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PM Turnbull to Meet US President Trump, Settles Heated Phone Conversation 

PM Turnbull to Meet US President Trump, Settles Heated Phone Conversation 

Malcolm Turnbull revealed on Wednesday that he is planning to meet US President Donald Trump in the coming week at the Battle of the Coral Sea commemorations held in New York. Both individuals had a heated phone call few months ago regarding the refugee deal during the Obama administration.

Turnbull is the Prime Minister of Australia.

From the latest news24.com report, the Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull said that he is planning to meet US President Donald Trump personally in this coming week at the Battle of the Coral Seal commemorations held in New York. Both of them are attending the event and might give them a chance to settle their past heated phone conversation, which involve the refugee deal.

He announced his plan after he met Defence Secretary James Mattis in Afghanistan and greeted the troops from Australia who are stationed in the Middle East. He visited them before Tuesday’s scheduled Veteran’s Day commemorations.

According from the information, his visit in New York is set on May 4.

The Australian PM likewise got the chance to meet US Vice President Mike Pence in Sydney, which somehow reduced the tension that started after the heated phone call last January 28.

The upcoming event in New York marks the 75h anniversary of the World War II naval battle. Turnbull and Trump will visit the USS Intrepid (floating museum) in New York. Both United States and Australia played a huge against the Japanese during the WWII at the Battle of the Coral back in 1942 before achieving freedom.

“Australia and the United States are enduring allies. Our alliance has been forged over many decades, through times of war and times of peace, securing our nations’ freedom and peace and security in the world,” said Turnbull as quoted by the news online.

He added that, “My meeting with President Trump will provide an opportunity to reaffirm our alliance and the United States’ engagement with the Asia-Pacific.”

Sean Spicer revealed that the leaders will be attending a bilateral meeting on May 4 at the Hudson River to visit the aircraft carrier. He told the media in Washington that US President Trump is looking forward to meet the Australian PM in person to highlight the friendship, continuing bonds and close alliance of both nations, as detailed by the news report.

Spicer is the current Press Secretary of the White House.

For John Berry, he believes that it is important for the Prime Minister to meet the US President in his earlier term as the head of the White House.

“Right now, Australia is side by side with the United States in Afghanistan and Iraq and Syria taking on ISIL (another acronym for ISIS) and terrorists,” said Berry to the Sky News television (he referred to the Islamic State movement).

“The president and vice president are now keenly aware just how deep and broad this relationship is,” he added.

John Berry is the President of the American Australian Association and the former Australian Ambassador to the United States.

Russian Hacker Pleaded Not Guilty, Faced Charges in Georgia Courthouse

Russian Hacker Pleaded Not Guilty, Faced Charges in Georgia Courthouse

Few days ago, the United States served warrant of arrests to at least for individuals from Russia who allegedly had involvements to hacking millions of Yahoo account users. The involved Russians include two employees of the Federal Security Service (FSB) who hired expert hackers to do the hacking job for them.

On Monday, another Russian hacker pleaded not guilty at a federal court in Atlanta, Georgia. This time, the accusation is about the malware toolkit known as “Citadel” wherein the alleged suspect created, maintained and developed it for unlawful activities, as stated by the authorities.

They recognized him as Mark Vartanyan and pleaded for computer fraud as not guilty.

According from the information shared through ajc.com, Norway extradited Vartanyan back in December last year and John Horn stated that the court charge him due to computer scam. They also call the hacking suspect as “Kolypto” and will need to face the lawsuit in Atlanta.

John Horn is the U.S. District Attorney who attended the scheduled news conference.

Based on the investigation of the in-charge authorities, the intention of the Citadel is to infect the systems of different computers to steal money and personal data from various computer networks, which they target as the main victims, Horn explain in his statement.

The Russian hacker had been part of developing as well as improving the malware toolkit since 2011, which they introduced online as a Russian-language only toolkit. It has the capacity to steal personal data, accounts and passwords from the computers of the victims. Vartanyan is also part of creating the “botnets” that infect computers as software while in Norway back in 2012 as well as 2014, wherein they arrested the Russian-national back then.

They even sell the kit through online forums wherein cyber criminals are involved.

The reported information through ajc.com revealed that they were able to hack almost $500 million and infected about 11 million computer systems by just using the Citadel.

From the explanation of attorney John Horn, Vartanyan’s involvement seriously affected many people due to the money they stole from them and the damage they caused the Internet worldwide. With his arrest, it proved that regardless of what country a cyber-criminal lives, the authorities will find and capture them.

The arraignment is set on Tuesday and US Magistrate Judge Russell G. Vineyard will handle the case and the arrested Russian hacker needs to attend the court hearing.

The reports online likewise revealed that aside from “Kalypto,” another Russian hacker got sentenced in September of 2015 due to computer scam. He is the 22-year-old Dimitry “Rainerfox” Belorossov from St. Petersburg in Russia. This young fellow distributed and installed the Citadel to the computers of his victims, although he pleaded guilty that time unlike Vartanyan.

According to the records of the authorities, Belorossov was able to infect over 7,000 computer systems, stole credit card information from various owners, bank records and personal identifications, which include some victims in Atlanta, Georgia.

This just proved that these types of hackers are expert in this field and the authorities ought to be more cautious and prepared.