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U.S. can’t rule out aliens as spy balloons saga widens

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U.S. officials say they have been unable to determine who or what is behind the airborne objects

The U.S. military has been unable to determine the country of origin or uncover any further information relating to the three airborne objects shot down over North America.

The head of the Northern Command and North American Airspace, Glen VanHerck, is even reluctant to call them balloons, noting officials are “labeling them [as] objects for a reason.

This has sparked further speculation over who or what is responsible for the devices.

VanHerk was asked about the possibility of aliens as the source behind the objects.

Earlier, The U.S. Pentagon confirmed a fighter jet shot down an airborne object over Lake Huron.

Officials say the object was not assessed to be a military threat, but was a flight hazard and had potential surveillance capabilities.

A team has been sent out to recover the device and examine the wreckage.

Washington has been on high alert since its military destroyed a suspected Chinese spy balloon just days ago.

The balloon was tracked across the continental U.S. before it was shot down off the coast of South Carolina.

China is continuing to deny it was being used for spying.

Here’s a timeline for you:

On February 4 the U.S. military shoots down suspected surveillance balloon off the coast of South Carolina.

On the 10th Biden orders officials to destroy another object off northern Alaska. This device lacked any propulsion capabilities or control.

A day later on the 11th, an American fighter jet shoots down a “high-altitude airborne object” over Canada. This was smaller than the first balloon.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau says it “violated Canadian airspace.”

And on the 12th, the military shoots down a fourth high-altitude object near Lake Huron “out of an abundance of caution”.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Beijing was likely using a “crew of balloons” that have “probably been all over the world.” #trending #featured

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U.S. tech giant email systems utilised by Russian hackers

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Russian government-backed hackers have reportedly exploited access to Microsoft’s email system, stealing correspondence between officials and the tech giant.

Key Points:

  1. Russian government-backed hackers exploited access to Microsoft’s email system, as per a directive from CISA.

  2. The directive warned of hackers using email authentication details to infiltrate Microsoft customer systems, including government agencies.

  3. This follows Microsoft’s acknowledgment of ongoing struggles against intruders named “Midnight Blizzard” and a separate hack attributed to China.

According to an emergency directive from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released on Thursday.

The directive, issued on April 2, cautioned that hackers were leveraging email authentication details to infiltrate Microsoft customer systems, including those of unspecified government agencies.

This alarming revelation follows Microsoft’s acknowledgment in March of ongoing struggles against intruders dubbed “Midnight Blizzard.”

The cybersecurity industry’s concerns intensified further with a recent report from the U.S. Cyber Safety Review Board, attributing a separate hack to China and criticising Microsoft for cybersecurity oversights and lack of transparency.

While CISA refrained from naming affected agencies, Microsoft assured collaboration with customers and CISA to investigate and mitigate the breach. The Russian Embassy in Washington, historically denying involvement in hacking activities, did not respond immediately to requests for comment. CISA also cautioned that non-governmental organisations might have been targeted, urging customers to liaise with Microsoft for additional information.

 

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Google looks to snap up Hubspot as part of growth strategy

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Google’s bold bid to acquire HubSpot in a billion-dollar deal has raised eyebrows in the digital marketing industry.

HubSpot, Inc., founded by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah in 2006, develops software for inbound marketing, sales, and customer service.

The acquisition aims to enhance Google’s marketing tools and potentially benefit small to mid-market businesses with improved solutions.

However, concerns over regulatory hurdles and antitrust issues persist, prompting mixed reactions from investors and industry experts.

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Lufthansa halts Tehran flights as U.S. warns of imminent attack

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In response to escalating tensions in the Middle East, Lufthansa announced the suspension of flights to and from the Iranian capital, Tehran.

This decision follows a previous suspension that was slated to end on April 11 but has now been extended, citing security concerns.

While Lufthansa is the primary airline affected by this decision, its subsidiaries, including Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, and Eurowings, remain unaffected at this time.

However, the parent company, Deutsche Lufthansa, emphasized that they are closely monitoring the situation in the region and maintaining constant communication with relevant authorities.

“The security and safety of our guests and crew members have top priority for Lufthansa,” stated a spokesperson for the company.

Flights resume

Austrian Airlines, a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, continues to operate flights to Tehran, albeit with adjustments.

Crew overnight stays have been suspended until Saturday as a precautionary measure, with the airline ensuring compliance with legal working hours by minimizing ground time in Tehran.

According to an Austrian Airlines spokesperson, flights between Vienna and Tehran will proceed with a delay today, aimed at reducing the time spent on the ground in Iran.

The airline remains vigilant and prepared to adapt its operations as necessary in response to changing circumstances.

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The decision by Lufthansa comes in the wake of warnings from U.S. officials regarding a potential attack by Iran or its proxies on Israel.

The warning follows an airstrike in Damascus, attributed to Israel, which resulted in the death of senior Iranian military personnel. Tehran has openly threatened retaliation against Israel, heightening concerns of further escalation in the region.

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