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8.7 million mobile customers hacked in South Korea

SEOUL — South Korean police have arrested two hackers who stole personal data of 8.7 million customers of the nation’s second-biggest mobile operator, the company said. KT said the hackers — formally arrested on Sunday — had stolen data such as customers’ names, phone numbers and residential registration numbers for…

Global travel industry gears up for Muslim tourist boom

SINGAPORE — From halal spas to prayer rooms at airport terminals, the global tourism industry is gearing up for a projected boom in Muslim travel over the next decade, experts say. Their growing number and affluence means Muslims — especially from the oil-rich Middle East — are travelling like never…

Russia courts Hollywood with vast new studios

MOSCOW — A Russian company has spent $89 million building eastern Europe’s largest production facilities in a field outside Moscow and hopes to lure Hollywood majors to shoot and produce movies. The idea is to create a modern flagship studio that will make Russia a competitively priced destination for film…

Syrian opposition: try Assad for ‘massacres’

The head of the exiled Syrian opposition said on Saturday that President Bashar al-Assad should be tried for “massacres” insisting that he should not be offered asylum in any future solution. “The Yemeni example can’t be applied in Syria,” Syrian National Council chief Abdel Basset Sayda told reporters in Abu…

Olympics officials confront rash of under-attended events

Olympics organizers were urgently investigating why several venues had swathes of empty seats on Saturday, the first full day of competition at the London Games. Organizers LOCOG were overwhelmed with demand for Olympics tickets when they first went on sale more than a year ago. But there were rows and…

Thousands expected for latest Japanese nuclear protest

Thousands of people are expected to form a “human chain” around Japan’s parliament on Sunday as part of demonstrations aimed at ending nuclear power after last year’s atomic crisis at Fukushima. The protest is the latest in a string in Japan, which has seen a rising tide of anti-nuclear sentiment…

Hungarian PM blames EU for economic crisis

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban lashed out at the European Union for failing to solve the bloc’s economic crisis on Saturday, a day after calling for a new economic system. “It must be said: The crisis is in fact Brussels’ crisis,” Orban told several thousand supporters during a visit to…

Pollution protestors clash with police in China

Thousands of people demonstrating over fears of pollution from a sewage pipeline at a paper factory in east China clashed with police Saturday, the latest in a series of environmental protests. The protestors overturned two cars and ransacked local government offices in the coastal city of Qidong, near Shanghai, an…

Phelps survives scare, China win first gold

Swimming legend Michael Phelps suffered a nervy start in his bid to become the greatest Olympian in history on Saturday while Chinese shooter Yi Siling claimed the first gold of the Games. Phelps, the 27-year-old swimming legend, who has 16 Olympic medals, needs just three medals to surpass Soviet gymnast…

Hackers could haunt global air traffic control: researcher

Air traffic control software used around the world could be exploited by hackers to unleash squadrons of ghost planes to befuddle those entrusted to keep the skies safe, a security researcher said Thursday. Cyprus-based Andrei Costin demonstrated his findings at a Black Hat gathering of cyber defenders that ends Thursday…

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