Cyber Attacks, War & Terrorism

Feds Put Iranians On Blacklist

By Valerie / June 20, 2024 /

Cabinet yesterday adopted an all-party recommendation of the Commons justice committee to blacklist the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group. It did not comment on a committee proposal to immediately “expel the estimated 700 Iranian agents operating in Canada.”

“The decision to list an organization under Canada’s Criminal Code as a terrorist entity isn’t made because of comments on Twitter or Question Period,” Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc told reporters. “It is made based on the advice of our security services.”

“Canada will use all of the tools at its disposal to combat the terrorist entity of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” said LeBlanc. “The Iranian regime has consistently displayed disregard for human rights.”

“As a result of this designation under the Immigration And Refugee P

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Trudeau Defends Timing of Labelling Iran’s IRGC a Terrorist Entity

By Sarah / June 20, 2024 /

A day after the Canadian government designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended how long the decision took, saying it needed to be done the “right way.”

“We know that this is going to have real impacts for members of the Iranian community and Canada and potentially their families back home, which is why we needed to take our time to get this done the right way,” Mr. Trudeau told reporters on June 20.

The prime minister added that the Iranian regime is focused on “destabilizing and creating chaos and death in democracies and countries around the world,” which was why the federal government had taken the “serious step” to list the IRGC as a terrorist organization.

Canada had already long-listed the IRGC’s Quds Force, which specializes in unconventional warfare, as a terrorist entity.

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Montreal Mayor Denounces Antisemitism After Restaurant Allegedly Targeted

By Sarah / June 20, 2024 /

Politicians are denouncing violence and intimidation against Montreal’s Jewish community after bullet-shaped holes were found in a restaurant window on June 19 morning.

Yoni Amir, co-owner of Falafel Yoni, said his employees arrived to work in the morning and called police after they founds holes that were made by some kind of projectile.

“It’s a pretty upsetting and unnerving and unsettling thing for the staff especially,” he said in a phone interview.

While he can’t say for sure why he was targeted, Mr. Amir, who is Jewish, said the incident comes after his restaurant appeared on a list circulating online that urges people to boycott specific businesses that they claim support Israel. He said he’s found stickers referring to genocide and calling for a free Palestine have been stuck to the front of the restaurant in recent months.

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Cyberattack Shuts Down Car Dealership Systems Across US

By Sarah / June 20, 2024 /

‘We are once again proactively shutting down most of our systems,’ CDK Global said.

A cyberattack against software provider CDK Global, which serves thousands of car dealerships across the United States, has been followed by a second cyber incident, leading to outages.

A first cyberattack affected the company earlier this week, the company said. However, a second notice sent to customers from CDK signaled that another cyberattack was carried out on June 19.

“Dear Valued Customers, We are sorry to inform you that we experienced an additional cyber incident late in the evening on June 19th,” the company wrote in a message on June 20, which was viewed by The Epoch Times.

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36K Students Were ‘Refugees’

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

More than 36,000 foreign students have claimed refugee protection in Canada, records show. The figures covering the period from 2018 identified five universities and colleges with the highest number of refugee claims.

The Department of Immigration in an Inquiry Of Ministry tabled in the Commons said 36,075 foreign students had claimed asylum in Canada. Of those a total 32,855 were referred to the Immigration and Refugee Board.

Decisions in the majority of cases are still pending, said the Inquiry. The figures were tabled at the request of Conservative MP Luc Berthold (Mégantic-L’Érable, Que.) who asked, “With regard to asylum claims made by individuals who arrived in Canada on a student visa since 2018, how many claims were accepted?”

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OpenAI co-founder unveils new company focused on “safe superintelligence”

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

Ilya Sutskever, the OpenAI co-founder who departed from the company last month, unveiled a new AI firm focused on developing “a safe superintelligence.”

Why it matters: Sutskever was among the OpenAI board members who voted to fire CEO Sam Altman last November amid concerns over communication, and trust.

Zoom in: Safe Superintelligence, Inc. aims to “approach safety and capabilities in tandem, as technical problems to be solved through revolutionary engineering and scientific breakthroughs,” the company’s three founders say in a post on X.

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Islamism Killed My Partner. Why Won’t the West Fight It? My daughters have grown up without a father because of an ideology that Western politicians now often refuse to name

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

On the evening of November 13, 2015, I recorded a video of my partner, Guillaume, laughing and dancing round the living room with our two daughters, aged four and seven. Just a few minutes later, he left our apartment in eastern Paris to go to the Bataclan concert hall.

A rock critic who wrote under the name Guillaume B. Decherf, he loved nothing more than good music, and was excited about seeing Eagles of Death Metal that night. In his review for Les Inrockuptibles, he had praised the band’s latest album. Its “sole aim,” he wrote, was “to give pleasure,” before signing off with a flourish: “Plaisir partagé!” A pleasure shared.

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Chinese Regime-Linked Joe Tsai Sells Stake in Brooklyn Nets to Koch Family

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

Taiwan-born billionaire and China booster Joe Tsai is selling a minority stake in the New York Nets to David Koch’s widow, Julia, after the sports concern was assessed at a massive $6 billion valuation.

BSE Global owns the Nets, the Barclays Center, and the WNBA’s New York Liberty. And Joe Tsai has controlled it all. And now, in one of the highest valuations in American sports, BSE has been upgraded to $6 billion.

Now, Tsai is looking to dole out some stakes to others, and his first move was to offer a fifteen percent share to Julia Koch, the widow of Koc

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Nurse: Cyberattack on Ascension Health System Almost Killed a Baby

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

A devastating ransomware attack on Ascension, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, led to alarming lapses in patient care and highlighted the growing threat of cyberattacks in the healthcare sector. In one case, a nurse almost gave the wrong dose of medication to a baby due to confusing paperwork as the hospital’s computers were shut down.

NPR reports that a ransomware attack that took place on May 8 on Ascension, a Catholic health system with 140 hospitals across at least 10 states, has locked providers

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NEWS CULTURE NEWS ANALYSIS DONATE LOGIN GO AD-FREE Search SHARE CANADIAN NEWS Jun 19, 2024 NEW: Canada officially designates Iranian IRGC a terrorist entity “The Iranian regime has consistently displayed disregard for human rights both inside and outsid

By Valerie / June 19, 2024 /

On Wednesday, Canada officially declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist entity. The country’s government itself was also designated as one that had “engaged in terrorism and systematic or gross human rights violations.”

The announcement was made by Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc, alongside Foreign Minister Melanie Joly and other members of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet. The move comes following increased pressure from Persian Canadians and Conservative politicians in the wake of the downing of PS752, Mahsa Amini’s death, and the ensuing abuse perpetrated by officials as they cracked down on protests against the regime.

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