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UK cyber-centre thwarts hostile hackers

UK cyber-centre thwarts hostile hackers

Technology
The UK's top cyber-defence centre has stopped Britain falling victim to almost 1,200 attacks in the last two years, its annual review reveals.The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was currently defeating about 10 attacks every week, it said.Most of the attacks were carried out by state-sponsored hackers employed by hostile nations, it added.During its first two years of operation the NSCS has also tackled phishing sites which prey on UK consumers.Attack domains"We are calling out unacceptable behaviour by hostile states and giving our businesses the specific information they need to defend themselves," said Ciaran Martin, head of the NCSC, in a statement. Late last y...
The 'ugly duckling' fossil from the deep

The 'ugly duckling' fossil from the deep

Science
The mosasaurs recently took a star turn in the Jurassic World movie, showing off the Hollywood version of their fearsome jaws.Now an "ugly duckling" from 85 million years ago is shedding new light on the giant marine reptiles that lived at the time of Tyrannosaurus rex.Scientists have long puzzled over how the diminutive fossil fitted into the family tree.They now think it was still developing the distinctive long snout of its clan.Takuya Konishi, a biology professor at the University of Cincinnati, took a second look at a small fossil unearthed more than 25 years ago in a rock formation in Kansas.He found a protruding snout - the telltale sign of a Tylosaurus, a type of mosasaur that grew up to 13m in length."The degree of snout...
Famous birthdays for Oct. 16: Tim Robbins, Naomi Osaka

Famous birthdays for Oct. 16: Tim Robbins, Naomi Osaka

Entertainment
Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Those born on this day are under the sign of Libra. They include: -- Lexicographer Noah Webster in 1758 -- Irish author/dramatist Oscar Wilde in 1854 -- British statesman/Nobel Peace Prize laureate Austen Chamberlain in 1863 -- David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, in 1886 -- Playwright Eugene O'Neill in 1888 -- Irish revolutionist Michael Collins in 1890 -- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas in 1898 -- Actor Angela Lansbury in 1925 (age 93) File Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI -- Actor Barry Corbin in 1940 (age 78) -- Actor Suzanne Somers in 1946 (age 72) -- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) in 1947 (age 71) -- Film director ...
Brewers can take commanding lead over Dodgers in NLCS

Brewers can take commanding lead over Dodgers in NLCS

Sports
LOS ANGELES -- The Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen roared back to life in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series and can now further its influence in Game 4 on Tuesday night. The Brewers can move one game from their first World Series appearance since 1982 with a victory in a Game 4, and will try to do it on a bullpen day. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez will start the game, but the relievers are expected to get to work early, just as they did when Gonzalez pitched just two innings in Game 1. "We laid out some scenarios, kind of going into (Monday's) game, what the possibilities were for (Tuesday)," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "And if we got a good start (from Jhoulys Chacin) and we're in good shape, Gio was always going to be the guy." Chacin gave the Brewers 5 1/3 scoreless i...
Timeline on the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Timeline on the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

World
Since self-exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul this month and vanished, his case has sparked international intrigue and outrage and put leaders of his homeland on the defensive. Here is a timeline of events before and after he disappeared: May 2018: Khashoggi meets Hatice Cengiz, a 36-year-old Turkish Ph.D. student, at a conference in Istanbul and she soon becomes his fiancée. Sept. 28: Khashoggi visits the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul for the first time to pick up a permission document to marry Cengiz. He's told come back later. Oct. 1: He returns to Istanbul from a trip to London. Oct. 2: He goes back to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Cengiz waits for him outside for four hours, but he never comes out and is told by ...