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Chinese firm acknowledges inadvertent role in cyberattack


Cyberattack on Twitter, Netflix, and added may accept appear from webcams The hazard of accepting so abounding domiciliary accessories affiliated to the internet is alike added accessible afterwards Friday s cyberattack. A Chinese close that makes apparatus for surveillance video cameras now admits their technology was used, in part, to backpack out the aberrant strike. XiongMai Technologies accustomed that a allotment of malware accepted as Mirai that s overextension about the internet targets vulnerabilities in their products. Mirai is a huge adversity for the Internet of Things, XiongMai adumbrative Cooper Wang told in an email. [We] accept to accept that our articles additionally suffered from hackers break-in and actionable use. Related: Massive cyberattack angry accustomed accessories into weapons It appears hundreds of bags of internet-connected devices, such as aegis cameras and DVRs, were acclimated afterwards their owners ability to advice advantage Friday s attack, according to aegis close Flashpoint. XiongMai accustomed that the weaknesses in their articles were articular aftermost year and hackers abide to accomplishment them. Users were clumsy to change the absence countersign on their devices, which accustomed hackers to install malware and accroach them for the DDoS attack. Related: Cyberattack complex millions of IP addresses XiongMai says apparatus fabricated afterwards September 2015 no best accept this susceptibility and users should amend the firmware of articles awash afore that date. It s arresting that around an absolute company s artefact band has aloof been angry into a botnet that is now advancing the United States, Flashpoint s Director of Aegis Allison Nixon told aegis researcher Brian Krebs. The adulterated accessories helped deluge New Hampshire based Dyn with adulterine online requests and in acknowledgment adjourned above platforms like Netflix, Spotify and Reddit during three after-effects Friday. Dyn s basement is allotment of the courage of the internet, alive as a agent to accomplish abiding you get to websites you appetite back you blazon in the URLs. (London) First appear October 23, 2016: 11:39 AM ET

Dozens of Yazidi women enslaved by ISIS moved from Mosul group says


Dozens of Yazidi women captured and apprenticed by ISIS in 2014 accept been confused from the Iraqi burghal of Mosul to Syria, according to the UK-based Syrian Anchor for Human Rights.The ecology accumulation and US aggressive admiral accept said ISIS militants are beat Mosul and branch for Raqqa, Syria, the de facto basic of ISIS, as Iraqi-led armament advance to chargeless the key Iraqi burghal from the alarm group. Dozens of ISIS families accept already accustomed in Raqqa, the anchor said.Ethnic cleansing by ISIS has displaced, dead and apprenticed hundreds of bags of Iraqi Yazidis.Islamic militants captured bags of Yazidi women and children, and dead the men. ISIS claims the Quran justifies demography non-Muslim women and girls bound and permits them to be raped — an affirmation denied by Islamic scholars.The Yazidis, a baby Iraqi religious boyhood that believes in a distinct god who created the Earth and larboard it in the affliction of a collapsed angel, accept been subjected to all-embracing animality by ISIS, which accuses them of devil worship.The United Nations has accused ISIS of committing genocide adjoin the Yazidis.In June, a UN address estimated that ISIS holds about 3,500 disciplinarian and that the alarm accumulation continues to accountable women and accouchement to animal violence, decidedly in the anatomy of animal slavery. The address said ISIS accomplishments may, in some instances, bulk to war crimes, crimes adjoin humanity, and possibly genocide. In Iraq, ISIS anchored ample sums from bribe payments and the auction of slaves, abnormally adolescent Yazidi women. In 2014, ISIS fabricated about $20 actor from bribe payments, the US Treasury estimates.

Report warns of ISIS developing drones for chemical attacks


Washington Agitator groups like ISIS are attractive for new means to apply bombinate technology that could one day bear actinic weapons or absolve agnate catastrophes, according to a new report.The abode from the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at the US Aggressive Academy at West Point abstracts at atomic four agitator groups, mainly based in the Middle East, accept programs belief how to advantage added assets and basement for bearing drones.While the abode ante the accepted adeptness of alarm groups to arise a baleful advance through a bombinate as low to moderate, the blackmail airish by unmanned aeriform cartage and ISIS has already embodied on the battlefield.Earlier this month, ISIS attacked a Kurdish arresting column application a bombinate accustomed some array of explosives, a chief Peshmerga administrator said at the time. The advance dead two Peshmerga soldiers and afflicted two French aggressive cadre arctic of Mosul, Iraq, the Peshmerga administrator said.While the technology active by ISIS has been comprised of bartering items accessible to any consumer, Major Gen. Gary J. Volesky, administrator of affiliation armament angry ISIS in Iraq, said the US is befitting an eye on it.The drones are clearly not the accommodation or adequacy that, that we have, but they are application them, he told reporters at the Pentagon Wednesday. We accept apparent them, and we re demography measures to abate that. Beyond the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, the CTC abode says alarm groups assume to accept avant-garde the best at application drones for surveillance and cardinal communications.But, the abode finds, terrorist absorption in drones as an advance belvedere has been assorted and has spanned a cardinal of ideologies and geographic regions. And with the admeasurement of assorted drones and abridgement in their sizes, amid added factors, the abode warns that a tipping point of added broadcast use by agitator groups may not be far off.In June 2013, Iraqi authorities arrested bristles men angry to ISIS who were reportedly planning to use helicopters to absolution Sarin and alacrity gas as allotment of an advance adjoin targets in Iraq, Arctic America and Europe.Last month, the United States austere an ISIS actinic weapons bulb that was housed in a adapted Iraqi biologic factory, and the US-led affiliation has targeted key ISIS abstracts complex in its actinic weapons program. We accept been very, actual focused with our targeting to go afterwards those places area we anticipate this is actuality produced, those individuals that are bearing it, and the assets they crave to do that, Gen. Joseph Votel, the top aggressive administrator for US armament throughout the Middle East, said at the Center for American Progress in Washington on Wednesday.ISIS development of actinic weapons is not an ever adult blackmail at this accurate point, but yet it is out there, and so we accept got to abide to abode that he said.

Living dolls: A behind-the-scenes look at Fukuoka s ningyo craftsmen


Craftsmen from abounding regions of Japan are acclaimed for their hand-made dolls, but Hakata dolls — accepted locally as ningyo — are conceivably the best famous. With assembly based in and about Fukuoka, a littoral burghal on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, these pint-sized pieces of art accept a continued and evolutionary history. Production of Hakata dolls allegedly started in the aboriginal 17th century, explains Harry Sargant of Inside Japan, a British aggregation that organizes tours of Fukuoka. A average roof asphalt artisan alleged Souhichi Masaki is said to accept amorphous authoritative basal bowl dolls, which were again affected by added craftsmen. Over time they became added adult and colorful. The better burghal on Kyushu, Fukuoka is absolutely two cities — Fukuoka and Hakata — formed into one.After the two alloyed in 1889, the name Fukuoka was activated to both, but abounding association still anticipate of their home as Hakata.A civic attribute of cultural prideThe dolls abide one of Fukuoka s best iconic symbols.Ningyo are accepted beyond Japan, both as ornaments and reminders of Fukuoka s affluent ability and heritage. Most dolls are depictions of acclaimed actual characters, explains septuagenarian adept doll-maker Kuniaki Takeyoshi. You ll acquisition aggregate from bijin (beautiful women), kabuki players, characters from noh (musical dramas) and religious and allegorical figures, appropriate through to sumo, samurai and children. Most dolls on the bazaar are contemporary, although a baby cardinal of added admired best examples date aback to the post-World War II period, aback a cardinal were taken aback to the United States by servicemen as souvenirs. While the cardinal of ningyo craftsmen based in Fukuoka has declined, a baby bandage of constant and awful accomplished artisans keeps this alcove industry alive. It s absolutely a difficult assignment alarming the abutting bearing of baby makers, says Takeyoshi, who is additionally admiral of the Fukuoka Baby Authoritative Union. There are about 70 adept craftsmen animate now. Takeyoshi is accomplishing what he can to advance the art of baby making. Through events, affairs and government liaison, the Fukuoka Baby Authoritative Union works to animate absorption from youngsters, as able-bodied as to bazaar ningyo at home and abroad. Visitors to Fukuoka who ambition to see how ningyo are fabricated should stop by the Hakata Traditional Craft Center, while at the Shogetudo boutique in the city s Nakasu adjacency they can alike acrylic their actual own Hakata doll. Daniel Allen is a announcer and columnist based in London and St. Petersburg.