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Ukraine can resume grain exports

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Ukraine can resume exports of grain through the Black sea thanks to a new deal with Turkey

On Friday, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the UN will sign on the dotted line in Istanbul

The world shortage of Ukrainian grain since Russia’s 24 February invasion has left millions at risk of hunger.

The invasion sent food prices soaring, so the deal to unblock Ukraine’s ports is crucial.

Some 20 million tonnes of grain is stuck in silos in Odesa.

Ukraine’s foreign ministry confirmed that another UN-led round of talks to unblock grain exports would take place in Turkey on Friday.

The ministry flagged that a document “may be signed”.

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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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