtle Beach Corporation (NASDAQ:  HEAR), a leading audio technology company for over 40 years, has achieved another significant breakthrough with its HyperSound® technology, as the company revealed today it is now able to create directional audio using a transparent pane of glass. The Company's latest innovation opens the doors for exploration into future glass-based directional audio products and applications in the consumer, commercial and hearing healthcare spaces. Turtle Beach will be showing an early prototype of HyperSound Glass directional speakers at the 2016 Electronics Entertainment Expo, which takes place June 14-16, 2016 at the L.A. Convention Center.

"The advancements the HyperSound team is making with directional audio are simply amazing – some of the biggest breakthroughs in audio technology to come along in decades," said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. "Being able to create highly directional audio using glass opens up many potential opportunities, including integrating into desktop monitors, commercial displays, desktop speakers, and automotive dashboard glass to provide warnings directed specifically at the driver…pretty much anywhere there's glass there's a potential for audio. As we progress the technology, this also opens up licensing possibilities to external parties looking for ways to integrate the latest audio technology into their products. Again, it's still early in development and the applications are simply ideas on the drawing board, but at the same time having HyperSound directional audio working on glass is very exciting and we can't wait to show it publicly for the first time at E3."


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In the three years since the news first broke of Edward Snowden’s trove of leaked National Security Agency documents, debates have raged in the public sphere and within the intelligence community over the contents of what he revealed and what they mean for privacy, transparency, and the future of surveillance.

The Cipher Brief spoke to half a dozen top former NSA officials, cybersecurity experts, and privacy advocates to assess the legacy of the Snowden leaks. As each year passes, Snowden personally becomes less and less relevant, according to the observers, but the issues raised by the leaks remain crucial to discussions revolving around privacy, intelligence, and national security.

For those once in the intelligence community, Snowden’s actions still rankle. Grave concerns remain over his stay in Russia, what may exist in the remaining documents he took, and how to try to breach the divide that has emerged between the government and the technology industry in the wake of the disclosures.

But the impact of the leaks on legislation and government reform has been decidedly lackluster, with most surveillance powers revealed by Snowden left largely intact. Critics also say the conversation Snowden accelerated — although a necessary one — was badly distorted by the disclosures. And intervening events with other actors, such as this year’s Apple-FBI debate over encryption, continue to push Snowden further and further from relevance.

“The Snowden affair seems to have really faded a lot in this last year,” David Fidler, adjunct senior fellow for cybersecurity at the Council on Foreign Relations, said. “We are not resolving some of the deep underlying issues in a way to protect privacy and human rights. He didn’t really help move the political needle one way or another, and that fading effect is just going to continue.”

The legacy of the leaks

Three years on, what have been the biggest impacts of the Snowden leaks? Experts and former top officials point to the losses in intelligence collection and trust — between the IC and the



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Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, where we gather up the latest gadget announcements, roll them in a burlap sack, and mosey on down to the beach for an afternoon. Yes, we're excited summer is finally here.

In this week's sunny ray of riches are Google's voice-activated at-home assistant, a gesture-controlled lamp, and headphones that analyze your ears for optimal sound.

As always, these are not reviews, and the ratings are less an indicator of quality than of how eager I am to have these things in my hands or discover how well they can understand my Scottish brogue.

Google Breaks In

Not quite content with Nest controlling how warm your domicile is and Chromecast taking charge of what you watch, Google is moving further into your physical world with its connected home hub, the creatively named "Home."

Taking a page or 10 out of Amazon Echo's book, Home is a blend of a smart speaker and a personal assistant, which you control using your voice. It can handle the types of queries Google Now (and its successor, Google Assistant) can take on -- from simple questions like what's on your schedule for the day to more complex ones about the history of your favorite sports team. Home apparently can hold a conversation, as it is able to answer follow-up questions without additional context.