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Hackers tell Iran: 'Don't mess with our elections'

Hackers tell Iran: 'Don't mess with our elections'

Technology
The hackers behind a "cyber attack" which hit Iranian data centres have left a message with an American flag and the warning: "Don't mess with our elections."Iran's IT minister, Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, said on Friday: "Several Iranian data centres came under cyber attacks tonight. Some of the smaller routers have been changed to factory setting."It is not known if any damage occurred other than the defacing which the minister photographed from the Command-Line Interface of a Cisco networking switch.The routers - which are used to network much of Iran's critical infrastructure - were hacked when the attackers exploited a vulnerability in Cisco's Smart Install client.Mr Azari-Jahromi tweeted that the country held an emergency meeting as a result of the attack - although Twitter is not ...
How getting remarried can mess up your Social Security

How getting remarried can mess up your Social Security

Finance
You may want to rethink that second walk down the aisle if you are approaching retirement, and counting on income from Social Security.If you're eligible to collect benefits on your ex-spouse's record, you will no longer be eligible for those benefits if you remarry.That rule, plus others, is one of the reasons financial advisors like Stacy Francis, president and CEO of Francis Financial in New York City, sit down with savers to plot out a careful strategy when it comes to claiming Social Security.Knowing these strategies becomes more important with the rise of gray divorce. The divorce rate for adults age 50 and over has nearly doubled in the past 25 years, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. To be eligible to claim on your ex-spouse's Social Security benefits, whereby you rece...
Everyone is upset about India's banking mess except NBFCs. Here's the reason why

Everyone is upset about India's banking mess except NBFCs. Here's the reason why

Finance
When Infrastructure Development and Finance Co (IDFC) was granted universal banking licence in 2014 from among 26 applicants, it was the envy of those who missed out on the coveted prize. Three and a half years later, both investors and the managements that were not lucky enough, are smiling. A surge in liquidity, regulatory arbitrage, and the crippled state of banks converged to make the non-banking finance company (NBFC) business model a success with equity investors latching on to any business that would reflect the Indian financial services growth without its baggage of bad loans. Life has come a full circle with premium attached to banks shrinking while NBFCs gaining traction. IDFC Bank which came into being in 2015 has lost 15.91 per cent since, while its parent IDFC gained 16.33...