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Hackers trick way into ICANN computers SAN FRANCISCO: The private agency that acts as a gatekeeper for the Internet on Wednesday said that hackers tricked their way into its computers.A "spearfishing" attack aimed at US-based nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) hooked staff members with emails crafted to appear as though they were sent from peers using "" addresses, according to a blog post."The attack resulted in the compromise of the email credentials of several ICANN staff members," ICANN said.It appeared that the attack commenced in November. Typically, spearfishing attacks dupe people into clicking on links to what appeared to be legitimate email log-in pages but aren't or open attached files booby-trapped with viruses.The ruse won hackers ICANN email user names and passwords, giving the intruders control of accounts and keys to reaching deeper, according to the blog post.User names and passwords were used this month to access a Centralized Zone Data System, ...

Fasten your seatbelts and prepare... to stay at home TOKYO: Looking for that perfect gift for the aviation fan who has everything? One Japanese airline has the answer: a seat from a retired jumbo jet.If you know someone who just can't get enough of sitting on an airplane, and you've got a spare $5,000, All Nippon Airways will sell you what it calls a "premium" seat from a decommissioned Boeing 747."Unlike the economy seats, these seats are wide and comfortable, and let users really ...
Takata says has sufficient funds to deal with recalls TOKYO: Air bag maker Takata Corp has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21 million vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, the company executive told the Nikkei newspaper. Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada, the grandson of the company founder, said it was analysing collected inflators to determine the cause of defects with its air bags, which can explode with excessive force and spray shrapnel into cars. Takada, ...
Nissan recalls autos in Mexico to check Takata air bags MEXICO CITY: Nissan Motor Co Ltd said on Wednesday it has ordered the recall of more than 80,000 vehicles sold in Mexico to check for potential defects stemming from air bags made by Japanese company Takata Corp. A total of 84,671 autos have been recalled this month, a company spokesman said. The vehicles were made between early 2011 and late 2014, according to figures published on the website of Mexico's consumer protection agency (Profeco). Nissan ...
Hitachi says bid for Finmeccanica train-making, signal assets TOKYO: A senior Hitachi Ltd executive confirmed the company has bid for Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica's train-making and rail signal assets.Finmeccanica is selling its loss-making, train-making unit AnsaldoBreda along with its 40 percent stake in rail signaling company Ansdaldo STS and said last month that Hitachi had made an offer.Hitachi has bid for both businesses as a package, Chief Operating Officer Toshiaki Higashihara told reporters on Wednesday.He declined to comment on details such as price although ...
EU clears Lufthansa outsourcing deal with IBM FRANKFURT: The European Commission said on Wednesday it had approved the sale of Lufthansa's IT infrastructure unit to IBM.Lufthansa was seeking a buyer for the unit, which provides data centres, networks and telephony, because it requires a high level of investment and economies of scale, which the airline could not provide."The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns given the very limited overlaps between the parties' activities and the presence of ...
Dutch Philips to buy US-based Volcano in $1.2bn deal THE HAGUE: Dutch electronics giant Philips announced Wednesday it was buying US-based medical imaging company Volcano for $1.2 billion, as it sought to strengthen its hold on the high-margin healthcare technology market."Philips is to acquire Volcano for $18 per share (with) a total transaction value of $1.2 billion (962 million euros)," the Amsterdam-based Philips said in a statement.The agreement to buy the San Diego-based Volcano, which makes catheter-based imaging and advanced blood flow measuring equipment, ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,778.15 2.43
Arrow Nasdaq 4,748.40 2.24
Arrow S&P 2,061.23 2.40
Arrow FTSE 6,466.00 2.04
Arrow DAX 9,811.06 2.79
Arrow CAC-40 4,249.49 3.35
Arrow Nikkei 17,210.05 2.32
Arrow H.Seng 22,832.21 1.09
Arrow Sensex 27,126.57 1.56

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln