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Feb 7, 2012

Hacker releases Symantec source code

Feb 7 (Reuters) – A hacker released the source code
for antivirus firm Symantec’s pcAnywhere utility on Tuesday,
raising fears that others could find security holes in the
product and attempt takeovers of customer computers.

The release followed failed email negotiations over a
$50,000 payout to the hacker calling himself YamaTough to
destroy the code.

Feb 7, 2012

Hackers sought $50,000 from Symantec for anti-virus blueprint

By Frank Jack Daniel

(Reuters) – Hackers sought $50,000 from U.S. anti-virus firm Symantec Corp in return for the stolen blueprints to its flagship products under what the company says was a sting operation run by an undisclosed law enforcement agency via emails.

The company said the emails were in fact between the hacker and law enforcement officials posing as a Symantec employee.

Feb 6, 2012

Key political risks to watch in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A weak economy exposed to an extended euro zone crisis, growing strain on the government coalition, and looming state elections that mean progress on tough reforms are unlikely are some of the risks to watch in early 2012 in the world’s largest democracy.

RATINGS (Unchanged since January unless stated):

S&P: BBB-

MOODY’S: Baa3

FITCH: BBB-

The cost of insuring against default on 5-year sovereign debt traded around 88 basis points at the start of February, down around 20 points from the start of the year.

Feb 3, 2012

India’s military build up may be too little too late?

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s 1.3 million-strong armed forces, hobbled by outdated equipment and slow decision-making, are undergoing an overhaul as defence priorities shift to China from traditional rival Pakistan.

And like a refit of the imposing but dilapidated defence ministry on Delhi’s grand South Block, it’s a plodding process.

Feb 3, 2012

Analysis: India’s military build up may be too little too late?

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s 1.3 million-strong armed forces, hobbled by outdated equipment and slow decision-making, are undergoing an overhaul as defence priorities shift to China from traditional rival Pakistan.

And like a refit of the imposing but dilapidated defense ministry on Delhi’s grand South Block, it’s a plodding process.

Jan 28, 2012

Five dead in poll violence in India’s Manipur state

GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) – Five people were killed in election related violence in India’s isolated, northeastern state of Manipur, police said on Saturday.

Among those who died were a woman, a security guard and three election duty staff, when suspected tribal rebels attacked a polling booth in the state’s Chandel district.

Jan 27, 2012

Fear shrouds election race in Manipur, India’s dark jewel

IMPHAL, India (Reuters) – Thrown face down in an open drain by a grenade blast, Maisnam Ratan’s bloodied corpse was the latest reminder of the lingering insurgency in India’s isolated, far-eastern state of Manipur, which elects a state legislature Saturday.

Manipur, which neighbors Myanmar, is called the Jewel of India for its paddy fields, lakes and green hills. But it has been plagued for decades by a low-intensity war, blamed by authorities on rebels sheltering in Myanmar as well as a stream of drugs and guns seeping through the porous border.

Jan 26, 2012

Her legacy set in stone, ‘Dalit queen’ faces polls

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – By her own standards, Kumari Mayawati’s birthday celebrations were low-key this year.

After driving through a red-carpeted tunnel of plaster elephant tusks in an Ambassador, India’s retro-looking national car, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, swept past a coterie of her party’s workers, who bowed and touched her feet.

Jan 26, 2012

Insight: Her legacy set in stone, India’s “Dalit queen” faces

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – By her own standards, Kumari Mayawati’s birthday celebrations were low-key this year.

After driving through a red-carpeted tunnel of plaster elephant tusks in an Ambassador, India’s retro-looking national car, the chief minister of India’s largest state swept past a coterie of her party’s workers, who bowed and touched her feet.

Jan 17, 2012

Priyanka Gandhi steps into political limelight

RAE BAREILLY, India (Reuters) – Priyanka Gandhi joined the election campaign in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, injecting sparkle into a tightly fought race and overshadowing her brother Rahul, heir-apparent of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.

Vivacious and bearing a striking resemblance to her grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi – who was known as “India’s iron lady” – 40-year-old Priyanka has until now stayed mostly in the wings of the political fray.