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Breaking: Hackers paralyze Dallas courts shut, Police and fire websites down

Several public services in Dallas have been affected by a recent hacking incident, which has caused the closure of courts

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Breaking: Hackers paralyze Dallas courts shut, Police and fire websites down

Several public services in Dallas have been affected by a recent hacking incident, which has caused the closure of courts and the offline status of emergency services websites, officials announced on Thursday.

The City of Dallas stated that the courts were shut down on Wednesday and would remain closed on Thursday. Although emergency services to residents were claimed to be unaffected, the police and fire service home pages were not accessible as of Thursday, and a police representative revealed that the city’s computer-aided dispatch system was also impacted.

Dallas city officials refused to answer questions from Reuters but stated that updates would be provided shortly. A Dallas fire official referred inquiries to the city.

According to Dallas officials, the cause of the incident was ransomware, which is a form of malware utilized by hackers to encrypt data and immobilize networks until an extortion payment is made, generally in digital currency.

Two security researchers familiar with the matter reported that the ransomware operation behind the Dallas hack is known as Royal. US officials link the group to the Conti gang of cybercriminals, who are believed to operate out of Russia and have connections to Russian intelligence.

Bleeping Computer, a cybersecurity news site, disclosed earlier that the hackers hijacked Dallas city printers to print out their ransom notes.

Conti and related groups have been of particular concern since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year, given worries that Moscow could encourage cybercriminals to pressure Ukraine’s Western backers.

The US government offered a reward of up to $15 million for information on Conti in May 2022, claiming that it was responsible for hundreds of ransomware attacks. Royal has come under growing scrutiny. The US Health and Human Services Department reported in January that Royal’s hackers posed a “significant threat” to US healthcare providers. CISA, the US cybersecurity watchdog agency, warned in March that the group was targeting critical infrastructure providers and demanding ransoms of up to $11 million.

Contact information for the Royal hackers was not immediately available, according to Reuters. On Thursday, their darknet website did not seem to be loading properly. CISA and the FBI did not respond to requests for comment right away.

Ransomware incidents have caused significant harm to US businesses, organizations, and local authorities, notably in Atlanta, which was held hostage by hackers for several days in 2018, and Baltimore, which was attacked by online extortionists the following year. Both incidents cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

The scope of the damage in Dallas has yet to be fully determined. According to city officials, Dallas Water Utilities has postponed readings, while a spokesperson for the Dallas Public Library, Melissa Dease, reported that the catalog was unavailable and access to back office systems had been disrupted.

Library users, however, may still check out materials manually, Dease stated, adding “You know, old school.”

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Breaking: FG To Meet NLC Today Over Fuel Subsidy Removal

The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to hold a meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) today at 2 pm to discuss the planned removal of fuel subsidy.

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This development was revealed by NLC National President, Joe Ajaero, during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program.

Ajaero stated that while President Bola Tinubu may have good intentions, the Labour Congress insists that alternatives must be provided. He emphasized the need for the President to understand the implications of fuel subsidy removal on the Nigerian populace and consider the welfare of the people.

Among the alternatives proposed by the NLC are the repair of the country’s four refineries and the provision of transportation alternatives for Nigerian workers, among other measures.

In a separate statement, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) expressed support for the deregulation of the oil sector and the removal of fuel subsidy, believing that it is necessary for Nigeria’s progress.

President Tinubu had announced the end of fuel subsidy in his inaugural speech on Monday, stating that the 2023 budget does not allocate funds for subsidy payments. Instead, the government plans to redirect funds towards infrastructure and other sectors to strengthen the economy.

However, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) argues that the President cannot unilaterally decide on subsidy removal. They pointed out that the previous administration under Muhammadu Buhari intentionally left the “sensitive issue” for the new government to address.

Since the President’s announcement, fuel queues have reappeared across the country as Nigerians search for fuel, with prices ranging from N300 per liter and above.

Further updates on this matter will be provided.

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Panic as petrol price jumps to N350/ltr

The removal of petrol subsidy in Nigeria has caused a significant uproar in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.

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Panic as petrol price jumps to N350/ltr

 

As consumers flocked to petrol stations, operators wasted no time in implementing a sharp increase in pump prices. This sudden price hike has also led to commercial transporters raising their fares nationwide.

During his inaugural speech, President Bola Tinubu made it clear that the era of petroleum subsidy was over. Investigations in Lagos revealed that some marketers responded by doubling the price from N185 to N370 per litre. However, a few major marketers maintained prices between N195 and N220 per litre in Lagos and Abuja.

The situation worsened as some petrol stations decided to close their operations, resulting in long queues at the remaining stations. Depot owners also halted their activities, arguing that they needed further clarification on the implementation of the new policy.

In Abuja, motorists faced long queues at petrol stations as they grappled with the subsidy removal. Meanwhile, commuters found themselves stranded at bus stops, waiting for buses that were either caught up in the frenzy or had raised fares by 50 to 100 percent due to the fear of impending scarcity.

One disgruntled motorist, expressing their frustration, criticized President Tinubu’s decision, stating that it was a punishment for the already economically burdened Nigerians who had endured the previous administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Breaking : Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman of Daar Communications, Passes Away

In a shocking development, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, the Chairman of Daar Communications, has reportedly passed away. The news of his demise has sent shockwaves through the political and media communities.

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In a shocking development, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, the Chairman of Daar Communications, has reportedly passed away. The news of his demise has sent shockwaves through the political and media communities.

According to reports, Dokpesi, a prominent figure and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), died at the age of 71 in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. The exact cause of his death has not been officially confirmed, but sources close to the family have revealed that he suffered a stroke and succumbed to his illness in an Abuja hospital.

It is believed that Chief Dokpesi had been managing his health following the stroke and was undergoing occupational therapy to regain his daily activities. However, his condition took a turn for the worse, leading to his untimely demise. The news of his passing has left many in mourning and has sparked an outpouring of condolences from across the nation.

Chief Raymond Dokpesi was widely recognized for his contributions to the media industry as the Chairman of Daar Communications, which owns prominent media outlets such as Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM. He played a significant role in shaping the media landscape in Nigeria and was known for his outspoken nature and commitment to democratic ideals.

Further details surrounding his death are expected to emerge in due course. The nation mourns the loss of a respected media mogul and political figure, leaving behind a void that will be difficult to fill.

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