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Cyberattack affects data of 4 mn US federal employees
The personal data of up to four million US federal employees may have been compromised by a massive cyberattack, which could have been the work of Chinese hackers, the US authorities have said.
 
The hack-attacks occurred last December but were not detected till April, the US government's Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said on Thursday in a communique, adding that it is working with the FBI to investigate the data breach.
 
The OPM will send notices to approximately four million people whose information could have been compromised, said the agency, which is the human resources department for the federal government, conducting more than 90 percent of federal background and security-clearance investigations.
 
The US officials told The Washington Post that they suspect the attacks were mounted by Chinese info-pirates.
 
The cyberattack could be the largest theft of federally-archived personnel data ever perpetrated against the US.

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CBI raids six places over Odisha chit fund scam
The CBI, probing the multi-crore-rupee chit fund scam in Odisha, on Thursday raided six locations of Jana Mangala Agro Care in the state, an official said.
 
"In the Odisha chit fund scam, searches were conducted by the CBI today (Thursday) against Jana Mangala Agro Care. All locations are in Odisha -- four places in Jajpur district and two places in Ganjam district," a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) spokesperson said in New Delhi.
 
The official said the chit fund firm has allegedly duped investors of crores of rupees by flouting several schemes and promising high returns.
 
The CBI is investigating 44 companies following a Supreme Court direction last year.

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Gujarat bans Maggi, Sunfeast, Hakka noodles for a month
Gujarat on Thursday banned Maggi, Sunfeast and Hakka noodles brands for 30 days after samples of the snack food failed laboratory tests.
 
Health Minister Nitin Patel told media persons that 27 out of 39 samples of Maggi noodles were found to contain objectionable levels of lead -- ranging from 2.8 to 5.0 -- instead of the permitted 2.5, among other things.
 
Irate members of the public on Thursday staged noisy protests in various cities, including Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Rajkot, against multinational company Nestle, which manufactures Maggi noodles.
 
Patel said that since lead was found even in Sunfeast and Hakka noodles, shops shall be ordered to withdraw all unsold stocks of these two brands, besides Maggi, failing which they could be liable for action.
 
Gujarat becomes the third state in India to impose a ban on Maggi (and other brands of noodles) after Kerala and Delhi, while tests are currently underway in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and some other states.
 
The Gujarat government has already collected samples of various other brands of noodles available in the market, including from provision stores, small retailers and malls.
 
In neighbouring Maharashtra, around 550,000 retailers in Mumbai, including 25,000 provision stores, decided to stop sale of Maggi noodles, following a directive from the Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association.

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COMMENTS

krishna kotagiri

2 years ago

irony is protesting by burning maggie packets make them expose to cancer causing smoke from it ....why do all protests involve in burning something ...

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