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SYDNEY, August 17, 2018 (News Wires) - Apple Inc said on Friday that no customer data was compromised after Australian media reported a teenager had pleaded guilty to hacking into its main computer network, downloading internal files and accessing customer accounts.

The boy, 16, from the southern city of Melbourne, broke into the US computer giant’s mainframe from his suburban home many times over a year, The Age newspaper reported, citing statements by the teenager’s lawyer in court.

The teen downloaded 90 gigabytes of secure files and accessed customer accounts without exposing his identity, the paper said.

Apple contacted the US Federal Bureau of Investigation when it became aware of the intrusion, The Age said, quoting statements made in court. The FBI then referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The report said an AFP raid on the boy’s family home produced two laptops, a mobile phone and a hard drive that matched the intrusion reported by Apple.

The sensitive documents were saved in a folder called “hacky hack hack”, the report said.

It said the boy had boasted about his activities on the mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

 

CAIRO, August 7, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli on Tuesday attended the signing ceremony of an agreement according to which the ministry of transport will receive from the Austrian Blatter Company the sophisticated machine EM100U for examining railways in Egypt.

The agreement was signed by Blatter Company Regional Director in the Middle East Wolfgang Ratner and Ashraf Raslan, the head of the Egyptian Railways Authority.

In press statements, Madbouli said that the agreement is aimed at improving the railways service in Egypt and enhancing the level of security nationwide.

Attending the signing ceremony was also Minister of Transport Hisham Arafat.

Arafat noted that the total cost of the agreement hits 6.8 million euros including maintenance operations and supplying spare parts for five years.

The machine would be delivered in the course of one year, he pointed out.

MELBOURNE, Australia, August 5, 2018 (Reuters) - Australia on Sunday announced a A$190 million ($140.56 million) aid package for drought-afflicted farmers as much of east coast suffers the worst dry spell in living memory.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the funding from a farm in the state of New South Wales which will give farmers in need lump sum payments and support mental health initiatives and community groups.

“These are very exceptional circumstances and it’s important that we react and respond with the support that farmers need,” Turnbull told reporters.

The National Farmers’ Federation welcomed the news.

“It’s vital that we help farmers and families that are dealing with the stress and pressures drought brings,” president Fiona Simson said in a statement.

The announcement brings the government’s total drought relief package to $576 million. The state government of New South Wales has also provided more than A$1 billion in assistance for farmers.

The dry spell, which shows no sign of ending, has left 99 perccent of New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, in drought, according to the Department of Primary Industries.

NEVADA, August 4, 2018 (News Wires) - Australia's Aaron Baddeley fired a bogey-free round to earn a 26-point total and a one-point lead over Ollie Schniederjans following the second round of the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship.

Baddeley rolled in six birdies and took advantage of Schniederjans' late triple bogey in the Tour's only Modified Stableford scoring event.

"It's a tough day today," Baddeley said. "The wind was really gusting and gusting in different directions. You really had to wait until it was your turn to hit, pick a club.

Under the unique scoring format used in the event, instead of counting strokes points are awarded: eight for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, zero for par, minus one for a bogey and minus three for double bogey or worse.

The changing wind conditions made scoring difficult at the Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada.

Baddeley is hoping to join fellow Australians Geoff Ogilvy (2014) and Greg Chalmers (2016) as the only international-born winners of the Barracuda Championship since the tournament's inception in 1999.

The 25-year-old Schniederjans hit 14 of 14 fairways in the second round has needed just 48 putts through 36 holes. He missed the cut in two prior starts at Barracuda Championship in 2015 and 2017.

 

CANBERRA, Australia, July 24, 2018 (AP) — A doctor awarded an Australian bravery medal for his pivotal work in the Thai cave rescue said he was most frightened by not knowing how much sedation to give to the weakened children.

Nine Australians involved in rescuing 12 boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach were presented with medals at a ceremony on Tuesday in the capital Canberra for putting their lives in danger during the treacherous ordeal.

Anesthetist Richard Harris and his dive buddy Craig Challen, a retired veterinarian, were awarded the Star of Courage, the second-highest civilian bravery decoration in the Australian honours system after the Cross of Valor. Six police and a navy diver received the lesser Bravery Medal.

Harris sedated the 13 before they began their journey out, fearing panic in the dark and confined cave system was a major threat to their survival.

Harris said on Tuesday he consulted with a range of specialist doctors in Thailand and Australia before deciding how much sedative to use.

"It was an estimate to start with and the first child was an experiment in a way and so it was a good guess with a lot advice from a lot of other specialists," Harris told reporters after the ceremony at Government House.

"I've never done it in the back of a cave on malnourished, skinny, dehydrated Thai kids before so that for me was the most frightening part of the week," Harris added.

Asked what would have been the consequences if he had got the sedation wrong, Harris told The AP: "A poorer outcome than we got."

Rescuers feared a panicked boy could lose his diving mask and drown. Panic could also endanger the rescuers.

Challen said the first boy emerging from the cave alive gave him hope.

"The first boy came through and he was still alive and still breathing — that was one of the best moments," Challen told reporters.

Harris and Challen, both 53-year-old experienced cave divers, had displayed conspicuous bravery in the successful cave rescue mission, their citations said.

The boys and their coach entered the cave on June 23 for a quick exploration, but flooding quickly blocked the exit and they had to retreat deeper inside the cave. Heavy rains raised water levels further and thwarted the initial searches before two British divers on July 2 found the group huddled on a dry patch of ground, safe but hungry.

Harris and Challen arrived at the cave on July 6 and reached the team the next day.

"Dr. Harris conducted initial medical assessments and was able to provide information to the awaiting authorities regarding the safest extraction methods," the citations said.

"The rescue mission was hazardous, with poor or zero visibility, debris and constrictive passageways, variable air quality, and made more difficult with further rainfalls predicted," they added.

Harris sedated the boys and coach before they were taken out by divers over three days, concluding July 10.

Challen helped remove the team's masks and wetsuits as the boys and coach were stretchered through dry places then he prepared them for their next dive through flooded sections of the cave, his citation said.

The other seven Australian divers displayed considerable bravery throughout the cave system helping move the team to the entrance, their citations said.

"The threat of sudden flooding, movement of debris and deterioration of air quality posed continuous, potentially fatal hazards to all personnel in the cave system," their citations said.

The dangers were brought home by one death during the long rescue operation, former Thai navy SEAL Saman Gunan, who died while replenishing supplies inside the cave.

The 12 boys and coach recovered for a week in a hospital.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had nominated the nine for awards, which were fast-tracked because of public calls for official recognition of their role.

"You made us so proud. Selfless and courageous, superbly professional, competent. We could not have better ambassadors showing the best of our Australian values than you," Turnbull told the award ceremony.

"It's impossible to overstate how dangerous was your task," he added.

CANBERRA, July 20, 2018 (MENA) - A Turkish court has rejected Australia's request to extradite notorious Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash in a shock ruling overnight that could see him released from jail unless Turkey decides to prosecute him.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the Government was disappointed the request for extradition had been rejected, Sky News reported on Friday.

The judge made the ruling in the Kilis Criminal Court in southern Turkey, two months after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he expected the self-confessed, Melbourne-born Daesh member to be extradited to face trial in Australia "within months".

Prakash has been held in a maximum-security jail in Gaziantep, in southern Turkey, since he was captured in October 2016 trying to sneak across the border from Syria using fake identity papers.

 

 

 

 

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