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Ukraine suspects group linked to Belarus in cyberattack



Kyiv believes a hacker group linked to Belarusian intelligence carried out a cyberattack that hit Ukrainian government websites this week

The group used malware similar to that used by one tied to Russian intelligence, a senior Ukrainian security official said.

Kyiv believes a cyberattack that hit Ukrainian government websites this week was carried out by a hacker group linked to Belarusian intelligence, according to a senior Ukrainian security official.

The attack used malware similar to that used by a group tied to Russian intelligence, defacing government websites with threatening messages.

Serhiy Demedyuk, deputy secretary of the national security and defense council, told Reuters that Ukraine blamed Friday’s attack on a group known as UNC1151, adding that the attack was cover for more destructive actions behind the scenes.

The attack splashed websites with a warning to “be afraid and expect the worst” at a time when Russia has amassed troops near Ukraine’s borders, and Kyiv and Washington fear Moscow is planning a new military assault on Ukraine.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki:

“We have information that indicates Russia has already prepositioned a group of operatives to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine. The operatives are trained in urban warfare and is using explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against Russia’s own proxy forces. Our information also indicates that Russian influence actors are already starting to fabricate Ukrainian provocations in state and social media to justify a Russian intervention.”

Russia has dismissed such fears as “unfounded”.

Meanwhile, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly is set to travel to Ukraine’s capitol, Kyiv, next week to reaffirm support for Ukrainian sovereignty and to reinforce efforts to deter “aggressive actions” by Russia, according to Ottawa on Saturday.

Joly released a statement, saying in part (quote):

“The amassing of Russian troops and equipment in and around Ukraine jeopardizes security in the entire region. These aggressive actions must be deterred.”

Canada, with a sizeable and politically influential population of Ukrainian descent, has taken a hard line with Moscow since the annexation of Crimea in 2014 – imposing punitive measures on more than 440 individuals and entities.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said that he spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday and “emphasized that any military incursion into Ukraine would have serious consequences, including coordinated sanctions.’

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Is the green revolution incoming?



Can industries practice for a greener tomorrow?

Industrial sustainability is evolving, as businesses in this sector actively seek environmentally conscious solutions to reduce their ecological footprint. From adopting renewable energy sources to implementing waste reduction measures, companies are reshaping their practices to align with global sustainability goals.

In the pursuit of industrial sustainability, businesses are integrating green technologies, embracing circular economies, and prioritising ethical supply chain management. These efforts not only benefit the environment but also position companies as responsible corporate citizens, appealing to a growing environmentally conscious consumer base.

Carlos Urbano, Vice President of Industry, Pacific Zone at Schneider Electric, tells us more about green technologies.

Schneider Electric is at the forefront of the digital transformation of energy management and automation.

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Cyber insurers urge government support for catastrophic hacks



Cybersecurity insurers are sounding the alarm, warning that the scale and impact of cyberattacks are reaching unprecedented levels, and the financial toll on businesses is becoming unsustainable.

These insurers are now calling on governments to step in and provide assistance in the event of catastrophic hacks.

The frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks have surged in recent years, causing significant financial losses for businesses across various industries.

Cyber insurance policies have helped companies mitigate some of these losses, but insurers argue that the magnitude of certain cyber incidents is overwhelming the insurance industry’s capacity to cover the costs.

As a result, cyber insurance providers are advocating for government intervention to establish a framework for dealing with catastrophic cyberattacks.

They propose that governments should create a fund or support mechanism to help affected businesses recover from large-scale cyber incidents.

This would not only ease the financial burden on insurers but also ensure the continuity of affected businesses and the broader economy.

The question now arises: Should governments take a more active role in responding to catastrophic cyberattacks, or should the burden primarily fall on private insurers and affected businesses?

While cyber insurance has been a valuable tool in managing cyber risks, the rising frequency of massive hacks may necessitate a reevaluation of the current approach. The collaboration between governments and insurers in addressing cyber threats could be crucial in safeguarding businesses and the economy in an increasingly digitized world.

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Slick gaming gifts for the players this season



Looking for the perfect gift for the gamer in your life?

1. PlayStation 5 Console: The PS5™ console is a gaming powerhouse that takes the gaming experience to new heights. With lightning-fast loading times thanks to its ultra-high-speed SSD, haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and 3D Audio support, the PS5™ delivers immersion like never before. Combine these features with an incredible lineup of PlayStation® games, and you have a gaming console that exceeds expectations.


Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Mortal Kombat 1



Horizon: Forbidden West

2. Xbox Series S: The Xbox Series S is the smallest and sleekest Xbox console ever, offering next-gen speed and performance at an accessible price point. With the Xbox Velocity Architecture and a custom-built 512GB NVMe SSD, this all-digital console minimizes load times and allows you to seamlessly switch between recently played games with Quick Resume. Enjoy thousands of games across four generations with backward compatibility.

3. Xbox Series X: Introducing the Xbox Series X, the fastest and most powerful Xbox ever. With the Xbox Velocity Architecture, a custom SSD, and 12 teraflops of raw graphic processing power, this console offers a seamless and visually stunning gaming experience. Enjoy 4K gaming at up to 120 frames per second, Quick Resume for switching between games in an instant, and access to a library of high-quality games through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.


Halo: Infinite

Forza Horizon 5

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II/III/Warzone 2.0

Rocket League

Gotham Knights

4. ROG Ally Gaming Handheld: Immerse yourself in gaming on the go with the ROG Ally Gaming Handheld. Featuring a Full HD 120Hz display and comfortable ergonomics, this handheld device is perfect for enjoying AAA or indie games. Connect it to a TV for a couch multiplayer experience, or take it to the next level with the XG Mobile external GPU, monitor, mouse, and keyboard for high-fidelity 4K gaming.

5. Nintendo Switch OLED: The Nintendo Switch OLED model takes gaming versatility to the next level. Play at home on the TV or on-the-go with a vibrant 7-inch OLED screen. The adjustable stand, wired LAN port in the dock, 64 GB of internal storage, and enhanced audio make this version of the Nintendo Switch a must-have for gaming on the move.


Apex Legends – 2019

Elden Ring – 2022

Hades – 2018

Grand Theft Auto V – 2013

Dota 2 – 2013



Super Mario Bros: Wonder

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Pikmin 4

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

This holiday season, give the gift of unparalleled gaming experiences with these top gaming products that cater to every gamer’s preferences and playstyle. Whether it’s the speed of the Xbox Series X, the versatility of the Nintendo Switch OLED, or the immersive features of the PS5, these gifts are sure to make any gamer’s dreams come true.

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