KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities say they have uncovered a group of hackers who stole data from banks in the United States and several European countries causing damage of $2.5 billion. The prosecutor-general’s office said the hackers were based in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. In a statement on Wednesday, it said the hackers stole passwords and payment data from private and state banks in the US, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Lithuania. It did not name the banks or give other details, including whether any suspects had been arrested. Ukraine cooperated with U.S. police and Europol.
Press Association With an hour gone at Windsor Park on Friday night, O’Neill would have been contemplating a famous World Cup qualifying victory with his side 2-1 up and Portugal having lost Helder Postiga to a red card. But Chris Brunt and Kyle Lafferty were both dismissed to allow Paulo Bento’s side back into the game and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo obliged with a 15-minute hat-trick to seal a 4-2 win. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is facing a player shortage for Tuesday’s clash with Luxembourg after injuries and red cards against Portugal left his plans in tatters. “You have to look at the players that would be available,” he said. “Stephen Robinson has the under-21 lads in Belgium now and it would be a bit unfair to call on his players. Most of his lads have no first team football experience…it’s a big ask.” Paddy McCourt is an obvious solution to bolster the numbers. The winger was not originally selected after a disrupted pre-season left him short of match fitness, but he is now in full training with new club Barnsley. Reduced numbers meant O’Neill was already forced into brave team selection against Portugal. He pitched 21-year-old MK Dons defender Lee Hodson against Ronaldo at right-back, while attacking midfielder Brunt was deployed as an emergency left-back. Both selections raised eyebrows, but O’Neill believes he had no real choice. “They are only gambles if you have got other options,” he said. “It wasn’t really a gamble, it was a no-brainer. “I had one available right-back in Hodson and my gamble was that I played him at right-back. “I though Lee was magnificent, coming in in those circumstances. “The decision with Chris came because I didn’t want to take energy out of the front six. I could have played him and Shane in either position on the left but Brunty has not played any first-team football for West Brom this season and by his own admission felt he’d be better suited to left-back. “Those decisions had to be made.” Brunt and Lafferty will now be absent when their team-mates fly to Luxembourg on Sunday morning and O’Neill has other problems to deal with too. He confirmed that Derby forward Jamie Ward, who has excelled in his last two appearances and scored his first international goal against Portugal, is a doubt alongside Shane Ferguson. Both were substituted in the second half in some discomfort, while an Irish Football Association official said that Niall McGinn was also nursing an injury. With Aaron Hughes, Ryan McGivern and Craig Cathcart already injured before the squad met in Belfast, O’Neill could potentially be down to the bare bones. “We will have to sit down and assess our options,” he admitted. “As well as the red cards the biggest blow is a couple of injuries. “Wardy is possibly out and Fergie may not be available, so that will give us something to think about.” O’Neill has limited options outside of the squad and appears unlikely to delve into a very inexperienced under-21 pool.
THE much-talked-about former world record-holding Nissan GTR, recently acquired by Team Mohamed’s Enterprise, was cleared yesterday morning.The car, a featured attraction for the March 24 first drag race meet was cleared at the John Fernandes Wharf.Already the buzz around the car is promoting competition out of Suriname with several of that country’s drivers already lining up to take shots.The GTR is the third for the team, who have the current strip record at 7.52 seconds in an undefeated monster called Goliath.Everything that has been thrown at Goliath, it has been able to overcome, including a railcar from Trinidad and it is expected that the newest addition to the family will be the biggest and ‘baddest’.The car comes at an opportune time when the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) is moving apace with its launch-pad.The pad will allow high-horsepower cars to better put down their power, something the new GTR requires if it as to run at its best.In addition to that, Mohamed’s Enterprise, the company associated with the team, has opted to extend the strip from 1 000ft to a full quarter-mile.The car will also require a full quarter-mile in order to attain its fastest times as that is what it was tuned for.The tuners of the car will arrive shortly, with testing expected to begin once works are completed at the South Dakota Drag Strip.