Report: Group launches 'biggest cyber attack in history'

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 10:37 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 10:37 AM

According to a report Wednesday by the BBC, internet speeds around the world have been noticeably slowed by a massive "distributed denial of service" attack.

These distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks overload targeted web servers with extra traffic that so people who are trying to reach a site for legitimate purposes might be unable to do so.

The BBC says that some security experts have called this "the biggest cyber-attack in history."

According to the BBC, the cyber attacks were focused on a company called Spamhaus, which is a non-profit group in London and Geneva, whose goal is to help email providers filter out spam and other unwanted content.

The BBC quotes a message from Sven Olaf Kamphuis, who claims to be a spokesman for Cyberbunker, indicating that Spamhaus was abusing its position, and should not be allowed to decide "what goes and does not go on the internet".

With Spamhaus' services compromised, large portions of the web became less stable according to the BBC.

100-year-old woman 'arrested,' 'booked' to cross item off bucket list

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 8:09 AM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 8:09 AM

An elderly woman from the Netherlands spent some time in the big house and crossed an item off her bucket list.

Annie, whose last name wasn't released, was "arrested" and "booked" into a jail in the town of Nijmegen-Zuid, ABC reported.

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Police helped grant her wish of getting what she called an inside experience of a jail cell.

They posted photos of Annie's booking to the department's Facebook page as she smiled for the camera and showed off her handcuffs.

Bijna 100 en een bucketlist:
Vanochtend hebben we Annie een zeer mooie dag kunnen bezorgen door één van haar laatste...

Posted by Politie Nijmegen-Zuid on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Group wants Obama to run for president in France

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 4:35 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 4:35 AM

            Group wants Obama to run for president in France

If a group of voters in France have their way, their country’s next president will be a man who already has executive office experience: former U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Voters circulating a petition are attempting to collect 1 million signatures by March 15 in order to persuade the former president to run for France’s highest office, Time reported.

"Barack Obama has the best resume in the world for the job," according to the site, called Obama 17. "Because at a time when France is about to vote massively for the extreme right, we can still give a lesson of democracy to the planet by electing a French President, a foreigner."

According to NBC, 27,000 people have signed the petition and signs touting Obama have been found all over Paris. One of the site's founders told NBC that he thought up the idea for the campaign with four friends "after a drink."

“It's totally crazy, but the cool thing is that once you get past that, you start thinking that maybe it's possible. Who cares that he's not French? He's Barack Obama," one of the campaign organizers told CNN.

Yes, it's a joke, said the organizer, who would only give his name as Antoine — but one with a serious purpose.

"We want to show that people are fed up with the politicians here. People are tired about it and they like this joke. It gives people a little fun amid all these scandals," he said.

French voters go to the polls April 23 in the first round of voting for a new president. If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will have a runoff on May 7.

Polls suggest that Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front party, will top the field in the first round, but won't get a majority, CNN reported.

WATCH: Video shows waitress drag giant reptile out of Australian winery

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 6:51 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 6:51 PM

            WATCH: Video shows waitress drag giant reptile out of Australian winery

A big lizard crawled into a bar in Bermagui, Australia.

It sounds like the start of a joke, but there is viral video to prove it.

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Samia Lila was serving drinks at Mimosa Winery Sunday when a customer pointed out the goanna, which is a sort of giant Australian monitor lizard, that was scurrying across the floor. Lila, a 25-year-old waitress visiting from France, told Bega District News that she "looked at it and thought it was a dog at first."

As she moved the animal across the veranda, patrons jumped out of the way, and one woman leaped onto her chair.

Lila finally cornered the creature and managed to grab it by the tail, then pull it out of the restaurant.

"I wasn't scared. I like reptiles, so I was a bit excited," she said.

Somebody captured a video of the brief encounter, and the restaurant posted it to its Facebook page, where it has been viewed over 500,000 times. The video has earned her the nickname, "Goanna Girl."


Unwelcome visitor in the restaurant today was no match for French waitress Samia ( Goanna Girl ) !!

Posted by Mimosa Wines on Saturday, February 18, 2017

"At first I was shocked, but then I just smiled. Afterwards I was a bit shaky," Lila told ABC News Online.

It was the second time she has seen a goanna at the winery. She scared the first one off a week earlier.

Reptile handler John Hassell said Lila used good technique by lifting the animal's rear legs off the ground, but that one would ideally lift the animal further up along its tail to prevent it from turning around and biting someone.

Lila has been Australia since November. She said she will probably continue to work in the restaurant until her visa expires, then will continue her travels.

4 Americans among 5 killed when charter plane crashes into Australian mall

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 10:19 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 10:19 AM

            4 Americans among 5 killed when charter plane crashes into Australian mall

Four tourists, including three from Texas, and a pilot were killed when their small charter plane crashed into a shopping mall in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday.

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Greg DeHaven of Spicewood, bankruptcy lawyer Russell Munsch of Austin, and retired Austin executive Glenn Garland have been identified by relatives on social media and Australian media reports as three of the victims.

The Australian pilot, Max Quartermain, and owner of the charter service that was ferrying the tourists on their golfing vacation, also was killed.

The U.S. Embassy in the Australian capital of Canberra confirmed that four victims were American citizens, but the fourth victim has not yet been identified.

The twin-propeller Beechcraft Super King Air was supposed to carry the four tourists from Melbourne, on Australia's southern coast, about 150 miles offshore to King Island, just north of Tasmania.

But shortly after takeoff, the plane crashed into an outlet mall near the airport in suburban Essendon about 45 minutes before shops were to open, Melbourne Police Minister Lisa Neville told the Associated Press.

The pilot reported a "catastrophic engine failure" moments before the plane crashed into a storage area at the rear of the mall, police said.

No one outside the plane was injured, Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said.

Munsch, who was an undergraduate at the University of Texas, was a founding partner of the Texas commercial law firm Munsch, Hardt, Kopf and Harr, which has offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin.

Garland was a former CEO at Austin-based CLEAResult Consulting, which designs energy-efficiency programs and strategies for utilities and businesses.

De Haven, whose sister Denelle Wicht posted on Facebook that her 70-year-old brother had been killed "on a once in a lifetime trip to Australia" with friends, is listed as a professional golfer on his LinkedIn profile, with a skill in golf instruction.

RIP GREG REYNOLDS DE HAVEN.  1946 -2017Dear friends and family, my handsome athletic big brother was killed today in a...

Posted by Denelle Wicht on Monday, February 20, 2017

The Associated Press contributed to this report.