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UK Government site goes offline after hack

UK Government site goes offline after hack

Technology
More than 5,000 websites have been hacked to force visitors' computers to run software that mines a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin.Users loading the websites of the Information Commissioner's Office, the Student Loans Company, as well as the council websites for Manchester City, Camden, and Croydon - and even the homepage of the United States Courts - had their computers' processing power hijacked by hackers.Malicious code for software known as "Coinhive", a program advertising itself as "A Crypto Miner for your Website" would start running in the background until the webpage is closed.Security researcher Scott Helme was alerted to the hack by a friend who sent him antivirus software warnings received after visiting a UK Government website.:: North Korean hackers target cryptocurrency M...
US government shuts down as Congress fails to vote on budget

US government shuts down as Congress fails to vote on budget

World
The US government has officially shut down for the second time this year because Congress failed to meet a deadline to vote on a new budget.Senators struggled with last-minute objections from Republican Rand Paul, but have now passed the bill, which has gone to the House for its vote.Federal funding for government services expired at midnight (05:00 GMT).The 600-page plan proposes an increase in spending, by about $ 300bn (£215bn), on defence and domestic services.If the plan is passed in the House of Representatives and signed by the president in the next few hours, the shutdown could be rescinded before the US working day begins on Friday. But it is not clear how the House will vote, and how public services would be affected on Friday if the shutdown were to continue.What does a shutdown
Yemen's government forces 'winning civil war'

Yemen's government forces 'winning civil war'

World
A senior Yemeni commander has told Sky News the government is winning the civil war.Speaking from recently captured ground on top of Mount Nmeh, General Nasser al Dhaybani said his troops are moving closer to the capital Sana'a "every day" and will retake it "as soon as the conditions are right".He described controversial Saudi airstrikes as "excellent" and "helpful" but said he did not want to destroy the city because "there are two million civilians there and they are also Yemenis"."Instead we are taking the mountains around it," he said.:: Analysis: Global security depends on end of Yemen warImage:Yemeni government forces are said to be moving closer to capital Sana'aThe officer's optimism is at odds with a conflict that has reached a grim stalemate in many areas and will enter its four...
Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand government for damages

Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand government for damages

Technology
Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, is suing the New Zealand government for billions of dollars in damages over his arrest in 2012.The internet entrepreneur is fighting extradition to the US to stand trial for copyright infringement and fraud. Mr Dotcom says an invalid arrest warrant negated all charges against him.He is seeking damages for destruction to his business and loss of reputation.Accountants calculate that the Megaupload group of companies would be worth $ 10bn (£7.2bn) today, had it not been shut down during the raid. As he was a 68% shareholder in the business, Mr Dotcom has asked for damages going up to $ 6.8bn. He is also considering taking similar action against the Hong Kong government.As stated in documents filed with the High Court, Mr Dotcom is also
US shutdown: Government services closed as working week begins

US shutdown: Government services closed as working week begins

World
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work on Monday, as the US Senate struggles to end a government shutdown.Some will not be paid until the stalemate is resolved. A rare Sunday session of the Senate yielded no agreement between Democrats and Republicans, with immigration one of the main sticking points.Essential services will still run but famous sites such as the Statue of Liberty have already been affected.The monument was closed on Sunday but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would dip into state funds to pay the daily employment bill and reopen the popular tourist site.Why has the government shut down?It missed a deadline. At midnight on Friday, lawmakers failed to agree on a spending bill. The bill was not a plan for funding for the whole of 2018...