May 15, 2017

05/15/2017: The malicious computer worm that holds your data for ransom

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Countries around the world, including Russia and China, have been hit by a cyberattack that erupted on Friday. We'll look at how it's affected some businesses, and the demands that were put forth by the ransomware. Plus: a look at the differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies. 

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Your computer’s security updates may be annoying, but they’re crucial

May 15, 2017
The ransomware known as WannaCry has affected individuals and companies worldwide. Could it have been prevented?
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Fewer couples have joint bank accounts. Why?

May 15, 2017
About 22 million Americans who are either married or living together keep separate bank accounts. That’s according to a recent survey by the personal finance site Bankrate.com. It also found that younger couples are more likely to keep their money separate. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. Stories You Might Like […]

Newly inaugurated French president heads to Germany

May 15, 2017
It’s tradition for any new French president make a pilgrimage to Germany. Given the particular power of Angela Merkel, the defeat of an anti-EU French candidate and French winner Macron’s interest in more European economic integration, the meeting will be more closely watched than usual. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. […]

Chapter 7: Where companies go to die

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May 15, 2017
The story of one U.S. gym chain illustrates the perils of this type of bankruptcy for consumers.
A sign leading to U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York City.
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05/15/2017: Can you recover a computer affected by ransomware?

May 15, 2017
Authorities are working to identify who developed a computer worm that's locking up data around the world and holding it for ransom. We'll discuss how India specifically is coping with the cyberattack, and then hear from a Microsoft regional director about the effectiveness of its patch software: Plus: a look at the future of France and Germany's relationship following Emmanuel Macron's presidential victory.

Countries around the world, including Russia and China, have been hit by a cyberattack that erupted on Friday. We’ll look at how it’s affected some businesses, and the demands that were put forth by the ransomware. Plus: a look at the differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC