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Aug 16 08:04

Outage outed: Bing dinged, Microsoft portal mortal, DuckDuckGo becomes DuckDuckNo

Microsoft's Bing fell over on Tuesday morning, Pacific Time, causing a ripple effect that crippled other search engines.

Visitors to Bing were hit with HTTP 503 error messages. We note that, while Bing appears to be working again as we write this, it's feeling a little slow. (Reg readers also dropped us tips that and both appear busted, but these aren't websites folks can use.)

The Bing outage prevented DuckDuckGo, the privacy-centric engine that aggregates results from the Microsoft search engine, from returning useful links to queries. Searching for, say, "CMOS," returned zero results.

DuckDuckGo said its problems with both Bing and Yahoo! were slowing its own operations. It should be back to normal by the time you read this.

Aug 16 08:00

Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

The plaintiffs must be buzzing

Aug 16 07:59

Bolivian top diplomat slams foreign interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs

Any external interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs in unacceptable, Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni Mamani said following his meeting with Russian top diplomat Sergey Lavrov. "At the moment Venezuela is shaping its own democratic process so it is particularly important to maintain dialogue based on the respect for the country’s sovereignty," Huanacuni Mamani stressed. "Any foreign interference in other country’s affairs is unacceptable," he added. Huanacuni Mamani also pointed out that the West should stop meddling in the Latin America’s affairs. "This logic and ideology of colonization are inappropriate as they inflict damage on many countries," the Bolivian top diplomat said. "This is the reason why Bolivia has been searching for opportunities to build relations with Russia and other countries, as it will give us a chance to create a single world order that would benefit all," Huanacuni Mamani noted.

Aug 16 07:57

Russia, Equatorial Guinea agree to boost military cooperation

Defense ministries of Russia and Equatorial Guinea have agreed to boost military cooperation and relations between navies, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters following talks between Russian Deputy Defense Minister Lieutenant General Alexander Fomin and Equatorial Guinea’s Minister for National Defense Juvenal Mbomio Nsue Nsang. According to the source, the talks took place in Moscow on Wednesday. "During the talks, there was a discussion of the current issues concerning bilateral defense cooperation," the source said. "The focus was on ways to enhance bilateral military ties and educational cooperation, as well as develop interaction between the two countries’ navies. Besides, the parties exchanged views on pressing issues related to regional and global security.

Aug 16 07:57

Backdoor Found in Popular Server Management Software used by Hundreds of Companies

Recently, cyber crooks managed to infiltrate the update mechanism for a popular server management software package and altered it to include an advanced backdoor, which lasts for at least 17 days until researchers discovered it.

Dubbed ShadowPad, the secret backdoor gave attackers complete control over networks hidden behind legit cryptographically signed software sold by NetSarang—used by hundreds of banks, media firms, energy companies, and pharmaceutical firms, telecommunication providers, transportation and logistics and other industries—for 17 days starting last month.

Important Note — If you are using any of the affected product (listed below), we highly recommend you stop using it until you update them.

Aug 16 07:55

8 More Chrome Extensions Hijacked to Target 4.8 Million Users

According to the latest report published by the researchers at Proofpoint on Monday, the expanded list of compromised Chrome Extensions are as below:

Chrometana (1.1.3)
Infinity New Tab (3.12.3)
CopyFish (2.8.5)
Web Paint (1.2.1)
Social Fixer (20.1.1)

Proofpoint researcher Kafeine also believes Chrome extensions TouchVPN and Betternet VPN were also compromised in the same way at the end of June.

In all the above cases, some unknown attackers first gained access to the developers' Google web accounts by sending out phishing emails with malicious links to steal account credentials.

Once the attackers gained access to the accounts, either they hijacked their respective extensions and then modified them to perform malicious tasks, or they add malicious Javascript code to them in an attempt to hijack traffic and expose users to fake ads and password theft in order to generate revenue.

Aug 16 07:55

US criticism of religious freedom in Russia groundless — analyst

The US Department of State’s report on the freedom of religion, which claims religious minorities in Russia are subject to persecution, should not be taken seriously, an expert on religious affairs, Doctor of History at the Moscow State Linguistic University Roman Silantiev has said. On Tuesday, the Department of State published its 2016 report on the freedom of religion in the world. The report was presented to Congress for the 19th year in a row. On its basis the US Secretary of State may draft recommendations for blacklisting this or that country. "Such reports have repeatedly been examined by my colleagues and yours truly. They cannot be regarded as serious documents, because most claims made against Russia have no facts to rely on," he told TASS...

Aug 16 07:53

German foreign minister warns New START and INF Treaties termination will affect Europe

The termination of the Treaties on missile armament cuts and liquidation will affect Europe’s security, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Wednesday. Germany’s top diplomat made this statement after a meeting with experts of the Commission on Challenges to Deep Nuclear Weapons Cuts from Russia, the United States and Germany. "The possible termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the non-prolongation of the New START Treaty [the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms] are what will eventually threaten Europe, in the first place," Gabriel said. The German foreign minister also said he shared the experts’ opinion that "the worst Cold War mistakes are repeated" and the world is at the stage of "Cold War 2.0." According to him, European countries should become active participants in the disarmament discussion.

Aug 16 07:51

Vandals spray paint 'f*** law' on the Lincoln Memorial: Thug defaces DC landmark with red graffiti

The Lincoln Memorial in DC has been defaced after a week of statues being vandalized around the US.

The National Park Service says they discovered one of the pillars on the Lincoln Memorial with 'F**k law' spray painted in red at around 4.30am on Tuesday.

It wasn't the only vandal attack on the National Mall Tuesday. The NPS also found undecipherable silver graffiti on a map of the Smithsonian Museum.

Aug 16 07:51

Western chemical weapons in Syria indicate true attitude to international law — diplomat

Evidence of chemical agents supplied to Syrian militants by the United States and the UK shows the degree of Western capitals' commitment to international law, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page. "Here you can see all their commitment to international law and the triumph of democracy. Supplying chemical agents to terrorists and using photos of killed children as a pretext is beyond one’s comprehension," she noted commenting on the Syrian Foreign Ministry’s statement.

Aug 16 07:48

Syrian diplomat stresses Khan Shaykhun incident staged by militants

The investigation into the Khan Shaykhun chemical incident, carried out by the Syrian government, has shown that it had been staged by militants, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said at a press conference in Damascus on Wednesday. "The Syrian government conducted its own investigation into the alleged attack, taking into account the results of probes carried out by foreign government organizations," he said. "It has been established that the so-called Khan Shaykhun incident was staged in accordance with (a previously drawn up) scenario," Mekdad added.

Aug 16 07:46

Germany supports Russian-Chinese ‘double freeze’ plan for North Korea crisis – FM Gabriel

Berlin supports the joint Russian-Chinese initiative for a “double freeze” to resolve the Korean crisis, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said. The plan involves freezing missile launches in North Korea and South Korea’s drills with the US.

Aug 16 07:45

Military intervention in Venezuela crisis is unacceptable – Lavrov

“We are united in the need to overcome the existing disagreements in the country by peaceful means through a nationwide dialogue as soon as possible, without any external pressure, not to mention the unacceptability of the threats of military intervention in the internal affairs of this country,” Lavrov stated.

The minister added that most Latin American states also condemn the possibility of such actions.

Aug 16 07:44

'Hit the brakes’: China to US & N. Korea as both exchange strike threats

The US and North Korea must "hit the brakes" and find a peaceful resolution to their ongoing crisis, China's foreign minister said. It comes amid a war of words and mutual strike threats between Washington and Pyongyang.

The remarks by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi were made during a Tuesday phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

“The most important task for the US and North Korea is to ‘hit the brakes’ on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent an ‘August crisis,’” Wang said during the conversation, according to a statement published on the Chinese Foreign Ministry's website.

Aug 16 07:42

FBI data show the Left committed more acts of terrorism than the Right

If you go by the MSM, you would think that most acts of terrorism on U.S. soil are committed by “white supremacists” and Muslims.

Not so.

Aug 16 07:26

British Columbia to Ban Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunting

In a win for conservationists and environmental groups, British Columbia says it will no longer allow the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in the Canadian province starting on Nov. 30.

Aug 16 07:26

Illinois State Senate passes measure designating neo-Nazi groups as terrorists

In the wake of violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and counterprotesters, the Illinois State Senate wants white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups classified as terrorist organizations.

Aug 16 07:14

The Elite Push Their Latest Agenda, Divide And Conquer, But It's Failing

Charlottesville is a staged event, this event was setup to divide and conquer the people, this is the same tactic the elite use in other nations. Russian bank has been disconnected from the SWIFT payment system.