Microsoft: Iran unit behind Charlie Hebdo hack-and-leak op
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After the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo launched a cartoon contest to mock Iran's ruling cleric, a state-backed Iranian cyber unit struck back with a hack-and-leak campaign that was designed to provoke fear with the claimed pilfering of a big subscriber database, Microsoft security researchers say. The FBI blames the same Iranian cyber operators, Emennet Pasargad, for an influence operation that sought to interfere in the 2020 US presidential election, the tech giant said in a blog published Friday. Iran has in recent years stepped up false-flag cyber operations as a tool for discred ..read more
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US Secretary of State postpones trip to China after 'spy balloon' spotted over US
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has postponed his upcoming trip to China in response to the flying of a suspected Chinese spy balloon over the United States, according to two US officials. The postponement marks a significant new phase in the tensions between Washington and Beijing. The Chinese foreign ministry claimed Friday that the suspected Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon flying over the continental United States is a "civilian airship" used mainly for weather research that deviated from its planned course. READ MORE: Man pleads guilty to treason over 2021 threat to 'kill t ..read more
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Paedophile popstar Gary Glitter freed from UK prison
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Former pop star Gary Glitter has been released from prison in England after serving half of a 16-year prison sentence for sexually abusing three young girls in the 1970s. The 79-year-old singer, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was freed from a prison in Dorset, in south-west England on Friday. It is common for offenders in the UK to be freed halfway through their sentences and then be placed on probation. READ MORE: Man pleads guilty to treason over 2021 threat to 'kill the Queen' "Sex offenders like Paul Gadd are closely monitored by the police and Probation Service and face some of the stric ..read more
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Man pleads guilty to treason over 2021 threat to 'kill the Queen'
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A man who was arrested on the grounds of Windsor Castle on Christmas Day 2021, armed with a crossbow, has pleaded guilty to treason charges in a UK court, local media report. Jaswant Singh Chail was charged with an offence under section two of the Treason Act 1842. The charge covers "discharging or aiming firearms, or throwing or using any offensive matter or weapon, with intent to injure or alarm her majesty". READ MORE: Inside the hunt for a serial kidnapper, and a bloody finale Chail pleaded guilty to three charges, appearing via video link in London's Old Bailey from Broadmoor Hospital, a ..read more
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Former NRL star saves woman from alleged Surfers Paradise attack
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A former NRL star has been hailed a hero after saving a woman from what he describes as a "vicious" incident at Surfers Paradise earlier this week.  Titans Assistant Coach Brett White said he believed the woman's life was being threatened at Budd's Beach on Tuesday night when he overheard the alleged attack from his home. Immediately intervening after hearing her screams for help, White ran across the road and pinned the alleged assailant down to the ground for more than five minutes before police arrived. READ MORE: Customers left in the lurch after retailer collapses "She was just sitting ..read more
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Alarming new trend circulating among South Australian school students
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An alarming new trend teaching kids how to tamper with taxpayer-funded phone pouches, designed to keep them off their devices, has emerged in South Australia. Videos showing teens how to get around the the lock-up Yondr pouches, which the South Australian government is spending tens of thousands of dollars on to stop students using their phones at school, are the the latest trend sweeping social media. Students are sharing content using #Yondr to mock the new mobile phone ban. READ MORE: 'Then it went boom': Giant inflatable storage dome collapses Opposition education spokesman John Gardner ..read more
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Stranger gave girl meth before central Sydney rape, police allege
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A teenage girl has allegedly been drugged then sexually assaulted by a man she had just met near Sydney's Central station. Police alleged the girl was speaking to the man on Hay Street, Haymarket, about 7.30pm on Wednesday before they walked to a nearby car park. The man allegedly gave her an intoxicating substance and raped her, knowing she had not consented. READ MORE: Why Sydneysider's bin collections have been missed After he left, the girl contacted a friend who notified police. Clayton Deccaford, 34, was arrested at Waterloo late on Thursday and charged with two counts of aggravated se ..read more
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MDMA and psilocybin approved to treat some mental health conditions
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MDMA and psilocybin have been approved to treat some mental health conditions by Australia's health regulatory body. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved the prescription of MDMA for treating post-traumatic stress disorder and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) for treatment-resistant depression from July 1. "These are the only conditions where there is currently sufficient evidence for potential benefits in certain patients," the TGA said. READ MORE: Nick Kyrgios pleads guilty to assault of former partner Only psychiatrists will be able to prescribe th ..read more
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Nazi symbols spray painted on to Jewish headstones in NSW cemetery
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Ten headstones have been desecrated with spray-painted Nazi symbols inside a heritage-listed Jewish Cemetery in New South Wales. Police believe it was an anti-Semitic hate crime. READ MORE: Customers left in the lurch after retailer collapses https://twitter.com/janegoldnbn/status/1621338619654049792 READ MORE: Putin's new gamble to save hold on power The Maitland Jewish Cemetery, which is 33 kilometres from Newcastle cemetery dates back to 1846 and is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register ..read more
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Roof ripped off apartment block during freak storm on NSW coast
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A roof has been ripped off an apartment building and a hospital has been damaged during a freak storm at Port Macquarie in NSW. Fire and Rescue NSW crews are responding to a series of emergencies and the State Emergency Service (SES) were called to 60 incidents in the space of 30 minutes, including flooding and trees that have fallen on houses, cars and trucks, after wild winds and heavy rain struck the town just after 3pm. The SES is advising people in Port Macquarie to stay indoors and move their cars away from trees amid the severe thunderstorm. READ MORE: Former NSW deputy premier John B ..read more
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