Chinese cybercriminals targeted COVID research, hacked hundreds of companies: US

first_imgTwo Chinese nationals have been indicted for seeking to steal COVID-19 vaccine research and hacking hundreds of companies in the United States and abroad, including defense contractors, the US Justice Department said Tuesday.Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 33, also targeted human rights activists in the United States, China and Hong Kong, Assistant Attorney General John Demers said.The indictment comes amid rising tensions between the global superpowers fueled by the coronavirus pandemic which President Donald Trump blames on China. Dissidents targeted The Justice Department said they also targeted “non-governmental organizations, and individual dissidents, clergy, and democratic and human rights activists in the United States and abroad, including Hong Kong and China.”According to the indictment, Li and Dong supplied the Ministry of State Security with passwords for personal email accounts belonging to Chinese dissidents, a Hong Kong community organizer, the pastor of a Christian church in Xian and a former Tiananmen Square protestor.Among the material allegedly stolen were emails between a dissident and the Dalai Lama’s office.The pair were accused of stealing source code from software companies, information about drugs under development from pharmaceutical firms and weapons designs and testing data from defense contractors.Targeted foreign companies were not identified by name.But according to the indictment they included a Dutch electronics firm, a Swedish gaming company, a Lithuanian gaming company, a German software engineering firm, a Belgian engineering software company, an Australian defense contractor, a South Korean shipbuilding firm, a Spanish electronics and defense firm and a British artificial intelligence and cancer research company.Li and Dong allegedly stole information from defense contractors regarding military satellite programs, military wireless networks and communications systems and microwave and laser systems.The indictment was returned by a grand jury in the Eastern District of Washington state on July 7 but was only unsealed on Tuesday.Li and Dong were charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud, conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets, wire fraud, unauthorized access of a computer and identity theft.China accused the United States last month of smearing Beijing following allegations that Chinese hackers were attempting to steal coronavirus research.The claims exacerbated tensions between the two countries, which have traded barbs over the origin of the pandemic that has killed more than 600,000 people since it emerged in China late last year.”China expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to such smearing,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.”Judging from past records, the US has carried out the largest cybertheft operations worldwide,” Zhao said.Topics : “Targeted industries included, among others, high tech manufacturing; medical device, civil, and industrial engineering; business, educational, and gaming software; solar energy; pharmaceuticals; defense,” it said.”More recently, the defendants probed for vulnerabilities in computer networks of companies developing COVID-19 vaccines, testing technology, and treatments,” it said.Justice Department officials said that Li and Dong targeted biotech companies in California, Maryland, Massachusetts and elsewhere but did not appear to have actually compromised any COVID-19 research.center_img Li and Dong, who are believed to be in China, acted in some instances “for their own personal gain” and in others for the benefit of China’s Ministry of State Security, Demers said at a news conference.”China has now taken its place, alongside Russia, Iran, and North Korea, in that shameful club of nations that provide a safe haven for cyber criminals,” Demers said.The Justice Department said Li and Dong, who were classmates at an electrical engineering college in Chengdu, have been engaged in a computer hacking campaign for the past 10 years.They have targeted companies in the United States, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, and Britain, it said.last_img read more

Feeling the pressure, LaBate plays beyond his years

first_imgJoseph LaBate skipped the traditional rout to college hockey through junior league play, but has already found his way to Wisconsin’s top line alongside Mark Zengerle and Tyler Barnes. LaBate has five goals and 14 assists on the season for 19 points – fifth best on the team.[/media-credit]Straight out of high school, Joseph LaBate embodies the youthful state of the Wisconsin men’s hockey team.Hockey is a rare beast in college athletics. Players can leave early for their shot at a professional career, but more often than not, they don’t even start their collegiate campaigns until they spend a few years playing in juniors after they graduate from high school.But as one of Wisconsin’s youngest skaters – still only 18 years old – LaBate decided to skip those habitual years with a junior team where players generally get stronger and faster and have an opportunity to adjust for the pace of the college game.“Everyone talks about how big of a switch it is both mentally and physically, with bigger guys and just the demand of what coaches expect from you,” LaBate said. “It’s a very big leap, and I think I’ve handled it pretty well. My family is pretty supportive of me, and obviously my teammates are too. I think I’ve handled it pretty well and keep trying to do it day by day.”While knowing the jump would be more difficult, the Eagan, Minn., native didn’t expect to find himself consistently skating on the top line.Skating alongside sophomore forwards Mark Zengerle and Tyler Barnes, LaBate has notched five goals this season and 14 assists. His 19 points are fifth most on the team – but the most of any freshman.While his stats could certainly be better – sitting 20 points behind team leader Zengerle, who has 39 on the season – head coach Mike Eaves has some pretty high – and tough – expectations for his youngest forward.“We’ve got a true freshman, an 18-year-old man who’s coming out of high school, and we’ve got him on our top unit, so he’s expected to some degree to be able to put numbers on the board,” Eaves said. “We’re expecting him to be good down in his own zone. It’s like he goes from being an undergraduate to getting graduate course work in terms of where he comes from and the responsibilities that we’re giving him. It’s a lot to handle, … (but) he’s a battler.”This “battler” attitude that Eaves describes is a quality that has led to his progression throughout the season, something his linemates can’t deny.“It’s been tremendous growth he’s had over the year, just with his strength, his speed, his awareness out there – it’s a lot faster game; it’s a big jump,” Barnes said. “It’s a lot of little things that you can see him picking up on and seeing the ice a lot better and making plays.”Standing tall at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, LaBate gave UW its most recent victory by knocking in the game-winning goal with just over four minutes to go in the third period in a 3-2 victory over Alaska-Anchorage Jan. 21.The goal certainly made LaBate stand out and served as a sort of benchmark from his progress, but when he first stepped onto the first line, it was admittedly intimidating.“Oh yeah,” LaBate said. “I remember when I came into practice, … and I looked up and I saw I was with Zengs and Barnes on the first line, and I was like ‘holy smokes, this is a big step,’ and I just tried to focus on playing my game. I’ve just done that ever since. They’re such good linemates to have, so supportive and stuff, and we gel pretty well together.”When deciding where to commit, LaBate was specifically looking for a school where he’d have the chance to play immediately and get as much experience as possible.For him, Wisconsin was that team – more than he even knew, at the time.“I wasn’t expecting this big of a role right away,” LaBate said. “I’ve been really enjoying it. I’m pretty lucky to be on a team where I can play this much and have this much responsibility, so I think it’s just good for me. It’s going to benefit me in the future.”But, he definitely had a lot to learn, specifically some little details that high school hockey just can’t provide.“You learn a lot of little stuff,” Zengerle said. “Obviously, he’s a skilled player, and he skates well and handles the puck well and shoots well, but you learn a lot of things away from the puck and things like that, and things in the d-zone – just so many details that Coach Eaves teaches you that you wouldn’t think of before you get here.”But with such a youthful team trying its hardest to make something out of its up-and-down season, a lot of pressure falls on LaBate and the first line as a whole.Barnes acknowledged that they are completely aware of this pressure off the ice, but on the ice, it disappears.“There’s definitely a lot of pressure, but we don’t really let it bother us too much,” Barnes said. “We’re used to it; we just go out there and play. Once you go out on the ice you notice it. … On the ice, everything’s carefree. You’re out there just playing. He’s done a really good job this year just filling the role and he’s grown a lot over the year, and it’s been fun playing with him.”Eaves is well aware of the amount of pressure he’s put on LaBate, but he still has some higher expectations that the freshman has yet to meet.“We put a lot on his shoulders, but we think eventually, by sticking with him, it’ll pay off for us, Eaves said.“I wish there was fruit on the vine right now, we’re just getting little buds on it, but the fruit’s coming. He’ll be damned good one day.”last_img read more

Winn-Dixie to say open an extra hour for medical staff and first responders

first_imgStarting this Monday, the stores, including it’s  Fresco y Mas locations, will stay open until 9pm. The 8pm to 9pm hours specifically, will be dedicated to healthcare providers, firefighters, law enforcement, and fire rescue workers.In order to gain access to the store during the last hour, you will be asked to provide your work ID. Winn-Dixie has announced that it will stay open for an extra hour on Mondays and Tuesdays which it plans to designate to first responders and medical staff.The grocery store chain announced it’s decision on Twitter over the weekend.last_img

Watch : Reliving David Beckham’s virtuoso performance and freekick to drag England into 2002…

first_imgAdvertisement ayivNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1gxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eo41q( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) yh8kWould you ever consider trying this?😱6emylbCan your students do this? 🌚4btceRoller skating! Powered by Firework David Beckham’s free kick goal was enough for England to qualify for the World Cup in 2002. In the last match of the qualification stage against Greece, David Beckham scored a brilliant goal from the set piece. England needed at least one point from the last encounter of the group stage match against Greece. However, they were behind in the match by the margin of 2-1 till the beginning of stoppage time in the second half.Advertisement At that moment, England were awarded a free kick from outside the box. The free kick was taken by the captain of England National side, David Beckham. His shot was a curved one and it struck at the top corner of the net. The goalkeeper had no chance to save the shot. With the goal of David Beckham, the match ended with a scoreline of 2-2. The Three Lions got their valuable one point from this match which helped them to qualify for the finals of World Cup 2002.Advertisement England went to the final round of that World Cup being the group topper of that respective group. The free kick goal of David Beckham on that day was certainly memorable for all the fans of England National football team.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea target Vidal ‘fundamental’ for Bayern

first_imgTransfers Chelsea target Vidal ‘fundamental’ for Bayern despite Goretzka deal Alex Fisher 22:41 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) arturovidal - cropped Bongarts Transfers Chelsea Bayern München Bundesliga Premier League Jupp Heynckes says the Chilean’s standing at the Allianz Arena is not under threat despite the impending arrival of a Germany international midfielder Leon Goretzka’s arrival at Bayern Munich next season does not mean Arturo Vidal will leave the Allianz Arena, according to Jupp Heynckes.Goretzka’s switch from Schalke was finally confirmed last week, the 22-year-old agreeing a free transfer to Bayern when his current deal expires in June.A lot is expected of the Germany international when he makes the move, the midfielder having impressed as Schalke have surged into Champions League contention in the Bundesliga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The signing of Goretzka has led to some suggesting Vidal could be the one to lose out, with Chelsea reported to be among his many suitors, but the Chile international remains an integral part of Bayern’s squad.”Arturo Vidal has a contract until 2019,” said Heynckes.”For me he is a fundamental player in our team. “He is playing at a very good level, he’s just a class player, a player who is hugely experienced, a player who is on point when you need him. “My opinion is that he is very important. I consider him a fantastic footballer. The player has to decide if he wants to stay here, and the club too.”last_img read more