Monthly archives: May 2013

How hackers allegedly stole “unlimited” amounts of cash from banks in just hours

Federal authorities have accused eight men of participating in 21st-Century Bank heists that netted a whopping $45 million by hacking into payment systems and eliminating withdrawal limits placed on prepaid debit cards. The eight men formed the New York-based cell of an international crime ring that organized and executed the hacks and then used fraudulent payment cards in dozens of countries to withdraw the loot from automated teller machines, federal […]

U.S. Troops Replaced by an Outsourced Army in Afghanistan

The United States is preparing to withdraw the majority of its troops from Afghanistan next year, ending more than a decade of war that has cost this country hundreds of billion of dollars and 2,126 lives to date. But the military withdrawal does not mean the United States is out of the country entirely. The country is leaving tens of thousands of contractors behind. According to the latest contractor census […]

Hackers attack Russian media outlets

Several media outlets in Russia’s St. Petersburg city, and a popular online news broadcaster, Dozhd (Rain), came under hacker attack Thursday. “There has been a DDoS attack going since (Thursday) morning. Our IT service is doing everything possible to get the site back up and running. This is a very serious attack,” said the editor-in-chief of the St. Petersburg-based online newspaper Fontaka.ru. Other sites affected include Novaya Gazeta and Ekho […]

Pakistan inmate Sanaullah Ranjay dies in India hospital

Doctors say Sanaullah Ranjay, who was in a coma, died of multi-organ failure at a hospital in India’s Chandigarh city early on Thursday. Ranjay suffered injuries in the attack at Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu last week. He has been in prison for the past 17 years on militancy-related charges. “His condition was extremely critical. He died early morning,” a doctor at the hospital told the AFP news agency. Ranjay […]

North Korea removes missiles from launch site

North Korea has moved two missiles from launch sites on the country’s eastern coast, after weeks of concern that Pyongyang had been poised for a test-launch. A US defence official said on Monday that Washington did not believe the Musudan missiles had gone to an alternate launch site and that they were now believed to be in a non-operational location. The move coincided with preparations by US President Barack Obama […]

Breakthrough in solar efficiency by UNSW team ahead of its time

Australian scientists have found a way of hugely increasing the efficiency of solar panels while substantially reducing their cost. The University of NSW researchers have come up with improvements in photovoltaic panel design that had not been expected for another decade. This has really got the industry very excited The breakthrough involves using hydrogen atoms to counter defects in silicon cells used in solar panels. As a consequence, poor quality […]

Malawi’s mane event heralds a fresh dawn

Despite its high density of leopards, Malawi could previously only lay claim to a few itinerant lions in southerly Liwonde National Park. The solitary male, known as Titus, was as elusive as the literary character after which he was named; spotted in 2007 he went to ground until 2010, only to be seen once more before disappearing in 2011. Not much of a reason for big cat buffs or travellers […]

Sources: U.S. believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria

he United States believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria, two U.S. officials tell CNN. U.S. and Western intelligence agencies are reviewing classified data showing Israel most likely conducted a strike in the Thursday-Friday time frame, according to both officials. This is the same time frame that the U.S. collected additional data showing Israel was flying a high number of warplanes over Lebanon. One official said the United States […]

Former Black Panther Assata Shakur Added to FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

The FBI added Assata Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorist List today. In addition, the state of New Jersey announced it was adding $1 million to the FBI’s $1 million reward for her capture. Shakur becomes the first woman ever to make the list and only the second domestic terrorist to be added to the list. Assata Shakur, the former Joanne Chesimard, was a member of the Black Panther Party […]

Over 6500 Indians currently jailed in foreign countries

Thiruvananthapuram: A total of 6,569 Indian nationals are currently lodged in prisons of 67 foreign countries, including 254 in Pakistan, according to information accessed by a Kerala-based RTI activist from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The Arab countries topped the list with Saudi Arabia (1691), Kuwait (1161) and UAE (1012), according to the information provided by the MEA on April 22 to lawyer and RTI activist DB Binu in […]