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House Democrats Move to ‘Terminate’ National Emergency

February 21, 2019 |

House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration President Trump has issued to help finance his border wall, reports the AP . House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas circulated separate letters Wednesday to lawmakers seeking co-sponsors to his one-sentence resolution saying…
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Indian Government Inaugurates National Cryptocurrency Forensic Lab

February 19, 2019 |

Indian Government Inaugurates National Cryptocurrency Forensic Lab

The government of India has inaugurated a national cyber forensics lab which includes a cryptocurrency forensic lab to perform crypto-related analyses. Alongside this is the inauguration of the Delhi Police’s cybercrime unit which will deal with fraud involving cryptocurrencies. It is the first cybercrime awareness and detection center in the country, according to a commissioner.

Also read: Indian Blockchain Summit Draws Policy Makers to Speed up Crypto Regulation

Indian Government’s Crypto Forensic Lab

India’s Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a national cyber forensic lab and the Delhi Police’s cybercrime unit called the Cyber Protection Awareness and Detection Center (Cypad) on Monday, The Hindu reported.

Indian Government Inaugurates National Cryptocurrency Forensic Lab
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the Cypad and national forensics lab inauguration event.

“It is the first cybercrime awareness and detection centre opened in the country,” Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik was quoted as saying. The national cyber forensic lab includes units such as a “memory forensics lab, image enhancement lab, network forensics lab, malware forensics lab, cryptocurrency forensics lab, damaged hard disk and advanced mobile forensics lab,” the publication wrote. Noting that the new lab will help officers detect cyberfraud, he elaborated:

We are now equipped with technology to recover data from damaged hard disks, cryptocurrency analysis, malware forensic and data can be retrieved from 33,000 kinds of mobile models available in the market. Cyberexperts will train our staff.

Cypad Will Deal With Crypto Fraud

Both the Cypad and the national cyber forensic lab are located in the same complex in Dwarka’s Sector 16 C, according to The Hindu. The lab is part of the Union Home Ministry’s Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center.

Indian Government Inaugurates National Cryptocurrency Forensic Lab

The Cypad “aims to provide cyber investigation, cyber forensics, cyber safety and security-related services to the citizens as well as to police units and agencies of Delhi,” the publication detailed. “The centre in Dwarka will provide security services to citizens, cops and other agencies to better equip the country in the fight against cybercrime.”

Minister Singh said that cybercrime is the “biggest threat to digital India,” the news outlet conveyed. He further emphasized that Cypad “will deal with cryptocurrency fraud and international tech-supported frauds,” Devdiscourse publication noted. On Sunday, The Times of India reported that the city crime branch has busted a gang allegedly involved in a crypto scam that duped investors an estimated Rs 100 crore (~$ 14 million).

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SNL Goes to Town on Trump’s National Emergency

February 17, 2019 |

President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border found new scorn on Saturday Night Live, which trotted out Alec Baldwin in its Cold Open to proclaim that “We need wall, OK. We have a tremendous amount of drugs flowing into this country from the southern border—or…
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How Trump’s Border Wall Turned Into a National Emergency

February 17, 2019 |

The president’s declaration comes after divisions and competing priorities in the White House allowed the barrier project to languish.
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National Debt Hits Another New Milestone

February 13, 2019 |

The national debt has passed a new milestone, topping $ 22 trillion for the first time. The Treasury Department’s daily statement showed Tuesday that total outstanding public debt stands at $ 22.01 trillion. It stood at $ 19.95 trillion when President Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017. The debt figure…
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Tabloid CEO’s lawyer denies National Enquirer tried to extort Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

February 10, 2019 |

The National Enquirer committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an attorney for the head of the tabloid’s parent company said Sunday.

Elkan Abromowitz, an attorney for American Media Inc. Chief Executive David Pecker, said on Sunday…


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National Enquirer owner says it ‘acted lawfully’ toward Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

February 10, 2019 |

National Enquirer owner American Media Inc. pushed back Friday against Amazon.com Inc. chief Jeff Bezos’ accusation that the magazine and its publisher — a confidant of President Trump — had tried to blackmail and extort him.

“American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully,” the company…


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Prosecutors Weigh Whether National Enquirer Violated Earlier Agreement

February 9, 2019 |

Federal prosecutors are examining whether the National Enquirer’s dealings with Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos violated a nonprosecution agreement the tabloid’s publisher signed last year.
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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos accuses the National Enquirer of extortion over intimate photos

February 8, 2019 |

Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said Thursday that he was the target of an extortion and blackmail effort by the National Enquirer, which he accused of threatening to publish intimate pictures of him unless he backed off an investigation of the tabloid.

In an extraordinary post to the online…


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A meteorite may have struck western Cuba, National Weather Service says

February 2, 2019 |

The explosion reported in Viñales, Cuba, is not confirmed to be from a meteorite, but the government is investigating.
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