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Live updates: Hunt continues for Optus cyber-hack crooks; Russian military ‘divided’ as Putin struggles; Flash flooding across NSW and Queensland – 9News

Optus has defended notifying the media of the cyberattack that potentially compromised the information of millions of people, ahead of any customers.

On their website, the telco said spreading word of the attack via media was the “quickest and most effective way to alert as many current and former customers as possible”.

“We are now in the process of contacting customers who have been impacted directly,” the company said.

Customers fumed on Optus’ social media that they were not informed directly of the attack.

“It’s disgusting, you haven’t informed anyone about this data hack, not one email, only found today from news sources, not happy!” wrote one customer.

“Hi Optus. How long do we need to wait for confirmation of whether or not our accounts have been hacked and exactly what data stolen? Still no contact of any sort from you. Why don’t you have a 24 hr helpline available? This is the poorest possible customer service,” wrote another.

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17 dead in northeast China restaurant fire: Report – India Today

A fire at a restaurant in northeastern China on Wednesday killed 17 people and injured three, according to local authorities.

The blaze broke out at 12:40 pm in an eatery in the city of Changchun, the local government said in a statement posted on the Weibo social media platform.

Firefighters “rushed to the scene” and completed search and rescue work by 3 pm, the statement said.

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“The injured have been sent to hospital for treatment while posthumous care for the victims is being carried out,” it added.

Authorities said the cause of the incident is under investigation.

Changchun is an auto manufacturing center and the capital of Jilin province.

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Nation and world news at a glance – West Hawaii Today

Jan. 6 panel delays hearing
as Hurricane Ian aims at Florida

The House Jan. 6 committee has postponed a hearing scheduled for Wednesday as a hurricane hurtles toward the Florida coast. The committee had planned to hold what was likely to be its final investigative hearing Wednesday afternoon. But lawmakers decided at the last minute to delay it as it became clear that Hurricane Ian was churning on a collision course toward Florida, where it is expected to strengthen into a catastrophic Category 4 storm. The committee had not yet provided a specific agenda for the Wednesday hearing, but Rep. Adam Schiff said over the weekend it would “tell the story about a key element of Donald Trump’s plot to overturn the election.”

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Senate passes spending package
to help avert a government shutdown

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to move forward with a temporary spending package needed to keep the federal government running past Friday, drawing closer to averting a shutdown after Democrats dropped an energy proposal that had drawn bipartisan opposition. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the majority leader, had tucked the energy measure into the must-pass bill to fulfill a promise Democratic leaders made privately to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in exchange for Manchin’s vote last month for the party’s major climate, tax and health care law. But the inclusion of the proposal, which would make it easier to build oil, gas, solar and wind infrastructure around the country, had rankled lawmakers in both parties.

Sedition trial of Oath Keepers gets underway

Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers militia, and four other members of the far-right group prepared to present a novel defense as they went on trial Tuesday for seditious conspiracy in the attack on the Capitol last year. They intend to tell the jury that when armed teams of Oath Keepers made plans to rush into Washington from Virginia on Jan. 6, 2021, they believed they would be following legal orders from the president. Lawyers for the five defendants are set to argue that the Oath Keepers were waiting Jan. 6 for President Donald Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act, which grants the president wide powers to quell unrest.

Senators push to reform
police’s cellphone tracking tools

Civil rights lawyers and Democratic senators are pushing for legislation that would limit U.S. law enforcement agencies’ ability to buy cellphone tracking tools to follow people’s whereabouts, including back years in time, and sometimes without a search warrant. Concerns about police use of the tool known as “Fog Reveal” raised in an investigation by The Associated Press published earlier this month also surfaced in a Federal Trade Commission hearing three weeks ago. Police agencies have been using the platform to search hundreds of billions of records gathered from 250 million mobile devices, and hoover up people’s geolocation data to assemble so-called “patterns of life,” according to thousands of pages of records about the company.

Meta removes Chinese effort
to influence US elections

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, said on Tuesday that it had discovered and taken down what it described as the first targeted Chinese campaign to interfere in U.S. politics ahead of the midterm elections in November. Unlike the Russian efforts over the past two presidential elections, however, the Chinese campaign appeared limited in scope — and clumsy at times. The fake posts began appearing on Facebook and Instagram, as well as on Twitter, in November 2021. They mangled the English language and failed to attract many followers. Two Meta officials said they could not definitively attribute the campaign to any group or individuals.

Kremlin announces vote,
paves way to annex part of Ukraine

Pro-Moscow officials say that residents in all four occupied areas of Ukraine voted to join Russia. The Kremlin-orchestrated votes have been dismissed by the U.S. and its Western allies as illegitimate. According to Russia-installed election officials, 93% of the ballots case in the Zaporizhzhia region were in support of annexation, as were 87% of ballots in the southern Kherson region and 98% in Luhansk. The preordained outcome sets the stage for a dangerous new phase in Russia’s seven-month war in Ukraine because it is expected to serve as a pretext for Moscow to annex the four areas. That could happen within days.

By wire sources

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Live Heathrow Airport traffic updates today as tunnel to terminals closed due to issue with roof panel – Berkshire Live

Passengers travelling to Heathrow Airport by road face disruption this morning due to a closed tunnel. The tunnel leading to Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 is currently shut due to an ‘issue’ with a roof panel.

Traffic congestion is reported on roads in the area as a result of the closure. Safety checks are being carried out and people are being urged to consider travelling in by rail instead.

A Heathrow Airport spokesperson said: “There is congestion across Heathrow’s road network due to an issue with a panel in the roof of the tunnel leading to Terminals 2 & 3. The tunnel is currently closed while we conduct safety checks. We advise avoiding travel by road and instead use the rail network.

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“Passengers may also use the free terminal transfer service via Heathrow Express from Terminals 4 & 5. If you are travelling by road, please allow extra time for your journey. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Inrix, the traffic data company, said: “Long delays and queueing traffic due to emergency tunnel repairs on M4 Heathrow Spur Road inbound from main M4 carriageway J4 (Heathrow / Uxbridge) to the Airport. Congestion to Stockley Road back across the M4, queues on Sipson Road south to Heathrow, and both sides on the A4 Bath Road. Travel time is 30 minutes.”

The inbound tunnel is shut, with all traffic using a contraflow through the outbound tunnel.

BerkshireLive will bring you further updates as they become available. Follow our feed below for the latest.

Do you want the latest traffic news from across Berkshire as it comes in? Our traffic and travel Facebook group has the latest information for anyone on the road across the county every day. You can join here for the latest updates on the M4, A34, A329, A404 and other key routes across the entire county and nearby areas. You can also sign up for our free traffic and travel email newsletter here for the latest Berkshire road news straight to your Inbox.

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