Japan will pool efforts with the United States, Russia, China and South Korea to give a resolute response to North Korea’s missile launch, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday. “We’ll pool the efforts with South Korea, the United States, Russia and China and the entire international community to give a resolute response,” Abe stressed. North Korea made another missile launch towards the Sea of Japan on Sunday. According to the South Korean military, the missile was not intercontinental and flew about 500 km……Read More
China has complained repeatedly to the US about unilateral sanctions against Chinese individuals and companies linked to either Iran or North Korea’s nuclear or missile programmes . US President Donald Trump extended wide sanctions relief for Iran called for under a 2015 international nuclear deal even as he imposed the new penalties. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China followed local rules and regulations and closely adhered to its responsibilities to the international community. She told a daily news briefing: “China is opposed to the blind use of unilateral sanctions particularly when it damages the interests of third parties. …..Read More
The Shadow Brokers hacking group is pushing a monthly subscription service offering members top secret information including “compromised network data” from the nuclear and ballistic missile programs of Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. The group’s monthly data dump could also include hacking exploits for web browsers, routers, and operating systems including Windows 10. “TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month” is a new monthly subscription model,…….Read More
In the aftermath of the global WannaCry ransomware attack, which has spread around the globe like wildfire, a significant number of corporations and public services have found their infrastructure grinding to a halt, unable to operate with unprotected if mission-critical computers taken offline indefinitely. Some of the more prominent examples so far include:
- NHS: The British public health service – the world’s fifth-largest employer, with 1.7 million staff – was badly hit, with interior minister Amber Rudd saying around 45 facilities were affected. Several were forced to cancel or delay treatment for patients.
- Germany’s Deutsche Bahn national railway operator was affected, with information screens and ticket machines hit. Travelers tweeted pictures of hijacked departure boards showing the ransom demand instead of train times. But the company insisted that trains were running as normal.
The Belt and Road Forum is China’s answer to Davos or the G20, centered around the colossal One Belt, One Road (OBOR) trade initiative. OBOR, which has been in the works for four years, spans more than 68 countries and up to 40% of global GDP. It is China’s push to put it in a position of world leadership as the US under President Donald Trump takes a more protectionist approach and gives up the mantle of globalization. In attendance Sunday were Chinese President Xi Jinping — whose personal project the OBOR initiative is — Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, alongside a host of other world leaders and top ranking officials……Read More