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15.08.18  /  Extreme  /  Mali – Department Of State Updated Travel Advisory

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15.08.18 Mali Department Of State Updated Travel Advisory

Image result for us department of state Mali (Security threat level - 5): On 14 August 2018, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for Mali that reads in part as follows: “Do not travel to Mali due to crime and terrorism. “Violent crime, such as kidnapping and armed robbery, is common in the regions of northern and central Mali. Violent crime is a particular concern during local holidays and seasonal events in Bamako, its suburbs, and Mali’s southern regions. Roadblocks and random police checkpoints are commonplace throughout the country, especially at night. “Terrorist and armed groups continue plotting kidnappings and attacks in Mali. They may attack with little or no warning, targeting night clubs, hotels, restaurants, places of worship, Western diplomatic missions, and other locations frequented by foreigners. “The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the northern and central regions of Mali as U.S. government employees travel to these regions is restricted due to security concerns. “Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or in the vicinity of Mali, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR). For more information U.S. citizens should consult the Federal Aviation Administration’s Prohibitions, Restrictions and Notices.”

15.08.18  /  High  /  Philippines – US Embassy Manila Security Alert

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15.08.18 Philippines US Embassy Manila Security Alert

Image result for us embassy manila Philippines (Security threat level - 4): On 14 August 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Manila issued a Security Alert that reads in part as follows: “Location: Palawan “Event: The Western Command Armed Forces of the Philippines posted the following information on their official Facebook page: 'Western Command remains on heightened alert and continues to tighten its security posture in Palawan against all forms of threats, amidst circulating information on probable kidnapping in the Province.'"

14.08.18  /  Extreme  /  Philippines – Canadian Government Travel Update - Kidnap Risk

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14.08.18 Philippines Canadian Government Travel Update - Kidnap Risk

Image result for canadian government travel advice Philippines (Security threat level - 4): On 13 August 2018, the Canadian government issued an update to its travel advice for the Philippines, which reads in part as follows: "Authorities in Palawan are advising the public of a credible kidnapping threat on the island. Foreigners may be targeted. If you are on the island:
  • "be vigilant at all times
  • "take extra security precautions"
  • "speak to staff at your hotel about the security measures in place"

14.08.18  /  News  /   – Flying From Perth To London Now Getting Faster

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14.08.18 Flying From Perth To London Now Getting Faster

Flying from Perth to London is now faster than ever, after a Qantas flight made the journey in record time.

The long-haul journey from the Western Australia state capital to London averages around 17 hours but Qantas has repeatedly shaved minutes off that time since it launched its non-stop London flight in March.

The airline broke its record again by arriving in just 16 hours and 23 minutes - ten minutes faster than its previous best and almost an hour quicker than scheduled - on a flight last month, The West reported.

Fancy a quick trip to visit the Queen? Qantas has been smashing its flight time record since launching the Perth to London service in March

Fancy a quick trip to visit the Queen? Qantas has been smashing its flight time record since launching the Perth to London service in March

About 330 peppermint tea bags and hundreds of chocolate biscuits are loaded on the plane to help make the painful journey to England a little easier

About 330 peppermint tea bags and hundreds of chocolate biscuits are loaded on the plane to help make the painful journey to England a little easier

Back in 1947, the 14,400 kilometre (9,000 mile) flight from Australia to London took four days, totaling 55 hours in the air and stop-offs along the way to refuel.

Now the QF9 non-stop flight, using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, is scheduled for 17 hours and 20 minutes, but had consistently been arriving about 45 minutes ahead of schedule

14.08.18  /  Extreme  /   – Major Hacking Threat To Cash Machines Worldwide Revealed

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14.08.18 Major Hacking Threat To Cash Machines Worldwide Revealed

America's intelligence chiefs have warned banks of a major hacking threat to cash machines worldwide in the next few days.

The FBI sent out a confidential alert on Friday to warn that cyber criminals are planning a global 'cash-out scheme' using malware to take over ATMs and steal millions of dollars.

Banks were warned that they could fall victim to an 'unlimited operation' in which millions of dollars could be withdrawn from cash machines.

Smaller banks with less sophisticated security systems are thought to be most vulnerable to an attack using the 'jackpotting' technique, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The FBI sent out a confidential alert on Friday to warn that cyber criminals are planning a global 'cash-out scheme' using malware to take over ATMs and steal millions of dollars

The FBI sent out a confidential alert on Friday to warn that cyber criminals are planning a global 'cash-out scheme' using malware to take over ATMs and steal millions of dollars

The warning said: 'The FBI has obtained unspecified reporting indicating cyber criminals are planning to conduct a global Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cash-out scheme in the coming days, likely associated with an unknown card issuer breach.'

The website Krebs On Security reported that criminals could create 'fraudulent copies' of bank cards by installing their data on reusable magnetic strip cards.

The FBI warned that 'at a pre-determined time, the co-conspirators withdraw account funds from ATMs using these cards.'

'Historic compromises have included small-to-medium size financial institutions, likely due to less robust implementation of cyber security controls, budgets, or third-party vendor vulnerabilities,' the alert said.

Earlier this year it was revealed that a co-ordinated group of hackers had stolen more than $1million by hijacking cash machines in the U.S.

The spate of attacks represented the first widespread jackpotting activity in the United States, officials said in January.

The heists, which involved hacking ATMs to rapidly shoot out torrents of cash, were across the United States spanning from the Gulf Coast to New England.

British banks with large overseas interests including Barclays and HSBC are thought to have been made aware of the danger from the 'jackpotting' technique

British banks with large overseas interests including Barclays and HSBC are thought to have been made aware of the danger from the 'jackpotting' technique

An alert at the time from an ATM maker said the method included gaining physical access, replacing the hard drive and using an industrial endoscope to depress an internal button required to reset the device.

A U.S. Secret Service alert sent to banks in January said machines running Windows XP were more vulnerable and encouraged ATM operators to update to Windows 7 to protect against the attack.

Hackers have moved from stealing payment card numbers and online banking credentials to more lucrative hacks on bank networks, giving them access not only to ATM machines, but also to electronic payment networks.

In 2016 it was reported that cyber criminals had remotely attacked cash machines in more than a dozen countries across Europe.

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14.08.18  /  News  /   – New Experimental Drug Treating Cancer Revealed

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14.08.18 New Experimental Drug Treating Cancer Revealed

Image result for health alert An experimental drug could finally let doctors treat half of cancers, which often become drug resistant, defying treatment. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco used a drug being developed by Revolution Medicines to slow the growth of lung, skin, colon and pancreatic cells in the lab. The cancers they hope to treat are particularly stubborn thanks to mutations that make ells grow out of control. Since their experiments in animals so successfully disrupted this process, the researchers plan to expedite it to clinical trials, where it could change the way doctors treat half of the most stubborn, deadly cancers they encounter. Scientists have discovered a drug that can target a signalling pathway that switches about half of all cancer cases into overdrive, offering hope to treat drug-resistant tumors Any body tissue can become cancerous because any cell's copying process can be corrupted by genetic mutations that cause it to grow out of control. Our tissues are constantly repairing themselves by creating more cells, which is accomplished through cellular division. These divisions are triggered by communications passed through a sort of cellular game of telephone, or a signalling pathway. As the instructions for cell division are passed down the line, they're vulnerable to get interrupted, which can then cause a genetic mutation that causes cells to multiply out of control. One of the signalling pathways involved is the MAPK/ERK pathway. Messages to turn cell division 'on' or 'off' travel through this pathway. But if one of the proteins that acts like a switch gets stuck in one position or the other, divide out of control, becoming a cancer.
  • The best way to get rid of these tumors is to surgically remove them, but they can also become too large and entangled with healthy tissue for this to be possible.
In this case, doctors use chemo or radiation to attack rapidly dividing cells, but sometimes it is too late, and this does not rewrite the instructions for division itself. But a drug that effectively rewrote the MAPK/ERK pathway instructions to get the 'on/off' switch protein back to its normal position could be a game-changer for the treatment of many cancers. In their lab experiments with Petri dish cells for lung, skin, pancreatic and colon cells, the researchers had unprecedented success doing exactly this. Previously, the 'on/off' proteins seemed to just be too complicated to alter or the corrupted message would just find another signalling route to travel down when scientists attempted to intervene in the MAPK/ERK pathway. This time, however, it worked. By targeting an even earlier point in the line of communication, the University of California, San Francisco scientists were able to essentially mute the external signals telling the cells to grow by blocking a molecule called SHP2. 'The implications of being able to block SHP2 are broad and may extend to more types of cancer than seen in the present study,' lead study author Dr Trever Bivona said. His treatment slowed the growth of all of the Petri dish cancers and even killed cancer cells off in some cases. In human lung cancer cells grown in human mice, the new drug also slowed down the growth of the tumors dramatically, which the researchers will help them get the drugs to human patients faster. 'Almost every major oncogene I can think of coopts this pathway in one way or another, and many of these cancers currently have no effective targeted therapies or eventually develop resistance to available targeted therapies,' said Dr Bovina. 'It's exciting to anticipate such important work moving quickly from the laboratory to the clinic.'
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