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By Aleksandra Sagan The Canadian Press

Passwords often a ‘weak point’ for consumers in cyber security

TORONTO — This month, the University of Calgary paid $20,000 to regain access to its email system after a so-called ransomware cyber-attack.

A year ago, Ashley Madison, a website that facilitates extra-marital affairs, lost customers’ personal information to hackers, who have also recently accessed personal information held by online retailer eBay, Sony and LinkedIn, among others.

From Waterloo, Ont., to Cambodia, The Landmine Boys aims to defuse deadly bombs

TORONTO — Richard Yim was a teenager in Cambodia when he realized not all people live in near constant fear of being blown up by a landmine.

When he was eight years old, Yim’s aunt died after stepping on one of the millions of the devices that lie hidden on the country’s war-scarred landscape.

Growing antibiotic resistance opens market for alternative solutions

TORONTO — A hundred years ago, a small wound could result in death if an infection spread. That could become reality again as the world threatens to return to a pre-antibiotic era due to antibiotic resistance.

Some have pointed to the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock feed as a culprit, resulting in urgent calls to quell their use and find alternatives.