Former Uber security chief convicted in hack cover-up: reports

A jury on Wednesday found Uber's former security chief guilty of federal crimes for covering up a massive hack that compromised personal information of users and drivers, according to US media reports. Joseph Sullivan was found guilty of obstructing the work of the Federal Trade Commission and of failing to let authorities know about a crime when he hid a 2016 hack instead of reporting it, according to news outlets.
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Ursa Major: Voting starts in Fat Bear Week

Americans are weighing their options this week and deciding where to cast their ballot in the only contest that really matters: Fat Bear Week. Ballots for Fat Bear Week can be cast at, and voting begins on Thursday. rfo-hg/to
New York Post

Powerball jackpot climbs to $378M

Check those tickets! Lottery players were in the running for the massive $353 million Powerball jackpot during Wednesday’s drawing. The winning numbers are 26, 30, 33, 37, 62 and the Powerball was 6. The power play was 2X. According to the Powerball website, no ticket holder won either the $2 million or $1 million prize. Fourteen tickets were one number shy of striking the jackpot. The next Powerball drawing is Oct. 8 while the estimated jackpot increases to $378 million. Jackpot hopefuls have a cash option of $198.7 million. The last winner of the Powerball jackpot was in August, when a single ticket sold in Pennsylvania matched all six numbers for the $206.9 million prize. A $1 million ticket was bought in New Jersey for Tuesday’s Mega Millions lottery ticket drawing, though no winner was declared for the top prize. The next drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot will be on Friday, as the prize will hit $410 million.

Teen charged with attempting to blackmail Optus customers using stolen data

A 19-year-old Sydney man has been arrested and charged over allegedly attempting to blackmail Optus customers through an SMS scam. It comes as the Albanese government has said it will amend regulations so telcos can temporarily share details of identification documents, such as Medicare and passport numbers, with financial institutions after a data breach to help banks better protect their customers.

US duo and Dane win Nobel for 'click chemistry'

A trio of scientists from the United States and Denmark won the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for laying the foundation for a more functional form of chemistry where molecules are linked together. Only four other individuals have achieved the feat of winning two Nobel Prizes, including Polish-born Frenchwoman Marie Curie, who won the chemistry prize in 1911 after first winning the physics prize in 1903.

In Spain, the long fight to find Franco era's 'stolen babies'

When the bones of her twin sister who died at birth were exhumed, Maria Jose Robles's worst fears were confirmed: their DNA didn't match, suggesting she was one of the newborns snatched during the Franco dictatorship. "My twin sister was just two days old when she died, that's what they told my mother in hospital," she told AFP, referring to events that happened in 1962, her voice breaking. 

For Saudi fan, road to World Cup is a desert trek

The idea hit Abdullah Alsulmi earlier this year, while he was watching a television show in which a senior Qatari official promised an "exceptional" experience at the upcoming World Cup. Wearing a wide-brim hat and a backpack to which he'd affixed Saudi and Qatari flags, he said: "I consider myself like a Qatari who is very interested in this World Cup and its success."  
International Business Times

Lost Cubist Painting By Leger Found On Back Of Another Canvas

Art experts in the Netherlands said Thursday they had discovered an important painting by the French Cubist Fernand Leger that had been hidden for more than a century on the back of another canvas. The unknown work "Smoke over the Rooftops", believed to date from 1911-12, was on the flip-side...

Lebanon Years Away From Gas Riches Despite Israel Deal: Analysts

Lebanon is nearing agreement with Israel over a maritime dispute involving offshore gas fields, but the cash-strapped country still faces an uphill struggle towards unlocking potential hydrocarbon riches, analysts say. "A deal would mark one step forward but it does not mean that Lebanon has become a gas- or oil-producing...

Myanmar Jails Japanese Filmmaker For 10 Years: Diplomatic Source

Myanmar's junta has jailed a Japanese filmmaker for 10 years for encouraging dissent against the military and violating an electronic communications law, a diplomatic source told AFP on Thursday. The military has clamped down on press freedoms since its coup last year, arresting reporters and photographers as well as revoking...