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GOP Sens. Graham and Sasse praise Biden’s purchase of 500M Pfizer vaccines to share globally


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Donald Trump’s campaign to overturn election cost taxpayers $500m


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US judge orders North Korea to pay $500M in student's death

US judge orders North Korea to pay $  500M in student's deathA US federal judge on Monday ordered North Korea to pay more than $ 500 million in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after being released from that country. US District Judge Beryl Howell harshly condemned North Korea for "barbaric mistreatment" of Warmbier in agreeing with his family that the isolated nation should be held liable for his death last year. She awarded punitive damages and payments covering medical expenses, economic loss and pain and suffering to Fred and Cindy Warmbier, who alleged that their son had been held hostage and tortured. Warmbier was a University of Virginia student who was visiting North Korea with a tour group when he was arrested and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March 2016 on suspicion of stealing a propaganda poster. He died in June 2017, shortly after he returned to the US in a coma and showing apparent signs of torture while in custody. In holding North Korean responsible, Howell said the government had seized Warmbier for "use as a pawn in that totalitarian state’s global shenanigans and face-off with the United States." "Before Otto traveled with a tour group on a five-day trip to North Korea, he was a healthy, athletic student of economics and business in his junior year at the University of Virginia, with ’big dreams’ and both the smarts and people skills to make him his high school class salutatorian, homecoming king, and prom king," the judge wrote. "He was blind, deaf, and brain dead when North Korea turned him over to US government officials for his final trip home." Fred Warmbier, right, and Cindy Warmbier, parents of Otto Warmbier Credit:  Frank Franklin II/AP The arrest and death of Warmbier came during a time of heightened tension between the US and North Korea over the country’s nuclear weapons program. President Donald Trump held a first-of-its-kind summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June 2018 and plans another next year. The judgment may be mostly a symbolic victory since North Korea has yet to respond to any of the allegations in court and there’s no practical mechanism to force it do so. But the family may nonetheless be able to recoup damages through a Justice Department-administered fund for victims of state-sponsored acts of terrorism, and may look to seize other assets held by the country outside of North Korea. Fred and Cindy Warmbier, who are from a suburb of Cincinnati, said they were thankful the court found the government of Kim Jong Un "legally and morally" responsible for their son’s death. "We put ourselves and our family through the ordeal of a lawsuit and public trial because we promised Otto that we will never rest until we have justice for him," they said in a statement. "Today’s thoughtful opinion by Chief Judge Howell is a significant step on our journey." The lawsuit, filed in April, describes in horrific detail the physical abuse Warmbier endured in North Korean custody, recounting how his parents were "stunned to see his condition" when they boarded a plane to see him upon arrival in the US. The 22-year-old was blind and deaf, his arms were curled and mangled and he was jerking violently and howling, completely unresponsive to his family’s attempts to comfort him. His once straight teeth were misaligned, and he had an unexplained scar on his foot. An expert said the injuries suggested he’d been tortured with electric shock, and a neurologist later concluded that the college student suffered brain damage, probably from a loss of blood flow to the brain for five to 20 minutes. North Korea has denied Warmbier was tortured and has said he contracted botulism, though medical experts said there was no evidence of that. Though foreign nations are generally immune from lawsuits in U.S. courts, Howell cited several exceptions that she said allowed her to hold North Korea liable. Those include the fact that North Korea has been designated by the US as a sponsor of terrorism, that the Warmbiers are US citizens and that the actions of the North Korean government involved torture and hostage taking.  



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North Korea ordered to pay parents, estate of student $500M

North Korea ordered to pay parents, estate of student $  500MWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered North Korea to pay more than $ 500 million in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after being released from that country.



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Jared Kushner 'tried and failed to get a $500m loan from Qatar before pushing Trump to take hard line against country'

Jared Kushner 'tried and failed to get a $  500m loan from Qatar before pushing Trump to take hard line against country'Jared Kushner tried and failed to secure a $ 500m loan from one of Qatar’s richest businessmen, before pushing his father-in-law to toe a hard line with the country, it has been alleged. This intersection between Mr Kushner’s real estate dealings and his father-in-law’s international issues highlights the difficulties of an administration besiged with an unprecedented number of conflicts of interest. According to The New York Times, the building has not generated enough to pay its debts in several years, forcing Kushner Companies to cover the multimillion-dollar difference.



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Sheriff: $500M in poppy plants seized in North Carolina

Sheriff: $  500M in poppy plants seized in North CarolinaCLAREMONT, N.C. (AP) — A field of poppy plants that could be used to make opium was discovered in North Carolina and had an estimated value of $ 500 million, a sheriff says.



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Russian hackers targeted just one Yahoo employee in order to breach 500M accounts

Russian hackers targeted just one Yahoo employee in order to breach 500M accounts

More details about the activities that led to one of the biggest data breaches in history are coming to light now that the Department of Justice has indicted four suspects for the 2014 Yahoo hack that affected more than 500 million accounts. An early report revealed how Russian spy operatives and hackers were able to access user accounts without actually stealing passwords. The attackers were able to get their hands on two critical Yahoo resources that they used to trick Yahoo servers into thinking that they were the genuine account owners.

A second report now reveals that in order to actually breach the accounts they were targeting, the hackers first needed to hack just one single Yahoo employee.

FBI special agent Malcom Palmore told ArsTechnica in an interview that the hack likely started with an attack on a “semi-privileged” Yahoo employee rather than a top executive. Social engineering or spear fishing “was the likely avenue of infiltration" for hackers to gain the credentials they needed to infiltrate Yahoo’s server.

The direct result of this attack was access to Yahoo’s internal networks. That’s where one of the hackers conducted reconnaissance work and discovered the key assets the attackers needed to be able to break into specific user accounts. The hackers obtained a large database that helped them create forged cookies, which were enough to access a Yahoo Mail account without the owner’s knowledge and without any login credentials.

Yahoo disclosed the 2014 security breach that affected more than 500 million accounts only a few months ago. Since then, it confirmed that the company suffered two similar data breaches that affected more than one billion users in total.

The FBI agent did not say whether the government or Yahoo discovered the 2014 breach, and he did not reveal more details about the initial attack on the unnamed Yahoo employee. Furthermore, Palmore did not say how long the intrusion lasted.

FBI special agent John Bennett said during a news conference in San Francisco that Yahoo was a great partner during the investigation, and that the company was under no obligation to tell customers about the breach. Yahoo apparently withheld the disclosure for nearly two years, he said.



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