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Battling Destructive Computer Viruses, Agents Seize Networks Used by Hackers

hackers seizedGovernment agents seized control of two computer networks that are used by hackers to steal banking information and lock files on infected computers, officials in the United States and Europe said Monday, disrupting the circulation of two of the world’s most pernicious viruses, which have infected millions of computers worldwide.

The coordinated strike targeted malware known as GameOver Zeus, which is known to steal bank information and send it to overseas hackers, and CryptoLocker, which burrows into computers and encrypts personal data. The hackers then demand a ransom to unlock the files.


Cincinnati Catholic school teachers furious about employment contract’s litany of forbidden sins

Cincinnatti teachersThe Archdiocese of Cincinnati is asking its more than 2,200 teachers to sign an updated ‘morality clause’ employment contract.

In-vitro fertilization, surrogacy, out-of-wedlock sex, a gay “lifestyle”—these are just some of the ‘sins’ that Cincinnati’s Archdiocese expects its teachers to stay away from.

And if they don’t sign a recently updated morality contract by the end of the school year, the Archdiocese’s 2,200 current teachers risk losing their jobs.


NTSB Doesn’t Think the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Is Safe Enough to Fly

Dreamliner unsafeThere are 140 Boeing 787 Dreamliners now flying with airlines across the world. Passengers love the 787’s airy, spacious cabin, its large windows and its cutting-edge entertainment technology. Last year’s problems with battery fires that caused the entire fleet of 787s to be grounded for three months seem well behind it. Or are they?

The National Transportation Safety Board is at odds with the Federal Aviation Administration over the way the 787 was cleared to fly again. The Board has raised new concerns about the way that the lithium-ion batteries used to supply power to critical systems on the 787 are tested to ensure their safety—even suggesting that more rigorous testing is needed.


Edward Snowden: I was a CIA and NSA spy, not a systems administrator

Edward SnowdenAmerican fugitive Edward Snowden is claiming he was a trained spy when he leaked classified documents about U.S. surveillance practices, not a contracted systems administrator as he has been consistently portrayed.

"I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word in that I lived and worked undercover overseas -- pretending to work in a job that I'm not -- and even being assigned a name that was not mine," Snowden told NBC News' Brian Williams.


Greenpeace activists arrested after arctic rig protest

Greenpeace arrestsSix Greenpeace activists were arrested by Dutch authorities Tuesday when they tried to block vessels from leaving for arctic energy work, the group said.

Greenpeace said 30 activists boarded a rig contracted by Russian energy company Gazprom for work in the northern Pechora Sea. They were there for five hours and six of them were arrested by Dutch authorities.

Another group of 15 demonstrators is on board a rig contracted by Norwegian energy company Statoil for work in the northern reaches of the Barents Sea.


Wikileaks reveals NSA is listening to nearly all calls in Afghanistan

Julian AssangeWikileaks revealed that the NSA is listening to most of the calls in Afghanistan after Glenn Greenwald redacted the country from his report, per a request from the U.S. government.

Glenn Greenwald published a story earlier this week revealing that the NSA was intercepting call data in the Bahamas and other countries as part of the SOMALGET, which is part of the MYSTIC program. They declined to identify one country where these programs were being implemented, naming it "Country X" after the U.S. government warned that not redacting the information could endanger lives.


For women priests, a moment of justice – and excommunication

women priestsThe packed church descended into silence as the two candidates for priesthood took their place before the altar to prepare for the most solemn moment of their ordination — the laying on of hands. The bishop rose and instructed the assembled crowd to place their right hand on the shoulder of the person seated directly in front of them.

Then, with all the energy in the room focused on the ordinands, the bishop laid her hands on the head of each, praying silently to invoke the Holy Spirit to come down on the newly ordained priests.


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