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An estimated 1.4 million young people in 123 countries skipped school Friday to demand stronger climate policies in what may be one of the largest environmental protests in history.

“This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice,” wrote the Swedish activist and strike leader Greta Thunberg with other young climate activists in the Guardian Friday. “We knew there was a climate crisis … We knew, because everything we read and watched screamed out to us that something was very wrong.”


Greta Thunberg speaks a strike outside of the Swedish parliament house, Riksdagen, in Stockholm, Sweden, on March 15.

Greta Thunberg speaks a strike outside of the Swedish parliament house in Stockholm on March 15.
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Thunberg, 16, began skipping school to strike in front of Sweden’s parliament in August. Soon students in other countries began to follow her lead in what became the Fridays for Future movement.

As her media presence has grown, Thunberg has become the voice of youth exasperation with policymakers’ failure to take steps to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions in the face of catastrophic climate change. “Our house is on fire,” she said in a January speech at Davos. “I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”

What Thunberg and her fellow protesters want from governments now is to “keep fossil fuels in the ground, phase out subsidies for dirty energy production, seriously invest in renewables and start asking difficult questions about how we structure our economies and who is set to win and who is set to lose,” as they put it in the Guardian. And they have the backing of thousands of scientists who’ve signed letters of support.

Strikes are also expected Friday in more than 100 US cities, and have been organized in large part by three girls: Alexandria Villasenor, Haven Coleman, and Isra Hirsi, daughter of the headline-making first-term Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Here are some of the best photos and video we’ve seen of the strikes in the United States and around the world so far. This post will be updated throughout the day.

Sydney, Australia


Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, Australia.

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Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, Australia.

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Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, Australia.

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Seoul, South Korea


South Korean students participate in a Climate Strike rally on March 15, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

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South Korean students participate in a Climate Strike rally on March 15, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

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South Korean students participate in a Climate Strike rally on March 15, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

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Delhi, India


An Indian child carries a placard as she participates in a school strike called ‘Fridays for future’ to protest against climate change in New Delhi, India, on March 15, 2019.

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Indian school students hold placards as they take part in a protest against global warming in New Delhi on March 15, 2019.

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Indian school students shout slogans during a protest against global warming in New Delhi on March 15, 2019.

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San Francisco, California


Students march along Market Street during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco.

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Students march along Market Street during a protest against climate change Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Francisco.

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London, England


Schoolchildren gather around Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace as they take part in a student climate protest on March 15, 2019 in London, England.

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Cape Town, South Africa


Students in Cape Town, South Africa take part in a protest, Friday, March 15, 2019 as part of a global student strike against government inaction on climate change.

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Washington, DC


Students cheer and chant while listening to a speaker during the Youth Climate Strike on March 15, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) attends a Youth Climate Strike in Washington D.C., on March 15, 2019.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) attends the strike in Washington, DC, on March 15, 2019.
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Students cheer and chant while listening to a speaker during the Youth Climate Strike on March 15, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

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Lisbon, Portugal


Portuguese students chant and hoist placards in front of the Assembleia da Republica (Portuguese Parliament) during their demonstration to support actions for climate change on March 15, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Portuguese students chant and hoist placards in front of the Assembleia da Republica (Portuguese Parliament) during their demonstration to support actions for climate change on March 15, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Dublin, Ireland


Young activist holds ‘Human Change Not Climate Change’ sign during a rally for climate in Dublin, Ireland.

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Young activists during a rally for climate, in Dublin, Ireland.

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Stockholm, Sweden


Students participate in a strike outside of the Swedish parliament house, Riksdagen, in order to raise awareness for global climate change on March 15, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Taipei, Taiwan


Yang Tzy-Ching, 12, took part in the Global Climate Strike to protest climate change and government inaction in front of the Presidential Palace on March 15, 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Cardboard drawn by Yang Tzy-Ching, 12, a grad 6 student who take part in the Global Climate Strike to protest climate change and government inaction in front of the Presidential Palace on March 15, 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Quezon City, Philippines


Environmentalists gather on climate issues in Quezon city, Philippines, on March 15, 2019.

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Environmentalists gather on climate issues in Quezon city, Philippines, on March 15, 2019.

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Dresden, Germany


Participants of a “Fridays for Future” demonstration in Saxony, Dresden.

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Frankfurt, Germany

Zurich, Switzerland

Tokyo, Japan


Participants hold signs and shout slogans during the Fridays for Future march on March 15, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Participants gather at United Nations University for the Fridays for Future march on March 15, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

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Edinburgh, Scotland


School children hold placards and shout slogans as they participate in a protest outside the Scottish Parliament on March 15, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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School children hold placards and shout slogans as they participate in a protest outside the Scottish Parliament on March 15, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 15: School children hold placards and shout slogans as they participate in a protest outside the Scottish Parliament on March 15, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Look at How Much “Game of Thrones” Characters Have Changed Over 8 Seasons

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During the summer of 2019, the final season of Game of Thrones aired. The show had gone on for almost 10 years which is a long time not only for the characters but also for the actors who portrayed them.

Bright Side is remembering what characters looked like in the very first episodes of the groundbreaking series and is comparing them to what they look like in the final season of the show.

1. Cersei Lannister

2. Jon Snow

3. Tyrion Lannister

4. Daenerys Targaryen

5. Sansa Stark

6. Arya Stark

7. Jorah Mormont

8. Varys

9. Jaime Lannister

10. Sandor Clegane

11. Brienne of Tarth

12. Samwell Tarly

13. Davos Seaworth

14. Theon Greyjoy

15. Brandon Stark

Did you watch Game of Thrones? Did you enjoy season 8? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Baltimore’s ransomware attack, explained – Vox

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Thirteen bitcoins are standing between the city of Baltimore and many of the services and processes its citizens rely on after hackers seized thousands of government computers at the start of the month. The ordeal has been going on for two weeks, and there’s no clear end in sight.

Here’s what’s happening: On May 7, hackers digitally seized about 10,000 Baltimore government computers and demanded around $100,000 worth in bitcoins to free them back up. It’s a so-called “ransomware” attack, where hackers deploy malicious software to block access to or take over a computer system until the owner of that system pays a ransom.

Baltimore, like several other cities that have been hit by such attacks over the past two years, is refusing to pay up. As a result, for two weeks, city employees have been locked out of their email accounts and citizens have been unable to access essential services, including websites where they pay their water bills, property taxes, and parking tickets. This is Baltimore’s second ransomware attack in about 15 months: Last year, a separate attack shut down the city’s 911 system for about a day. Baltimore has come under scrutiny for its handling of both attacks.

The ransomware attacks in Baltimore and other local governments across the US demonstrate that as ransomware attacks spread, and as common targets such as hospitals and schools beef up their online systems’ security, there are still plenty targets vulnerable to this kind of hack. It also exemplifies the conundrum that ransomware victims face: pay up and get your access back, or refuse — potentially costing much more in the long run.

What’s going on in Baltimore, briefly explained

Hackers targeted the city of Baltimore on May 7 using a ransomware called RobbinHood, which, as NPR explains, makes it impossible to access a server without a digital key that only the hackers have.

The Baltimore hackers’ ransom note, obtained by the Baltimore Sun, demanded payment of three bitcoins per system to be unlocked, which amounts to 13 bitcoins to unlock all the seized systems. The note threatened to increase the ransom if it wasn’t paid in four days, and said the information would be lost forever if it wasn’t paid in 10 days. Both deadlines have now passed.

“We won’t talk more, all we know is MONEY! Hurry up! Tik Tak, Tik Tak, Tik Tak!” the note said.

The city government is refusing to pay, meaning that the government email systems and payment platforms the attack took down remain offline. The attack has also harmed Baltimore’s property market, because officials weren’t able to access systems needed to complete real estate sales. (The city said transactions resumed on Monday.)

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young, who’s officially been in his office less than a month, said in a statement on Friday that city officials are “well into the restorative process” and have “engaged leading industry cybersecurity experts who are on-site 24-7 working with us.” The FBI is also involved in the investigation.

“Some of the restoration efforts also require that we rebuild certain systems to make sure that when we restore business functions, we are doing so in a secure manner,” Young said. He did not offer a timeline for when all systems will come back online.

The Baltimore City Council president also plans to form a special committee to investigate this latest attack and try to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

A similar attack using RobbinHood hit government computers in Greenville, North Carolina, in April. A spokesperson for Greenville told the Wall Street Journal that the city never wound up paying, and that while its systems aren’t entirely restored, “all of our major technology needs are now being met.”

More than 20 municipalities in the US have been hit by cyberattacks this year alone. And such attacks can be expensive, perhaps especially if targets say they won’t pay. In 2018, hackers demanded that Atlanta pay about $50,000 in bitcoins as part of a ransomware attack. The city refused, and according to a report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, the attack wound up costing the city $17 million to fix.

Ransomware attacks aren’t new — but we’re still figuring out how to deal with them

In 2017, a ransomware called WannaCry targeted tens of thousands of computers using Microsoft Windows operating systems in more than 100 countries. Officials in the US and the United Kingdom eventually blamed North Korea for the attack. Also in 2017, corporations in the UK, France, Russia, Israel, and Ukraine experienced ransomware attacks. US hospitals were also targeted.

Here’s how Timothy Lee explained for Vox what was going on and how ransomware had become more prolific:

The basic idea behind ransomware is simple: A criminal hacks into your computer, scrambles your files with unbreakable encryption, and then demands that you pay for the encryption key needed to unscramble the files. If you have important files on your computer, you might be willing to pay a lot to avoid losing them.

Ransomware schemes have become a lot more effective since the invention of Bitcoin in 2009. Conventional payment networks like Visa and Mastercard make it difficult to accept payments without revealing your identity. Bitcoin makes that a lot easier. So the past four years have seen a surge in ransomware schemes striking unsuspecting PC users.

Some ransomware schemes are so sophisticated that they even invest in customer service, helping victims who want to pay their ransoms navigate the complexities of obtaining bitcoins and making bitcoin payments.

Since then, a number of sectors and organizations have made improvements to their security practices to protect against ransomware. But the latest Baltimore attack exemplifies what a whack-a-mole game this is: One area improves its practices and hackers just go looking for another.


Recode and Vox have joined forces to uncover and explain how our digital world is changing — and changing us. Subscribe to Recode podcasts to hear Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka lead the tough conversations the technology industry needs today.

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