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This week, we will experience the longest day of the year: June 21. For IT professionals, more daylight means more time to handle tasks on the back burner, start new projects or even — gasp — take a step back from the cybersecurity front lines. Here’s a look at some top contenders for security tasks worth tackling this summer solstice.

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University College London, one of the U.K.’s prestigious public research universities, has closed off access to personal and shared drives after a ransomware attack was detected late Wednesday afternoon. University officials said this morning that this was a web-based infection, reversing claims made in the early hours of the attack that the ransomware was executed via a phishing email attachment.

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The National Security Agency (NSA) linked ransomware that negatively impacted more than 300,000 people in 150 countries to North Korea, according to The Washington Post. The NSA’s assessment, which is not available to the public, states that “cyber actors” thought to be sponsored by North Korea’s spy agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, were behind the WannaCry computer worm.

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