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US cyberattack

Cybersecurity firm Huntress Labs has revealed that a ransomware attack on a US IT company has potentially affected 1,000 businesses. Huntress Labs says the massive operation was launched hours before the US Independence Day holiday weekend. It says the attack targeted a software supplier called Kaseya in the state of Florida. The hack then spread through corporate networks using the software. Kaseya describes itself as a leading provider of IT and security management services to small and medium-sized businesses. Ransomware attacks typically involve locking away data in systems using encryption, making companies pay to regain access.

Philippine plane crash

A military plane carrying troops has crashed in the southern Philippines, killing at least 17 people. Military officials say the C-130 military transport aircraft with 92 people on board went down while trying to land on Jolo Island in Sulu province. The aircraft, flying from the southern city of Cagayan de Oro, burst into flames when it missed the runway. So far, 40 people have been rescued and 17 bodies have been recovered from the burning wreckage. The death toll is expected to rise. Many of those onboard were soldiers who recently graduated from basic combat training. They were being deployed to the restive island as part of a joint task force fighting terrorism.

Zuma graft trial

A South African court has agreed to hear former President Jacob Zuma’s challenges to a jail term awarded to him for failing to appear before a commission investigating a graft scandal. The court said it will hear Zuma’s appeal on July 12th. The former leader applied to the court for the sentence to be annulled on the grounds that it is excessive and could expose him to COVID-19. On Tuesday, the constitutional court sentenced Zuma to 15 months in jail after finding him guilty of contempt of court. Zuma called the sentence a political statement of exemplary punishment. The former president is beset by multiple sleaze and graft scandals during his tenure between 2009 and 2018. He had until Sunday to hand himself in but he denies any wrongdoing.

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