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‘Lord Voldemort’ insurance agent jailed in Singapore

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Published on February 03, 2019 with No Comments

A disgruntled insurance agent who took on the identity of “Lord Voldemort”, Harry Potter’s nemesis, and threatened to harm clients unless they paid him bitcoins has been jailed in Singapore. Myanmar national Ye Lin Myint targeted several clients after they missed appointments or cancelled insurance policies, according to court documents.

German police arrest three Iraqis suspected of planning attack

German police has arrested three Iraqis suspected of planning an Islamist-motivated attack, the federal prosecutor’s office said.  Two of the three suspects, identified as Shahin F., Hersh F. and Rauf S., decided in late 2018 to plan an attack in Germany, the prosecutor’s office said. “The findings to date show the suspects had not yet selected a specific target for their attack,” the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The suspects were arrested in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein. Shahin F. downloaded instructions on how to build a bomb and ordered a detonator from a contact in Britain, the office said. British authorities prevented its delivery to Germany. Shahin F. and Hersh F. tried to build an explosive device with gunpowder from New Year’s fireworks and contacted Rauf S. about buying a gun, the office said. “In addition, the suspects considered using a motor vehicle in their attack. Therefore, Shahin F. started taking driving lessons in early 2019 at the latest,” it said.

‘FB paid teens $20 to access their data’

Facebook paid users, including teens, to track their smartphone activity as part of an effort to gather more data that could help the social network’s competition efforts, according to a new report that may raise fresh privacy concerns. Tech news site TechCrunch has reported that Facebook was paying $20 a month to users as young as 13 years old to install an app called Facebook Research. The app used Apple’s business tools to ask for an iPhone user’s permission to install so-called virtual private network software that could track browsing habits.Apple said that it had banned Facebook from distributing the app, saying the company had improperly used it to track the webbrowsing habits of teenagers.In a statement, Facebook said that it had secured users’ permission.

 

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