14 Dec 2017

The Mirai Botnet Was Part of a College Student Minecraft Scheme

“THE MOST DRAMATIC cybersecurity story of 2016 came to a quiet conclusion Friday in an Anchorage courtroom, as three young American computer savants pleaded guilty to masterminding an unprecedented botnet—powered by unsecured internet-of-things devices like security cameras and wireless routers—that unleashed sweeping attacks on key internet services around the globe

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14 Dec 2017

Africa: At Least 66 Journalists ‘Languishing in African Jails’

“At least 262 journalists have been jailed for doing their job around the world, and 66 of these, are in Africa – as of December 1, says a media watchdog.” Source: Africa: At Least 66 Journalists ‘Languishing in African Jails’ – Media Watchdog – allAfrica.com

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14 Dec 2017

Uganda’s attorney general endorses 7-year term for president, MPs

“Following President Museveni’s suggestion that African presidents and the countries they lead could benefit from having 7 year terms in office rather than 5, like the one in Uganda, the attorney general’s office in Uganda has today clarified on the legality of this proposal.” Source: Uganda’s attorney general endorses 7-year

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14 Dec 2017

Taliban Ambush Leaves 14 Security Force Members Dead

“Helmand governor says the security force members went to a village in the province to arrest drug smugglers.” Source: Taliban Ambush Leaves 14 Security Force Members Dead | TOLOnews

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14 Dec 2017

Indian security forces kill 8 Maoist rebels

“Indian police killed at least eight Maoist rebels in an attack Thursday on their hideout in a forested area in southern India, an officer said.” Source: Indian security forces kill 8 Maoist rebels – ABC News

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14 Dec 2017

Pakistan: Government shuts down 20 foreign aid groups

“The Government of Pakistan has ordered a host of international aid groups to wrap up their operations in 60 days, a global NGO said Wednesday, as officials tighten controls on foreign charities in the country.” Source: Government shuts down 20 foreign aid groups

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14 Dec 2017

British woman found stabbed to death while volunteering in Belize

“British volunteer has been found dead with multiple stab wounds at her apartment in Belize as police search for her killer.” Source: Briton Michele Anison found stabbed to death while volunteering in Belize

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14 Dec 2017

Mexico: murders of women rise sharply as drug war intensifies

“The number of women being murdered in Mexico has risen sharply over the last decade amid the country’s drug war, more than wiping out two decades of gains when the rate fell by half, a new study shows.” Source: Mexico: murders of women rise sharply as drug war intensifies |

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14 Dec 2017

Colombia’s main gang declares unilateral ceasefire

“Colombia’s biggest criminal gang has declared a unilateral ceasefire to help ‘bring about peace’. The gang, known as the Gulf Clan or Los Urabeños, said it would stop ‘offensive military actions from 13 December’.” Source: Colombia’s main gang declares unilateral ceasefire – BBC News

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14 Dec 2017

Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52.4bn

“Walt Disney has agreed to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for a total $52.4bn (£39bn). The deal includes Fox’s 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sky, and the 20th Century Fox film studio, Disney announced. Fox’s remaining assets, including Fox News and Sports, will form a new company. The deal

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