Chelsea move six points clear

first_imgSUNDERLAND, England (AP):Chelsea moved six points clear at the top of the English Premier League by beating last-place Sunderland 1-0 yesterday, with Cesc Fabregas’ first-half goal earning the team its 10th straight win.The Spain midfielder picked up the ball 35 metres out, exchanged passes with Brazilian Willian, and stroked home a low finish into the corner from the edge of the area in the 40th minute.Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois preserved the lead with two excellent saves in the final minutes as the London club continued their impressive season.Chelsea are one victory away from matching the club record 11 straight wins achieved in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.They achieved their latest victory without the influential Eden Hazard, who missed the game for Chelsea because of a knock he sustained in the 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.Sunderland stayed a point adrift at the bottom after 16 games.In other English Premier League games played yesterday, Manchester United continued their positive run with a 2-1 away win at Crystal Palace with big names Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic getting on the scoresheet.Manchester City and Tottenham and Liverpool all took advantage of Arsenal’s slip-up with wins over Watford, Hull and Middlesbrough.last_img read more

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks: A New Form of Online Business?

first_img“The single biggest existential threat that’s out there, I think, is cyber.”- Michael MullenNowadays, Distributed Denial of Service or DDoS attacks have proven to be the most popular weapons in the arsenal of cyber-criminals. They are used to disrupt institutions’ operations, extort money, damage reputations or sometimes by companies to undermine their competitors. The victims of these cyber-attacks are individuals and all major industries including aerospace telecommunications, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), banks, and other institutions including governments. DDoS attacks can be staged by anyone including a 15 year-old kid working out of his parents’ basement. A case in point is the one involving two the Israelis Itay Huri and Yarden Bidani (both 18 years old) who were recently arrested by the U. S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Both men were arrested for masterminding a DDoS attack for hire service that can be used to take down their victims, according to the site TheMarker.com.The goal of today’s article is to inform Liberians and other residents about what DDoS attacks are, and how they have become a “service” or business that individuals and other institutions can use, to undermine the economy and national security. I know that a more detailed explanation and better education may be required on this topic to create better awareness, so as time goes on, I shall endeavor to provide more insight into what this potential threat is to our country. Earlier, I briefly mentioned the DDoS attacks carried out by the two Israeli kids who were subsequently arrested by the FBI. In recent times, there was another major DDoS attack which involved an Internet Services Provider (ISP) called Dyn. Dyn is a company which has customers such as Twitter, Reddit, and Netflix. The DDoS attack on Dyn prevented many users living on the east coast of the United States from navigating to popular websites such as Twitter, Reddit, and Netflix. When it comes to major companies that have experienced a DDoS attack, I can go as far back as February of 2000 to recap the widely known distributed attacks on Yahoo!, Amazon.com, CNN.com, and other major Web sites. But it will take more than an article to list institutions that have experienced a DDoS attacks and the impact they have had on them and their bottom line. So what exactly is a DDoS attack? A succinct definition from Verisign is as follows: “a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is a malicious attempt to bring down networks, Web-based applications, or services by overwhelming these resources with too much data or impairing them in some other way.” Another definition from SearchSecurity is: “a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is one in which a multitude of compromised systems attack a single target, thereby causing denial of service for users of the targeted system.” A DDoS attack involves a flood of incoming messages to a target system. This flood of incoming messages to the target system essentially forces it to shut down, thereby denying services provided by the system to legitimate users. The “compromised systems” being referred above are also known as botnet. According to SearchSecurity.Com, “a botnet (also known as a zombie army) is a number of Internet computers that, although their owners are unaware of it, have been set up to forward transmissions (including spam or viruses) to other computers on the Internet.”A botnet sends multiple requests to compromise its victim’s infrastructure by flooding its bandwidth, essentially jamming the victim’s Internet connections and forcing legitimate users out. These attacks pose major challenges to businesses of all types—but particularly to Internet and hosting providers, which can suffer blows to bandwidth, reputation, and bottom line. Note that the average DDoS attack lasts about 17 hours. Hence, one can only wonder what the loss is to the victim. In fact, according to Andrew Lerner, a member of the Gartner Blog Network: “based on industry surveys, the number we typically cite is $5,600 p/minute, which extrapolates to well over $300K p/hour.” The article written 12 November 2014 titled, “The Cost of Downtime,” also indicates that the amount listed above is just average, which is due to the magnitude of variance and also, taking into consideration the characteristics of the business and its environment. While this may be an old article, it does give us an idea of the impact of a DDoS attack on companies. DDoS attacks have become a service for hire. This means any individual or company can hire cyber attackers to take down another individual’s or company’s network for a fee. According to a story published on “The Register’s” website (www.theregister.co.uk), there are DDoS attack for-hire groups that offer their services for as low as US$5.In a previous paragraph, I mentioned the case of the two Israeli kids Itay Huri and Yarden Bidani and a few other cases of DDoS attacks. These cases and the plethora of DDoS attack cases that we read about on the Internet and other places, should serve as an eye-opener for all institutions in Liberia. Just because we are a small and poor country in Africa does not preclude us from DDoS attacks or any other cyber-attack. Who knows, maybe some of our institutions have already being attacked but for the fear of damaging their reputation, have refused to publicize this experience. Around the world, some companies and now countries (USA, Russia, China, North Korea, et al) try to fight back in their own ways; this may not be legal (for companies; I don’t know about countries). But when faced with a DDoS attack as an individual or a company, the best thing to do is to report the attack to security officials or maybe local regulators. I want to assume these agencies have the mechanism in place to track, combat and defeat these culprits.In Liberia a lot of folks take cybersecurity for granted. These folks believe that cyber attackers do not care about a poor country like Liberia when they can loot more from affluent nations and institutions. This is entirely untrue. Cyber criminals do attack countries like Liberia; that is if we have not already been attacked, as I assumed above. But be that as it may, we must all ensure that our computers systems and networks connected to the internet are secure. Also, whenever we are attacked, we must ensure that the proper mechanisms are applied to avoid a repetition or propagation of such event. Like we say in Liberia: “no shame face inside oooh.” Finally, I serve as the President of the Internet Society Chapter of Liberia. The Guiding principle of the Internet Society is “Internet Access for all.” Thus, it is the responsibility of the Chapter to ensure that access to Internet is available. We have the responsibility to expose those ills or malpractices that hinder internet access and create national awareness. When and if we discover things like DDoS attacks or any malpractice that impacts our economy or national security we have a responsibility to ensure that right security authorities are informed. For now, we try to create awareness so that we don’t fall victim as have other countries. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Key witness failed to identify 1 of 2 accused

first_imgTaxi driver murder PIAs the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) continues into the murder of Marlon Seon Rodney, called “George”, who was shot and killed earlier this year, the key witnesses failed to identify one of the accused.Osafa GrundellThose charged for his murder are Osafa Grundell, 39, called “Safo” of Freeman Street, East La Penitence, Georgetown and James Fraser, 21, called “Dab” of Garnett Street, Georgetown.The duo was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge which alleged that between April 25 and April 30 last, at Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, they murdered Rodney.When the matter was called in the courtroom of Magistrate Faith McGusty, the key witness took the stand where she gave an extensive testimony as it relates to what she saw on the day Rodney was shot and killed.James FraserThe woman then indicated to the court that she became familiar with Grundell since she shared a relationship with his uncle for several years.However, when Prosecutor Dominic Bess asked the woman to identify Grundell she remained silent.The prosecutor, who was stunned at the response, repeated the question; however, this time, the woman smiled and replied negatively.Nevertheless, she was able to positively identify Fraser as one of the perpetrators.The Magistrate adjourned the case until January 10, 2020.It was reported that on the day in question, 35-year-old Rodney, a taxi driver of Lot 71 Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, was involved in an argument with three individuals.As the argument escalated, the men then pulled out guns and discharged several rounds at Rodney, who was hit in the left leg.An injured Rodney was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he succumbed to his injuries.Two months ago, the burnt body of 36-year-old Collin Rodney, who was the cousin of Seon and the main witness in the murder PI, was discovered in the trunk of his silver-grey Toyota Allion motorcar.However, Police are yet to confirm whether the body found in the car is that of Rodney. The man went missing while making his way to court to testify in the PI.He was on the scene when his cousin was murdered.last_img read more

‘I’d welcome him!’ – Spurs fans on MORE Southampton player sales

first_img1 Southampton fans suffered fresh heartbreak when Calum Chambers became the latest player to leave.The right-back joined Arsenal for around £16m and continues the mass sale of players on the south coast that has seen Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Dejan Lovren all leave.Now it is being reported that Morgan Schneiderlin, who played for France at the World Cup, and his Saints team-mate, Jay Rodriguez are close to joining Tottenham where their former manager Mauricio Pochettino is in charge.Check out some of the reaction on Twitter to the transfer rumour and let us know if you would be happy with the purchases, Spurs fans. Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez last_img

Sunderland legend defends talkSPORT rant after being BANNED by club

first_img1 Micky Gray insists his stinging criticism of Sunderland owner Ellis Short and the club’s playing squad was entirely warranted – but admits he may have gone too far.The Black Cats legend has been BANNED from the Stadium of Light after an emotional outburst on talkSPORT last week in which he questioned Short’s decision-making and slammed the signings made under his reign.Gray accepts he may have overstepped the mark in accusing Short of lying to fans about investing in the squad, but he claims the American businessman HAS been guilty of ‘broken promises’ and insists he was well within his rights to lash out.Speaking on the Colin Murray show on Monday, the ex-England international said: “The word I should have used is broken promises. Calling him a liar, I probably went a little bit too far. I have to hold up my hands and say that, but everything else I said I stick by because it has been broken promises.“I was angry at the performance I saw [against Norwich]. Maybe I went a little bit too far but ban me from the football club? No, I’m still a supporter. I was speaking out for the fans.“I ask anybody to try to challenge me for what I said because I was 100 per cent right.“I’d love to walk away from that ground every time I go there with a smile on my face and say positive things, but I can count on one hand the amount of times I have come out of the stadium and I have been pleased with what I have seen over the last two or three seasons.“Living in the north-east, I know what they want at the Stadium of Light, and it is a team they can be proud of.“It is still my club. They can ban me for as long as they want. That is their prerogative, they have done it now so they can do it for as long as they like, but the next time I go I want to be positive about my team.”Gray’s outburst last week angered Dick Advocaat as well as Short, with the Black Cats boss claiming the 41-year-old is no longer a friend of the club.But Gray has no issue with the Dutchman and hopes he is given significant funds to make quality additions to his squad before the transfer window closes.Advocaat admitted after the 1-1 draw with Swansea on Saturday that he needs ‘two or three new signings’ and Gray said: “If he gets the players he wants to bring in, brilliant, and I hope he does well.“We need players. He hasn’t been backed. Now if we get the three players in he was asking for after Saturday’s game [against Swansea], I will hold my hands up.“But what has been happening at Sunderland football club [over recent years] is Ellis Short has been ill-advised by whoever has been telling him to go out and get these players.” Micky Gray last_img read more

LADIES FOOTBALL: NEW COUNTY MANAGERS APPOINTED

first_imgTHE Donegal Ladies Board has announced new managers for its teams for 2014. Glenties man Sean Connaghan will take charge of the county U-14 team while Kenny Griffin from Mac Cumhaills will manage the U-16s.Another Glenties man, Christopher Molloy, will be in charge of the county minors this year. Letterkenny Gaels coach Maggie Foy will be in charge of the senior ladies team. They begin their campaign on the first weekend in February away to Laois.All the underage competitions will begin in March.The U-16 training has started; whilst the trials for Minors begin in Convoy this Saturday at 10am. Coaches should contact Sheila Campbell 087 2490154 for more details.The U-14 trials date will be announced shortly.  LADIES FOOTBALL: NEW COUNTY MANAGERS APPOINTED was last modified: January 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LADIES FOOTBALL: NEW COUNTY MANAGERS APPOINTEDlast_img read more

L.A. is an easy sell for Roenick

first_img Roenick, acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in an August trade, is the Kings’ new star and locker-room spokesman. He could be a very influential man when it comes time for the Kings to sell next summer’s free agents on the advantages of playing hockey in Los Angeles. College-style recruiting will be more important now that a salary cap is likely to limit the financial differences in teams’ contract offers. I wanted to know how Roenick will try sell our city and its hockey team to would-be Kings. At the Kings’ pre-training-camp luncheon Monday, I put him to the test. Could he name 10 good reasons for hockey players to flock to L.A.? A difficult request, I admitted. “Nothing is difficult,” he said. And so he began. EL SEGUNDO – Jeremy Roenick came up with a list Monday on which item No. 7 is “eye candy.” Maybe an explanation is called for. center_img 1. “The organization.” “I’ve been here one day, and I can already tell from the way they treat you that this is a first-class organization,” Roenick, 35, said of the Kings, his fourth NHL team. “You can’t say that in a lot of places.” 2. “The youth of the team.” “It’s good just to see these guys champing at the bit,” Roenick said after the players checked in and took physicals. “They’re ready to get rolling again. Great atmosphere.” 3. “The weather does not suck.” “You can write that,” Roenick said. “It makes waking up in the morning a lot easier.” 4. “Nightlife.” “If you like going out in public, if you like action, if you like good restaurants, if you like nightlife, you’ll have fun here,” Roenick said. “New York is good, but, you know what, it’s … different.” 5. Coaching. “He’s prepared,” Roenick said of Kings head coach Andy Murray, who’d just treated the luncheon guests to an overhead-projector-aided preview of his camp-opening speech to the team. Roenick knows preparation when he sees it, having played for the Flyers’ Ken Hitchcock. “I think he never left the rink,” Roenick said. “I hope Andy has more of a social life than Hitchcock.” 6. Challenge. “Trying to turn this town into a hockey town,” he said. “You’d have to like that challenge.” Roenick’s rookie season with the Chicago Blackhawks, 1988-89, was Wayne Gretzky’s first season with the Kings. “You’d see the stars in the first row behind the glass at the Forum – Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Tony Danza,” he said. “If we start winning off the bat, we can get that back.” 7. Manhattan Beach. Ah. “The ocean, the beach, the Strand, morning walks,” Roenick said. “Good eye candy.” 8. Koi, in West Hollywood, for dinner. The Ivy, in West Los Angeles, for lunch. “I’m a tourist. I like to go see the stars,” said Roenick, wearing a tasteful T-shirt with the words “Everyone’s An Actor.” 9. Golf. Year-round. “L.A. Country Club, Bel Air, Riviera, Lakeside. If you have time, there are so many great courses,” Roenick said. 10. The Pacific Division. With the new schedule emphasizing in-division play against Anaheim, San Jose, Phoenix and Dallas, travel just got easier for the former kings of the NHL air-miles program. “There’s got to be more rivalries out here,” said Roenick, who sees the potential in Kings-Mighty Ducks. “That’s a reason (hockey) hasn’t been more popular. A good rivalry gets fans up and gets players up…. You can’t be afraid to open your mouth and say something to try and spur it.” That’s 10. Roenick kept going. 11. Facilities at the Kings’ Toyota Sports Center practice rink. “It’s close to our homes (mostly in the beach cities). It’s close to the airport. It’s got hot tubs and saunas for us guys who like to be pampered,” said Roenick, who has seen the other end of the spectrum. “My first year at Phoenix (1996-97), we had to dress at the main rink and bus to the practice facility.” Convinced? There are reasons to feel good about hockey here as the sport comes out of its lost season, the Kings beginning training camp today in El Segundo, starting exhibition games Saturday at Staples Center against the Mighty Ducks and opening the season Oct. 5 against the Stars in Dallas. The Kings have a revitalized front office, with Kings CEO Tim Leiweke ceding responsibility to Shawn Hunter, named president for business operations Monday, and Dave Taylor, given the grander title of president for hockey operations and general manager. They have an improved roster, with Roenick among nine forwards Taylor says are capable of 20-goal, 50-point seasons. And they have Roenick to talk up the franchise to the public, the press and his fellow players. If he can talk a few more good ones into playing in Los Angeles, we’ll put him to work for the Lakers and the Dodgers, too. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at heymodesti@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

YUK! ANGER AS MAINS WATER ‘TURNS TO THE COLOUR OF TEA’

first_imgRESIDENTS in Inishowen say the water from their taps has turned the colour of tea….because of a burst main.Donegal County Council admits they are having problems with the supply in the Culdaff and Gleneely areas.It says engineers are working to fix the problem which has been discolouring the drinking water since the weekend. “Following a burst in the area on Sunday a section of the supply network was reversed to allow a number of houses have an alternate supply while the burst was being repaired,” said a council spokesperson.“When the burst was repaired and cleaned out the reversed flow was then returned to it’s normal direction. However, the changes in direction appear to have had the effect of dislodging material accumulated on the sidewalls of the pipe network which has now caused the serious discolouration. We are currently scouring the network to try to return to the normal quality.”She added: “We are sorry for the inconvenience that this is causing and we are working hard to get the situation sorted.”Families have been forced to use bottled water – and cancel all use of their washing machines for the past few days.  YUK! ANGER AS MAINS WATER ‘TURNS TO THE COLOUR OF TEA’ was last modified: September 11th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:culdaffDonegal County CouncilGleneelywaterlast_img read more

Kodjia sinks Bafana Bafana as Ivory Coast cruise to three points

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019ivory coastJonathan KodjiaMoroccoNamibiaSouth Africa Ivory Cosat players celebrate Kodjia’s (14) winner against South Africa on Monday. (PHOTO/Agency)AFCON 2019Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa 30 June Stadium, CairoMonday, 24-06-2019CAIRO – Jonathan Kodjia second half strike was enough to inspire two time continental champions Ivory Coast to a 1-0 win over 1996 winners South Africa in a group D clash on Monday evening.The Ivorian head coach, Ibrahim Kamara named Wilfried Zaha, Wilfried Bony, Maxwel Cornett on the bench as Lille youngster Nicolas Pepe joined Jonathan Kodjia and Max Alain Gradel in the attack.The Elephants dominated the proceedings, however Bafana Bafana had the first chance of the game in the 25th minute but Thulani Hlatshwayo failed to fire past Sylvain Gbohouo.Moments later, Pepe’s curling free kick struck the crossbar before Kodjia was denied by Ronwen Williams. At halftime breather, it was goalless.In the second period, the elephants continued to dominate possession, with the South Africans pinned in their own half.Kodjia broke the deadlock in the 65th minute latching onto Gradel quality cross to fire past Williams.Three minutes later, Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha was introduced on for Jean Michel Seri. Bafana also brought on Sibusiso Vilakazi for Lebohang Maboe, before Lars Veldwijk came on for Mothiba 10 minutes to normal time.Pepe nearly doubled the Elephants lead from a free kick in the final minute but was again denied by a stretching Williams.By fulltime whistle, the West African giants were able to hold on to their first victory over the South Africans. Ivory Coast will next play Morocco on Friday, while Bafana will turn their attention to Namibia on the same day.The other games to be played on Monday-Tunisia vs Angola-Mali vs MauritaniaTuesday’s fixtures-Cameroon vs Guinea-Bissau-Ghana vs BeninComments last_img read more

Tottenham to complete signing of Aurier

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesTottenham are set to formally complete the signing of Serge Aurier from Paris St-Germain.The Ivory Coast right-back, 24, has been granted a work permit, paving the way for his move to be rubber-stamped.He has already completed a medical and agreed personal terms with Spurs, who had an offer of around £23m accepted by PSG last week.Aurier could therefore make his Premier League debut against Everton on 9 September and his first appearance for Spurs at Wembley in the Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund four days later.Chelsea have been linked with the player in recent weeks, as have Manchester United.There were reports in the French media that PSG threatened to sell him to Barcelona or Juventus, where a permit would not be required, if Tottenham failed to finalise the signing by Wednesday afternoon.See also:Winks left out of Under-21 squad because of recent injuryCarter-Vickers signs new deal and completes loan moveMisfiring Kane ‘will start to score’Pochettino expecting more Tottenham signingsTottenham stunned by late Burnley goal at WembleyTottenham vs Burnley player ratingsTottenham complete signing of defender AurierTottenham table bid for Swansea’s Llorentelast_img read more