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North Korea steals $300 million USD in cryptocurrency for nuclear weapons – UN report

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Hackers in North Korea stole cryptocurrency worth more than $300 million USD to pay the government’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, according to a confidential report by United Nations experts monitoring sanctions on the country’s capital Pyongyang.

From 2019 to November 2020, North Korea stole around $316.4 million USD worth of “virtual assets,” according to AFP, which obtained a copy of the report. The so-called “hermit kingdom” has an army of thousands of “well trained” hackers who have done numerous cyberattacks on South Korean firms, institutions and researchers in the past, according to AFP.

Two hackers are linked to the recent cyber-heists. The UN panel says it had been investigating a cryptocurrency exchange hack from September 2020 where $281 million USD worth of cryptocurrency was stolen. A month later, $23 million USD was stolen in another cyberattack.

“Preliminary analysis, based on the attack vectors and subsequent efforts to launder the illicit proceeds strongly suggests links to the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.)”

SOURCE: AFP

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    Jim kelly

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    I THINK THIS GUY IS GREAT! He reminds me of the archetypal James Bond villain from the 1960’s/70’s. He’s just a big kid playing with a country…leave him alone.. he’s having more fun than the rest of the feckin’ world at the moment! The country must be amazing!! Totally un-spoilt by the interfering outside world.

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      Eamon Guerrini

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 1:10 am

      Tell that to the thousands of innocent whole families including grand parents and children who have somehow displeased the little fat slime ball and who he has locked
      up and worked to death in slave labour camps to pay for he and his cronies lavish life style and his totally impractical nuclear weapons.

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      Roger

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:06 pm

      Why doncha go live there then ?

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    A pity he is not stroking a cat.
    However this massive sum swindled is not great considering that the USA, has fighter jets worth a 150 millions each!

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    intlbankster

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    I always though NK was just a proxy of USA.. Cant believe anything the media says at face value. Not to mention this is old news. What about musk putting Tesla money into BTC?

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    Jim kelly

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    YOU’RE READING MY MIND TOBY! I was about to research how much 300m is in the USA Nuclear Purse… pocket money I imagine. And, yes, I’m sure Kim Jong has stroked many little pussies during his premiership!!!

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    Jim kelly

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Talking of ‘pussies’… some twat in Vietnam is claiming pets carry Covid 19 and should stick to social distancing measures!!! I imagine Rubber Johnnie of Issan is now placing his pooch under strict home quarantine rules and no pooing or peeing after 11pm!!!

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    Jim kelly

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    apologies, SOUTH KOREA..not Vietnam.

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    Political Observer

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:21 am

    North Korea is S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and Kim Jong Un is Number One. We need a James Bond to take care of this menace.

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Anti-coup protest in Myanmar on February 14 / Photo by Htin Linn Aye via Wikimedia Commons

38 people died during Myanmar’s anti-coup protests yesterday in what the United Nations is calling the “bloodiest day” in the country since the February 1 military takeover. UN special envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener said the death toll is “shocking” and that the situation in the Southeast Asian country could lead to a “real war.”

Since last month’s coup, more than 50 people have died while many others have been wounded in protests against military rule. Witnesses say police and soldiers have opened fire with little warning. In a virtual briefing, the UN envoy said experts believe the Burmese police are using 9mm sub-machine guns to fire shots at civilians.

“I saw today very disturbing video clips. One was police beating a volunteer medical crew. They were not armed… Another video clip showed a protester was taken away from police and they shot him from very near, maybe one metre. He didn’t resist his arrest and it seems he died on the street.”

Burmese troops seized power of the civilian government last month, citing what they say was a fraudulent election, although the election commission said the vote was fair. A number of civilian politicians were arrested including democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who had won the November election for state counsellor in a landslide.

Christine says more than 1,200 people are now under detention and many do not know where their loved ones are.

SOURCE: UN News | Aljazeera

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Thailand’s national sport Muay Thai has been added to the European Games 2023, set to be held in Poland. While Asia has been leading the sport for decades, many recent Muay Thai champions are from Europe, according to Sakchye Tapsuwan, president of the International Federation of Muaythai Associations, the governing body for the sport.

“Europe has grown in strength, evidenced at the last two World Championships, where the overall winners were teams from Europe.”

Held by the European Olympic Commission, the European Games is considered a staging post to the Olympics. Thousands of elite athletes from 50 participating nations have the opportunity to compete in one of the 15 sports. Now Muay Thai, an ancient martial art dating back 1,000 years with ties to centuries-old traditions, is included on the list.

The format of the European Games is in line with the Olympic Movement standards for gender equality. The categories are equal for men and women with 7 male and female divisions and 2 coed teams. Creating equal opportunities for men and women fighters is a “vision” both the federation and the European Olympic Committee share, according to director of the federation, Charissa Tynan.

“For IFMA, gender equality is not about ticking the box, it is about ensuring that women and men have the same opportunities to shine together on one stage as one family.”

SOURCES: IFMA | EOC

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Japan asks China to stop anal Covid-19 tests after travellers report “psychological distress”

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After complaints that China’s anal swab Covid-19 test caused “psychological distress,” Japan has asked China to stop using the new, much more invasive method of testing on Japanese citizens entering the country.

For the anal test, reportedly done on some travellers entering China from overseas, a 3 to 5 centimetre long cotton swab is inserted into the anus and gently rotated to collect the sample. While it’s unclear exactly how many people have gone through the procedure, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato says some Japanese citizens have reported mental discomfort after the test.

“Some Japanese reported to our embassy in China that they received anal swab tests, which caused great psychological pain.”

The Japanese government made a request through the embassy in Beijing to stop using the anal swab test on Japanese citizens. Katsunobu says China has not yet responded to the request.

China started using the anal swab test in January. The anal tests are controversial with many experts backing the oral test as the most efficient way to detect a coronavirus infection.

SOURCE: BBC

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