Teen hacker turns corporate cyber-crime consultant

Teen hacker turns corporate cyber-crime consultant

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP): A teenage hacker from New Zealand who helped a criminal network to infiltrate more than 1 million computers worldwide and skim millions of dollars from bank accounts has been hired as a cyber-security consultant by the country’s second-largest telecommunications company. Continue reading

WHO issues pessimistic global tuberculosis report

WHO issues pessimistic global tuberculosis report


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): The number of people infected with both tuberculosis and HIV is twice what researchers previously thought, top health officials said Tuesday.

The World Health Organization’s annual report on TB, presented in Rio, indicates that there were 1.37 million cases of people with both TB and HIV in 2007, the latest year for which statistics are available. About 700,000 people were infected with both in 2006, according to a report released by WHO last year.

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Italian denies filming sex videos of BMW heiress

Italian denies filming sex videos of BMW heiress

ROME (Reuters) – An Italian man denied on Tuesday accusations that he filmed secret sex videos used in the attempted blackmail of the heiress to the BMW car empire.

Ernano Barretta said one million euros found in his country home in Italy were his “life savings” and not part of the money that German heiress Susanne Klatten paid to former banker Helg Sgarbi after Sgarbi seduced her.

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Requests for asylum in West climb 12 pct – UNHCR

Requests for asylum in West climb 12 pct – UNHCR

GENEVA (Reuters) – An estimated 383,000 asylum seekers lodged applications to stay in the West in 2008, a 12 percent rise on 2007 as more Somalis and Afghans fled fighting in their homelands, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

The shadow of an Iranian asylum seeker eating is cast on a wall during a food distribution service near the harbour of Calais in northern France, January 26, 2009. An estimated 383,000 asylum seekers lodged applications to stay in the West in 2008, a 12 percent rise on a year ago, the United Nations said on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/Files)

Refugees from Iraq and elsewhere are now seeking permanent shelter in a wider variety of destinations, possibly because traditional countries of asylum such as Sweden have adopted stricter policies, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Nearly 40,500 Iraqis sought asylum abroad in 2008, keeping them at the top of the list for a third straight year, the UNHCR said in a new report.

Iraqi applications were down 10 percent, but were filed further afield, in 37 Western nations. “This suggests that people seeking international protection are searching for it in a larger number of countries,” the U.N. agency said.

Iraqi requests lodged in Sweden plummeted 67 percent because of more restrictive asylum policies, but the number nearly tripled in neighbouring Norway, and quadrupled in Finland, it said.

Somalis were the second largest group overall, filing 21,800 applications in industrialised countries led by Italy — a 77 percent increase from the previous year and “a reflection of the deteriorating situation in the country”, the UNHCR said.

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U.S. immigrant detentions violate human rights – report

U.S. immigrant detentions violate human rights – report


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The detention of hundreds of thousands of immigrants every year in the United States represents a violation of human rights, Amnesty International USA said in a report on Wednesday. Continue reading

Malaysia Human Resource Minister wants doubling of foreign worker levy delayed

Malaysia Human Resource  Minister wants

doubling of foreign worker levy delayed

KUALA LUMPUR: Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said Wednesday that he would ask the Deputy Prime Minister to give employers a grace period before implementing the doubling of levy for foreign workers.

On Tuesday, he has said that he would raise the matter in Cabinet, especially the impact on employers. Continue reading

Dictators used to break the mirror on the wall, because they disgusted their naked image

Dictators used to break the mirror on the wall,

because they disgusted their naked image   

The boy in the famous fable, who shouted that the king was naked without any clothes was lucky not living in the present world. If he were living today and shouted again, there are SEDITION LAWS, in almost every country starting in the UK, Thailand up to countries governed by dictators like Myanmar/Burma, he could face an immediate arrest with criminal defamation or sedition. 

  1. It is not important whether the king or the paramount leader or a dictator or a military general is naked or not, nor it is important whether the boy was telling the truth or not.
  2. As long as he was seemed to have said the insulting words, he is guilty as charged.
  3. No need to prove that he was right or wrong.
  4. If his words angered or defamed the ruling leader he is guilty.

If his luck is bad and if he were in Myanmar_

  • he may not be allowed to be represented with the lawyers
  • and if his lawyers protest, they would also face the jail sentences.
  • All would be done in the Kangaroo court, held in the prison
  • and the military affiliated  judges would just read the sentences prewritten by the Military Intelligent / prosecutors.
  • All would be finished  within few minutes by sentencing few dozens of years with hard labour.
  • If the boy argue about the procedure or repeat that he was just telling the truth, he would definitely get extra few dozen years of jail sentence as a bonus. Continue reading

Rafidah: Rebranding does not work

 Rafidah: Rebranding does not work 



By Adib Zalkapli

KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 — Just before voting begins for the top post in Wanita Umno, its chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, who is being challenged by her deputy Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil, reminded the 800 delegates that symbolic change within the party does not work.

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New PM’s advise falling on deaf ears or is he playing the harp to the buffalo?

New PM’s advise falling on deaf ears or is he playing the harp to the buffalo?

‘Don’t regard new media as our enemy’

Incoming prime minister and Umno president Najib Abdul Razak said the new media cannot be regarded as an adversary.

His remark, made during his opening speech at Umno’s 59th annual general assembly in Kuala Lumpur tonight, comes hours after six new media publications were denied media accreditation to cover the event.    
Najib said Umno leaders must ensure that they remain ahead of the curve and not become mere reactionary followers. 
This, he said, entails a careful re-evaluation and re-examination of the attitudes and value systems of the members of Umno.
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An avalanche of legal issues



The legal skirmishes triggered by the four Perak assemblymen who defected have sullied the reputations of several hallowed institutions and opened up new legal frontiers where no Malaysian has up to now travelled.

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