1. UN PROBING 35 NORTH KOREAN CYBER ATTACKS IN 17 COUNTRIES
U.N. experts say they are investigating at least 35 instances in 17 countries of North Koreans using cyberattacks to illegally raise money for weapons of mass destruction programs and they are calling for sanctions against ships providing gasoline and diesel to the country.
Last week, a summary of a report from the experts said that North Korea illegally acquired as much as $2 billion from its increasingly sophisticated cyber activities against financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges.
The report revealed that neighboring South Korea was hardest-hit, the victim of 10 North Korean cyberattacks, followed by India with three attacks, and Bangladesh and Chile with two each.
It said thirteen countries suffered one attack Costa Rica, Gambia, Guatemala, Kuwait, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Nigeria, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia and Vietnam.
The experts said they are investigating the reported attacks as attempted violations of U.N. sanctions, which the panel monitors.
2. DEATH TOLL RISES TO 44 AS ‘LEKIMA’ WREAKS HAVOC IN EASTERN CHINA
The death toll from typhoon Lekima in eastern China rose to 44 people on Monday morning, as the storm continued up the coast, racking up billions of dollars in economic losses and widely disrupting travel.
According to official data, an additional 12 people were recorded dead from the storm, including seven from Zhejiang province and five from Shandong, with 16 people missing.
Typhoon Lekima made landfall early on Saturday in China’s Zhejiang province, with winds gusting up to 187 kmh. The center of the storm has since traveled north through Shandong and off the coast.
Many of the earlier deaths occurred when a natural dam collapsed in Zhejiang after a deluge of 160 mm of rain within three hours.
The Shandong Emergency Management Bureau said more than 180,000 people were evacuated in the province, adding to an earlier evacuation of roughly 1 million people in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces as well as the financial hub of Shanghai.
3. MAJORITY OF BRITONS SUPPORT ‘BREXIT BY ANY MEANS’
A majority of Britons believe Prime Minister Boris Johnson must take Britain out of the European Union “by any means”, even if that involves suspending parliament.
Johnson has promised to lead Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 regardless of whether he manages to secure an exit deal with Brussels, despite many in parliament being opposed to leaving without a deal.
Johnson is seeking a deal with the EU but has not ruled out suspending parliament to prevent lawmakers’ attempts to block a no-deal exit.
That finding is largely in line with other polls showing an increase in support for the Conservatives since Johnson took over from Theresa May, who formally quit last month having failed to deliver Brexit on schedule.