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Romania suffers Eurovision premature ejection

Romania has been prematurely ejected from this year's Eurovision Song Contest after state broadcaster Televiziunea Română (TVR) failed to cough fees owed to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The shock expulsion came after the EBU gave the Romanian government - which it views as "legally obliged to underwrite TVR's debt …
Lester Haines, 22 Apr 2016
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Romanian rozzers round up alleged $15 MILLION ATM cybercrim gang

Romanian police have arrested 25 people who are suspected of being part of a cyber-crime gang that organised $15m in fraudulent bank withdrawals. The Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) searched 42 houses across the country on Sunday in connection with more than 34,000 fraudulent cash …
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US can't get its hands on Navy hacker Victor Faur, aka SirVic

A Slovenian court has declined America's request to extradite hacker Victor Faur, on the basis that he's already received a sentence in Romania. Faur gained notoriety for breaking into US Navy, NASA and Department of Energy systems in 2005 and 2006. Tried and convicted in Romania, he received a 16 month suspended sentence and …
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Romania chucks €21m at IBM for Bucharest IT project

IBM will get €21m in state aid from Romania's government for a €51.2m project in the country that's expected to create around 900 jobs. Big Blue is planning an IT consultancy project in Bucharest and Brasov, the Ministry of Finance told financial daily Ziarul Financier (translated by Google Translate). The aid package is one …
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Jailed Romanian hacker repents, invents ATM security scheme

A Romanian man serving a five-year jail sentence for bank-machine fraud says he's come up with a device that can be attached to any ATM to make the machine invulnerable to card skimmers. Valentin Boanta was arrested in 2009 and charged with supplying ATM skimmers – devices that can be attached to ATMs to surreptitiously copy …
Neil McAllister, 17 May 2013
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Cyber-007 MiniDuke stalked Europe for at least 21 MONTHS

MiniDuke, the recently discovered cyber-spy malware aimed at governments and their agencies in Europe and elsewhere, has been operating for at least 21 months. A sample of the software nasty, discovered by researchers at Romanian antivirus firm Bitdefender, dates back to at least 20 June, 2011. Later variants of the spying …
John Leyden, 5 Mar 2013
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Australian cops bust Romanian credit card thieves

Australia's Federal Police (AFP) has triumphantly announced it has brought a gang of Romanian credit card fraudsters to heel, but not before the criminals purloined half a million credit card numbers from small Australian retailers. Detective superintendent Brad Marden, the AFP's national co-ordinator for cybercrime operations …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2012
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DNS servers filled with wrong Kool-Aid, big names waylaid in Romania

A hacker today redirected web surfers looking for Yahoo, Microsoft or Google to a page showing a TV test card by apparently poisoning Google's public DNS system. Punters and organisations relying on Google's free service were affected, rather than the websites themselves being compromised. Visitors to, …
John Leyden, 28 Nov 2012
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Czechs, Slovaks stall on ACTA

The fragile European consensus over the ACTA treaty is fraying at the fringes: the Czech Republic and Slovakia have decided to suspend the ratification process, while Romania’s support for the treaty could stall on a change of government. Newsagency Ceske Noviny reports that the Czech government has decided further analysis of …
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Romanian who hacked NASA spared cooler stint

A Romanian hacker who admitted breaking into NASA's network has avoided jail, receiving a three-year suspended prison sentence instead. Robert Butyka, 26, from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, still faces a civil lawsuit over disputed damages of $500,000 against the space agency's computer systems in a case due to be heard in March. …
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2012
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BitDefender looks to BRICs for expansion strategy

BitDefender is focusing on providing better security for virtualised environments and says expansion into emerging markets is key to its plans for growth. The Romanian firm wants to help firms implementing server consolidation projects to improve their security with a virtual appliance so that companies do not have to run anti …
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2011
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Romanian NASA hacker fights 'inflated' damage assessment

A Romanian accused of hacking NASA is fighting against an order to pay damages to the space agency. Victor Faur, 27, from Arad, Romania, was ordered to pay $240,000 in damages by a court after he was found responsible for breaking into multiple systems at NASA, along with computers at the Department of Energy and Navy systems …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2011
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Ericsson to offshore hundreds of contract positions

Ericsson is cutting back on its contract roster to the tune of "several hundred" UK staff, with the roles going out to India and Romania in the interests of lower costs. Ericsson, one of the biggest suppliers of networking infrastructure to the cellular industry, said that support functions and office roles would be switched …
Bill Ray, 15 Apr 2011
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Busted Romanian TV star fingers Bulgarian airbags

Romanian television personality Simona Suhoi, aka Simona Sensual, has firmly fingered her Bulgarian airbags as the cause of a serious affront to local traffic laws. Ms Suhoi was pulled by traffic cops in Bucharest last week, and asked to explain why she was driving while her licence was suspended following a recent accident. …
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2011
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Romanian police cuff 40+ over €millions telecom blag

Romanian police are claiming success in breaking up a cybercrime ring blamed for losses of more than €11m ($14.6 million) through telecoms call charge fraud. Raids on Tuesday led to the arrest of 42 suspected members of the gang, reckoned to be led by two Romanians, according to Romanian prosecutors. The group specialised in …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2010
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MoD battles copycat hackers

The Ministry of Defence is battling a wave of copycat attacks after a hacker took down the Royal Navy's public website this week. Simon Kershaw, head of defence security and assurance services, said IT staff have been monitoring many more attempts to penetrate military sites than usual since the hack, which emerged on Monday …
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50 arrested in smartphone spyware dragnet

Romanian authorities have arrested 50 individuals accused of using off-the-shelf software to monitor cellphone communications of their spouses, competitors, and others, according to news reports. The Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism also arrested Dan Nicolae Oproiu, a 30-year-old IT …
Dan Goodin, 1 Jul 2010
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Angry Romanian hackers deface Telegraph for Top Gear toss

Subdomains maintained by The Daily Telegraph website were defaced by a group of angry Romanian hackers on Thursday. The two subdomains - and - were sprayed with identical digital graffiti by the hackers from the previously unknown RNS – Romanian National …
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2010

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