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West accuses Russian spy company GRU of ratings of attacks

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018|9:42 a.m.

BRUSSELS– The United States and other Western nations leveled a gush of brand-new accusations against Moscow’s deceptive GRU military spy firm on Thursday, implicating its agents of hacking anti-doping agencies, airplane crash examinations and a chemical weapons probe as well as introducing cyberattacks that rocked America’s 2016 election and crippled Ukraine in 2017.

The roll-call of GRU malfeasance started at midnight in Britain, when British and Australian authorities accused the Russian firm of lagging the catastrophic cyberattack that triggered billions in losses to Ukraine in June 2017 and a host of other hacks, including the Democratic Party email leakages and online cyber propaganda that sowed havoc before Americans voted in the 2016 governmental election.

Hours later on Thursday early morning, Dutch defense authorities transmitted photos and a timeline of GRU representatives’ botched attempt to break into the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Defense using Wi-Fi hacking devices hidden in the back of a sedan. The chemical weapons watchdog was investigating a Novichok nerve agent attack on a former GRU spy, Sergei Skripal, that Britain has blamed on the Russian government. Moscow has rejected the charge.

The Dutch also implicated the Russian company of attempting to hack into the examination of the 2014 downing of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine that eliminated all 298 people on board. A Dutch-led investigation group states it has strong evidence that the Buk rocket which brought the plane down originated from a Russia-based military unit. Russia has rejected the charge.

Then came the U.S. government’s turn, with the U.S. Justice Department charging 7 Russian GRU intelligence officers– consisting of the four captured in The Hague– of an international hacking rampage that targeted more than 250 professional athletes, an atomic energy company and a Swiss chemical lab.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis stated the West has “a wide array of actions” offered.

“Basically, the Russians got caught with their equipment, individuals who were doing it, and they have got to pay the piper. They are going to have to be held to account,” Mattis said, speaking in Brussels where he was consulting with NATO allies.

Moscow provided more denials on Thursday, but the accusations leveled by Western intelligence companies, supported by a wealth of surveillance video footage and extremely validated by independent reporting, painted an image of the GRU as a firm that regularly crosses red lines– and is progressively being captured red-handed around the globe.

The U.S. indictment stated the GRU targeted its victims since they had openly supported a ban on Russian professional athletes in worldwide sports competitors and due to the fact that they had condemned Russia’s state-sponsored athlete doping program. U.S. district attorneys said the Russians also targeted a Pennsylvania-based atomic energy business and the OPCW, which was examining possible war crimes in Syria and the March poisoning of Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury.

The U.S. indictment says the seven defendants are all Russian people and locals. They include 4 GRU agents expelled last spring from the Netherlands.

They were determined as: Aleksei Sergeyevich Morenets, 41; Evgenii Mikhaylovich Serebriakov, 37; Ivan Sergeyevich Yermakov, 32; Artem Andreyevich Malyshev, 30; and Dmitriy Sergeyevich Badin, 27; who were each assigned to Armed force Unit 26165, and Oleg Mikhaylovich Sotnikov, 46, and Alexey Valerevich Minin, 46, who were likewise GRU officers.

The U.S. indictment says the hacking was frequently carried out from another location. If that wasn’t successful, the hackers would conduct “on-site” or “close gain access to” hacking operations, with experienced GRU members traveling with advanced devices to target their victims through Wi-Fi networks.

The GRU’s alleged hacking efforts on the chemical guard dog firm based in The Hague, Netherlands, took place in April and were interrupted by authorities, Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld stated Thursday. Four Russian intelligence officers were immediately expelled from the Netherlands, she said. Those were Minin, Sotnikov, Serebriakov and Morenets.

The British ambassador to the Netherlands said the guys caught with spy equipment outside OPCW were from the extremely exact same GRU area (Unit 26165) accused by American private investigators of having actually gotten into the Democratic National Committee’s e-mail system before the 2016 U.S. election.

On Thursday, Australian and British spies backed the American intelligence neighborhood’s reported attribution of the catastrophic June 2017 cyberattack on Ukraine to the GRU. The harmful software application break out briefly knocked out cash machines, gas stations, drug stores and healthcare facilities and, according to a secret White House evaluation recently cited by Wired, dealt $10 billion worth of damage worldwide.

The hack and release of sports figures’ medical data in 2016 and the downing of Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 also allegedly bring the GRU’s finger prints. Dutch investigators said the snoopers snatched outside the OPCW also appear to have logged into the Wi-Fi networks near the World Anti-Doping Firm and the Malaysian hotels where crash investigators had gathered to examine the shooting down of guest flight MH17.

Russia’s interests were at stake in both cases. The OPCW was examining the Skripal nerve agent poisoning, which Russia denied, and Russia was being blamed for the shooting down of MH17 over eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces were battling Russia-backed separatists at the time.

The leaders of Britain and the Netherlands on Thursday condemned the GRU for “negligent” and “brazen” activities worldwide and pledged to safeguard crucial international companies from Russian aggressiveness.

“This attempt, to access the safe systems of a global organization working to rid the world of chemical weapons, shows again the GRU’s neglect for the worldwide values and rules that keep all of us safe,” British Prime Minister Theresa May and Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte stated in a joint statement.

Britain’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Wilson, said the GRU would no longer be permitted to show impunity. Britain blames the secretive company for the March poisoning of Skripal and his child.

The Associated Press, meanwhile, individually proven information that matches details for two of the supposed Russian agents named by the Dutch authorities.

An online database for vehicle registration in Russia revealed that Aleksei Morenets, whose full name and date of birth are the very same as one of the Russians expelled by the Dutch, offered his cars and truck in 2004, noting the Moscow address where the Defense Ministry’s Armed force University is based.

Alexey Minin, another Russian whose complete name and date of birth match the details released by Dutch authorities, had numerous cars and trucks, including an Alfa Romeo, that were registered and sold at the address where the Defense Ministry’s GRU school lies. In some of the filings, Minin listed the main military system variety of the GRU school as his home address.

Previously, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson branded a series of global cyberattacks blamed on Russia as the careless actions of a “pariah state,” stating that the U.K. and its NATO allies would discover such activities in the future.

“Where Russia acts in an indiscriminate and careless method, where they have actually carried out in regards to these cyberattacks, we will be exposing them,” Williamson told press reporters in Brussels at talks with Mattis and other NATO officials.

Gregory Katz and Raphael Satter reported from London. Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow, Raf Casert in Brussels, and Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker in Washington, contributed to this report.

Woman accuses film star Steven Seagal of rape in 1993


Ivan Sekretarev/ AP In this Sept. 22, 2015, file picture, star Steven Seagal speaks at a news conference, while attending an opening event for a research study and advancement center in Moscow, Russia.

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018|1:06 p.m.

NEW YORK– A once-aspiring starlet has actually declared Steven Seagal raped her at a wrap party for the film “On Deadly Ground,” claiming he undressed her and attacked her on his bed while she focused on a picture of Seagal’s better half on the nightstand.

Regina Simons called the supposed assault “extremely predatory, really aggressive and traumatizing” during an interview that aired Friday on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today.” She was 18 at the time.

Seagal’s lawyer did not immediately return require comment Friday.

Simons said she was shocked to find that she was the only one welcomed to Seagal’s 1993 party to commemorate the end of recording. She had actually been an extra and said “before I understood it, he was on top of me and I couldn’t move.” She says she froze and “seemed like I left my body.”

During the supposed attack, Simons stated she keeps in mind looking at an image of Seagal and “the woman from ‘Odd Science.'” At the time, Seagal was married to Kelly LeBrock, who starred in “Strange Science.”

Simon stated she reported her accusations to Beverly Hills, California authorities, where the event happened.

Other females have accused Seagal of sexual misbehavior. Jenny McCarthy stated the action star sexually bugged her during a 1995 audition, while Portia de Rossi accused Seagal of unzipping his pants during an audition.

A Seagal spokesperson denied McCarthy’s allegations to The Daily Monster. McCarthy informed the very same story to Movieline in 1998.

Kevin Spacey says sorry after star accuses him of past harassment, comes out as gay

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Star Kevin Spacey said Sunday he is “beyond horrified” by claims that he made sexual advances on a teen kid years back.

The two-time Oscar winner published on Twitter that he does not keep in mind the encounter.”However if I did act then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply improper drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having brought with him all these years,” he stated.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, actor Anthony Rapp said Spacey befriended him while they both performed on Broadway programs. Rapp was 14 when he went to a celebration at Spacey’s apartment in 1986, he stated. At the end of the night, an inebriated Spacey chose him up, placed him on his bed, and got on top of him, Rapp said.

Rapp said the 26-year-old was holding him down firmly, but he had the ability to get away and left the apartment.

Rapp, who is now 46 and starring in the TELEVISION show “Star Trek: Discovery”, stated he came forward after allegations against Harvey Weinstein triggered conversations about sexual assault and harassment in the show business.

Spacey, who is now 58, spoke openly about his sexual preference for the first time Sunday on Twitter.

“As those closest to me understand, in my life I have had relationships with both males and females,” he said. “I have actually liked and had romantic encounters with guys throughout my life, and I select now to live as a gay man.”

Spacey, who has actually fiercely secured his private life, had actually never ever disclosed his sexuality before however said Rapp’s story encouraged him to speak.

“I want to deal with this truthfully and honestly which begins with analyzing my own behavior,” he said.


AP author Michelle A. Monroe in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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Japan'' s Universal accuses founder Okada of inappropriate loan

Friday, June 9, 2017|12:44 p.m.

Universal Home entertainment Corp., a Japanese maker of fruit machine, said on Thursday it was investigating what it believes was an inappropriate transfer of funds by Kazuo Okada, its creator and chairman, to a business he manages.

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Lawsuit accuses CVS of overcharging for generic drugs


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CVS, 3758 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is revealed on Feb. 9, 2015.

Thursday, July 30, 2015|8:25 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO– CVS Health Corp. intentionally overcharged some pharmacy consumers for generic drugs by submitting claims to their insurance coverage companies at inflated rates, according to a claim filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco.

The suit says those inflated costs resulted in higher co-pays for consumers that surpassed exactly what they would have spent for the drugs if they had no insurance coverage and took part in a CVS discount program.

“We have actually seen individuals who pay $20 for a 30-day supply as their copayments on a drug that was $11.99 for a 90-day supply had they been in the (discount program),” said Kristen Broz, an attorney with Hausfeld, the company that submitted the match.

The lawsuit looks for class-action status, a court order forbiding CVS from participating in the behavior, and unspecified damages.

Broz approximated that numerous thousands of individuals may have been influenced since 2008.

CVS Health spokesperson Michael DeAngelis stated the Rhode Island-based company had actually not been served with the lawsuit, so it could not comment on it. He stated co-pays are identified by a client’s prescribed protection plan and included that a similar match in Massachusetts was dismissed.

At concern in the lawsuit is CVS’s “Health Cost savings Pass” program, which offers discounts to customers who do not have insurance or select not to make use of insurance on numerous generic prescribed drugs, including generic versions of the antibiotic Penicillin and the antidepressant Prozac, according to the match.

Instead of providing insurance coverage business with that reduced price, CVS reported the greater rate that a regular retail consumer not in the Health Savings Pass would pay, the suit alleges.

Clients were then charged co-pays according to those greater costs.

“Not just was the HSP program a way by which CVS could maintain and increase its market share by fending off discounted costs from its competitors, however importantly, CVS also intended that the HSP program would act as a system to conceal CVS’s real typical and traditional prices from third-party payors,” the lawsuit states.