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U.S. indicts Iranian hackers responsible for deploying 'SamSam' ransomware

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:17

The United States on Wednesday indicted two Iranians for launching a major cyber attack using ransomware known as "SamSam" and sanctioned two others for helping exchange the ransom payments from Bitcoin digital currency into rials. The 34-month long hacking scheme wreaked havoc on hospitals, schools, companies and government agencies, including the cities of Atlanta, Georgia, and Newark, New Jersey, causing over $30 million in losses to victims and allowing the alleged hackers to collect over $6 million in ransom payments. The deployment of the SamSam ransomware represented some of the highest profile cyber attacks on U.S. soil, including one in 2016 that forced Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles to turn away patients and one last year that shut down Atlanta courts and much of its city government.

Senate Panel Delays Vote On Trump's Pick To Lead ICE Over Tweet Critical Of President

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:11

President Donald Trump's newest pick to lead Immigration and Customs

Adorable Boy Upstages the Pope at the Vatican

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:35

An adorable six-year-old boy upstaged Pope Francis during his general audience at the Vatican Wednesday.

Hakeem Jeffries Wins Contested House Democratic Caucus Chair Race

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:58

WASHINGTON ― In perhaps the most contentious battle for House Democratic

Nancy Pelosi looks poised to survive key test – but will victory be enough?

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:31

Nancy Pelosi supporters believe she is on a narrow path back to power. Democrats are poised to nominate Nancy Pelosi for House speaker in a a secret, closed-door ballot on Wednesday that will serve as a critical test of her political power amid an effort to topple the senior party leader. Despite a vocal resistance, Pelosi is running unopposed for the post and is expected to easily win a majority of her caucus.

Trump outsources his Twitter rage to fan and parody accounts

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:20

President Trump, who usually composes his own Twitter diatribes, relied on fan accounts and supporters Wednesday morning to attack Hillary Clinton, General Motors, Robert Mueller’s investigation and the migrant caravans.

Ford Is Still Receiving Death Threats, Kavanaugh Is Back To Coaching Basketball

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:11

Despite a contentious Supreme Court confirmation and multiple accusations of

Ex-Morgan Stanley adviser gets 5 years in US prison for fraud

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 09:15

James Polese, 52, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf in Boston.

British Teenager Charged Over Assault of 15-Year-Old Syrian Refugee

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:07

A video of the incident, which took place on October 25, has circulated widely on social media

Ivanka Trump Says 'Lock Her Up' Doesn't Apply To Her

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 07:26

Ivanka Trump spoke out on the controversy surrounding her use of private email

'Unruly' young boy upstages Pope Francis

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 06:24

A young boy upstaged Pope Francis on Wednesday, escaping from his mother and running onto the papal podium at a general audience, tugging on the hand of a Swiss guardsman and playing behind the pontiff's chair. Pope Francis told her to let him carry on playing. As she left the stage, a smiling Francis leaned towards Bishop Georg Ganswein sitting next to him and whispered: "He is Argentinian.

Here's how long it takes a Lego head to pass through your body

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 05:45

Discovering that your kid has swallowed Lego is pretty annoying as a parent, but these researchers did the same thing in the name of science.

Here's Why Starbucks' Menus Are Getting Shorter And Shorter

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 05:45

When it comes to coffee shop menus, less has become more. Those long lists of

43 Hilarious Tweets That Sum Up Shopping At Costco

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 05:45

For fans of Costco, nothing compares to the wonder of endless free samples,

Contender: Saudi Arabia nabs new China oil demand, challenges Russia's top spot

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 04:54

Saudi Arabia, the biggest global oil exporter, has been surpassed by Russia as top crude supplier to China the past two years as private "teapot" refiners and a new pipeline drove up demand for Russian oil. Now fresh demand from new refineries starting up in 2019 could increase China's Saudi oil imports by between 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) and 700,000 bpd, nudging the OPEC kingpin back towards the top, analysts say. Saudi Aramco said last week it will sign five crude supply agreements that will take its 2019 contract totals with Chinese buyers to 1.67 million bpd.

Blast kills 23 outside China factory in Olympic city

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 03:55

A truck carrying combustible chemicals exploded at the entrance of a chemical factory in a northern Chinese city that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics Wednesday, leaving 23 people dead and 22 others injured, state media and authorities said. The blast ignited other vehicles, leaving charred and smoking remains of trucks and cars scattered on a road as firefighters worked at the scene, according to images posted online by state media. A witness told AFP he heard a "very loud bang" after midnight and saw a field and trucks engulfed in flames outside the factory in Zhangjiakou, a city some 200 kilometres (124 miles) northwest of Beijing.

New Zealand intelligence bans China's Huawei from 5G rollout

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 03:31

New Zealand's largest telecoms carrier Spark said Wednesday that the country's intelligence agency had barred it from using equipment provided by China's Huawei in its 5G network as it posed "significant national security risks". The move follows reports the United States is urging its allies to exclude the Chinese telecoms giant from 5G rollouts over cybersecurity fears. Spark said in a statement that it was legally obliged to inform the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) about its 5G plans.

Stuck at US border, caravan migrants losing hope

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 00:37

Still stinging from the tear gas that beat back their attempt to breach the US-Mexican border, members of the Central American migrant caravan are starting to lose hope, and in some cases are turning back. The migrants have played all their cards in recent days, after more than a month's trek across Central America and Mexico -- but with little success.