US announces charges against Chinese, Malaysian hackers

first_imgTwo other Chinese nationals who formerly worked for Chengdu 404, and the two Malaysians, were indicted for hacking into major gaming companies to steal their secrets and “gaming artifacts,” likely tradable in-game chits and credits, and resell them.Together the seven were long recognized by cybersecurity experts as the “APT41” hacking organization, identified by their shared tools and techniques.While some had thought that the group could be run by the Chinese government, the indictments did not identify a strong official connection.But according to court filings, Jiang Lizhi, one of the Chengdu 404 hackers, boasted to a colleague in 2012 that he was protected by China’s Ministry of State Security, and indicated they were protected if they did not hack domestically. The US Justice Department on Wednesday announced charges against five Chinese nationals and two Malaysians who ran global hacking operations for at least six years to steal identities and video game technology, plant ransomware, and spy on Hong Kong activists.Three of the Chinese suspects operated out of Chengdu 404, a Sichuan-based company that purported to offer network security services for other businesses.They hacked the computers of hundreds of companies and organizers around the world to collect identities, hijack systems for ransom, and remotely use thousands of computers to mine for cryptocurrency like bitcoin.  Topics :center_img “Some of these criminal actors believed their association with the PRC provided them free license to hack and steal across the globe,” federal prosecutor Michael Sherwin said in a statement.The charges did not indicate any direct political motivations behind the hackers’ activities, though they did gain access to government computer systems in India and Vietnam.But they said that in 2018, Chengdu 404 deployed a program to collect information on people involved in Hong Kong’s democracy movement, on a US media group reporting on the treatment of minority Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang region, and on a Tibetan Buddhist monk.The filings do not indicate how the information was used.The seven face a range of charges including computer and wire fraud, identity theft, money laundering, and racketeering.The five Chinese remain at large but the two Malaysians were arrested in Malaysia on Monday and the United States is seeking their extradition.last_img read more

Caboolture home with footy goal up for sale

first_imgOne of the five bedrooms.A wing of the home has three bedrooms, all with built-in desks, and a children’s retreat.The master suite is further towards the rear of the house, with a walk-in wardrobe and resort-style ensuite.The shower has a rainwater showerhead and there is also a spa bath. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The kitchen is large.A fifth bedroom is on the opposite side of the home near the garage, and could be used as either a guest bedroom or study.There is an open plan kitchen and living space, as well as a rumpus room with a wet bar made of corrugated iron. The home at 10 Lemon Grove, Caboolture, is for sale.WHEN Matt and Nichole Forrester built their Caboolture home nine years ago they wanted somewhere they could unwind.The couple have four children, so space was a necessity but otherwise wanted the 10 Lemon Grove property to be their own private haven. “We wanted an open living resort basically,” Mr Forrester said.The single-level home has 355sq m of under-roof living, on a 4006sq m block. The bar is a talking point of the home.Mr Forrester said the bar was somewhere they often entertained.“It was something we thought we could talk about, so it usually creates conversation when people come over and then leads to a couple of drinks,” he said.center_img Outside are footy goal posts.Outside is a flat, separately fenced yard with football goalposts at one end, and a netball hoop to the side.“The boys play football and the girls play netball,” Mr Forrester said.“We spend a fair bit of time out there, and if it’s not one sport we’re playing, then it’s the other.” The garage is currently set up as a gym.The garage is also currently set up as a gym.There is space for big boys’ toys with a 69m x 9m shed that includes an office, shower, toilet, kitchenette and airconditioning.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Liz Tilley07:29last_img read more

Pedicab driver falls in Mandurriao drug bust

first_imgGuatala – resident of the village – wasnabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover cop around11:30 a.m. on Feb. 18, the report added. Five sachets of suspected shabu wererecovered from 31-year-old Mark David Guatala, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Mandurriao police station. Charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filedagainst him./PNcenter_img ILOILO City – Police arrested a pedicabdriver in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Dungon C, Manduriaodistrict.  last_img read more

Franklin County crash injures two

first_imgFranklin County, In. — A two-vehicle crash on Monday injured two people.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says a car driven by Becky Paugh, 22, of Rushville, was eastbound on Old U.S. 52 when she went left of center while negotiating a curve. Paugh collided with another vehicle driven by Anthony Sizemore, 30, of Laurel.Paugh was transported to a local hospital by private vehicle. Her passenger, Tammy Conley, 28, of Laurel, was flown from the scene for treatment. Sizemore was not injured.The accident remains under investigation.last_img read more

House Ag Approves CFTC Bill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON, D.C. (DTN) — After the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday approved a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said the bill “sends a strong message to the Senate. The people that look to our markets for integrity don’t care about political wins and losses. They expect us to conduct the business of this committee.”Peterson noted, “The CFTC authorization expired in 2013, so it is overdue, and I’m glad we are on a bipartisan path to get it done.” Although the CFTC has continued to function normally under appropriations bills, Peterson also said that Heath Tarbert, the new CFTC chairman, “is also keen to have his agency formally reauthorized.”Tarbert in a press release praised the committee’s action and said, “The sound regulation of our derivatives markets, which see more than $4 trillion in notional activity each day, is critical to the health of the U.S. economy and the pocketbook of every American. These markets help inform the price of everything from food and gasoline to home mortgage interest. Today’s bipartisan action highlights the importance of the work done at the CFTC and represents a significant first step in the legislative process. I look forward to working with members of both parties in both chambers to see a bill through.”For the most part, the bill continues the CFTC’s previous authorities, but it also reinforces its fraud authority, establishes an Office of the Chief Economist and expands the office of Minority and Women Inclusion.House Agriculture Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit Subcommittee Chairman David Scott, D-Ga., noted that the bill also will establish and maintain a paid internship program for students from 1890s historically black colleges and universities, schools that serve Hispanic and Latino students, 1994 tribal colleges, and those schools that serve the territories.The bill also contains a digital commodities section, but House Agriculture ranking member Michael Conaway, R-Texas, said, “Today’s legislation continues the important work of reauthorizing the agencies and programs in our jurisdiction, but I do want to caution that we are not breaking much new ground. This bill does not address important issues around the emerging world of digital assets, especially those digital commodities that fall within our committee’s jurisdiction.”Three freshmen Democrats claimed credit for provisions in the bill.Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., said in a news release that the bill contains her provision that would bring clarity to the determination of which commodity broker assets will be used to cover the costs of equity claims during bankruptcy proceedings. Specifically, the Spanberger provision would require that a commodity broker’s cash, securities, or other property be classified as customer property to help pay the net equity claims of a broker’s public customers following the broker’s bankruptcy.“Amid widespread trade worries, the American futures market currently faces tremendous financial uncertainty. In this unstable economic climate, agribusinesses in central Virginia and across the country are always looking to better protect themselves against the consequences of unpredictable fluctuations in the market,” said Spanberger. “Today, the House Agriculture Committee passed my bill to bring more clarity to the CFTC’s commodity broker bankruptcy rules.“By streamlining these regulations, we are giving producers more certainty as they look to expand their operations and invest in new facilities, equipment, and employees,” Spanberger said.Peterson said in the news release that “Spanberger’s provision in the reauthorization legislation would give our country’s agribusinesses some much-needed peace of mind during bankruptcy proceedings, and I was glad to see her bill pass with strong bipartisan support.”Spanberger noted her provision is endorsed by the Virginia Agribusiness Council and the National Futures Association.Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, said, “This legislation includes language from my Whistleblower Programs Improvement Act, which strengthens protections for whistleblowers that report wrongdoing or violations of commodities law. We should be protecting folks that do the right thing by reporting market manipulation or fraud, not exposing them to being fired if they speak up.”Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., said the bill contains her provision “to ensure that church retirement and healthcare plans are not regulated the same way for-profit corporations are — allowing churches to provide their employees with the healthcare they need and the retirement savings they have earned.”Conaway commented, “We’ve included new protections for charitable organizations and church retirement plans so they will not be subjected to regulations designed for Wall Street, as well as ensuring the protection of customers’ hard-earned assets in the case of a commodity broker bankruptcy.”Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at jhagstrom@njdc.comFollow him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CCSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

India would seek World Cup, and retribution for 1996 loss

first_imgWhen the Indian team will clash with Sri Lanka in the World Cup final on Saturday, it will not just aim to win the second trophy in 28 years.The side would be also keen to erase the sad memories of the 1996 event at the Eden Gardens, when India had to swallow the humiliation of being the only side ever to concede a World Cup semi-final match, against Sri Lanka.The bitter memories of angry mob and an inconsolable Vinod Kambli in tears, still come to mind when one think of that semifinal.Sri Lanka were awarded the match as it could not be completed due to the unruly behaviour of the crowd, that went out of control because of India’s sudden batting collapse.Chasing 252 to win, India faltered badly on a vicious turner after Sachin Tendulkar’s dismissal. From a comfortable 98-1, they collapsed to 120-8.The crowd threw bottles at the ground and set afire a portion of seating area, forcing Match Referee Clive Lloyd to award the game to Sri Lanka by default.Now, 15-years on, Tendulkar (who made 65 in that game), off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, and Man of the Match Aravinda De’silva (who is now with the Sri Lankan team as the chief selector), are the only three survivors of that match who would have a role to play in Saturday’s final.Muralitharan and De’silva would be strategising to ensure an Indian defeat; while Tendulkar, whose dismissal off Sanath Jayasuriya led to India’s collapse, would seek retribution.Tendulkar, who has 99 hundreds to his name (48 in ODIs, 51 in Tests), will also be chasing his 100th century at his home-ground in a match he has dreamt of winning all his career.advertisementIf Muralitharan, battling fitness concerns, plays tomorrow, it would be a battle between the highest run-scorer of all-time against the highest wicket-taker of all time.India would also seek to become the first team win World Cup at home.Sri Lanka won as co-hosts but in Lahore, Pakistan.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal activate Monreal one-year extension

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal activate Monreal one-year extensionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have reportedly extended Nacho Monreal’s contract until 2020.Monreal, 32, had entered the final year of his contact this season.However, the Gunners have trigged an extension clause that will stretch his current deal for another season, according to ESPN.Talks over a longer extension have been put on hold until the summer.There are a host of Arsenal players who have entered the final six months of their contract, including Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck. last_img read more

Video: Ryan Lochte Has Made His Decision On Whether He’ll Return To Rio To Face Charges

first_imgRyan Lochte wearing headphones.United States Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte won’t be going back to Rio – at least not to face any of the charges brought against him.Ryan Lochte, who is being charged by Rio police with filing a false police report, will not be heading back to the site of the 2016 Olympic games to deal with the legal situation. Lochte was interviewed by TMZ early this morning and made it clear he will not return to face the charges.Lochte didn’t close the door on returning to Brazil someday – but obviously he’d have to settle with the city before that could happen. He also doesn’t believe that the U.S. Olympic Committee is going to penalize him for his actions.Ryan Lochte — I Won’t Go to Brazil to Face Charges … Not Happening (VIDEO) https://t.co/tHlgTdSiiM— TMZ (@TMZ) August 29, 2016No, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Most didn’t believe that it would be in Lochte’s best interest to return. But now it’s confirmed that he won’t be.last_img read more

BC Secondary Schools receive their annual Report Card

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The annual Report Card on B.C’s Secondary Schools was released by the Fraser Institute, a tool that Secondary Schools academic performances can be compared.Based on seven academic indicators using student results from annual provincewide exams, grade-to-grade transition rates, and graduation rates, this Report ranks 251 public and independent secondary schools.Of the top 53 schools in the ranking (seven were tied for 47th) 24 are public schools and 29 are independent schools. Located in 26 different cities and towns across the province, including Revelstoke, Summerland, Agassiz, Hope, and Duncan. “All too often, we hear excuses that public schools can’t compete with independent schools because of the communities and students that they serve, but that’s just not true—every school can improve and strive to rank higher than the year before,” said Angela MacLeod, a Fraser Institute senior policy analyst.These are the rankings for schools in the North and South Peace Region;106/251 – Dawson Creek215/251 – Fort Nelson244/251 – Fort St. John246/251 – ChetwyndThis year, 36 schools showed statistically significant declines in performance over the past four years, and 33 showed statistically significant improvement.“This Report Card proves that improvement is possible in every corner of the province, in every type of school serving every type of student,” MacLeod said.Notably, of the top 10 fastest-improving schools—regardless of rank—seven are located outside the Greater Vancouver Area in Agassiz, Chilliwack, Invermere, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Terrace and 100 Mile House. In fact, none are in the City of Vancouver.For the complete results on all ranked schools, and to easily compare the performance of different schools; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Activists were mobilising Dalits to overthrow govt Police

first_imgMumbai: Maharashtra Police Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that activists arrested in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence and Maoist links were mobilising Dalits to achieve the motive of the CPI (Maoist) to “overthrow the government”.Pune’s assistant commissioner of police Shivaji Pawar said this in an affidavit filed before the court to oppose the bail plea filed by one of the accused, Arun Ferriera. Apart from Ferriera, the police earlier arrested eight other activists, including Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj, P Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Ferriera and Gonsalves later filed bail petitions which came up for hearing on Wednesday before Justice P N Deshmukh, who posted the matter for April 5. The police are yet to submit the affidavit over Gonsalves’s petition. In their affidavit, Pune Police claimed that Ferriera and the other accused were senior members of the banned terrorist organisation, Communist Party of India (Maoist). They were “actively supporting and propagating the banned outfit’s unlawful activities to overthrow the government established by law”, the police said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedDuring investigation, it was revealed that the motive of the CPI (Maoist) was “seizure of political power,” the affidavit said further. “With a view to attain this motive, the organisation is waging not the old type of conventional war but a people’s war by mobilising public on a massive scale both military and politically,” it said. “The CPI (Maoist) is undertaking special efforts to build the party among Dalit masses. They try to rally Dalit masses extensively by taking up struggles for their self- respect and against discrimination, oppression, degradation and physical attacks by the upper caste feudal forces in order to achieve their motive,” the police said in the affidavit. The Elgar Parishad meeting held on December 31, 2017, during which Ferreira and the other accused gave “inflammatory, provocative and rebellious” speeches, saw significant participation of Dalit organisations, they said. “These Dalit organisations were systematically brought together by some active members of CPI (Maoist), which had also funded this meeting,” the affidavit said. The police claimed Ferreira and another accused Vernon Gonsalves were senior cadres of CPI (Maoist) and engaged in recruiting cadres for the banned outfit. “The intention of Ferreira and other accused persons along with the banned terrorist organisation CPI (Maoist) is to topple the democratically elected governments (Centre and state) by violent means, that is by creating mayhem, spreading terror and hatred,” the affidavit said. “The objective is to assassinate important public functionaries and strike terror in the public,” it said. Ferriera and other accused distributed pamphlets and booklets with an intention to incite, abet and promote enmity between different groups on the ground of religion, caste and community, it said. “They created disharmony and a feeling of enmity, hatred and ill-will between different religious groups, castes and communities and therefore, disturbed public tranquillity,” the affidavit said. “Net result of the meeting and speeches was riots that erupted at Koregaon-Bhima on January 1, 2018,” it said. It was found from certain documents and evidence collected from the accused persons’ residences that they were part of a criminal conspiracy and their role was not merely peripheral, but they were found to be playing a vital role in the offences committed, the police said in the affidavit.last_img read more