FIFA 

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – FIFA and CBF announce new four-year activity plan for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Legacy Fund

Updated contract details monitoring, reporting and compliance measures for Legacy Fund Initial USD 25 million payment to kick-start activity plan proposed for 2019 Communities from states that did not host FIFA World Cup matches in 2014 to also benefit from football development and legacy projects FIFA and the Brazilian Football Association (CBF) have today given an update on the 2014 FIFA World Cup Legacy Fund, confirming the start of a four-year programme that will lead to a total of USD 100 million being invested into football development and legacy projects…

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Technology 

Twitter warns of ‘unusual activity’ from China and Saudi Arabia

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Twitter says those directly affected have been informed Twitter has warned of “unusual activity” from China and Saudi Arabia related to a bug in a help form. The bug – discovered on 15 November and fixed the day after – could have revealed the country code of users’ phone numbers or if their account was locked, the company said. IP addresses from the two countries had sent a large number of inquiries using the form, Twitter said. These could have had ties to “state-sponsored actors”,…

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Technology 

Twitter tumbles on concerns about hacking activity

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) shares fell almost 7 percent after the company said it was investigating unusual traffic that might be from state-sponsored hackers and, in what appeared to be an unrelated issue, a security firm said hackers used the platform to try to steal user data. The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo Twitter said in a blog that it discovered suspicious traffic to a customer-support…

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Technology 

Facebook uncovers more disinformation activity tied to Iran: source

FILE PHOTO: A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this photo illustration taken June 3, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Illustration/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) has uncovered additional disinformation activity on its platform linked to Iran and will soon disclose details, a person familiar with the situation told Reuters on Friday. The person, who was not authorized to discuss the activity ahead of an announcement by the social media company, said that the company planned to unveil details later on Friday. Reporting by Chris Bing in…

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Science 

NovaSAR: UK radar satellite to track illegal shipping activity

Image copyright SSTL/AIRBUS/ISRO Image caption S1-4 and NovaSAR pictured just before being enclosed at the top of their Indian rocket The first all-British radar satellite is set to go into orbit on an Indian rocket. Called NovaSAR, it has the ability to take pictures of the surface of the Earth in every kind of weather, day or night. The spacecraft will assume a number of roles but its designers specifically want to see if it can help monitor suspicious shipping activity. Lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota…

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Technology 

U.S. imposes fresh sanctions for Russian cyber-related activity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on two Russians, one Russian company and one Slovakian firm for what it said were their actions to help another Russian company avoid sanctions targeting Russia’s malicious cyber-related activities. FILE PHOTO: National flags of Russia and the U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo The U.S. Treasury said in a statement that the sanctioned companies – Saint Petersburg-based Vela-Marine Ltd and Slovakia-based Lacno S.R.O. – and the two individuals helped Divetechnoservices evade…

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Top stories 

May says G7 will act over Russia’s ‘malign activity’

Image copyright Reuters Prime Minister Theresa May has said the G7 will take further action against Russia if it continues to interfere with other countries. Leaders were sending “a clear message that such malign activity will never be tolerated” after the poisoning of the Russia ex-spy Sergei Skripal, she said. Mrs May also said the EU would impose countermeasures after the US imposed tariffs on imported metal products. But the prime minister warned against a “tit-for-tat” response. Before the meeting, US President Donald Trump had called for the G7 to…

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US pressures Iran with new sanctions over ‘malign activity’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the US was “intent” on cutting revenue for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps The US has imposed sanctions on six people and three companies it says have ties to Iran’s elite military force, the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the penalties targeted those who had funnelled millions of dollars to the group, funding its “malign activity”. Iran’s central bank helped the IRGC to access US dollars via “a large-scale currency exchange network,” he said. The Treasury Department…

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