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World Ex-US intelligence officers accused of hacking for UAE

19:00  15 september  2021
19:00  15 september  2021 Source:   pri.org

3 former US officials charged in UAE hacking scheme

  3 former US officials charged in UAE hacking scheme WASHINGTON (AP) — Three former U.S. intelligence and military operatives have admitted providing sophisticated computer hacking technology to the United Arab Emirates and agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million to resolve criminal charges in an agreement that the Justice Department described Tuesday as the first of its kind. The defendants — Marc Baier, Ryan Adams and Daniel Gericke — are accused of working as senior managers at a UAE-based company that conducted hacking operations on behalf of the government. Prosecutors say the men provided hacking and intelligence-gathering systems that were used to break into computers in the United State and elsewhere in the world.

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a circuit board: Three former US intelligence and military operatives have agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million to resolve criminal charges that they provided sophisticated hacking technology to the UAE. © Jenny Kane/AP/File photo

Three former US intelligence and military operatives have agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million to resolve criminal charges that they provided sophisticated hacking technology to the UAE.

UAE

Court documents have revealed that three former US intelligence and military officials were working for the United Arab Emirates to carry out hacking operations on behalf of the UAE government. The US Justice Department, which released the documents on Tuesday, detailed that the defendants — Marc Baier, Ryan Adams and Daniel Gericke — have admitted providing sophisticated computer hacking technology to the UAE and agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million to resolve the charges. Prosecutors say the men were part of a clandestine unit called Project Raven that helped the UAE spy on its enemies through the use of hacking and intelligence-gathering systems in violation of US military export restrictions.

Analysis-Turkey and UAE rein in dispute that fuelled conflict and hurt economy

  Analysis-Turkey and UAE rein in dispute that fuelled conflict and hurt economy Analysis-Turkey and UAE rein in dispute that fuelled conflict and hurt economyANKARA (Reuters) - A truce between bitter regional rivals Turkey and the United Arab Emirates has calmed tensions that fuelled conflicts including Libya's war, officials and diplomats say, after years of animosity and insults.

Haiti

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has ordered the firing of the Port-au-Prince chief prosecutor who was investigating the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, deepening the political crisis in the Caribbean nation. The prosecutor, Bed-Ford Claude, was looking into Henry’s possible connections to the assassination and had asked a judge to bar him from leaving Haiti. Henry had allegedly spoken twice with a key suspect in the Moïse assassination just hours after the killing.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s women’s soccer team have left the country and arrived in Pakistan following the Taliban’s takeover and uncertainty over female athletes under the militant group’s rule. The 32 women and their families entered Pakistan through the northwestern Torkham border crossing, according to Pakistan officials. Questions remain unanswered over the rights of women in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s previous brutal rule which imposed harsh restrictions on women's freedom of movement and dress code, and banned women from work and education.

Overnight Hillicon Valley — Ex-US intel operatives pay to settle hacking charges

  Overnight Hillicon Valley — Ex-US intel operatives pay to settle hacking charges Today is Tuesday. Welcome to Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to know about tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.Three former U.S. intelligence and military personnel members settled with the Justice Department by agreeing to a massive sum due to allegations that they worked as mercenary hackers for the government of the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, a top official atThree former U.S. intelligence and military personnel members settled with the Justice Department by agreeing to a massive sum due to allegations that they worked as mercenary hackers for the government of the United Arab Emirates.

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Afghan women to the Taliban: #DoNotTouchMyClothes

a group of people wearing costumes: Afghan women and a girl shop for dresses at a local market in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 10, 2021. Felipe Dana/AP © Felipe Dana/AP Afghan women and a girl shop for dresses at a local market in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 10, 2021. Felipe Dana/AP

As a historian of Afghanistan, Bahar Jalali says she was stunned with the images of women at a pro-Taliban rally who were wearing black face coverings and black dresses.

“I was just really shocked to see that something that is completely and utterly foreign to Afghan culture was being presented as authentic Afghan attire,” Jalali said.

That is when Jalali, who grew up in Afghanistan before the Taliban’s previous rule, uploaded a picture of herself in a colorful traditional Afghan dress to Twitter with the hashtag #AfghanistanCulture. Then, other women followed suit using hashtags such as #DoNotTouchMyClothes.

Pregnant women and children with HIV in Ghana struggle to access lifesaving medicine during pandemic

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A police officer exposed a video showing a death in custody. Now he’s facing prison time.

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Ghana faces an acute shortage of antiretroviral drugs, endangering the health and the lives of tens of thousands of HIV-positive children and pregnant women. Health officials say this has pushed their efforts to end the AIDS epidemic backward.

Double Take

How about getting a lottery ticket for an unusual prize: The house former drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán fled in 2014 as Mexican authorities surrounded him in Culiacán, Mexico. The Institute to Return Stolen Goods to the People gave this seized property a fresh coat of paint and tiled over where the tub used to be — which is also where the entrance to where the escape tunnel was located. The property, valued at $183,000, was put to auction last year with no takers. Now, it could be yours with a $12 ticket.

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