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German cyber officials defend handling of mass data attack

German cyber officials defend handling of mass data attack

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Germany's cybersecurity authority has defended its handling of a mass data attack on hundreds of politicians, after criticism it did not tell the police about the breach for weeks.The agency says it was not aware of the full extent of a systematic leak of information until Thursday night.Journalists, celebrities and politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, are among those whose personal data was published online.It is unclear who was responsible.The attacks took place throughout December, but did not become public knowledge until Friday.The contacts, private chats and financial details of figures from every political party - except the far-right AfD - were posted on Twitter.The interior ministry says there is no evidence ...
After year of bad press, Pope delivers new year Mass at St. Peter's Basilica

After year of bad press, Pope delivers new year Mass at St. Peter's Basilica

World
Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Pope Francis celebrated the new year at St. Peter's Basilica, where he celebrated Mass and likened God's love to a mother's love during his homily. "Let us allow ourselves to be embraced," he said at the Vatican. The pope cited a mother's loving embrace as the disposition needed to address the world's problems. "We need to learn from mothers that heroism is shown in self-giving, strength in compassion, wisdom in meekness," the Catholic leader said. Francis called on Catholics to look to the "Mother of God," saying: "Let us allow ourselves to be gazed upon, to be embraced, to be taken by the hand.' '' The pope also addressed the crowds in St. Peter's Square from the window of the apostolic palace on the 52nd World Day of Peace, started by Pope John XXIII. In the address, F...
IS left 200 mass graves in Iraq – UN

IS left 200 mass graves in Iraq – UN

World
More than 200 mass graves containing thousands of bodies have been found in areas of Iraq that were once controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group, a UN investigation has found.The graves were found in the north and western governorates of Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Anbar.They could contain as many as 12,000 victims, the UN report said.IS seized parts of Iraq in 2014 and imposed brutal rule, commonly killing anyone of whom it disapproved.It was eventually vanquished by a US-led air campaign backed by Iraqi government forces and allied militias on the ground, although pockets of IS activity remain in some areas.The sites, the report notes, contain critical evidence that will not only identify the victims but also help prosec...
WWF report: Mass wildlife loss caused by human consumption

WWF report: Mass wildlife loss caused by human consumption

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device "Exploding human consumption" has caused a massive drop in global wildlife populations in recent decades, the WWF conservation group says.In a report, the charity says losses in vertebrate species - mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles - averaged 60% between 1970 and 2014."Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions," the WWF's Living Planet Report adds.It urges policy makers to set new targets for sustainable development.The Living Planet Report, published every two years, aims to assess the state of the world's wildlife.The 2018 edition says only a quarter of the world's land area is now free from the impact of human activity and the proportion will have falle...
RBI employees' 2-day mass leave to paralyse banking operations

RBI employees' 2-day mass leave to paralyse banking operations

Finance
The two-day mass casual leave on September 4 and 5 called by the United Forum of Reserve Bank Officers and Employees (UFRBOE) is likely to paralyse operations of the central bank and other major lenders across the country. "UFRBOE has called the mass casual leave on September 4 and 5 which will be participated by all officers, paralysing the central bank's functions for two days," UFRBOE member and All India Reserve Bank Employees Association General Secretary Samir Ghosh told reporters here. The main demands of the forum are providing an option to contributory provident fund (CPF) retainers to switch over to pension scheme, and grant of additional provident fund (APF) to those recruited in the bank from 2012. "In October 2017, RBI Governor Urjit Patel formally wrote to the government, quo...