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By On February 03, 2018

Great Britain's Davis Cup mission impossible in Spain gets even tougher after dispiriting doubles defeat

If Great Britain are going to complete their Davis Cup mission impossible in Spain, they'll have to do it the hard way after a dispiriting doubles defeat.

Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot were beaten 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 by Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez to leave Britain needing victory in both of Sunday's singles rubbers to win the tie. Anything less, and Spain will record their 28th success from their last 29 clay-court ties in the competition.

The stage is set for the possible return of Kyle Edmund, who has not been named for either of Sunday's matches but could still be picked if team captain Leon Smith deems him fit enough.

Smith indicated that Edmund could well feature, saying: "We are hopeful that Kyle can play so he is going to practice on the match court and we'll make an assessment after that. If he is feeling fit and ready to go then it would be great to have him out there.

"If he's pain free and the medical team are happy to sign it off [he'll play]. But most important is that he's happy to do it. It's his decision. I'm not going to throw him in if he's not wanting to play, that's not fair. If he wants to play, clearly as good a player as he is, he'll get a shot.

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By On February 03, 2018

Spammer extradited to Connecticut from Spain

The alleged operator of a global spam network was extradited to the United States from Spain to face charges, according to the Department of Justice.

Peter Yuryevich Levashov, 37, of St. Persburg, Russia, has been detained since April 7, 2017, in Spain. He was arrested by authorities in Spain on a criminal complaint and arrest warrant issued by the District of Connecticut.

Levashov also went by the names Petr Levashov, Peter Severa, Petr Severa and Sergey Astakhov.

He was arraigned at 6 p.m. on Friday in Bridgeport.

The Russian national allegedly operated a global network known as Kelihos botnet. The network included tens of thousands of infected computers, that the DOJ said Levashov used to facilitate malicious activities. Among those activities, the DOJ said, was gathering login credentials, distributing bulk s pam emails and installing ransomware.

An eight-count indictment explains that the “botnet”â€" a network of hijacked computers â€" allowed a third party to control the entire computer network without the consent or knowledge of the computer owners. The DOJ said the network would send out more than 2,5000 unsolicited spam emails on a daily basis.

Using Kelihos botnet, the DOJ said Levashov obtained users’ email addresses, user names, logins and passwords. Furthermore, the indictment said he spread spam and distributed other malware â€" like banking Trojans and ransomware.

“Levashov is alleged to have controlled and operated the Kelihos botnet which was used to distribute hundreds of millions of fraudulent emails per year, intercept credentials to online and financial accounts belonging to thousands of Americans, and spread ransomw are throughout our networks,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan.

The indictment alleged that, for years, Levashov profited from controlling the botnet.

On April 10, 2017, the DOJ announced it had taken action against Kelihos botnet to dismantle the network.

Ten days later, a grand jury in Bridgeport returned an indictment charging Levashov with one count of causing intentional damage to a protected computer, one count of conspiracy, one count of accessing protected computer in furtherance of fraud, one count of wire fraud, one count of threatening to damage a protected computer, one count of aggravated identity theft and two count of fraud in connection with email.

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By On February 03, 2018

Spain cracks King Ferdinand's 500-year-old secret code

]]> Europe Europe Spain cracks King Ferdinand's 500-year-old secret code

Script on paper in Spain's Army Museum in Toledo, SpainImage copyright Radio Television Espanola
Image caption The men used "over 200 symbols" to communicate with each other

A 500-year-old secret code used in letters between one of Spain's most famous monarchs and a military commander has been cracked.

Ferdinand of Aragon's letters have tantalised historians for centuries.

Constructed using more than 200 special characters, they were deciphered by the country's intelligence agency.

He was behind the final recapture - Reconquista - of Spain from the Moors in 1492 and Columbus's journeys to the Americas.

The letters between Ferdinand and Gonzalo de Córdoba include instructions on strategy during military campaigns in Italy in the early 16th Century. They were written using secret code in case they fell into enemy hands.

The letters are on display at Spain's Arm y Museum in Toledo and it took intelligence services almost half a year to decipher four of them, some of which went on for over 20 pages.

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The code-cracking has been described by some as a "Rosetta Stone" moment, amid hopes that it could lead to more coded letters being deciphered.

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Image caption The letters were written by Ferdinand of Aragon, who was the first king of what became modern-day Spain.

Details outlined in the letters range from instructions on troop deployments to admonishing the commander for not consulting the king before launching diplomatic initiatives.

In the early 16th Century, it would have taken 15 days for the letters to get between the monarch's residences to south-eastern Italy where the commander was based.

What the code looked like

The mysterious coding system used by Ferdinand of Aragon and Gonzalo de Córdoba was highly complex. It was constructed using 88 different symbols and 237 combined letters.

For each letter there were between two and six figurative characters such as triangles or numbers.

To complicate matters even further, the symbols used in the letters were written without separating words and phrases.

Who was fighting whom?

At the start of the 16th Century, Spain and France battled for control of the Mediterranean.

Between 1499 and 1504, the fight centred on the Kingdom of Naples.

Spain wrested control of Naples from France in 1504 and ruled it until 1647.

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By On January 31, 2018

Samsung Pay sees success in Spain

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Samsung Pay, the tech giant's mobile wallet, has seen €100 million ($124 million) in transactions since launching in Spain in June 2016. It was used for more than 2 million transactions in 2017 alone.

The wallet grew from 5% of eligible users in 2016 to 19% in 2017, although it's possible that the actual number is higher, because Samsung didn't specify if the figure reflects customers with eligible devices or customers with both eligible devices and eligible cards.

Several factors that have contributed to this growth are high lighted in an Ipsos study:

  • Mobile payments awareness is high, and it’s increasing. Seventy percent of Spanish consumers knew about mobile payments in 2016, and that number grew to 75% in 2017.
  • The wallet has influenced purchases of Samsung smartphones. Seventy percent of respondents said that one of the reasons to buy a Samsung smartphone is to continue enjoying Samsung Pay.
  • There’s high satisfaction among Samsung Pay users. The convenience and simplicity offered by Samsung Pay are key factors for 75% of respondents, who said that they're highly satisfied with the service. And 74% said they would recommend the wallet to family and friends.

Samsung could replicate that growth in new markets. Samsung Pay has been particularly successful in targeting consumers who are accustomed to contactless payments, and are therefore more aware of mobile payments â€" 30% of all card payments in Spain in December 2016 were contactless, compared with 12.5% in December 2015.

And because of its distinctively wide acceptance network â€" Samsung Pay has technology that allows it to be used anywhere that mag-stripe cards are accepted, as well as at newer NFC-enabled terminals â€" Samsung Pay has enabled consumers to use it for most transactions. Samsung Pay is continuing to expand, launching this week in Mexico, its second Latin American market, and twentieth global market. The firm partnered with some of Mexico's leading banks and payment providers, including American Express, HSBC, Mastercard, Santander, and Visa, which could give the mobile wallet a wide potential base of eligible users through which it can replicate its success.

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By On January 31, 2018

World's oldest man dies in Spain aged 113

Francisco Nunez Olivera, the world’s oldest man, has died at his home in Spain â€" a month after celebrating his 113th birthday.

He passed away around 10.30pm on Monday night.

The mayor of Bienvenida, a village in south-west Spain where he lived his entire life, described it as “a pity for the entire village and the whole world”, reported Spanish newspaper El Periodico.

Mr Olivera, who was born on 13 December 1904, was known locally as “Marchena”, a nickname given to him when a child mistook him for the famous Spanish singer, Pepe Marchena.

The retired farmer reportedly took daily walks alone in his village until he was 107, and started to read again at 98 following an operation to cure his cataracts.

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6) Iso Nakamura, born 23 April 1903, aged 114 years and 282 days, from Japan

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It was apparently one of only two occasions he ever went to hospital.

Guillermo Fdez Vara, president of the Extramadura, the region in which Mr Olivera lived, took to Twitter to pay his respects: “Rest in peace, good man. Until always Marchena.”

He l eaves behind four children, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren

Five facts about the oldest hominid ever discovered

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Five facts about the oldest hominid ever discovered

  • 1/5 She was named after The Beatles song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'

    After making the discovery, paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson headed back to his campsite with his team. He put a Beatles cassette in the tape player, and when Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds came on, one of the group said he should call the skeleton Lucy. "All of a sudden, she became a person," Johanson told the BBC

  • 2/5 Lucy walked upright

    One of the most important things about Lucy is the way she walked. By studying her bones, in particular the structure of her knee and spine curvature, scientists were able to discover that she spent most of her time walking on two legs - a striking human-like trait

  • 3/5 No one knows how she died

    The few clues we have about Lucy's cause of death can only rule things out, rather than provide solid answers. There's not much evidence of teeth marks anywhere on her skeleton, suggesting she was not killed and scavenged by other animals after she died. However, there is one tooth mark from a carnivore on the top of her left pubic bone - but it's not known whether this happened before she died, or whether she was bitten after

  • 4/5 Lucy still lives in Ethiopia, near to where she was found

    The skeleton of Lucy lies hidden away from the public in a specially constructed safe in the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, not far from where she was discovered. Only a plaster replica of her skeleton is available to be seen by the public. However, the real skeleton was taken on a tour of the US from 2007-2013, despite fears that the tour would damage it. A number of other plaster casts of Lucy's remains are dotted around the world

  • 5/5 She was pretty short

    Australopithecus afarensis may have walked upright and looked somewhat human-like, but they were much smaller than we are. Lucy died as a young but fully grown adult, and stood only 1.1m (3.7ft) tall and weighed in at a paltry 29kg (64lb)

The supercentenarian became the world’s oldest man after the death in August 2017 of Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor who lived to the age of 113 and 330 days.

In 2015, he told newspaper El Mundo he wanted to live a couple more years despite his friends having all passed away. “I know I’m old but I don’t feel old,” he said.

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