Hacker allegedly breaches govt database on COVID-19 test-takers

first_imgAn unknown hacker has allegedly breached a government database of 230,000 people who have undergone COVID-19 testing.The hacker, under the username Database Shopping, offered the personal data of COVID-19 test-takers in Indonesia on the data-exchange platform Raid Forums, where another member put up for sale the personal information of 15 million users from homegrown e-commerce unicorn Tokopedia’s internal database for US$5,000.The as-yet-unidentified user showed an example of the breached data sets, which included personal details such as the names, addresses, ages and nationalities of the patients undergoing COVID-19 testing at several hospitals in Bali. The data also showed which kind of tests each individual took.“Indonesia COVID-19 database, 230k [worth of data in the] MySQL [database]. Leak date: May 20, 2020. I sell it to the enthusiast,” user Database Shopping said in a post on raidforums.com on Thursday.Read also: Robust personal data protection critical in COVID-19 fightDuring an interview with the Kompas daily through email, the seller claimed they also breached the database of people participating in testing from other regions, such as Jakarta and Bandung in West Java. Topics :center_img The user put up the complete database for sale for $300.Responding to the alleged data breach, national COVID-19 task force spokesperson Achmad Yurianto said on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com that they would “leave it to the authority.”He did not disclose any details regarding the breach.Data breach cases are on the rise in Indonesia, which has yet to pass a personal data protection bill. In 2013, hackers accessed the information of millions of Indonesian citizens via the General Elections Commission’s website. The data set was claimed to be the final voter list of the 2014 presidential election. (mfp)last_img read more

New York probes suffocation of black man hooded by police

first_imgSeveral hundred peaceful demonstrators marched Thursday in New York’s Times Square over the death of a black man that police hooded and forced face down on the road, according to video footage that prompted a probe from the state’s attorney general.The demonstrators gathered under a steady rain to demand justice for Daniel Prude, whose family said he died on March 30 after being removed from life support, seven days after the police encounter upstate in the city of Rochester.Dubbing the footage “deeply disturbing,” New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said he had “full faith” the attorney general’s investigation would “ensure that justice is served.” “Mr. Daniel Prude was failed by our police department, our mental health care system, our society and, he was failed by me,” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said. “We cannot continue to fail black lives this way,” she told a news conference. “Racism is alive and well in every system in America.”Prude’s brother told journalists he had called police March 23 as Daniel suffered a mental health episode.”I placed a phone call for my brother to get help, not to get lynched,” Joe Prude said outside Rochester’s City Hall Wednesday.”How many brothers have to die for society to understand this has to stop?”When officers arrived Prude was unarmed and naked in the road, according to the video.Police ordered an initially compliant Prude to get on the ground, but after being handcuffed he became increasingly agitated.Officers then put a “spit hood” on him and forced his head to the pavement. Moments later he lost consciousness.He died in hospital a week later, when life support was switched off.Local media said an autopsy ruled the death a homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.”The report also listed a low level of the drug PCP in Prude’s blood.”He was treated inhumanely and without dignity,” community organizer Ashley Gantt said.Topics : The 41-year-old’s family and activists made his death public Wednesday, after receiving body cam footage through an open records request.The news of yet another police killing of an African American triggered fresh outrage, three months after protests ignited nationwide over George Floyd, who was choked to death during an arrest while handcuffed.Prude’s family demanded legal action against the officers involved, who were suspended on Thursday.Letitia James, New York state’s top prosecutor, said an investigation was underway.last_img read more

FASB eyes possible changes to US pensions accounting

first_imgThe US accounting rule maker, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), has voted to start research on possible changes to pensions accounting under US generally accepted accounting principles.Any new accounting requirements could affect either traditional defined benefit accounting or the accounting regime for cash-balance pension plans.Summing up the result of the board’s 29 January discussions, FASB chairman Russell Golden said: “There is no separate pension project at this time. We are going to put the presentation aspects within the [financial statement presentation] project, and we’re going to continue the research [into] cash-balance pension plans.”During the same meeting, FASB members voted to launch a financial statement presentation project. A statement issued by the board in the wake of that meeting said the FASB “would perform research” on pensions accounting and the FSP project.In relation to the accounting for cash-balance plans, Golden noted that the board was “deferring decision on what to do on cash-balance plans – measurement versus disclosure – until more analysis is done”.One board member in particular said he was troubled by the state of cash-balance-plan accounting.Marc Siegal told the meeting: “Another thing this has highlighted is that there is zero transparency about cash-balance pension plans out there for us or investors.“So, at a minimum, I would hope we get to a recommendation where there is increased disclosures about cash-balance pension plans so we all know what we’re talking about – because right now, we have no idea.”Finally, FASB members voiced little appetite for carrying out any work on discount rates under US pensions literature.The FASB chairman said the use of a current discount rate is what “gives investors what they need”.Golden added that he was “not willing to come off that at this point in time”.The US approach to DB pension accounting was set out in SFAS 158, “Employers’ Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Plans”.The FASB codified these rules as ASC 715 in 2006.Both the FASB and its international counterpart, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), have struggled in recent years to arrive at a satisfactory accounting regime for cash-balance plans.FASB member Larry Smith said: “If we’re going to do it, let’s make sure we do it. We went through this 10 years ago – we spent a year researching this and went nowhere.”His colleague Tom Linsmeier added: “I have a problem just standing down with this right now.“This is the area in defined benefit pension plans that is growing most and having significant issues about recognition, measurement and perhaps other additional issues.“And my concern is the ideas that ‘it’s hard, so let’s step down’.”The IASB set out to tackle so-called contribution-based promises – a wider family of retirement plans than just cash-balance plans – in its 2008 discussion paper.That effort ran into the sand and led eventually in narrower-scope amendments to International Accounting Standard 19, Employee Benefits.More recently, the International Financial Reporting Standards Interpretations Committee called a halt to its work into contribution-based promises.Critics of pensions accounting under US GAAP have pointed to a number of deficiencies in financial reporting they say must be fixed.These include delayed recognition of gains and losses in profit or loss, presentation of net pension cost, accounting for cash-balance plans and discount rate assumptions.Despite a formal programme to converge US GAAP and international standards in recent years, the FASB did not explore the option of matching the IASB’s recent net-interest approach amendments to IAS19.last_img read more

Nestlé’s Dutch scheme sacks in-house funds, drops inflation hedge

first_imgAlliance, the €622m Dutch pension fund of Nestlé, has divested from three of its in-house hedge funds.In its annual report for 2016, the scheme said it had also ceased hedging its inflation risk. Alliance, which has 3,380 participants, had a 12.5% stake in hedge funds at the end of last year.Although several Dutch pension funds have divested from hedge funds during the past few years, Alliance’s decision is remarkable as its holdings were part of Ireland-based Robusta, the umbrella fund through which pension assets of Nestlé’s international schemes are pooled.The Dutch pension fund divested almost €71m from three funds-of-funds managed by Robusta. In its annual report, Alliance said it had sold its stake because of high risk and costs as well as decreasing returns. Last year, its hedge funds allocation delivered 2.3%, an underperformance of 0.6% percentage points compared to its benchmark.The pension fund said it had reduced its asset management costs from 0.94% to 0.56% as a result of the divestment. It also said the move had led to slightly higher expected returns.The sale of its hedge funds came in favour of investment grade and high yield credit, alternative fixed income as well as listed property.The annual report revealed that the pension fund also withdrew a €20m allocation to European small caps from Robusta. At the end of 2016 the scheme had a €13m allocation to private equity run by Robusta.Earlier this year Nestlé sacked its internal asset manager, Nestlé Capital Management, from several Robusta mandates, replacing it with external providers including BlackRock and Grosvenor.Alliance still receives investment advice from Swiss-based Nestlé Capital Management.In its annual report, Alliance also said it had decided to gradually reduce its 20% inflation hedge through swaps, after an asset-liability management study had shown that the cover only had a marginal effect on the scheme’s results.In 2015, it had seven swap contracts with a combined negative value of €25m, with several merchant banks.At the end of 2016, it had terminated three contracts, leaving a remaining contract value of €17m.During last June’s congress of IPE’s sister Dutch publication Pensioen Pro, asset manager AXA urged pension funds to pay more attention to inflation hedging, for example through inflation-linked bonds.Alliance declined to clarify its decision to divest from Robusta’s hedge funds and to cease its inflation cover.last_img read more

DSC orientation week begins today

first_imgDominica State College, Stockfarm Campus. Photo credit: GIS NewsClose to eight hundred new students will take part in the Dominica State College Orientation Week from today.The theme for this year’s orientation week is “Are you Prepared?”Director of the Student Services Department of the Dominica State College, Edgar Hunter says, the theme is very important as it focuses on the freshmen being prepared for the challenges of college life.He says the State College will be introducing a new aspect to its Orientation Week.“Our statistics have shown that the majority of new students entering the Dominica State College (DSC) are high school graduates, between the ages of sixteen and twenty years old, most of whom are still under parental control. Therefore, the parent is an important constituent to the DSC and this explains why this year we have set aside a day for parents dubbed “Parents’ Day”.He said the new initiative will create an opportunity for the parents to interact with the Faculty and Management of the Dominica State College.“Parents will be provided with the opportunity to know the college better and to express their concerns and expectations,” he said.The opening ceremony is expected to take place at the St Alphonsus Hall from 9:30am.Education Minister Peter St. Jean and the Director of the Dominica State College Donald Peters are expected to address the event.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring! Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary DSC orientation week begins today by: – August 29, 2011center_img 31 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

AFTER NEARLY 6 YEARS OF HIDING: Frustrated murder, rape suspect caught

first_imgHe went home recently in Barangay Lawaan afterhis father suffered from a stroke. Police identified the suspect as 29-year-oldJacklin Elauria who was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around10:30 a.m. on Thursday.  The suspect thought Ivy was dead when theyleft her around 12 midnight. Elauria was detained in the lockup facility ofthe Roxas City police station. “Nagsakayining biktima halin sa namatyan sa tricycle ni Elauria. Pag-abot sa unhan,may gin pasakay pa gid siya nga isa ka lalaki nga amo ang ina alegar nag butangsang busal sa baba sang biktima,” Roxas City PNP spokesperson MasterSergeant Ramil Arcangeles told PanayNews.     Frustrated murder and rape suspect Jacklin Elauria sits handcuffed after police officers arrested him in Barangay Lawaan, Roxas City, Capiz on Thursday. GLENN BEUP Police served the warrant issued by JudgeIgnacio Alajar of the Regional Trial Court Branch 19 in Roxas City dated Jan.24, 2013. “Pag-abotsa Dinginan, gin alegar sangbiktima nga siya gin himuslan kag gin buno sang matalum nga bagay,” Arcangelesadded. Elauria hid in Cuartero, Capiz and BarangayCamansi in Batan, Aklan after the incident. Elauria allegedly raped and stabbed 21 timesthe victim whom police only identified as certain “Ivy” on Dec. 12, 2012 inBarangay Dinginan, Roxas City.  The court recommended a bail bond worthP200,000 for his temporary liberty./PN ROXAS CITY, Capiz – After nearly six years ofhiding, a man who was charged with frustrated murder and rape, was arrested inBarangay Lawaan. “Nagsulodsiya sa dako nga box to make it appear nga package nag-abot,” saidArcangeles.  last_img read more

EPL: Chelsea target Burnley’s scalp

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Chelsea vs. Burnley Venue: Stamford Bridge Kick off: 4PMChelsea play host to Burnley in the Premier League this afternoon looking to strengthen their hold of fourth place in the standings. Meanwhile, Burnley make the trip to Stamford Bridge having suffered three successive defeats, a run which has left them just four points above the relegation zone. While Chelsea have plenty of work to do when it comes to putting together a better run of results at Stamford Bridge, recording a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup can only help their cause. Despite the Championship outfit seeing two marginal VAR decisions go against them, they were well beaten by their hosts, who must now find a way to build on the performance this weekend. Chelsea have suffered home defeats to West Ham United, Bournemouth and Southampton since the end of November, leaving Frank Lampard’s side to rely on victories over the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal on away territory to keep them in fourth spot. However, Lampard is the first to acknowledge that Chelsea can ill afford to continue their poor run of form in front of their own supporters, especially against teams who make the trip to West London out of form. On the majority of occasions, Chelsea have made mistakes at the back which have contributed to their own downfall, but Lampard remains less than impressed with his team’s efforts in the final third. Chelsea have not scored more than two goals in a match since the 4-4 draw with Ajax, a run which stretches 13 matches in all competitions. While there remains positive conjecture about the performances of their youthful attack, none of them can say with any justification that they are producing the consistency required to move Chelsea closer to the top three. At a time when there is constant speculation regarding potential incomings and outgoings to strengthen their bid for a Champions League place next season, responsibility right now falls on the shoulders on the players who are being handed extended runs in the team in a bid to regain their form from September and October. Sean Dyche will feel that Chelsea’s home form provides Burnley with a window of opportunity to get their own season back on track after a dismal Christmas and New Year period. Their three successive defeats have come to Everton, Manchester United and Aston Villa respectively, teams who have struggled to impress for large parts of this season. The 4-2 success over Peterborough United in the FA Cup may go some way to getting the Clarets back on track, although Dyche will be aware that the stakes have risen as he bids to avoid becoming embroiled in a battle to avoid the drop. After the visit to England’s capital, they go up against Leicester City and Man United before hosting Norwich City in what could turn out to be a pivotal contest at the bottom of the table. Prevailing just once from their next three outings will be enough to ease any concerns regarding a return to the Championship, but Dyche will also have the long-term development of his team in mind during the second half of the season. The narrative has been set that Burnley continue to punch above their weight each time that they remain in the Premier League, similar to Bournemouth who have also seen their results drop off in recent weeks. However, rather than persist with an underdog tag, the onus is on Dyche and his players to prove their worth at a time when the option is there to make significant changes in personnel. While Dyche will most likely show faith in his current group of players, Burnley have lost nine of their last 13 Premier League fixtures, form which cannot continue if they wish to extend their stay in the top flight. Chelsea possible XI: Arrizabalaga, James, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi. Burnley possible XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, Brady, McNeil, Vydra.Tags: BurnleyChelseaEPLFrank LampardSean Dychelast_img read more

Gunners close in on Sanchez deal

first_img Bringing in Sanchez, who also had interest from Liverpool and Juventus, will present something of a personal coup for Wenger, who is understood to have spoken to the player face-to-face while working for French television at the World Cup in Brazil, convincing him Arsenal was the right place to further his career. The Gunners, though, continue to work on bringing in other reinforcements to mount a long-overdue sustained assault on the Barclays Premier League title, having been clear at the top in January only to fade away and finish fourth. While Debuchy will represent a Premier-League ready replacement for Bacary Sagna, who left on a free transfer to Manchester City, Wenger also has his mind on further additions. Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy, rated at around £8million, is a potential target, having spent last season on loan at Newcastle, along with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. Reports have also linked Arsenal with Real Madrid’s German midfielder Sami Khedira, although any possible move could well hinge on the personal terms. Arsenal also need a goalkeeper, with number two Lukasz Fabianski having joined Swansea. Midfielder Mikel Arteta has no intention of leaving the Gunners, according to his agent, with reports linking the Spaniard with Fiorentina. Wenger will return to Arsenal after the World Cup final, ahead of a trip to New York at the end of the month. Arsenal host the Emirates Cup on August 2/3, before tackling Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley in the Community Shield. Press Association Sport understands a deal has now been agreed between the two clubs, believed to be worth around £30million, for the 25-year-old, who could be unveiled on Thursday once all the formalities are complete. The Gunners are also expected to bring in France defender Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle as manager Arsene Wenger looks to build on last season’s FA Cup final success. Press Associationcenter_img Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, with the Chile forward having travelled to London for his medical. last_img read more

Beardsley admires resilient Taylor

first_img The 30-year-old Magpies utility man is nearing a return to first-team action after more than two years on the sidelines following two cruciate ligament injuries. Taylor scored a penalty in Monday’s 3-1 Barclays Premier Under-21 League victory over Brighton, his first full game since August 2012. Football development manager Beardsley told the club’s official website, www.nufc.co.uk: “What he’s gone through, I couldn’t have coped with – I genuinely couldn’t. “I’m not just saying that. He’s a proper man. “The club has been great, the doc’s been great, Derek (Wright, physio) has been great. He’s had lots of people there encouraging him, but he’s still got to do the work. “As much as we try to help him, he’s the one who’s done the work and deserves all the credit.” Taylor suffered the initial injury in a 1-0 Europa League qualifying victory over Greek side Atromitos at St James’ Park on August 30, 2012, and was on the verge of a comeback in the April of the following year when disaster struck once again as he suffered a recurrence on the training ground. He will now hope to force his way into manager Alan Pardew’s plans once again with Newcastle having endured a testing start to a season which yielded its first Premier League victory at the weekend. Beardsley said: “What he’s done and what he’s gone through, the hard work, the hours that nobody sees – it’s incredible what he’s come through and hopefully he’s not far away from playing in the first team.” Pardew, however, may have a wait a little longer for £6million summer singing Siem de Jong after he revealed he could be out of action for another two months. Former Newcastle and England star Peter Beardsley has admitted he could not have coped with the injury nightmare from which Ryan Taylor is only just emerging. The 25-year-old Holland international suffered a serious thigh injury just three games into his Magpies career and while he is making progress, he will not figure any time soon. De Jong said in a message posted on his Facebook page: “On my way back to Newcastle. Just saw the surgeon in London and all looks good. “I can slowly start building up strength again and start walking without crutches. Still a couple of months to go but I’m going to work hard and I’m sure I will get back stronger!” Press Associationlast_img read more

Twitter Launches ‘Hide Replies’ Feature

first_imgTwitter has been testing a feature in Canada that lets you hide replies and now it’s coming to the U.S. and Japan.The goal is part of an effort to stop the spread of hate and vitriol online.This new feature allows the person who tweeted the original comment to decide which replies stay and which are hidden from other users.Twitter rolls out ‘hide replies’ to let you tame toxic discussions https://t.co/joFDMAz1Hh pic.twitter.com/S662W4S67s— The Verge (@verge) September 20, 2019last_img