thygate (1590197) writes "Early this month, on several occasions, several planes disappeared from radar for several seconds to 25 minutes. Incidents have been reported in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland and Germany. Authorities report that at no time were there any problems with the planes and radio communication was available at all times during these radar blackouts. Eurocontrol and the EASA have started an investigation, there is a global concern about safety since the MH370 disappearance. There are speculations about NATO military exercises involving radio equipment tests, but the alliance has refused to comment. The Hungarian ministry of defense refuses this explanation, stating the technology used is not powerful enough to cause these blackouts. According to an Australian newspaper it could of even been hackers, but it is unclear if this is even possible." Link to Original Source top
Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hacked for EU Ukraine dossier
thygate (1590197) writes "Belgian local paper "De Tijd" writes: The Belgian ministry-of-foreign-affairs IT-systems have been hacked and infected with a virus made specifically to get to files about Ukraine, which was found out by intelligence agencies. The news has been confirmed this morning by the minister of foreign affairs, Didier Reynders who said the government has been holding crisis meetings in all secrecy to limit damages. Government officials purportedly have said that "it is a big problem".
thygate (1590197) writes "Last week cable technicians discovered a cabinet that looked identical to the district cabinets Ziggo (ISP) uses in the Hague Schilderswijk. After opening it with their skeleton key, they discovered it was full of recording and listening devices. The equipment looks professional and includes amongst other things a camera and an UMTS modem. The cabinet later mysteriously disappeared. Local experts believe the equipment belongs to the government, but there is no official acknowledgement. It is believed to be related to recruitment of jihadi combatants for Syria, that had been signaled in the area the previous week. Last week there were also large scale raids all over Belgium to stop recruitment of youth by radicals for the Syrian war." Link to Original Source top
Belgian Consumer organisation sues Apple for not respecting warranty law
thygate writes "For many years warranty issues are at the top of the charts of complaints dealt with by consumer organizations. One of the recurring problems are the complaints about Apple. "Test-Aankoop/Test-Achats" found major problems fixed on the information provided by Apple and its authorized distributors regarding the legal guarantee, the commercial one year warranty, and the warranty extension through the "AppleCare Protection Plan" of 2 or 3 years. A lawsuit against Apple has been filed with the Commercial Court of Brussels. In a precedent in Italy, The commercial practices of Apple were found to be misleading. Apple was sentenced to pay € 900,000 and was obliged to change their contractual legal warranty and guarantees to consumers.
thygate (1590197) writes "A very sad precedent today in belgium, where the two largest ISP's have been forced to block thepiratebay on dns level. Is this the start of internet censorship in belgium ?" Link to Original Source top
30% fall in traffic after new IP legislation in SE
thygate (1590197) writes "Swedish news site "The Local" is reporting : "Sweden's legislation, based on the European Union's Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED), is credited with a 30 percent fall in the country's total web traffic the day after it came into effect."" Link to Original Source