Submission + - Hackers attack Mexican bank system. (reuters.com) 1

happyfeet2000 writes: Thieves siphoned hundreds of millions of pesos out of Mexican banks, including No. 2 Banorte, by creating phantom orders that wired funds to bogus accounts and promptly withdrew the money, two sources close to the government’s investigation said. Hackers sent hundreds of false orders to move amounts ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of pesos from banks including Banorte, to fake accounts in other banks, the sources said, and accomplices then emptied the accounts in cash withdrawals in dozens of branch offices

Submission + - Weird new form of nuclear matter might lie just beyond experimenters' grasp (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Within a neutron star—the remains of an exploded, middle-weight star—pressures climb a billion billion times higher than in the sun’s core. For decades, some theoretical physicists have speculated that under those conditions, a bizarre type of matter might emerge: a soup of the subatomic particles called quarks. Now, a new analysis indicates the recipe for that soup, called cold quark matter, needs revision. If correct, it suggests that particle accelerators on Earth might be able to produce stable bits of the quark matter. It also would put the kibosh on hypothetical particles called strangelets, which fearmongers once claimed could destroy the world.

Submission + - 'Indoor generation': A quarter of Americans spend all day inside, survey finds (washingtontimes.com)

Zorro writes: A quarter of Americans spend almost an entire 24 hours without going outside and downplay the negative health effects of only breathing indoor air, according to a new survey claiming a new “indoor generation.”

Great Britain and Canada had similar results to the U.S., with 23 and 26 percent of its respondents saying they spend between 21 and 24 hours inside.

The countries with the highest percentage of people who spend the lowest amount of time inside were Italy (57 percent), the Czech Republic (57 percent) and the Netherlands (51 percent). This group said they only spend between zero and 14 hours indoors.

Submission + - Paris, Madrid, and Brussels go to Top European Court for EU "License to Pollute" (citiesofthefuture.eu)

dkatana writes: Mayors of Paris, Brussels, and Madrid fight for cleaner air for their citizens.

In September 2016, right after Dieselgate, the EU Commission approved conformity factors for NOx emissions, granting the industry the right to legally exceed the 80 mg/km limit by up to 110%.

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and chair of C40 Cities, called the decision “License to Pollute”

From Cities of the Future:

"The European Court of Justice (ECJ)will hear arguments this week to determine whether three European cities can challenge vehicle emissions regulations set by the European Commission and agreed by national governments."

Barcelona, also a member of C40 Cities, declined to join the legal action fearing backlash from Seat, the Spanish branch of Volkswagen, which has its main factory just outside the city. Sean employs over 15,000 people in the area.

"Regulation 2016/646, introduced in the wake of the “Dieselgate” scandal, mandates the maximum acceptable NOx emissions from diesel-engine vehicles during real driving emissions (RDE) tests. Rather than enforcing the 80 mg/km NOx emission limits agreed by the European Parliament in 2007, the European Commission, under intense lobbying from the auto-manufacturing industry, granted manufacturers time to gradually adapt to the new RDE rules."

Submission + - Kaspersky Lab Moving Core Infrastructure to Switzerland (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: As part of its Global Transparency Initiative, Russia-based Kaspersky Lab today announced that it will adjust its infrastructure to move a number of "core processes" from Russia to Switzerland.

The security firm has faced challenges after several governments have banned Kaspersky software over security concerns, despite no hard evidence that Kaspersky has ever colluded with the Russian government.

As an extension to its transparency initiative, announced in October 2017, the firm is now going further by making plans for its processes and source code to be independently supervised by a qualified third-party. To this end, it is supporting the creation of a new, non-profit "Transparency Center" able to assume this responsibility not just for itself, but for other partners and members who wish to join. Noticeably, Kaspersky Lab does not link the move specifically to the effects of the U.S. ban, but sees wider issues of global trust emerging.

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