Monthly Archives: August 2016

Sri Lankan court detains two after presidential hack over exam date

A Sri Lanka court remanded a man and a teenager in custody on Tuesday on suspicion of hacking into the president's website to demand that authorities abandon a proposal to switch university entrance exams to the new year holiday month … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Six U.S. senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber crime at G20 summit

By Jonathan Spicer NEW YORK (Reuters) – Six U.S. senators have urged President Barack Obama to prioritize cyber crime at this weekend's Group of 20 summit in China, in the wake of the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's central … Continue reading

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Livestream of Kim Dotcom extradition hearing a first for New Zealand

By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON (Reuters) – A New Zealand judge gave permission on Tuesday for the hearing of German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's appeal against his extradition to be streamed on YouTube, making it the country's first court case to … Continue reading

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China regulator to curb news that promotes ‘Western lifestyles’

China will crack down on social and entertainment news that promotes improper values and "Western lifestyles", the country's broadcasting regulator said, the latest effort at censorship in an already strictly regulated media environment. President Xi Jinping has embarked on an … Continue reading

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Ritchie Bros to buy U.S. e-commerce site IronPlanet for $758 million

(Reuters) – Canadian industrial auctioneer Ritchie Bros Auctioneers Inc said it will buy IronPlanet, a privately held U.S. e-commerce site for used equipment, for about $758.5 million, as it looks to diversify its portfolio. Burnaby, Vancouver-based Ritchie, which focuses on … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Six U.S. senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber at G20 in China

By Jonathan Spicer NEW YORK (Reuters) – Six U.S. senators have urged President Barack Obama to prioritize cyber crime at this weekend's G20 summit in China, in the wake of the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank, according … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka police arrest teen over hacking president’s website

Sri Lanka police on Monday arrested a 17-year old school boy on suspicion of hacking into the president's official website, demanding that his university entrance examination dates not be changed, officials said on Monday. The website of President Maithripala Sirisena, … Continue reading

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Germany wants Facebook to take initiative in fight against online hate

By Thorsten Severin and Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany's interior minister visited Facebook's offices in Berlin on Monday and said it should be more proactive in removing forbidden content from its social network platform. "Facebook should take down racist … Continue reading

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U.S. appeals court dismisses AT&T data throttling lawsuit

A federal appeals court in California on Monday dismissed a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc of deception for reducing internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. The U.S. Court of … Continue reading

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Facebook CEO says group will not become a media company

Facebook Inc. will not become a media company, its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday, telling students the firm would remain a technology platform. An increasing number of users are turning to social media networks, such as Facebook … Continue reading

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European privacy regulators to scrutinize WhatsApp privacy switch

Facebook's move to relax the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the world's most popular mobile messaging application, will be closely scrutinized, the chair of Europe's leading group of privacy regulators said on Monday.     WhatsApp, which counts more than a billion users … Continue reading

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Cyber threat grows for bitcoin exchanges

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) – When hackers penetrated a secure authentication system at a bitcoin exchange called Bitfinex earlier this month, they stole about $70 million worth of the virtual currency. The latest survey of 46 securities exchanges … Continue reading

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‘Birth of a Nation’ filmmaker reflects on his 2001 rape trial, acquittal

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor-director Nate Parker says he never gave another thought to his trial and acquittal on rape charges in 2001 until forced to confront the issue again as the promotion for his film "Birth … Continue reading

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Rugby-All Blacks prop Franks cleared of eye gouging allegations

By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – All Blacks prop Owen Franks has been cleared of eye gouging allegations after the southern hemisphere’s governing body did not issue any citings from New Zealand’s Rugby Championship clash against Australia. Video … Continue reading

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Burkina Faso bans big buttocks beauty contest

The government of Burkina Faso has banned an annual beauty contest for women with the biggest buttocks, saying such events are sexist. Adverts for this weekend’s third edition of ‘Miss Bim-Bim’, carrying an image of two fully clothed women with … Continue reading

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