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'Anonymous' vows to wipe Israel off cyberspace

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Israeli websites have come under massive cyber attacks in solidarity with Palestinians following a warning by the hacker group Anonymous that threatened to 'erase' Israel from the internet.

Websites including the sites owned by the Bank of Israel, Tax Authority, and the Central Bureau of Statistics came under cyber attacks on Saturday night.

Anonymous has vowed to "erase" Israel from the internet by disabling Israeli websites during an operation called 'Op-Israel.'

"You have NOT stopped your endless human right violations. You have NOT stopped illegal settlements. You have NOT respected the ceasefire. You have shown that you do NOT respect international law," Anonymous said in a statement referring to the Israeli regime.

"This is why on April 7, elite cyber-squadrons from around the world have decided to unite in solidarity with the Palestinian people against Israel as one entity to disrupt and erase Israel from cyberspace," the Anonymous statement added, listing 1,300 Israeli websites as targets.

The Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Sunday that the hackers also attacked almost 19,000 Israeli Facebook accounts.

The first 'Op-Israel' was launched by Anonymous during the eight-day Israeli war on the Gaza Strip in November 2012.

Some 700 Israeli websites came under repeated cyber attacks.


Anger as French psychiatrist is found guilty after patient hacks man to death

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Daniele Canarelli, who had been treating Joel Gaillard for four years.
Daniele Canarelli gets a year's suspended sentence for manslaughter after failing to recognise danger posed by patient.

French psychiatrists' unions have reacted angrily after a doctor was found guilty of manslaughter because her patient hacked an elderly man to death.

In the first case of its kind in France, Daniele Canarelli, 58, a psychiatrist based at the Edouard-Toulouse hospital in Marseille, was sentenced to one year's suspended prison sentence as judges said she had committed the "grave error" of failing to recognise the public danger posed by Joel Gaillard, her patient of four years.

Gaillard, 43, had escaped from a hospital consultation with Canarelli in February 2004 and 20 days later he used an axe to kill the 80-year-old partner of his grandmother in Gap in the Alps region. Gaillard, who suffered from a kind of paranoid schizophrenia, had been seeing the consultant for four years and had already been forcibly committed to a secure hospital on several occasions for a series of increasingly dangerous incidents.


USDA proposes meat labels that some say provide too much information

In a move that some find unappetizing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to change the way meats that are sold at many retailers, including grocery stores, are labeled.

Under the new plan, meat labels would have to include information like where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.

Countries that export a large amount of beef to the U.S., such as Mexico and Canada, claim that the proposed rules reek of protectionism, while the USDA says the new labels will promote transparency.

Critics of the measure say that consumers don't want to know the sorts of details that the new labels will contain. "Do consumers really want the word 'Slaughtered' on their meat?" asked foreign trade expert Bill Watson. "No. The consumer information argument is pure baloney, meant to hide what would otherwise be ridiculously obvious protectionism."

Heart - Black

Rochester University pressured to fire professor Steven Landsburg over rape comments

A professor at the University of Rochester who asked why an attacker shouldn't "reap the benefits" of an unconscious woman is now the target of a campaign to get him fired.

In a March 20 blog post, economics professor Steven Landsburg questioned why raping someone who was unconscious should be illegal if the act caused no direct physical harm. The question was posed along with two other hypothetical questions about pornography and environmentalism.

Landsburg noted the Steubenville rape victim "was not even aware that she'd been sexually assaulted until she learned about it from the Internet some days later," and added that as long as someone was unaware of the assault, "why shouldn't the rest of the world (or more specifically my attackers) be allowed to reap the benefits?"


Kaspersky lab discovers Bitcoin-mining malware that targets Skype users

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A new spam message campaign being transmitted via Skype contains malware capable of using an infected computer to mine for Bitcoins, researchers from multi-national security software firm Kaspersky Lab have discovered.

Bitcoins, which Lucian Constantin of IDG News Service describes as "a decentralized digital currency" that has seen its popularity soar since the beginning of the year, are generated according to special algorithms on a computer using their CPU and GPU resources - Bitcoin mining, as it has been dubbed.

The digital currency is currently trading for more than $130 per unit, "making it an attractive investment for legitimate currency traders, but also cybercriminals," Constantin added.

Hackers have been using botnets and are starting to develop malware capable of generating Bitcoins, and a new campaign was detected by Kaspersky Lab security personnel on Thursday. This new method targets Skype users, using messages like "this is my favorite picture of you" to trick them into clicking on a rogue bit.ly URL.

Heart - Black

A look at different versions of Meredith Kercher's death

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This Friday Nov. 2, 2007 file photo shows Amanda Knox, left, and Raffaele Sollecito, looking on outside the rented house where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher was found dead Friday, in Perugia, Italy. Italy's highest criminal court has overturned the acquittal of Amanda Knox and of her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, in the slaying of her British roommate and ordered a new trial. The Court of Cassation ruled Tuesday, March 26, 2013 that an appeals court in Florence must re-hear the case against the American and her Italian-ex-boyfriend for the murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher
British exchange student Meredith Kercher, 21, was found dead, half-naked and in a pool of blood in the apartment she shared with Amanda Knox and two Italian roommates in the Italian university town of Perugia on Nov. 2, 2007. She died of a stab wound to the neck.

A Perugia court convicted Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of Kercher's murder on Dec. 4, 2009, and sentenced Knox to 26 years and Sollecito to 25 years. An appellate court overturned their convictions on Oct. 3, 2011, and Knox returned to Seattle a free woman.

On Tuesday, Italy's high court ordered a new trial for Knox and Sollecito, overturning their acquittals.

Here's a look at the various versions of events the night of Nov. 1, 2007 in Perugia.

Bizarro Earth

Naked man braves flooded river and crocodiles to win some bourbon


This man stripped off, jumped on a log and braved the crocodile-infested waters of the Daly River so he could win a bet.
A fisherman has risked his life for what he considered a good cause - booze.

He won two cases of bourbon for jumping on to a log racing down a flooded, crocodile-infested river - in the nude, The Northern Territory News reports.

The tiler, who didn't want to be named, rode the makeshift raft for about three minutes before clambering back into a boat.

"I'd enjoyed a few beers and it seemed a good idea at the time," he said.

Witness Billy Innes said his mate thought nothing of the dangers of drowning or being eaten by a saltwater crocodile, which inhabit the river in large numbers.

Bizarro Earth

Media blockage? Dispatches from Exxon's spill zone, day 2

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The American flag flies over a dead lake
Mayflower,Arkansas - We had hoped to interview some affected residents, but they were too sick to talk to us. They live on a street immediately adjacent to the ones which were evacuated. Some homes which were not evacuated are actually closer to the spill than those which were - they're a couple minutes by car but they're only separated by a small grove of trees. The residents had not been contacted by Exxon or warned in any way about the dangers of tar sands. Both canceled the interview because they were feeling too sick to meet. Vomiting, headaches, dizziness, burning throats and coughing: the exact same symptoms felt by Kalamazoo residents after the Enbridge tar sands spill there in 2010.

Evacuated residents are being housed in hotels. Exxon says it plans to rent homes for them. Non-evacuated residents who are actually closer to the spill site have been given nothing. No medical attention, no offers of alternate housing, no information.

Exxon finally admitted today that what spilled from the pipe was tar sands. Before that, they had admitted that it wasn't crude but were coy with the semantics. One evacuee who had asked about the distinction in meetings with Exxon told us that he'd been asked "well what's your definition of tar sands?"

Arrow Up

U.K. food prices set to soar after big freeze

Snow North Yorkshire
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Snow covers a field in North Yorkshire, with many crops affected

Months of heavy rain followed by extreme cold are set to hit harvests and push the price of the weekly shop up ever higher.

More than a quarter of winter wheat could not be planted last autumn because of waterlogged fields and attempts to catch up this spring have been hampered by frost.

But poor grain yields do not just affect the price of bread and biscuits.

Animal feed is 50% more expensive than 15 months ago, in turn increasing the cost of producing meat, milk and eggs.

Light Saber

Women hit back at India's rape culture

self-defence group
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Young women from the Red Brigade walk through the Midiyav slum in the city of Lucknow. Their leader, Usha Vishwakarma, 25, is in white.
A self-defence group in Lucknow have a simple message to the men who make their lives a misery - stop it, or else

The male tormentor of the young women of the Madiyav slum did not spot the danger until it was too late. One moment he was taunting them with sexual suggestions and provocations; the next they had hold of his arms and legs and had hoisted him into the air.

Then the beating began. Some of the young women lightly used their fists, others took off their shoes and hit him with those. When it was over, they let him limp away to nurse his wounds, certain that he had learned an important lesson: don't push your luck with the Red Brigade.

Named for their bright red outfits, the Red Brigade was formed in November 2011 as a self-defence group for young women suffering sexual abuse in the northern Indian city of Lucknow, 300 miles south-east of Delhi. Galvanised by the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi last December and the nationwide protests that followed against a rising tide of rapes, they are now gaining in confidence.

From a core membership of 15, ranging in age from 11 to 25, they now have more than 100 members, intelligent and sassy and with a simple message for the men who have made their lives a misery: they will no longer tolerate being groped, gawped at and worse. Their activities are a lesson in empowerment.