Tag: Feds

Satellite Hacker Saeed Pourkarim Arabi Accidentally Put Iranian Revolutionary Guard Ties on Resume, Feds Say

If you’re trying to work for a secret Iranian hacking unit, you should probably not put that on your resume. Saeed Pourkarim Arabi allegedly skipped that step and it helped land him in the crosshairs of the FBI.

Prosecutors charged Arabi on Thursday, along with two other Iranian men, Mohammad Reza Espargham and Moahmmad Bayati, with breaking into satellite companies on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), part of an FBI investigation first reported on by The Daily Beast. 

The conspiracy was allegedly orchestrated by Arabi, who prosecutors described as “a member of the IRGC, living in IRGC housing, working in intelligence regarding IRGC air, space and cyber operations.”

In the summer of 2017, an anonymous tipster who ran a satellite tracking site and an unnamed satellite company both contacted the FBI about a suspicious spear-phishing email that tried to trick users into clicking on a malicious link.

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US STOCKS-S&P 500 ends slightly lower; tech declines weigh despite Fed’s low-rate stance

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* Fed keeps rates steady

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Sept 16 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 ended a choppy session slightly lower on Wednesday as losses in technology shares weighed down the index even after the U.S. Federal Reserve issued a statement that cemented expectations interest rates would stay near zero for a prolonged period.

The index initially extended gains and the Dow briefly gained more than 1% in afternoon trading after the Fed in its policy statement kept rates near zero and promised to keep them near there until inflation is on track to “moderately exceed” the U.S. central bank’s 2% inflation target “for some time.”

New economic projections released with the policy statement showed most policymakers see interest rates on hold through at least

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Feds create hybrid air quality site combining PurpleAir, AirNow readings

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US stocks close mixed as tech slump overshadows Fed’s plans for long-term support

  • US stocks closed mixed on Wednesday as sliding tech giants overshadowed the Federal Reserve’s pledge to keep monetary support intact for the foreseeable future.
  • Central bank policymakers signaled near-zero interest rates would last through 2023 to buttress the US economic recovery.
  • The tech sector dragged major indexes into intraday losses, with mega-caps including Apple and Facebook leading the slump.
  • Retail sales grew by just 0.6% in August, missing the average economist estimate of 1% and marking a slowdown from July’s 1.2% growth.
  • Oil prices increased on reports of US stockpiles falling by 9.5 million barrels last week. West Texas Intermediate crude jumped as much as 5.4%, to $40.33 per barrel.
  • Watch major indexes update live here.

US equities closed mixed on Wednesday as investors weighed the Federal Reserve’s latest policy decision against a tech-sector slump.

Tech names slowed their roll on Wednesday after rebounding in recent sessions. Mega-caps

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Feds seize almost $400K of ‘counterfeit Apple AirPods’ that are actually OnePlus Buds

In a truly bizarre situation that I’m still trying to wrap my head around, US Customs and Border Protection tonight tweeted that its officers had “recently seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods from Hong Kong, valued at $398K had they been genuine.” There’s also a press release: “CBP officers are protecting the American public from various dangers on a daily basis,” said Troy Miller, director of CBP’s New York field operations, in the release. “The interception of these counterfeit earbuds is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to mission success by our CBP Officers daily.” These units originated from Hong Kong and were seized at JFK on August 31st; they were headed to Nevada, according to the press release.

The only problem is, based on the agency’s own photos, the seized products appear to be legitimate OnePlus Buds — in a box that plainly says as much. But CBP

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