Roberto Rivera "I'm glad that at last the youth of America is able to stand on two feet and take a position that millions of people around the world have taken that they will not be intimidated by the capitalist free market paradigm and they will fight against gross inequality in distribution of income and assets."
Several Android users in Berlin have had their bank accounts emptied after text messages from their bank containing TAN numbers were "caught or diverted" by a computer virus.
Berlin state police warned on Tuesday that "bank customers using the SMS-TAN/mTAN process have become victim of fraudulent money withdrawals." Several people have reportedly had their bank accounts emptied in the past few weeks, the police said in a statement.
"In all cases, the SMS containing the mTAN for the online banking system was caught or diverted," the statement said. "Up until now, those affected have been customers using a Smartphone with an Android operating system."
The criminals reportedly use a Trojan virus to get their victims' bank details from their desktop computer. Then a fake notification appears on their browser saying they should protect their smartphone with a security update, which requires them to give the phone's number and model.
An SMS is then sent to the phone containing a link to the supposed security update - but the software they then download is highly dangerous. "From then on, all instant messages containing an mTAN are diverted to another mobile phone, belonging to the criminal," the statement said.
These mTAN numbers, along with the account and PIN numbers gleaned before, can now be used to withdraw money. The transactions cannot be reversed. In several cases, the fraudsters not only emptied the accounts, but also used up overdraft limits, the police said.
Police are now warning people not to download security updates onto their phones apparently sent by their banks. Emails apparently sent from banks asking for security details should also be regarded suspiciously, the police said.
As if we needed yet another (evil systems problem) for the mass destruction of Federal Deposit Insurance. Those old Mason jars in the attic are looking pretty good. Of course the jars will soon be worth more than the money you'll be putting in them.
I just averted a loss to our own family bank account a few weeks ago. Criminals had gained access to our banking records, and they were just trying to tie together all the bank and personal ID information. My guess is that they sell it as a package on the black market - so other users can then drain your accounts. I think they originally intercepted a wireless call (by my wife) where she discussed banking information. Be very careful with anything you do on a phone these days!
The biggest lesson I learned from the experience is that the people who work at the local bank in your neighborhood are security morons. They are hopeless. If you ask them for help - they are next to useless. So you really have to do your own due diligence these days, because the criminals and the hackers are running rings around the banking system.
[An Nahar] Lindsay Lohan has earned decidedly mixed reviews for her latest role -- her bid to turn a page on legal troubles -- with one critic calling her turn as Elizabeth Taylor "spectacularly bad."
The respected Hollywood Reporter pulled no punches in its review of TV movie "Liz and Dick," about the film legend's stormy relationship with actor Richard Burton, Lohan's first project since a string of court appearances.
"Both an awful mess and an instant classic of unintentional hilarity," it said in summarizing a 1,200-word hatchet job by its critic, who opined: "Lohan is woeful as Taylor from start to finish."
"It should come as no great surprise that ("Liz & Dick") movie starring Lindsay Lohan is spectacularly bad. After all, it's Lohan, more memorable in the tabloids than she ever was as an actress," he added.
"But whatever you do don't miss 'Liz & Dick.' Drinking games were made for movies like this. The best part is that it gets worse as it goes on, so in the right company with the right beverages, (it) could be unbearably hilarious."
[An Nahar] Egypt's churches have pulled out of a panel dominated by Islamists that is writing the country's post-revolt constitution, state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
announced on Saturday.
"Egypt's three churches have withdrawn from the constitutional assembly," state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
quoted Bishop Pachomious -- the interim head of the Christian Coptic Orthodox church -- as saying.
The country's three churches -- the Coptic Orthodox church, the Coptic Catholic church and the Anglican church -- were represented by four people on the 100-member panel.
The Coptic Orthodox church's new pope, Tawadros II, said after his election last week that he would reject a constitution if it imposed a religious state in the Moslem-majority country.
"A constitution that hints at imposing a religious state in Egypt is absolutely rejected," he told journalists a day after he was chosen pope.
The panel, formed in June, is dominated by Islamists and includes politicians and public figures.
The new constitution is to replace the 1971 charter suspended by the military which took power when president Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... was ousted in February last year.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo ...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo or Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material... have seized a new town as they close in on the key lovely provincial capital of Goma, the United Nations ...the Oyster Bay money pit... said Saturday.
A UN peacekeeping front man said the town of Kibumba, 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of Goma, was taken by the M23 group despite strikes by UN attack helicopters helping DR Congo government forces.
The announcement of the fall of Kibumba came as the UN Security Council met at La Belle France's demand to discuss the offensive in the mineral-rich region by M23, who UN experts have said are backed by neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda.
UN leader the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... spoke with Rwanda's President Paul Kagame on Saturday to appeal for his help to halt the M23 advance, the front man said. Rwanda has strongly denied No, no! Certainly not! any involvement in the rebellion, which erupted in April.
The front man said that DR Congo government forces and peacekeepers from the UN mission, MONUSCO, "are attempting to hold off a possible M23 advance toward Goma at Kibati."
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Britannia suspended all aid to the Ugandan government on Friday over concerns that funding has been siphoned off into officials' bank accounts.
Goodness they have plenty of uses for it at home...
International development minister Justine Greening said payments worth ¬11.1 million ($17.6 million dollars, 13.8 million euros) that were due before the end of the financial year had been halted.
"Unless the government of Uganda can show that UK taxpayers' money is going towards helping the poorest people lift themselves out of poverty, this aid will remain frozen," the international development ministry said.
"We will expect repayment and administrative and criminal sanctions."
London provides some 27 million pounds of aid through the government in Kampala every year.
[An Nahar] U.N. peacekeepers deployed attack helicopters in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo ...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo or Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material... Saturday to support the country's army in fresh festivities with rebels, as the Security Council prepared for an emergency session on the crisis.
La Belle France said it had called the meeting of the 15-nation Security Council for 3:00 pm (2000 GMT) to address the violence, which Kinshasa said was being sponsored by neighboring Rwanda.
Earlier Saturday, fresh fighting broke out between DR Congo troops and the M23 rebels near a displaced persons' camp in North Kivu, the volatile eastern province that borders Rwanda and Uganda.
It was just the latest clash between the army and the rebels of the M23 group, composed of ethnic Tutsi army mutineers, this week.
[Bangla Daily Star] The UN Security Council was to meet in an emergency session yesterday after UN attack helicopters launched missions against rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo ...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo or Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material... , diplomats said.
La Belle France's UN mission announced on its Twitter account that it had called for a meeting of the 15-nation body on the offensive launched by M23 rebels and that talks would start at 3:00pm (2000 GMT).
The UN mission in DR Congo, MONUSCO, said in a statement that M23 rebels had launched an offensive with "heavy weapons" early Saturday and that it had put peacekeepers into action as part of its mandate to "protect civilians."
"As part of this, 10 missions were carried out by its attack helicopters," the statement said.
The attack helicopters, provided by Ukraine, were put on standby on Friday after M23, former government troops who launched a mutiny in March, launched a surprise attack against the army just north of the Nord Kivu bustling provincial capital of Goma.
The new fighting is concentrated around the town of Kibumba, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of Goma.
"MONUSCO is following the situation closely and will not tolerate any advance or action by M23 troops which would provoke panic in the civilians population," said the UN mission's statement.
[Bangla Daily Star] Two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League ... the student wing of the Bangla Awami League ... beat up a police constable at the city's Baya police outpost yesterday evening for making them pull over their cycle of violence for checking.
Police incarcerated Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! Russell and Samrat, members of the convening committee of Poba upazila unit BCL, in this connection.
Shamsul Arefin, officer-in-charge of Shah Makhdum Police Station, said constable Sunil of Baya police outpost signalled the two BCL men to stop at Baya Bazar. It enraged two, and a scuffle broke out.
Later on, Russell and Samrat went to the outpost, called Sunil outside and beat him up.
Other coppers rescued Sunil and incarcerated Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! the two BCL men.
[Bangla Daily Star] Two BNP leaders yesterday criticised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since 1981. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide... for threatening to implement sharia and alleged that the government intended to create instability in the country by misleading the people.
Speaking separately at two programmes, BNP Standing Committee Member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and BNP acting general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said it was ironic to listen to the leader of the Awami League talk about implementing sharia.
They said the talk on sharia was nothing but an attempt to confuse people.
At a human chain in the capital, Mosharraf said the AL has always tried to enhance its image at home and abroad, by claiming to be a secular party.
The programme was organised by Shadhinota Forum demanding to know the whereabouts of Ilias Ali, a missing BNP leader.
Meanwhile, ...back at the Senate, Odius Sepulcher called for war against the Visigoths... speaking at a programme marking the 36th death anniversary of Maulana Bhasani, organised by BNP, Tangail Unit, Fakhrul said the AL's ¬"double standard policy¬" has been shown through Hasina's speech.
While addressing a meeting of AL Central Working Committee at Gono Bhaban, on November 16, the Prime Minister, said those who had assaulted the police to hinder the war crimes trial could be tried ¬"under the sharia law¬".
¬"The government knows how to deal with those who are attacking the police to save the war criminals. Besides, there are alternative means like sharia to try them,¬" Hasina said
[An Nahar] Azerbaijan police broke up an unauthorized pro-democracy protest by opposition activists in the center of Baku on Saturday, detaining dozens of people and beating up several journalists.
Around 100 protesters briefly gathered in the capital Baku's central Fountains Square chanting "Freedom!" and demanding the dissolution of parliament and the resignation of President Ilham Aliyev.
But within 15 minutes, an AFP news hound saw police intervene and arrest at least 30 protesters.
At least two journalists were severely beaten up, even though they were wearing vests identifying them as media workers.
"The authorities have again violated the people's constitutional right to the freedom of assembly, but they have failed to silence the voice of the courageous people who nevertheless express their dissent," said Ali Kerimli, leader of the Popular Front opposition party.
Two members of the opposition Musavat party were also tossed in the clink Book 'im, Mahmoud! earlier in the morning, the party said in a statement.
The protest was the first action by the embattled opposition in the oil-rich ex-Soviet country since the November 2 adoption of legislative changes that increased penalties for organizing or participating in unsanctioned rallies.
[Dawn] The political administration of Khyber Agency on Friday warned parents that they would be sent to the lock-up if they refused to administer oral polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... vaccine to their children under the age of five years.
The warning was issued during a meeting of the local administration and health department officials with the elders and holy mans of Landi Kotal.
The meeting was told that the political administration was concerned about high incidence of polio in Khyber Agency and wanted to effectively check it.
Political tehsildar Arshad Afridi said stern action would be taken against the people declining immunisation of their children and if necessary, they would be put behind bars.
He urged religious scholars and prayer leaders to educate the people on importance of vaccination against polio during Friday sermons and day-to-day interactions with the public.
Speaking on the occasion, World Health Organisation representative in Fata Dr Wazir Akbar said holy mans could play a very effective role in eradication of polio from Fata as they were heard and believed by the people of tribal areas.
"Religious scholars could be a great help in convincing the people opposed to vaccination of their children in Khyber Agency," he said.
He said Khyber Agency topped the list of polio-affected Fata areas with 12 of the 20 cases of the crippling cases reported this year.
[Dawn] Four members of a family sleeping in their makeshift bamboo home were fatally shot in renewed ethnic violence in a riot-hit district in India's remote northeast, police said Saturday.
Two family members survived the attack by armed assailants on Friday night and authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in Kokrajhar district, said Assam state police Inspector-General G.P. Singh.
The area is 300 kilometres west of Gauhati, the state capital.
Singh says army troops have joined thousands of paramilitary troops and coppers in patrolling the region to prevent more violence. The attackers fled.
Assam state has been simmering with tension since riots broke out between ethnic Bodos and Moslem settlers in late July. The worst of the violence was controlled within two weeks, but it left at least 100 people dead and displaced nearly 400,000 people.
Nearly 100,000 people are still living in state-run relief camps and the rest have returned to their homes, Singh said.
At least 11 people have been killed in the past week in hit-and-run attacks by rival communities in Kokrajhar and two neighboring districts, Singh told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named. He declined to identify those killed in the attacks.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.