China’s hacking against U.S. on the rise – U.S. intelligence official

Computer code is seen on a screen above a Chinese flag in this July 12, 2017 illustration photo. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A senior U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday that Chinese cyber activity in the United States had risen in recent months, targeting critical infrastructure in what may be attempts to lay the groundwork for future disruptive attacks.

“You worry they are prepositioning against critical infrastructure and trying to be able to do the types of disruptive operations that would be the most concern,” National Security Agency official Rob Joyce said at a Wall Street Journal cybersecurity conference. Continue reading “China’s hacking against U.S. on the rise – U.S. intelligence official”

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“U.S., China agree on trade war ceasefire after Trump, Xi summit”

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Reuters“China and the United States agreed to a ceasefire in their bitter trade war on Saturday after high-stakes talks in Argentina between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, including no escalated tariffs on Jan. 1.”

“Trump will leave tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports at 10 percent at the beginning of the new year, agreeing to not raise them to 25 percent ‘at this time’, the White House said in a statement.” Continue reading ““U.S., China agree on trade war ceasefire after Trump, Xi summit””

Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing

From the first revelation that the Marriott’s computer systems had been breached, there was widespread suspicion that the hacking was part of a broad spy campaign to amass Americans’ personal data.CreditScott Olson/Getty Images

From the first revelation that the Marriott’s computer systems had been breached, there was widespread suspicion that the hacking was part of a broad spy campaign to amass Americans’ personal data.CreditCreditScott Olson/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that collected personal details of roughly 500 million guests was part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort that also hacked health insurers and the security clearance files of millions more Americans, according to two people briefed on the investigation.

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Đảo đá Bông Bay quan trọng như thế nào?

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Bà Nguyễn Phương Trà, phó phát ngôn Bộ ngoại giao Việt Nam vừa lên tiếng “kiên quyết” phản đối Trung Quốc đặt vật thể lạ ở đảo đá Bông Bay, quần đảo Hoàng Sa thuộc chủ quyền của Việt Nam.

Đây là nơi sống còn đối với hàng trăm ngàn ngư dân Việt Nam.

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Đảo Bom Bay nhìn từ xa, hiện có công trình xây dựng trái phép của Trung Quốc

Hầu hết ngư dân các tỉnh miền Trung đều gọi đảo đá Bông Bay là đảo Bom Bay. Nếu hỏi ngư dân các tỉnh Đà Nẵng, Quảng Nam, Quảng Ngãi, Bình Định… về quần đảo Hoàng Sa thì địa danh mà bà con nhắc đến nhiều nhất sẽ là đảo Bom Bay. Hòn đảo này nằm ở mạn ngoài cùng, cách trung tâm quân sự Trung Quốc đang đóng trái phép trên đảo Phú Lâm quần đảo Hoàng Sa gần 100km. Ngư dân ở Bom Bay gắn với thân phận của những con người bị xô đẩy và phải đi rất xa, tìm về nơi an toàn để mưu sinh. Nhưng động thái gần đây của Trung Quốc đã cho thấy, nơi bình yên đó rồi sẽ không còn nữa. Continue reading “Đảo đá Bông Bay quan trọng như thế nào?”

China’s Golden Era in Portugal

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Why is this medium-sized southern European country being targeted by Chinese investors?

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Traffic accidents are eighth leading cause of death globally, according to WHO

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(CNN)The number of traffic-related deaths reached a high of 1.35 million in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, released by the World Health Organization on Friday. It has also moved up to the eighth leading cause of death for people of all ages, ahead of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

“Road safety is an issue that does not receive anywhere near the attention it deserves — and it really is one of our great opportunities to save lives around the world,” Michael Bloomberg, former New York mayor and the WHO global ambassador for noncommunicable diseases and injuries, said in the foreword of the report.
Although the report points out that progress has been made in certain areas, such as legislation, it has not happened quickly enough to meet the UN’s goals to halve road traffic deaths between 2016 and 2020.
Traffic deaths are now the leading global cause of deaths for children and young adults between 5 and 29 years old.

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