Illegal Vietnamese fishermen detained2:42

 Source: Cairns Post

The occupants of an illegal Vietnamese fishing boat have been detained in Cairns. Courtesy: Department of Immigration and Border Protection

VIETNAMESE fishermen have been apprehended off the coastline of Cairns with a haul of nearly 2.5 tonnes of poached sea cucumbers.

Fifteen crew members were on board the vessel that was caught near Lihou Reef in the Coral Sea, about 630km southeast of Cairns, by Maritime Border Command (MBC).

The boat was spotted by an MBC surveillance aircraft on February 3 and later pursued by Australian Border Force cutter Storm Bay.

media_camera15 Vietnamese fishermen disembark from a border force boat at Portsmith Cairns after being apprehended off Cairns’ coast with 2.4 tonnes of poached sea cucumbers. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTY

The crew and their vessel were apprehended and taken to Cairns yesterday for further investigation by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Parks Australia for breaking environmental and fisheries laws.

The 2.4 tonnes of sea cucumbers and 10 large dried fish, that were also seized, were disposed of at sea.

It is the 10th foreign boat caught since July last year with a majority snared in northern Australian waters.

MBC acting commander Stephen Alexander said it should serve as a warning to illegal foreign fishers that this behaviour would not be tolerated in Australian waters.

media_camera15 Vietnamese fishermen disembark from a border force boat at Portsmith Cairns after being apprehended off Cairns’ coast with 2.4 tonnes of poached sea cucumbers. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTY

“Australia’s maritime domain exceeds 10 million square kilometres, but no matter where these boats are, our officers will continue to work tirelessly and, in collaboration with our partners, to ensure that Australia’s waters remain free from illegal fishing,” he said.

Parks Australia marine compliance director Dr Andrew Read said Lihou Reef had been a sanctuary since 1982 and was one of the nation’s most pristine reef ecosystems.

media_cameraA Vietnamese fishing vessel suspected of illegally fishing in Australian waters has been apprehended off the coast of Cairns.

“Ensuring illegal fishing activities, including foreign fishing are stopped, is essential for the protection and conservation of this highly valued marine habitat,” he said.

In recent months there has been a spike in the number of Vietnamese fishing vessels sighted and apprehended in Australia’s northeastern waters, and the waters of Papua New Guinea, Palau and New Caledonia.

The activity is being driven by increased prices for sea cucumbers on the world market.

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Phone-cracking firm Cellebrite hacked

Source: BBC

Information about the customers of Cellebrite, an Israeli firm that markets hacking tools, has been stolen in a cyber-attack.

 

The breach was first reported by tech site Motherboard, which said it was sent 900 gigabytes of data by a hacker.

Cellebrite confirmed some information had been taken but said it was not aware of any “increased risk” to clients.

The firm added that it was now notifying affected customers.

Motherboard said the data – which was not distributed online – included “what appears to be evidence files from seized mobile phones, and logs from Cellebrite devices”.

However, Cellebrite did not respond to this in its statement.

When contacted by the BBC, a spokesman said its investigation was ongoing and it had no further information to add.

The firm did say that it recently detected “unauthorised access” on an external web server – activity it described as “illegal” – and that it had launched an investigation into the incident.

It added that the data taken related to an older user account system.

Last year, Cellebrite was linked to the FBI’s attempt to hack an iPhone used by San Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan Farook. The firm has neither confirmed nor denied involvement.

“The information accessed includes basic contact information of users registered for alerts or notifications on Cellebrite products and hashed passwords for users who have not yet migrated to the new system,” the company said.

Cellebrite advised users of the my.Cellebrite system to change their passwords.

“The sort of people who use Cellebrite products don’t necessarily want others to know that they’re using it,” said Prof Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity expert at the University of Surrey.

“Law enforcement agencies and perhaps security services will be using it.”

In 2015, hackers stole data from Italian surveillance company Hacking Team and released it on to the web.

The dump included information on countries that had bought Hacking Team products.

“It’s a direct analogy I would say,” Prof Woodward told the BBC. “The embarrassment factor is going to be the same.”

Shadow brokers’ farewell

Separately, 58 hacking tools for Windows PCs were released on to the web by a group calling itself “Shadow Brokers”.

The group announced the release in a farewell message, having attempted to auction the malware online last year. At the time, Shadow Brokers claimed it had been stolen from the NSA.

Besides the newly released files, Shadow Brokers said a full cache of exploits had been left online at a price of 750 bitcoins (£500,000).

Many of the exploits were not “zero days” – attack methods that have not yet been uncovered – but ones that had already been detected by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, according to one analyst.

“Nobody was willing to pay them,” said Prof Woodward. “They sort of stomped off in a huff, basically.”

Prof Woodward added that while some of the exploits looked “sophisticated” there was no proof that any of the data had been taken from the NSA.

Competition in ICT industry to reduce charges

Source: Looppng

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) introduction into the country’s ICT industry will help to lower the high cost of internet and voice charges.

Gabriel Pimentel, ABS Managing Director for the South East Asia and Asia Pacific made the comments today during the official presentation of individual operator licenses by the National Information and Communication Technology.

“ABS is a global satellite operator; traditionally we have been providing space segment bandwidth,  but we  have gone one step further, by not only being a satellite provider but in fact started to develop services on the ground, enabling a cheaper satellite bandwidth we bring which will be passed to the consumers,”  Pimentel said.

“We are providing much more competition to the existing (and) established (ISP) providers, and competition always resulted in benefit to the consumers, and in reality we have seen in the markets we have played, the more cost effective services results in more people using these facilities.”

Pimentel said providing ICT services to the rural areas are one of the company’s main objectives.

Meanwhile, NICTA chief executive officer Charles Punaha said, “for NICTA’s perspective, we are fortunate to have an international satellite operator coming into the country.

“It is our hope that it will provide for more competition in the market, and this is something we have been looking forward to for a number of years, and off course will result in the reduction of the current very high satellite bandwidth that has been offered in the market.

“It will result in the reduction on the price,” Punaha said.

International satellite operator to operate ICT services

Source: Looppng

A global international satellite operator has been given license to provide ICT services in the country.

National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) CEO, Charles Punaha today presented the individual operating licenses to Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS).

ABS has offices in the United States, UAE, South Africa, Germany, Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

According to company’s website, ABS operates a fleet of satellites serving 93 per cent of the world.

ABS offers a complete range of End-to-End solutions including Direct to Home (DTH), Cable TV distribution (CATV), Cellular Backhaul, VSAT and Internet Backbone services with diverse IP transit through its European, Middle East and Asian internet gateways.

Punaha said one of the requirements was for ABS to incorporate a company in PNG to provide Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services, which the company had complied with.

“ABS has been one of our clients for the last 10 year, and we do filing for them, and also they assist us to do coordination.

“Most satellites are in the PNG filings, except one of them.

“And to this respect, ABS is not a newcomer to NICTA but to this occasion they have decided to open up a local office and submitted their application for licenses, which we will official handover to them three licenses approved by our board,” Punaha said.

The three licenses are;

–              Individual Network (facilities and services) license to provide data and internet services over facilities and infrastructures for its customers in PNG;

–              Individual Network Gateway License (Gateway) license to provide international connectivity services for international voice and data connectivity; and

–              Individual Application License to provide internet services (voice and data) in PNG.

Gabriel Pimentel, ABS managing director thanked NICTA for the trust and confidence in the company and said they will kick the ground running with the licenses.

“We believe PNG is sitting on wealth and needs to be developed on better communication, not only in the developed areas but also in rural areas. “

US visa-free residency for Cubans ‘ends’

Source: BBC

President Barack Obama has ended the longstanding policy that grants residency to Cubans who arrive in the US without visas, US media report.

The 20-year-old policy allows Cuban migrants who reach US soil to become legal permanent residents after a year.

In exchange, Havana has agreed to start accepting Cubans who are turned away or deported from the US.

The move comes as President Obama tries to continue the thawing of relations with Cuba in his final days of office.

It is unclear where relations between the two countries will go now.

His successor, President-elect Donald Trump, has taken a much tougher stance and could reverse the change.

Until now, this so-called “wet foot, dry foot” policy has applied solely to Cubans.

Other immigrants who come to the US without a visa could be arrested and deported.

A joint statement by the US and Cuba is expected later on Thursday, unnamed officials told Associated Press.

10 percent of Papua New Guineans on Internet

Source: Looppng

Only 10 per cent of Papua New Guineans have excess to internet as it is one of the most expensive in the world.

National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) CEO, Charles Punaha said the internet rate is very low compared to other countries in the region, and the world.

He said comparing Fiji, which has close to 100 per cent internet penetration, the biggest nation in the Pacific only has 10 per cent of its population accessing internet, but are paying much more for the service.

Punaha said the high cost of doing business in the country and also the geography landscape dictates the cost of accessing the services.

“We must be mindful that the cost of rolling out infrastructure network in PNG is very expensive.

“We also have very isolated communities, for connectivity purposes also contribute to the high cost of rolling out ICT services in PNG.

“And also compounded by the fact that the power grid ends at the fringes of the main towns, so you have operators basically putting up their own generators, providing fuel and solar power, this is very expensive compared to Fiji with small lower islands and the population is evenly distributed,” Punaha said.

He said competition in the ICT market is the way forward to slice the cost of accessing internet.

Meanwhile, in a study carried out by Network Strategies of New Zealand on internet access affordability published on its website in 2016, stated that Papua New Guinea tops the list of 12 Pacific countries with the most expensive internet service, followed by Solomon Islands.