$10 router blamed in Bangladesh bank hack

22 Apr

Hackers managed to steal $80m (£56m) from Bangladesh’s central bank because it skimped on network hardware and security software, reports Reuters. The bank had no firewall and used second-hand routers that cost $10 to connect to global financial networks. Better security and hardware would have hampered the attackers, Reuters said, quoting an official investigator. The hackers aimed to steal $1bn but made mistakes that led to the theft being spotted and stopped.

Source: $10 router blamed in Bangladesh bank hack – BBC News

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Attorney General to Investigate Board of Elections After Hinky NY Primary

21 Apr

“I am deeply troubled by the volume and consistency of voting irregularities, both in public reports and direct complaints to my office’s voter hotline, which received more than 1,000 complaints in the course of the day yesterday,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. “That’s why today, we have opened an investigation into alleged improprieties in yesterday’s voting by the New York City Board of Elections.”

Source: Attorney General to Investigate Board of Elections After Chaotic Primary – Civic Center – DNAinfo.com New York

As drought deepens, African nations struggle to get globe’s attention – CSMonitor.com

21 Apr

Africa’s recent drought has generated relatively little global attention – for reasons that may not be entirely negative, according to Victor Chinyama, chief of communication at UNICEF Zimbabwe. In the 1980s and ‘90s, he points out, African droughts engendered a vast, paternalistic sympathy based on the assumption – not entirely incorrect – that the countries in crisis could not help themselves.Now, he says, “so much has gone into building the capacities of our health systems that we rarely get to [extreme stages] of malnutrition. In a sense it is a positive story because the level of aid needed isn’t as great as 30 years ago.”That increased resilience comes in many forms – from better drought monitoring to more highly functional aid distribution. But it can be a double-edged sword: UNICEF recently warned that only 15 percent of its requested $155 million for drought relief in southern Africa had been funded.

Source: As drought deepens, African nations struggle to get globe’s attention – CSMonitor.com

Snyder ordered DEQ to withhold Flint lead test results, emails claim

18 Feb

FLINT, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder and other state officials allegedly withheld lead testing results from county health officials while they worked to find ways to present the information to the public, according to emails obtained by The Flint Journal.Local health officials say the governor and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality withheld lead testing results, including results from a Flint elementary school, while the agency discussed the best way to present the information to the public.But, Snyder’s office said Wednesday, Feb. 10, that information was shared quickly after testing and denied withholding any informationEmails obtained this week from the Genesee County Health Department through the Freedom of Information Act show growing frustration on the county’s part as it attempted to obtain information from the DEQ.

Source: Snyder ordered DEQ to withhold Flint lead test results, emails claim | MLive.com

Battle over voting rights restrictions moves to North Carolina | US news | The Guardian

24 Jan

The latest round in the nationwide battle to defend the historic gains of the civil rights movement opens in a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Monday where Republican politicians will be accused of blatantly attempting to discourage African Americans from voting.

Source: Battle over voting rights restrictions moves to North Carolina | US news | The Guardian

Man who gave shirt to homeless train rider would do it again – NY Daily News

12 Jan

Joey Resto wished he could have done more for the bare- chested homeless man he encountered on an A train last Friday night.But a selfless act of giving a shivering man the shirt off his back and the hat off his head earned him praise from thousands of people who commented on a video of the encounter caught on video by another passenger and posted to Facebook.“It was a natural reaction to help, to do what I can,” Resto told the Daily News on Monday. “I hope they find this guy. It’s not hard to spot him out.”

Source: Man who gave shirt to homeless train rider would do it again – NY Daily News

In Missouri, Fewer Gun Restrictions and More Gun Killings – The New York Times

22 Dec

In the past decade, Missouri has been a natural experiment in what happens when a state relaxes its gun control laws. For decades, it had one of the nation’s strongest measures to keep guns from dangerous people: a requirement that all handgun buyers get a gun permit by undergoing a background check in person at a sheriff’s office.

But the legislature repealed that in 2007 and approved a flurry of other changes, including, last year, lowering the legal age to carry a concealed gun to 19. What has followed may help answer a central question of the gun control debate: Does allowing people to more easily obtain guns make society safer or more dangerous? Guess.

Source: In Missouri, Fewer Gun Restrictions and More Gun Killings – The New York Times