All living organisms mutate and adapt to maximize survival in their ecologic niche. For months, scientists have been looking into whether the novel coronavirus — known as SARS-CoV-2 — is mutating and becoming more transmissible or more lethal. Recent evidence points to a preliminary answer to half the question: yes, a study has found that the virus has mutated and the dominant strain today is now capable of infecting more human cells. But the scientists say more research is needed to show whether this changed the course of the pandemic, and it remains unclear whether this mutation is more lethal.
Since December, the virus has spread to nearly every continent and case numbers continue to rise.
Authorities in 214 countries and territories have reported about 7.6 million Covid‑19 cases and 422,000 deaths since China reported its first cases to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December.
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Sweden has ended a 34-year investigation into the unsolved murder of the country’s then-Prime Minister Olof Palme, saying the chief suspect is dead.
Friday, January 18, 2019
It may be time to change passwords on your email account.
Security expert warns that a massive leak containing over 700 million email addresses and associated passwords has been discovered. The technology magazine Wired mentions it as the largest single leak in the history of the internet.
The massive database, known as “Collection # 1”, has been circulating openly online since it was first observed on the MEGA file sharing service last week. The database is 87 gigabytes large, according to Wired.
It has now been removed from MEGA, but still circulates on forums often used by hackers.
Over 700 mill.
The database contains 773 million email addresses and 21 million passwords. The reason why there are fewer passwords a number of email addresses is that people generally choose passwords with poor security.
Many people use the same passwords, of which “123456”, “password” and “123456789” are the most commonly used passwords in the world.
Troy Hunt is among other things behind the website Have I Been Pwned? – A database that can easily tell you if your password has been leaked into the new leak or previous leaks.
On his own website, Hunt tells that 140 million of the leaked email addresses have not occurred in his database before. That means that even if you haven’t been hit by a leak before, you may have become it now.
The leak may also have hit people who have previously received the email address and their password leaked, and later have changed passwords.
Hit Norwegian high social profiles
In October last year, Dagbladet mentioned a leak of 1.4 billion passwords, which hit a number of Norwegian social peaks. The collection was published on the website Reddit in December 2017, and Dagbladet’s review showed that at least 573,000 Norwegian e-mail accounts were affected.
The surveys also showed that there were leaked passwords for 166 e-mail addresses associated with the Storting. In addition, the same information was leaked about 739 different email addresses from the ministries and 342 from the police.
It was Aftenposten who first mentioned that several Norwegian social peaks had been affected by the leak.
They could confirm that passwords used by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Telenor chief Sigve Brekke, DnB chief Rune Bjerke and Minister of Development Nikolai Astrup, had been posted openly online.
New and old leaks
Avisa wrote that spot checks showed that Norwegian top politicians and business leaders resort to very obvious phrases when they make their passwords. They claimed that in many cases the name of the wife, child or dog is used in combination with the year of birth or other numbers.
Some of the password leaks took place several years ago, and have been circulating online for a while. It doesn’t make the information less useful for criminals, writes Forbes.
For people, it is customary to recycle their own passwords or use similar versions of the password later. There are also many who do not respond quickly enough to password leaks, which can cause several of these passwords to remain in use.
Monday, January 14, 2019
A 53-year-old man is detained in the Danish city of Vollsmose, suspected of attempting murder against his daughter. He has lived in the Danish city for 15 years, but had to use an interpreter in the interrogation court.
According to the police, the man must have put his 21-year-old daughter in danger of death by stabbing her in the stomach, groin and back. It writes the Danish telegram agency Ritzau, and it is reproduced by Funen County Avis.
The daughter is no longer in danger of death, but her condition is described as critical, and she was connected to a respirator after losing much blood. The Arab man has three other children. He told the interrogator in the interrogation court.
The man refuses to punish, but both his wife and his daughter say that he is the offender. During the hearing, the prosecutor read aloud from the minutes of the first police interview.
During the actual interrogation, the 53-year-old explained that when he came to himself in the afternoon after the murder attempt took place, he discovered a knife in his hand and saw the daughter lying in front of him. He threw the knife when he went out and couldn’t remember if there was blood on it.
Sunday, January 13, 2019
The Islamic emirate Dubai is a tax haven with extensive secrecy and few extradition agreements.
Now, a huge data leak shows how corrupt politicians, criminals, and smugglers from all over the world have placed huge amounts in Dubai’s real estate market.
Dagbladet reveals how Norwegians have invested millions in hide for Norwegian tax authorities and make money from it.
Dubai is Las Vegas for adults in the Middle East. Wonderful restaurants, great food and wine and nightclubs, tells an elated Norwegian in the 60’s, who has owned an exclusive apartment right on the beaches for several years.
– But I wonder one thing: How did you find me?
Indoor resorts, diamond and gold trading, 10,000 crowns, and 24 carat gold ice cream balls attract people from all over the world.
“You can pay in cash when you buy property in Dubai.”
People from all over the world with money flocked to the tax haven in the desert, offering luxury properties at a low price. An investment of 2.5 million also ensures a residence permit for both the buyer and the family.
Dubai was also known to guest workers on slave contracts and underpaid maidens without rights. Investors with spreadsheets or black money faced few obstacles. House prices were quadrupled in a few years and who owns a home in Dubai is strictly kept secret by the state.
The Emirates have no extradition agreements with Norway, other European countries or the United States. Dubai is a well-known haunt for those who need protection from police, tax collectors or creditors in their home country.
Now a large database of information on 129,000 buyers, sellers and owners of 54,000 addresses in Dubai has leaked out of the country. The analysis company C4ADS and the journalist organization OCCRP have sorted the information and found huge real estate investments from people associated with corruption, murder, smuggling, money laundering or embezzlement from a number of countries in the world.
In the Dubai leak, Dagbladet has found about 80 properties associated with Norwegians, only in this one of the seven emirates.
Calculations show that half of the properties the newspaper Dagbladet found total are valued at over NOK 150 million. The other half have not obtained value calculations.
In the Dubai leak, around 30 Norwegian taxpayers are sorted by “Norwegian citizenship”. But Dagbladet has also searched among 950,000 registrations of people with “unknown citizenship”.
There were far more Norwegians here, which Dagbladet has identified by searching by name and Norwegian phone numbers, addresses and e-mail addresses. Not everyone has been able to make contact with. Some have rejected inquiries.
Exclusive Norwegian area
In the United Arab Emirates, torture of prisoners is widespread, according to Amnesty International. The law discriminates against gays and women, who have been arrested for having sex outside of marriage because the police report rape.
About half of the Norwegians Dagbladet have found in the leak, are registered with apartments in newly built Dubai Marina. Sunset over the Arabian Gulf, exclusive restaurants, gorgeous clubs and fashion shops lure people to the artificial island.
Car wash investors
Among the Norwegian e-mail addresses in the leak is “email@example.com”. Next to it stands the name “Arshad Akhtar” and two apartments in the apartment blocks Lago Vista and Lakeside.
Several of the companies in which the 43-year-old was the general manager, owner or chairman of the board, went bankrupt or has been forced to retire after several years of serious auditor notes, shows information from the Brønnøysund Register Center. Among the remarks are illegal lending to shareholders, lack of tax deduction, breach of the Accounting Act, lost share capital, late accounts and lack of reconciliation of cash holdings against accounts
Several people have been contacted by Dagbladet, and it is quite clear that there are embezzlement of tax in the multi-million class.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
USS Pennsylvania is silent and invisible. Under the hull, some of America’s greatest military secrets hide – and an incredible amount of explosive power.
You can’t see her. She can go to depths of 250 meters and stay under water for six months. You can’t hear her and she can keep going for 20 years without refueling.
She is the most effective murder weapon ever designed, an apocalypse machine capable of destroying the entire continent.
No, we’re not talking about a twisted Nazi weapon to take over the world, but the USS Pennsylvania nuclear submarine. She is one of 14 vessels in the Ohio class and the largest submarine in the US Navy.
The 165-man crew is hand-picked and must meet high physical and, not least, mental requirements.
“Sailors on my ship have to cope with being locked in during the entire voyage, which can last ten weeks straight,” said Bradford S. Neff. Neff was former captain of Pennsylvania’s “blue” team.
The USS Pennsylvania nuclear reactor is one of the most secretive military technologies in the United States, and is much more advanced than the Nautilus prototype.
Uranium fuel the size of a fist is all it takes to power the 1700-tonne ship that can maintain a speed of 45 km / h under water.
– Pennsylvania was in service in 1989 and is not yet refilled with fuel. The only thing that limits how long we can be at sea is access to food, says Bradford S. Neff.
The ship has supplies for three months.
With a length of 171 meters, the USS Pennsylvania is still the largest submarine in the Western Hemisphere. She is one of 14 similar ships in the Ohio class.
The submarine is as good as impossible to detect, and under the hull there are 24 Trident missiles that each have more explosive power than all the bombs released during both world wars.
NUCLEAR WATER: Here a Trident missile is fired from underwater. The USS Pennsylvania submarine is equipped with 24 such nuclear warheads, each of which has more explosive power than all bombs detonated during World War I and World War II.