N. Korean identified in WannaCry, Sony massive cyber-hacks
US Justice Dep’t
— A criminal complaint was unsealed today charging Park Jin Hyok (박진혁; a/k/a Jin Hyok Park and Pak Jin Hek), a North Korean citizen, for his involvement in a conspiracy to conduct multiple destructive cyberattacks around the world resulting in damage to massive amounts of computer hardware, and the extensive loss of data, money and other resources.
— The complaint alleges that Park was a member of a government-sponsored hacking team known to the private sector as the “Lazarus Group,” and worked for a North Korean government front company, Chosun Expo Joint Venture (a/k/a Korea Expo Joint Venture or “KEJV”), to support the DPRK government’s malicious cyber actions.
— The Conspiracy’s malicious activities include the creation of the malware used in the 2017 WannaCry 2.0 global ransomware attack; the 2016 theft of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank; the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE); and numerous other attacks or intrusions on the entertainment, financial services, defense, technology, and virtual currency industries, academia, and electric utilities.
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Detroit Tigers announcers Impemba, Allen have ‘severe’ physical incident
Detroit Free Press
— The contentious personal relationship between Fox Sports Detroit’s top two Detroit Tigers broadcasters, Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, has boiled over.
— The pair was involved in a physical altercation immediately following Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox.
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New York subpoenas Catholic dioceses in sex abuse probe
— The subpoenas are part of an ongoing civil investigation by Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office into how dioceses reviewed and may have covered up allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
Dancer sues NY ballet over nude photos
— A 19-year-old ballerina is suing the New York City Ballet (NYCB) and a former principal dancer for sexually exploiting female dancers.
— Alexandra Waterbury alleges that Chase Finlay, who resigned last month, shared explicit photos and videos of her with other dancers, without her consent.
— She claims the “fraternity culture” allowed male dancers to exploit women.
— NYCB has denied the allegations. A lawyer for Mr Finlay said the complaint consisted of allegations, not facts.
Trump dudes: Keep immigrant kids in jail longer
— “Today, legal loopholes significantly hinder the Department’s ability to appropriately detain and promptly remove family units that have no legal basis to remain in the country,” said Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen in a statement.
Booker releases “confidential” Kavanaugh documents
— Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Thursday released emails from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time as a White House counsel, escalating a heated fight over his documents.
— Booker released approximately 12 pages of emails tied to discussions Kavanaugh had on racial inequality including one email thread titled “racial profiling.”
— The documents are marked “committee confidential,” meaning they were not supposed to be discussed or released publicly.
“I asked Judge Kavanaugh to recuse himself from any
#SCOTUS case involving the criminal or civil liability of President Trump. He refused.”
— Sen. Richard Blumenthal
Whole Foods employees said to be trying to unionize under Amazon ownership
— “In the last three years, we have experienced layoffs, job consolidations, reduced labor budgets, poor wage growth, and constantly being asked to do more with less resources and now with less compensation,” the email said. “Jeff Bezos should not have earned 150 billion dollars while the majority of his workers live paycheck to paycheck and do not receive profit sharing.”
Fasting — key to longer life?
— A group of scientists from the NIA, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana found that increasing time between meals improved the overall health of male mice and lengthened their lives compared to mice that ate more frequently. Perhaps even more surprisingly, the health benefits were seen regardless of what the mice ate or how many calories they consumed.