Lisbon website editor arrested over cyber-attack coverage

first_img Receive email alerts December 2, 2020 Find out more February 27, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lisbon website editor arrested over cyber-attack coverage Help by sharing this information RSF_en November 23, 2020 Find out more News Organisation PortugalEurope – Central Asia News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive center_img News Follow the news on Portugal PortugalEurope – Central Asia Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU 05/03/2015 – Update – Journalist released but gaggedJournalist Rui Cruz was released conditionally on the evening of 27 February pending trial, after being arrested on the morning of the previous day in an investigation into hacking.He must report to a police station every two weeks and he is prohibited from connecting to the Internet, from buying computer equipment that would enable him to connect to the Internet, and from signing a contract with any Internet Service Provider.Charged with computer sabotage, accessing computer systems illegally and posting content illegally, he is alleged to have supported hacking by posting information about cyber-attacks before other media and, in some cases, before the hackers themselves posted information about their feats on social networks.Cruz’s news website criticized the flaws in the computer systems of state agencies that had been exposed by the hackers. Although his articles may have drawn attention to the hackers, their journalistic aim was to share information in the public interest.Since his arrest, Cruz has lost his second job with Portugal Telecom. His website, which covered other subjects as well as hacking, will inevitably become defunct as he is banned from going online.—-Reporters Without Borders is disturbed to learn that Portuguese journalist Rui Cruz is being held in connection with his coverage of hacking. The Judicial Police arrested him and six other people yesterday in an investigation into recent cyber-attacks.Cruz is the founder and editor of TugaLeaks, a news and information website based at his home in the Lisbon suburb of Pinhal Novo, where the police arrested him after conducting a search. Exactly what he is alleged to have done is not known. He was due to appear before a judge today.Judicial Police criminal investigation coordinator Carlos Cabreiro said at a press conference that TugaLeaks “divulged information about cyber-criminal practices.” He also said that a representative of the journalists’ union was present when Cruz was arrested, as required by law.TugaLeaks has had several exclusives about the feats of Portuguese hackers affiliated to the international hactivist network Anonymous, who have hacked into a series of Portuguese private companies and state bodies since April 2014.Their targets have included the power utility Electricity of Portugal (EDP), the Bank of Portugal, the Espírito Santo Bank, the public prosecutor’s office and the commission that issues press cards to journalists. After the last two entities were hacked, masses of personal data of prosecutors and journalists were posted online.TugaLeaks’ reports have included links to the hacked pages and data, which were posted on file-sharing sites. Its articles have also covered the shortcomings of public services in the Lisbon region.Reporters Without Borders points out that journalists cannot be arrested just for covering criminal activity.The six other suspects arrested yesterday are accused of carrying out Distributed Denial of Service attacks on websites, defacing sites, gaining illegal access to sites and publishing data illegally.Portugal is ranked 26th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.RSF põe em causa detenção de jornalista após publicação de informações sobre ataques informáticos(photo : foto DR, to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

US sets rain record for 3rd time this year as Gulf prepares for tropical system

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The Gulf Coast is bracing for heavy rainfall from a potential tropical storm system as officials revealed that the country has broken the record for the wettest 12-month period for the third time this year.The news comes as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that there have been six $1 billion weather and climate disasters so far this year. Since 1980, there have been 250 such events — an average of six a year.A tropical depression is expected to form in the Gulf by Thursday and will likely hit somewhere between the western Florida panhandle and the northern Texas coast, the National Weather Service announced Tuesday.The system has the potential to produce heavy rainfall in the affected areas, but it is too soon to determine the magnitude and location of any potential wind or storm surge impacts at this time.Rainfall in the U.S. has broken records a stunning three times this year, with above- to much-above average participation in the Deep South through the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys as well as the East Coast, according to the NOAA.The precipitation total for June was 3.3 inches in the contiguous U.S., about .37 inches above the average, according to NOAA. The contiguous U.S. saw 19.05 inches in total precipitation in the past year, 3.74 inches above the average and the wettest such period in the 125-year record.Flooding persisted along many of the major river systems and their tributaries across the central U.S., including the central and lower Mississippi River, the Missouri River and the Illinois River.The nation’s capital saw more than 3.4 inches of rain on Monday — a daily record — with most of it falling in a single hour as nearby regions saw half a foot and flash floods.More than 100 water rescues were required in and around Washington, D.C., on Monday, including 15 people saved from vehicles trapped by high water.Flash flooding also was reported Tuesday morning in south-central Nebraska, some parts of which just saw 9 inches of rain. Areas of North Dakota received up to 5 inches of rain overnight, also producing flash flooding.More flooding is possible later on Tuesday as a new system moves through the Plains and western Great Lakes. The most severe storms are likely to be in Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska, all of which could see damaging winds, hail or an isolated tornado.This system on Wednesday is expected to head east and produce severe storms in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado are again the most likely threats.NOAA also announced Tuesday that above average temperatures in June were observed across 11 states in the U.S.Alaska experienced its second-warmest June in state history. The average temperature in June was 54 degrees, 4.8 degrees above the long-term mean.Florida saw its third-warmest June on record.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Seven FARC Guerrillas Killed in Southern Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo April 13, 2011 In the jungle department of Caquetá (in southern Colombia) on 10 April, Colombian Army troops killed seven alleged FARC guerrillas, including one who participated in the kidnapping of former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, the authorities announced. The Army indicated that ‘alias Diomédez’ died together with six rebels from Front 15 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, a Marxist group), in armed clashes with troops from the land combat battalion of the Twelfth Brigade in the jungle municipality of Milán. “Alias Colacho, the second-ranking leader of the illegal armed structure, and alias Diomédez, in charge of the terrorist redoubt’s finances and suspected of participation in the kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt, died at the site,” a statement by the military indicated. Betancourt, who was taken hostage on 23 February 2002, was held by the guerrilla group for more than six years and freed together with fourteen other hostages in a bloodless military operation in July 2008. The Army highlighted the fact that the troops seized eight rifles, abundant military ammunition, and administrative and communications material, among other items, at the site of the fighting. The FARC has been engaged in armed struggle against the Colombian state for forty-six years and has around eight thousand fighters, according to official estimates. Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera recently said that the Army killed 53 FARC guerrillas in March, while 90 others were taken prisoner and 85 deserted from the rebel ranks.last_img read more

With 300,523 ballots unaccounted for, the Postal Service defies a court order to locate them

first_imgThe big issue is that in some of the most hotly contested areas, like Atlanta, Georgia; Detroit, Michigan; and parts of Wisconsin, ballots had to have been received on Election Day. In Pennsylvania, the receipt deadline is Nov. 6, but that remains a point of litigation by team Trump. The USPS report to Judge Sullivan Wednesday morning is not encouraging. It says it delivered 82.2% of ballots in Atlanta, 61.3% in Central Pennsylvania, 66.3% in Philadelphia, 78.9% in Detroit, 72.9% in Greensboro, North Carolina, and 76.8% in Wisconsin’s Lakeland district. Did a large portion of the ballots not reflected in these stats just not get scanned on their way to elections offices? Who knows? That’s a big problem.A problem entirely engineered by Donald Trump and his loyal toady Louis DeJoy—who should have been impeached by the House way back in August and September when his malfeasance and his corruption were discovered. As it is, this is what we got. – Advertisement – x🚨BREAKING: New USPS data appears to show a failure to deliver mail ballots from voters across the country on Election Day. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan will hold a noon hearing over USPS’ non-compliance with his order yesterday to rush deliver all remaining mail ballots— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) November 4, 2020That might not be as bad as it looks on the surface, Vice reporter Aaron Gordon says. He argues that the USPS has testified that manual processes have been overriding the system, with ballots being pulled out by postal workers, hand postmarked, and sent out for expedited delivery manually, bypassing the exit scans. So out of the 300,523 ballots that aren’t accounted for, some could have been delivered that way. We just don’t know.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Devastated hotels, travel agents desperately await promised relief

first_imgTourist businesses are waiting for real action from the government to help them survive COVID-19, which has almost brought their industry to a halt.Representatives of hotel, restaurant and travel associations said none of the financial relief promised by the government for the devastated tourist industry had been realized.“We are waiting for real action now. Please help us,” Indonesia Tour and Travel Agency Association (ASITA) chairman Nunung Rusmawati said in Jakarta on Wednesday in a virtual hearing at House of Representatives Commission X with representatives of tourism and related industries. Tourism is the hardest-hit industry, with many hotels and travel agencies closing down due to the lack of guests. Hotel occupancy rates have also fallen sharply, and thousands of planned visits to Indonesia have been canceled.ASITA reported that 98 percent of its 7,000 members consisting of travel agents and tour operators have temporary closed their operations and furloughed employees. Meanwhile, the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) reported that 1,642 hotels and 353 restaurants have so far shut down. The association also reported that 180 tourist destinations and 232 tourist villages across Indonesia had been temporarily closed. “With the current situation, the majority of workers at hotels and restaurants have been put on unpaid leave. […] Most of our members cannot pay their employees’ salaries anymore,” PHRI’s chairman Hariyadi Sukamndani also said on Wednesday. He expressed hope that the pre-employment card program would help the laid-off workers get new jobs once the pandemic is over. Hariyadi called on the government to immediately realize the relief program for tourism and related industries to keep them afloat. According to him, the business hoped the government could provide financial aid in the form of reduced income tax, an exemption of service tax and other payments, such as related to the use of water.A Flourish chartThe players in the tourist industry also hope the government can delay premium payments for the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan). They also asked for incentives for electricity and water bills and expect soft loans to help them maintain their cash flow and resume operations.“And with regard to Idul Fitri bonuses [THR], we hope the government will allow companies that are facing cash flow problems to delay the payment until the end of the year,” said Hariyadi.On Feb.  26 the government unveiled a Rp 10.3 trillion (US$722 million) stimulus package to cope with the harsh impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s economy. As part of the package, Rp 298.5 billion will be allocated for airlines and travel agents. However, the stimulus package has not been realized until now.On March 31, the Financial Services Authority (OJK) issued OJK Regulation No. 11/2020, which relaxes credit rules for the business sectors affected by COVID-19, including tourism. However, Hariyadi said many businesspeople within the tourist industry were not aware of the loan repayment relaxation yet.The Finance Ministry announced on April 13 the expansion of fiscal incentives previously only given to the manufacturing sector to other 11 sectors, including hotels, transportation and trade. Fiscal incentives that will be given include income tax exemptions and reductions.Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said on Thursday that the ministry and other government institutions were in talks on the realization of the financial incentives.“Basically, what we want to do is help the tourist industry and creative economy survive amid this pandemic,” said Wishnutama.Indonesia has seen a sharp drop in tourist visits in these past few months. According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), foreign tourist arrivals fell 28.85 percent to 885,067 year-on-year in February. The monthly figure was down 30.42 percent from January.There were 2.16 million foreign tourist arrivals in January and February combined, marking a drop of 11.8 percent from the 2.45 million during the same period last year.Meanwhile, from January to April, PHRI reported potential estimated losses of $4 billion at hotels and restaurants due to the sharp drop in foreign tourist arrivals, and another Rp 60 trillion in losses due to the fall in the number of domestic tourists.Topics :last_img read more

Who are the 7 players the Clippers are getting in the Chris Paul trade?

first_imgPos.: Point guardAge: 32Notes: 12 seasons in NBA, six with Clippers; nine-time All-Star, nine-time All-Defensive TeamCareer: 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 2.3 steals2016-17: 18.1 points, 9.2 assists, 2.0 steals The first blockbuster trade of the NBA offseason came Wednesday with the Clippers, after being informed that Chris Paul intended to sign with Houston as a free agent, trading their All-Star point guard to the Rockets for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a 2018 first-round pick and cash considerations.Here’s a quick look at the players involved:TO THE ROCKETS:CHRIS PAUL TO THE CLIPPERS:PATRICK BEVERLEYPos.: Point guardAge: 28Notes: Five seasons in the NBA (all with Houston); two-time All-Defensive TeamCareer: 9.3 points, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals2016-17: 9.5 points, 4.2 assists, 1.5 stealsSAM DEKKERPos.: Small forwardAge: 23Notes: Two seasons in the NBA (both with Houston); 18th overall pick in the 2015 draft; missed most of 2015-2016 season with back injury2016-17: 6.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 60 3-pointers (32.1%)LOU WILLIAMSPos.: Point/shooting guardAge: 30Notes: 12 seasons in the NBA; 2014-15 Sixth Man of the YearCareer: 12.8 points, 2.9 assists, 0.9 steals2016-17: 17.5 points, 3.0 assists, 163 3-pointers (36.5%)MONTREZEL HARRELLPos.: Forward/centerAge: 23Notes: 2 seasons in the NBA (both with Houston); 32nd overall pick in 2015 NBA DraftCareer: 6.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 65.1 FG pct.2016-17: 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.7 blocksDARRUN HILLIARDPos.: Shooting guardAge: 28Notes: 2 seasons in the NBA (both with Detroit); 38th overall pick in the 2015 NBA DraftCareer: 3.6 points, 0.8 assists, 31 3-pointers (32.2%)2016-17: 3.3 points, 0.8 assists, 12 3-pointers (26.1%)DEANDRE LIGGINSPos.: Point guardAge: 29Notes: 4 seasons in the NBA (with five teams); 53rd overall pick in 2011 NBA DraftCareer: 2.1 points, 0.6 steals2016-17: 2.5 points, 0.8 assists, 17 3-pointers (34.8%)KYLE WILTJERPos.: Power forwardAge: 24Notes: 1 season in the NBA (with Houston); signed as an undrafted free agent in 20162016-17: 14 games, 3.1 minutes, 0.9 pointscenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Out of 53 countries, thanks to Džeko, BiH is the 11th country

first_imgThanks to goals of Edin Džeko (12) in the current season of Premiership, BiH is currently at the 11th place when it comes to the efficiency of foreigners in the Premiership.The most efficient country is Spain, with their 14 players scoring 66 goals, and BiH is at 11th place together with Croatia (two players), Nigeria (four players) and Brazil (seven players).last_img

Meghan MacLaren claims her sixth US win

first_img23 Mar 2015 Meghan MacLaren claims her sixth US win International Meghan MacLaren has just become the second England player in the space of a week to notch up a sixth win on the US college circuit. The 20-year-old British stroke play champion scored her latest success with a one-shot win in the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Arizona. She was seven-under for the tournament with three sub-par rounds of 69 69 71. It’s her third tournament victory of the 2014-15 season and her sixth as a student at Florida International University. MacLaren (Wellingborough) follows England Golf men’s squad player Tomasz Anderson (Brocket Hall), who last week claimed his sixth US win. The result also gave MacLaren two other achievements for the season: her lowest 54-hole score so far and her fourth tournament under par. She is a member of the England Golf women’s squad.last_img read more

SA-developed ‘smart glove’ for leprosy patients

first_img22 November 2013 Innovative technology to help leprosy patients that was developed partly at the University of Cape Town is currently being tested in India. The “tactile” or smart glove tracks pressure points on the palms and fingers and helps prevent injuries to hands and digits as a result of nerve damage and sensory loss. It is being tested at the Leprosy Mission Hospital in New Delhi, India. About 95% of people are naturally immune to leprosy, caused by mycobacterium leprae, which results in progressive damage to skin, nerves, limbs and eyes. Leprosy does not cause body parts to fall off, although they can become numb or diseased as a result of secondary infections as the disease compromises the body’s immune system. Though curable thanks to multi-drug interventions, those who develop the disease are prone to nerve damage. Patients often suffer a “secondary tier” of injury and disability because they cannot feel heat or pressure from objects they come into contact with.Simple solutions There are around 232 000 new cases of leprosy each year. Of these, India has the highest concentration at about 56% of the global burden, followed by Brazil. There are dedicated leprosy hospitals in India. In South Africa, the figures are low, about 50 to 70 new cases a year, predominantly in the Eastern Cape and from neighbouring countries such as Swaziland and Mozambique. Dr Sudesh Sivarasu, a lecturer in biomedical engineering in the Department of Human Biology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), believes in developing simple biomedical solutions to problems like these. Sivarasu took an off-the-shelf fabric glove to model his own – a stretchable glove that uses a revolutionary fabric with built-in nanosensors. “We’ve created an artificial sense of touch,” he said. “The fabric picks up haptic factors like roughness, temperature, pressure, and humidity.” The glove also maps how a person uses their hand to establish where the pressure variations are during simple domestic activities, such as cutting wood or cooking. These are recorded to show where ulcers are likely to develop. This allows patients, who often live far from hospitals, to practise preventative care, especially to the fingers. “Because of wound infection, the digits are the first to go in leprosy patients and amputation usually follows,” said Sivarasu. “We want to make this glove widely available.” His invention has been covered by BBC-Health Check, which was telecast on BBC World. ‘Out of the box’ Born and educated in India, Sivarasu said he has experienced the despair of seeing a loved one die because of the prohibitive cost of medical intervention in India. In South Africa, where 90 to 95% of medical equipment is imported with up to 300% mark-up, the excessively high cost is passed on to the patient. “This in a country with world-class engineers and clinicians,” said Sivarasu, whose watchwords are “affordable” and “simple”. This has motivated him to develop indigenous technology. Sivarasu and his team of postgraduate students have come up with a number of other innovative, inexpensive solutions to common medical problems, such as locally designed drip lines for re-feeding, which are little more than a coil of thin plastic tubing with a plastic drip chamber attached. South Africa uses “thousands and thousands of these” every day, but they are currently imported from Germany. “We’re thinking out of the box,” Sivarasu said. “Too often we get stuck in a cycle of novelty and academic outcomes. We want to be able to make things easier, make it cost-effective – and get it to the masses.” For his PhD, Sivarasu developed a high-flexion artificial knee implant for Eastern cultures, where people squat or sit on low platforms. Western prostheses do not provide the 120-degree flexion extension, the range needed for comfort when semi- squatting. Edited version of a story first published in UCT’s Monday Monthly. Published here with kind permission.last_img read more

Rio Paralympics: Deepa Malik wins silver in shotput,Rio Paralympics: Deepa Malik wins silver in shotput

first_imgIndia’s Deepa Malik today created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics when she bagged a silver in the shotput F-53 event here.Deepa’s best throw of 4.61m from her six attempts was enough to clinch the silver medal.India, thus, now have secured three medal from the Rio Paralympics.Deepa will receive a cash award of Rs 4 crore under Haryana Sports Scheme for her feat.Bahrain’s Fatema Nedham won the gold medal with a best throw of 4.76m, while Dimitra Korokida of Greece bagged the bronze medal with a throw of 4.28m.Deepa is a paraplegic, paralysed from waist down and mother of two and wife of an Army officer. Life took a twist when a spinal tumour made walking impossible for her 17 years ago.The spinal tumour had to be operated and 31 surgeries were conducted on Deepa which was healed after 183 stitches between her waist and legs.Besides shotput, Deepa has participated in javelin throw, swimming and has also been a motivational speaker.She has also won medals in swimming at international competitions. She holds the Asian record in javelin throw, and also has World Championships silver medals in shot put and discus in 2011.Deepa’s silver is India’s third medal of the Games after Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati won gold and bronze respectively in men’s high jump. Thangavelu wins gold; Varun Bhati bags bronze in Paralympics × 0 sport Deepa Malik Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Deepa Malikcenter_img COMMENTS Jayalalithaa announces Rs 2 cr reward for Mariyappan SHARE COMMENT September 12, 2016 RELATED Powerlifter Farman Basha finishes 4th in Paralympicslast_img read more