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The United States National
Security Agency has developed
a secret technology to spy on
computers via radio signals,
gathering information even
when the devices are offline, a
The New York Times reported
that the NSA has implanted
software on 100,000 computers
around the world to be able to
conduct sur veillance, and which
gives the spy agency “a digital
highway ” for launching cyber
The Times, citing unnamed
sources, said the agency has
used the programme code-
named Quantum since at
least 2008, relying on a covert
channel of radio waves that
be transmitted from
tiny circuit boards and cards
inserted surreptitiously into the
It said the radio technology
has helped solve a key problem
for US intelligence agencies,
by getting into computers of
adversaries that are hardened
But it noted that the radio
frequency hardware must in
most cases be physically inserted
by a spy, a manufacturer or an
The report said the NSA and its
Pentagon partner, United States
Cyber Command, have used these
techniques against the Chinese
Army, which has been accused of
cyber attacks on US firms.
It has also been used against
Mexican police and drug cartels,
trade institutions inside the
European Union, and sometime
like Saudi Arabia, India and
Pakistan, according to officials
and documents cited by the US
The NSA did not directly
comment on the report but said
the agency “deploys various
foreign intelligence techniques
to help defend the nation”.
President Barack Obama is due
to unveil proposals on Saturday
to reform US intelligence in the
wake of a series of revelations
which have stunned US allies and
others on the vast data-gathering
capabilities of the spy agencies,
based on leaked documents from
former NSA contractor Edward
Snowden. — AFP
NSA taps computers with secret bugs
A truck slammed into a bus bringing
schoo lchildren home from an outing in
southern Pakistan yesterday, killing at
least 17 pupils and three adults, police
“ It was a head-on collision when the
truck slammed into the school van on
a single track dirt road. Apparently,
speeding and recklessness resulted in the
accident,” police officer Abdul Rahim
Gopang said by telephone from near the
The collision occurred in southern
Sindh province, about 300km north of
the provincial capital Karachi.
Television channels showed footage of
parents running into a hospital in the
nearby town of Nawab Shah, frantically
looking for their children, aged 10 to 16.
“All our dreams have been shattered.
How can I live without my child,” a
weeping Muhammad Akram, who lost
his only son in the accident, said by
telephone from the hospital.
Eleven children were injured and being
treated in hospital, Sindh’s Information
Minister, Sharjeel Inam Memon, said.
Appeals for blood donations for
the injured were issued from the
loudspeakers of mosques, local television
Fatal road accidents are common in
Pakistan, where traffic rules are rarely
enforced and roads in many rural areas
are poor. — Reuters
A British man has been jailed for
16 months for trying to storm into
Buckingham Palace armed with a knife
to complain to Q ueen Elizabeth II about
his welfare payments.
David Belmar, 44, had to be tackled to
the ground by police after he jumped over
a vehicle barrier at the north entrance of
the monarch’s official London residence
A judge at Southwark Crown Court
sentenced Belmar to 16 months in jail
for possession of a bladed weapon and
six months, to run concurrently, for
trespassing on a protected site.
Belmar, from north London, pleaded
guilty to both offences.
An earlier court hearing was told that
Belmar had a history of mental illness
and a fixation with the Queen, who was
not in residence at the palace at the time
of the offence.
He had been on incapacity benefit
for 10 years but it was stopped after an
assessment in September.
The incident came after a series of
security incidents at Buckingham Palace,
the main London residence of the royal
In September 2013 a man who scaled a
fence to get into the palace was arrested
on suspicion of burglary.
A few days after wards, with security on
high alert, jittery royal protection officers
challenged the queen’s third child Prince
Andrew in the gardens of Buckingham
The most serious breach at the palace
came in 1982 when unemployed man
Michael Fagan got inside the Q ueen’s
private chambers while she was in bed.
Fagan, who had climbed over the
palace walls and scaled a drainpipe,
spent 10 minutes talking to the
sovereign before she was able to raise
the alarm. — AFP
As Australia swelters through a brutal
heatwave, the Climate Council warns the
current weather is a sign of things to come.
Soaring temperatures have blanketed the
southern states, fanning bushfires and triggering
health alerts and power outage concerns.
Based on records stretching back more than
100 years, Melbourne is facing its longest run of
40 degree days since 1908.
Meanwhile, Adelaide is heading towards
46degC on Thursday, close to its all time high
of 46.1degC set on January 12, 1939.
On the back of the extreme conditions, the
recently formed Climate Council has released
interim findings from its new heatwave report.
The report found the likelihood of heatwaves
lingering for longer and becoming more intense
was increasing as greenhouse gases continued to
accumulate in the atmosphere.
The Australian Heatwaves: Hotter, Longer,
Earlier and More Often report found the
number of hot days across Australia had more
Betwen 1971-2008, the duration and
frequency of heatwaves has also increased, the
interim findings state.
The Climate Council has projected the
number of heatwaves to increase significantly in
“It is clear that climate change is making
heatwaves more frequent and severe,” report
author Professor Will Steffen said.
“Heatwaves have become hotter and longer,
and they are starting earlier in the season. ”
The Climate Council formed after the
Abbott Government disbanded the Climate
Commission late last year.
The newly formed council, with the climate
commission’s former chief Tim Flannery and
other former colleagues behind the wheel,
operates on private donations. — AAP
17 pupils die
as truck hits
Parents told not to leave
children in hot cars
Archaeologists in Egypt believe
they have discovered the remains
of a previously unknown pharaoh
who reigned more than 3600
The skeleton of King Senebkay
were uncovered at South Abydos
in Sohag province, about 500km
south of Cairo, by a University
working with the government,
the Egyptian antiquities ministry
Never before heard of in
ancient Egyptian history, King
Senebkay’s name was found
inscribed in hieroglyphics written
inside a royal cartouche — an
oval with a horizontal line at one
end signalling a royal name, the
ministry said in a statement.
Photographs released with the
statement showed what appeared
to be a heavily damaged
sarcophagus in a burial chamber
with no roof. Its stone walls were
decorated with painted images.
The photos also showed the
pharaoh’s skeleton laid out on a
“He was originally mummified
but his body was pulled apart
by ancient tomb robbers,” the
“No funerary furniture was
found in the tomb, confirming it
had been robbed in the ancient
pharaonic ages,” the statement
said, quoting Ali al-Asfar, an
antiquities ministry official.
In the statement written in
Arabic, Joseph Wegner, head
of the expedition, added: “ The
modesty of the size of the tomb
points to the decline of economic
conditions in this period”.
The statement dates King
Senebkay’s rule to 1650 BC
during a time known as the
second intermediate period
when central authority collapsed
and small kingdoms sprang up
between the end of the middle
kingdom and the start of the new
kingdom. — Reuters
Archaeologists uncover new pharaoh
As Australians swelter during the current
heatwave, parents are being reminded about the
danger of leaving children in locked cars.
The National Roads and Motorists’
Associaton (NRMA) rescued almost 2200
babies locked in cars last year, and say parents
should never leave their kids unattended in
Temperatures inside a parked car can rise to
30-40degC above the outside temperature.
Adelaide is expected to reach 46degC today,
while Melbourne is facing its longest run of
40degC days since 1908.
In some parts of Sydney it is expected to reach
“A child left in a parked car under those
conditions can very quickly become distressed,
dehydrated and can die from organ failure,”
NRMA motoring and ser vices roadside
manager Tim Moggridge said today.
People who leave children unattended in a
locked car face fines of up to $22,000.
On Tuesday police in Sydney were called to a
vehicle at about 10pm (AEDT) to find a nine-
month-old baby boy in the back seat, who they
removed after forcing entry.
A 31-year-old woman is likely to be charged
for leaving her son in the car while she did
chores in a nearby unit.
“A child should not be left in a car for any
reason, even while paying for fuel,” Moggridge
said in a statement.
Motorists who see a child locked in a car
should call Triple 0.
“ If the child is distressed, do not wait for help,
instead, smash a window and remove the child
from the vehicle.” — AAP
Alps murder victim’s brother freed
The brother of Saad al-Hilli, a British-Iraqi
man mysteriously gunned down with his family
in the French Alps in 2012, has been released
from bail and no further action will be taken
Zaid al-Hilli, who was arrested in June last
year on suspicion of conspiracy to commit
murder, had his bail cancelled because there
is not enough evidence to charge him, British
police said in a statement overnight.
“There is insufficient evidence to charge him
with any criminal offence and no further action
is being taken at this time,” the statement said.
Al-Hilli, 50, his 47-year-old dentist wife
Ikbal, and her elderly mother Suhaila al-Allaf
were all shot dead.
His eldest daughter Zainab was shot, beaten
and left for dead but sur vived. Her four-year-
old sister Zeena lay hidden under her mother’s
corpse and was only discovered eight hours
after the murders. — AFP
Fires rage as South Australia swelters
Firefighters are continuing to battle about 15
blazes across South Australia on the fourth day
of a heatwave, as Adelaide is on track to have its
hottest day on record.
Country Fire Ser vice chief Greg Nettleton
says fire safety was absolutely critical over the
next few days with the hot and dry weather and
increased winds predicted. Total fire bans have
been declared across the State.
Adelaide could experience a temperature
record, with 46degC forecast today, very close
to the 46.1degC in 1939.
State co-ordinator Leigh Miller says crews
on the ground were stretched and facing heat
An out-of-control fire 30km north of Ceduna
was particularly concerning.
“Fighting fires in 40-odd degrees weather
with little sleep is a real problem for us,” he
told ABC Radio today. “ We’re not sure of the
exact location or what the fire behaviour’s like,
or what the fuel loads are like in the path of the
fire, so once we know those things we’ll be able
to work out a strategy of how to tackle it.”
Fires still burning include a blaze at Rockleigh,
east of Adelaide, and at Delamere, south of the
city. — AAP
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