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.

Manchester attack: What we know about suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi 

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 12:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 3:18 PM

British authorities on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who blew himself up outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.

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Greater Manchester police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed Abedi’s identity Tuesday, but declined to comment further, citing the need for the coroner to confirm the identity.

Authorities said Abedi detonated a suicide bomb near one of the entrances to the Manchester Arena on Monday, just after an Ariana Grande concert wrapped up. The attack killed 22 people and injured 59 others, officials said.

Here’s what we know:

Abedi was a British man of Libyan origin who was born in 1994Politico Europe reported.

Abedi was known to British authoritiesaccording to CBS News. The news organization did not elaborate on what brought Abedi to the attention of authorities.

Abedi was born in Manchester to Libyan emigrantsThe Telegraph reported. He was the second youngest of four children.

Police arrested one of Abedi's brothers in connection to the attack, according to Politico Europe. Greater Manchester police said they arrested one person in connection with Monday’s attack in south Manchester following the bombing. One other person was arrested at the Arndale Centre, although authorities said it was not immediately clear whether the person was connected with the bombing.

Abedi lived at a home 3.5 miles from Manchester Arena, according to The New York Times. A law enforcement official told the newspaper that Abedi's ID was found at the scene of the bombing.

Rouhani wins re-election as Iran’s president

Published: Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 5:19 AM

According to state TV, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left , has won re-election, defeating Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, a former attorney general.
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According to state television, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has won re-election, CNN reported Saturday. Rouhani defeated conservative challenger Ebrahim Raisi.

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"The National Media (IRINN) congratulate the victory of Mr. Hassan Rouhani in the presidential election," Iranian state media channel IRINN announced in an on-screen news ticker.

Rouhani won 57 percent of the vote, or 23,549, 616 votes, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said.

Rouhani, a moderate, was a key architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States, the European Union and other partners and his first term was marked by an emergent international engagement.

More than 40 million Iranian voters flocked to polling stations Friday, and by Saturday morning more than 25 million votes had been counted, according to the head of Iran's Interior Ministry State Elections Committee.

No sitting President has failed to win a second term since 1981 and Rouhani's engagement with the outside world resonated with voters who have disliked the country's isolation., CNN reported.

Sale of dog meat reportedly banned at controversial Yulin festival

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 10:18 AM

Every year thousands of animals are slaughtered and sold for their meat at a controversial festival in Yulin, China that marks the summer solstice. 

Now, authorities have reportedly banned the sale of dog meat at the festival. The ban was confirmed by Chinese activists and several meat traders.

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While eating dog meat has been a tradition in China for hundreds of years, the Yulin festival was only created in 2010 to boost sales.

The ban will reportedly start on June 15, just a few days before the festival begins.

Princess to give up royal status to marry commoner

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 7:48 AM

A Japanese princess is deciding love over royalty. 

Princess Mako, who is the oldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will marry her former college classmate and in doing so, will become a commoner after the ceremony.

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The princess’ now-fiance, Kei Komuro, was sighted as he left the law office where he works, but would not speak to reporters other than to say, “Now is not the time for me to comment, but I want to speak at the right time.”

Currently there are four people in line for the throne: Akihito’s two sons who are in their 50s, his brother who is in his 80s and his 10-year-old grandson, The Telegraph reported.

Mako graduated from International Christian university and went on to get a masters degree from the University of Leicester. She has been working as a museum researcher.

No wedding date has been set, but the official announcement of an impending marriage has a ritual behind it. 

First a public announcement will be made, then a date will be set, and finally the couple will make a formal report to the emperor and empress, The Telegraph reported.