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Vintage cars pass by a fleet of Chinese-made Yutong buses parked at the sea front Malecon in Havana, CubaBy Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - From buses and trucks to a $500 million golf resort, China is deepening its business footprint in Cuba, helping the fellow Communist-run state survive a crisis in oil-benefactor Venezuela and insulate against a possible rollback of U.S. detente. Cuban imports from China reached a record $1.9 billion in 2015, nearly 60 percent above the annual average of the previous decade, and were at $1.8 billion in 2016 as the flow of oil and cash slowed from Venezuela due to economic and political turmoil in the South American country. China's growing presence gives its companies a head start over U.S. competitors in Cuba's opening market.
The Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois-based company said it had net income of 13 cents per share. The internet security company posted revenue of $47.6 million in the period. For the year, the company reported ...
It's still unclear what President Donald Trump really knows about the cyber, and whether he's learning anything new while in office, but he does love to tweet. Worse, he reportedly uses an old Galaxy S3 phone to do it. That's apparently his own unsecured handset, which he shouldn't be touching in the first place. To make things worse, reports also note that the president received a safe smartphone to replace his personal device, but he doesn't seem to be using it. Following the string of reports that detailed Trump's phone preferences, a couple of senators wrote a formal letter, inquiring about the kind of smartphone the most powerful man in the country uses. According to ZDNet , Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tom Carper (D-DE) asked the government's Defense Information Systems Agency if Trump was given a secure smartphone. They also wanted to know more details about the device, and whether the department locked the handset. The letter actually starts with a reference to the report that first noted's Trump inclination to use his old Android when he's bored at the residence. The senators are worried. If the reports are true about Trump using his unsecured, aging handset, then the handset might be a serious liability. Just like we told you a few weeks ago , the "security risks associated with the use of an unsecured phone include hackers' ability to access the device to turn on audio recording and camera features, as well as engaging surveillance tools that allow location and other information tracking features." That's why the senators want more explanations. The "national security risks of compromising a smartphone used by a senior government official, such as the President of the United States, are considerable," they rightly point out. The letter was released Monday, but it was dated February 9th. It could not have landed at a worse time for the White House. Trump and his advisors were criticized for having used a public venue to discuss sensitive security matters related to North Korea's recent missile test, and for having used smartphones to illuminate highly-confidential papers — CNN has that real story .
Huawei is the sleeping giant of Android manufacturers: big in China, its phones are technologically great but not sold all that widely in the US. The company is hoping to change all that with the P10, the followup to 2016's P9 and the phone that will have to go up against the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8. https://youtu.be/X4OsqrK3oXk Thanks to teaser video that Huawei just dropped, we know when and where to expect the P10: Mobile World Congess in Barcelona, which happens at the end of this month. Specifically, the announcement will happen sometime early on February 26th, thanks to the time difference between here and Europe. The teaser doesn't give us many clues about what to expect, but the hints about changing how the world sees you certainly hints at some kind of camera focus. Last year's P9 used a double-lens system that produced surprisingly great results, so perhaps Huawei is going all in on the camera. Given that Samsung has recently started using iris sensors, it could also be some kind of new sensor system on the device that changes how users interact with it, or even a VR setup. Either way, we'll have to wait for MWC to know for sure, but in the meantime, we've got leaks, renders, and rampant speculation to mull over.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plays golf with his friends during his summer break in Yamanakako town, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan(Reuters) - With golf long regarded as a stern measure of character and a natural setting for deal-making, U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's weekend outing in Florida could be viewed as more than a leisurely bonding exercise between two world leaders. U.S. President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Abe will form a twosome for their round of golf on Saturday, presumably at the Trump International Golf Club near his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. Trump told a local sports radio station last weekend golf was a better way to get to know someone than lunch and saw his match-up with Abe as a "fun" meeting between partners rather than adversaries.
File photo of Jatupat Boonpattararaksa during an interview in Khon KaenA Thai court agreed on Friday to put a prominent activist on trial for insulting the monarchy after he shared a BBC Thai-language profile of the new king, which some said was offensive, on Facebook. It was the first new case brought during the rule of King Maha Vajiralongkorn under the lese-majeste law, which sets jail sentences of up to 15 years for each offence of defaming, insulting of threatening the monarchy. Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, 25, an activist who has staged several protests against Thailand's junta, was arrested two days after the king ascended the throne in December.
Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni waves as he leaves after meeting his counterpart from Britain Theresa May at Number 10 Downing Street in LondonItaly's foreign ministry was hacked last year, a source close to the department said on Friday, confirming a report in the Guardian newspaper which also said Russia was suspected of perpetrating the attack. Last spring, hackers got into the system at the ministry, which was then headed by now-Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, and the attacks carried on for more than four months but did not gain access to classified information, the paper said. "The Italian government had already informed (the paper) of what it is reporting today," the source said in response to the article, noting that security had since been stepped up.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a foreign hacker charged with carrying out a $55 million scam (all times local):
A Turkish hacker was sentenced to eight years in a U.S. prison on Friday for his role as one the masterminds behind three cyber attacks that enabled $55 million to be siphoned from automated teller machines globally. Ercan Findikoglu, who went by the online nicknames "Segate," "Predator," and "Oreon," was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn after pleading guilty in March to computer intrusion conspiracy and other charges. In what were called "unlimited operations," hackers targeted databases those companies maintained for prepaid debit cards and effectively eliminated the card accounts' withdrawal limits, prosecutors said.
NEW YORK (AP) — A prolific foreign hacker behind sophisticated cyberattacks that netted an estimated $55 million was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison in rare win for law enforcement officials who have identified, but failed to arrest, hundreds of others like him.
A New York City man who prosecutors said discussed carrying out a pressure cooker bomb attack for Islamic State with one of its top hackers and helped another man try to travel abroad to join the militant group pleaded guilty on Friday. Munther Omar Saleh, 21, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn to four counts, including conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State and assaulting a federal officer by charging at a law enforcement vehicle.
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish hacker was sentenced to eight years in a U.S. prison on Friday for his role as one the masterminds behind three cyber attacks that enabled $55 million to be siphoned from automated teller machines globally. Ercan Findikoglu, who went by the online nicknames "Segate," "Predator," and "Oreon," was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn after pleading guilty in March to computer intrusion conspiracy and other charges. In what were called "unlimited operations," hackers targeted databases those companies maintained for prepaid debit cards and effectively eliminated the card accounts' withdrawal limits, prosecutors said.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — An internet watchdog group said Saturday that a spyware hacking attempt targeted activists who campaigned against soft drinks and junk foods, and purportedly used Israeli-produced software sold to governments.
Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman listens at left as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with business leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats didn't wait to assemble the facts before they accused President Donald Trump of rewarding "thugs" in the Russian intelligence service by lifting certain sanctions. The facts don't support them.
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2016, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis. The Cardinals and Martinez have agreed to a $51 million, five-year contract extension that buys out his arbitration years and includes two team options, according a person direct knowledge of the deal. The person spoke Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, on condition of anonymity because terms have not been released. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst, File)In the final days of negotiations, the biggest thing standing in the way of the St. Louis Cardinals signing pitcher Carlos Martinez to a long-term deal was a few hundred miles of ocean.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Nine personal civil-servant email accounts in Norway have been targeted by hackers in "spear-phishing" attacks believed to be associated with Russian intelligence, the Norwegian security service said Friday. It said no classified information has been taken.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House technology workers are being investigated by the U.S. Capitol Police for alleged theft, two members of Congress said Friday.
(Reuters) - InterContinental Hotels Group Plc on Friday confirmed a data breach from payment cards used at 12 of its hotels in the United States, a little over a month after it said it was investigating claims of a possible breach. InterContinental said only payment cards used at the restaurants and bars of the 12 hotels were affected and that cards used at the front desk of the hotels were not affected. The affected properties include the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, the InterContinental San Francisco and Holiday Inn Resort - Aruba, the company said, adding it was still conducting an investigation on its other hotels in the Americas region.
Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman listens at left as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with business leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats didn't wait to assemble the facts before they accused President Donald Trump of rewarding "thugs" in the Russian intelligence service by lifting certain sanctions. The facts don't support them.
A Thai military court on Friday jailed a man for 11 years and four months on charges of royal defamation and computer crime over his Facebook social media posts last year. Burin Intin, 28, pleaded guilty to two charges of royal defamation and violating Thailand's Computer Crime Act over posts deemed insulting to the monarchy in a comment on Facebook and online chat, his lawyer, Anon Numpa, said. Anon said he would not appeal against Friday's decision, but would submit a petition for a royal pardon.
For every new update Apple puts out, there's a small and intrepid team of hackers out on the internet trying to break Apple's security. Running a jailbroken version of iOS lets you take full control of the software, and consequently install every UI tweak and additional feature you can think of. Jailbreaking used to be more popular, back in the day before you could delete the Stocks app, and pre-copy-and-paste. These days, it's a more niche activity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNq3V3O4rLk But that hasn't stopped hacker
Apple is launching three new iPhones this year, reports have claimed, with the iPhone 8 being the most interesting of the three. Apple suppliers are also heavily vested in the iPhone 8, as its popularity will significantly boost their revenues. One such company is a European chipmaker that's already making an iPhone 7 component that hardly comes up. According to Reuters , STMicroelectronics posted in-line 2016 results on Thursday, fueled by strong phone and car part sales. STM, Europe's third largest semiconductor company, also said that it plans to increase plant capacity. The move is meant to increase revenue this year. And Apple might be to blame. Without naming names, STM said that it inked a deal with a customer that can generate “substantial revenues” in the second half of the year. Analysts believe that company is Apple and that STM will supply iPhone 8 parts, including a component that's also found inside Apple's 2016 flagships the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. In-depth teardowns from Chipworks confirmed that Apple placed a new type of proximity sensor on the front side of the phone, one that also acts as an “accurate rangefinder for the selfie camera.” That's called a time-of-flight sensor (ToF). “The advantage of ToF is that it doesn't depend on reflected light level, instead it actually measures the time of travel of photons emitted from a laser diode, and this travel time is independent of the reflectance of the target surface,” Chipworks explained. Apple isn't the only company that uses ToF sensors. Last year alone, some of the high-end smartphones sold by competitors also have ToF from STM, including the Huawei P9, LG G5, or the Moto Z Force. The difference is that other companies only used the ToF for range-finding purposes rather than proximity sensors. Analysts now expect Apple to keep STM as a supplier of such ToF sensors. But they also say the European company might make a new product for the iPhone 8. "This is likely to be a new product in the iPhone 8, in addition to on-going shipments of the time-of-flight sensor," Liberum analyst Janardan Menon said. "We expect STM's strong revenue growth to convert into rising margins and further multiple expansion.” It's unclear at this time what, if any, component STM might be working on. But a recent report said that the new iPhone will include a new form of facial/gesture recognition system. This feature would be “supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera,” Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri said in a note . Will STM make such parts for Apple? It's worth pointing out that the iPhone 8 is supposed to have an all-screen design, meaning that Apple isn't probably looking to add more sensors to the front of the phone, which could prevent it from reducing the top bezel. Instead, Apple might be looking to utilize sensors for multiple features, as it's the case with STM's ToF/proximity sensor. On the other hand, Apple has at least one daring patent that imagines embedding all front-facing sensors in the display. Even in such a case, Apple would likely want to have as few sensors as possible on the front.
With all of the products and services that exist under the Google umbrella, updates are a dime a dozen, but this week has been especially busy for the tech behemoth. First there was the massive Google Voice overhaul on Monday (the first in five years!), then Google announced that JavaScript would be banned from Gmail and now the company is beginning to roll out an update for both Google Docs and Google Sheets on Android that will give users more options for editing their documents. As Google explains on its G Suite blog , Google Docs users on Android phones and tablets will now be able to insert and edit headers and footers as well as drag and drop text anywhere in a document. Additionally, new photo editing tools will give Android users the ability to resize, move and rotate images in the app. They can also adjust the text wrapping and border style of an image. Google Docs users on iOS are always receiving a slew of new features, such as the option to insert headers and footers, the ability to insert page numbers within a header or footer and the ability to change the size, orientation and color of a page in Docs. Finally, Google Sheets users on iOS will be able to insert and edit a variety of borders. The updates for both the iOS and Android versions of the app have begun rolling out. Head to Google Play or the App Store
US no longer has geography as defense, ally in cybercombatThe United States has long relied on its borders and superior military might to protect against and deter foreign aggressors. But a lack of boundaries and any rulebook in cyberspace has increased the threat ...
FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Christopher Correa, left, assistant general manager Mike Girsch, center, and general manager John Mozeliak, right, arrive at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, Mo. Major League Baseball ordered the Cardinals to forfeit their top two picks in this year's amateur draft and pay Houston $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros email system and scouting database. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred banned former St. Louis scouting executive Correa for life on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, and stripped the Cardinals of the 56th and 75th draft choices in June. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year's amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros' email system and scouting database, the final and unprecedented step in an unusual case of cybercrime involving two Major League Baseball teams.