Category Archives: PND News

Report: Iran group hacks aviation, petrochemical industries

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"A group of hackers suspected of working in Iran for its government is targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and South Korea, a cybersecurity firm warned Wednesday. The report by FireEye also said the suspected Iranian hackers left behind a new type of malware that could have been used to destroy the computers it infected, an echo of two other Iran-attributed cyberattacks targeting Saudi Arabia in 2012 and 2016 that destroyed systems. Iran's office at the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday and its state media did not report on the claims. However, suspected Iranian hackers long have operated without caring if people found it was them or if there would be consequences, making them incredibly dangerous, said Stuart Davis, a director at one of FireEye's subsidiaries." (09/20/17)

OK: Cop murders deaf man

Source: Chicago Tribune

"Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man who was approaching them holding a metal pipe apparently didn't hear witnesses yelling that the man was deaf, the department said Wednesday. Police Capt. Bo Mathews said 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez wasn't obeying the officers' commands before one shot him with a gun and the other with a Taser on Tuesday night. He said witnesses were yelling 'he can't hear you' before the officers fired, but the officers didn't hear them. Sanchez died at the scene. The officer who fired the gun, Sgt. Chris Barnes, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation." (09/20/17)

Fed to shrink assets next month, boost rates by year-end

Source: Bloomberg

"Federal Reserve officials set an October start for shrinking their $4.5 trillion stockpile of assets, moving to unwind a pillar of their crisis-era support for the economy. They continued to forecast one more interest-rate hike later this year, saying storm damage will have only a temporary impact on the economy. … U.S. central bankers are counting on steady growth and low unemployment to raise inflation closer to their goal, which would support their policy of gradual tightening through interest-rate increases and a reversal of quantitative easing." (09/20/17)

Turkey: Erdogan claims Trump apologized to him for indictments of Erdogan's thugs

Source: Express Tribune [Pakistan]

"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed US President Donald Trump called him to apologise for the indictment of 15 Turkish security officials in Washington earlier this year. In an interview with Judy Woodruff on PBS, Erdogan said Trump had called him a week ago to apologise and ensured to follow up on the incident. … The Turkish leader’s statement, however, was denied by a White House official who told the Guardian that the two leaders 'discussed a wide range of issues but there was no apology.' Earlier this month, a US grand jury indicted 19 people, including 15 Turkish security officials over a brawl described by Washington’s police chief as a brutal attack on peaceful demonstrations outside the Turkish ambassador’s resident in Washington in May." (09/20/17)

Kenya: Supreme Court nixed poll because it couldn't see data

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"Kenya's Supreme Court said Wednesday it nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election largely because the electoral commission refused scrutiny of its computerized voting system. The court judges said because the electoral commission refused to allow scrutiny of its computer servers it had no option but to agree with the claim by Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga that the computerized data of the August presidential elections had been interfered with. The court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election earlier this month saying there were irregularities and illegalities." (09/20/17)

California suing Trump over border wall

Source: Fox News

"California Attorney General Xavier Becerra plans to announce Wednesday that the state will sue the Trump administration over one of President Trump’s paramount campaign promises: the border wall. Becerra’s lawsuit, expected to target planned projects in San Diego and Imperial counties, marks the latest shot in California's legal and legislative war against Trump. The state essentially has emerged as the heart of the Trump 'resistance,' pumping out lawsuits against his immigration policies and even passing a resolution Friday in the Assembly censuring Trump for his comments on the Charlottesville, Va., violence. The forthcoming lawsuit comes as Trump works with Congress to try and secure funding for a border wall — though the specifics of the project itself remain unclear." (09/20/17)

Catalonia referendum: Spain steps up raids to halt vote

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"Spain's Guardia Civil police have detained 14 Catalan officials and raided regional government ministries involved in organising a banned independence vote. Tensions were already high before Josep Maria Jové, number two in the Catalan vice-presidency, and others were held. Thousands of Catalans took to the streets in protest and the regional leader complained of a power grab. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the state had been forced to act. Catalonia's separatist government is defying a Constitutional Court order to halt the planned 1 October vote, which has been condemned by the Madrid government as illegal." (09/20/17)

WHO: Antibiotic-resistant infections are a "global health emergency"

Source: CBS Miami

"There is a serious lack of new antibiotics being developed to fight infections that are becoming resistant to treatments — something WHO says is a 'global health emergency.' That’s according to a new analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) released on Tuesday. … One of their major concerns is drug-resistant tuberculosis which kills around 250,000 people each year, according to the organization. They’re even concerned about common infections like pneumonia and urinary tract infections that are growing increasingly more resistant to existing antibiotics. The group is urging for more research in order to give people around the globe more options if they encounter a drug-resistant infection." (09/19/17)

EU pols push for faster Internet censorship implementation

Source: CNet News

"British Prime Minister Theresa May will be joined by the leaders of France and Italy in calling for [non-Theresa-May-approved] content to be removed from the internet within one to two hours after it has been posted. World leaders and internet giants including Facebook, Google and Microsoft are set to meet at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday to discuss preventing [people they don't like from using] the internet. … The British government, along with the EU and other political institutions, have repeatedly called upon internet companies to do more in the fight against [people on the Internet saying things politicians don't like]." (09/20/17)

Mexico: More than 200 dead in month's second major earthquake

Source: Luxemburger Wort [Luxembourg]

"A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City, killing scores throughout the region, reducing buildings to rubble and sending thousands fleeing in panic during the second temblor this month. The quake ravaged the far-flung region of more than 20 million people, and images showed structures burning and exploding, some suddenly losing integrity and collapsing into billowing dust clouds. At least 200 people were confirmed dead, including 55 in Morelos, 49 in Mexico City and 32 in Puebla, National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said on Twitter." ()9/20/17)