iOS 12-12.1.2 Compatible Cydia For unc0ver Jailbreak Demoed In Video

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Feb
15
iOS 12 Compatible Cydia For unc0ver jailbreak
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The jailbreak community hasn’t yet got its hands on a full-fledged public iOS 12 jailbreak, and now many had begun to lose hope. But there has been a lot of activity in recent weeks, which has revived hopes that we could see an iOS 12 jailbreak soon. Developer Sam Bingner of the unc0ver jailbreak team has shared a short video on Twitter demoing Cydia for the unc0ver jailbreak.

Bingner teases Cydia for unc0ver jailbreak

The Cydia package manager appears to be compatible with iOS 12, iOS 12.1.1 beta 3, and iOS 12.1.2. Bingner managed to install Cydia on a jailbroken iOS 12 device. The developer said that only “minimal stuff” was working. There is still a lot of work left to do.

You can see Cydia loading and refreshing in the 25-second video. The developer can be seen navigating to a product page and installing a package. You’d also notice the familiar Return to Cydia button. As RedmondPie points out, the developer still has a lot of work to do before it could be made available to the broader community.

Pwn20wnd, a well-known name in the jailbreak community, said in a tweet, “Cydia is looking good on iOS 12.” However, Pwn20wnd confirmed in a Reddit thread that it would be distributed only within the team until the sandbox patches are fixed and CoreTreust workarounds are in place. One big problem with jailbreaks is that developers need to work on various pieces and put them together, and then ensure that all parts are working as intended before releasing it to the public.

Developer-centric jailbreak released, when is public jailbreak coming?

Despite all the activity on the unc0ver jailbreak and other tools, we don’t know if or when a functional iOS 12 jailbreak would arrive. It’s a waiting game at this point. Earlier this month, developer Jake James released the RootlessJB tool for iOS 12. It’s a developer-centric jailbreak, meaning casual users are discouraged to install it on their iPhones or iPads. If you are a developer, here’s the step-by-step process to install it.

The RootlessJB tool doesn’t offer root access or package managers such as Cydia. It works only with iPhones and iPads running the A9, A10, and A11 chips, which cover devices from iPhone 6S through iPhone X. The latest iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR running A12 chipset aren’t compatible. Jake James has updated RootlessJB to allow it to tweak unsandboxed apps, but it still can’t tweak sandboxed apps.

Separately, another developer Tihmstar has released an iOS 12 exploit called “v3ntex” that could be used in a future jailbreak. Tihmstar tested the v3ntex exploit on their iPhone 6 running iOS 12.1.2 and warned that it might work only in limited situations. You can check it out on its Github page. It still needs to be improved to “replace at least one non-deterministic component,” said Tihmstar.

Jake James, the developer behind RootlessJB, also tried Tihmstar’s v3ntex exploit but couldn’t get it to work. Tihmstar had earlier released the V1ntex exploit for iOS 11.4.x.

It’s only a matter of time before someone releases a public iOS 12 jailbreak. It would be interesting to see which developer manages to reach the finish line first. Anyway, Apple doesn’t like the idea of jailbreaking. It has repeatedly warned the iPhone and iPad users that jailbreaking could expose their devices to malware and hacking attempts. It could also cause apps to crash or behave abnormally.

Apple has stopped signing the iOS 12.1.2 and iOS 12.1.1 firmware versions. Those who have upgraded to iOS 12.1.3 or 12.1.4 can no longer go back to earlier versions. The Cupertino company traditionally stops signing older software versions to ensure that users have the latest security and stability improvements.

Islamabad United come from behind to win PSL opener

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Feb
15

Islamabad United 177 for 5 (Talat 37, Asif 36*, Rahat 4-29) beat Lahore Qalandars 171 for 8 (Zaman 65, Faheem 2-24) by five wickets

How the game played out

All the talk of an improved Lahore Qalandars may have something to it, but in the contest between the most prolific franchise and the least successful one, the status quo held firm. A glorious return to form from Fakhar Zaman got Lahore off to the perfect start, and for much of the innings looked destined to set a target around 200.

But a middle-order collapse meant Mohammad Hafeez’s side slump from 129 for 1 to 171 for 8, adding just 40 runs in the final six overs. Even so, Rahat Ali looked to have put Lahore on course with three wickets in an over to rip out Islamabad’s top order, Luke Ronchi and all. But where Lahore’s middle order had fallen apart, Islamabad’s held firm.

Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf and Asif Ali kept ahead of the run rate during the second half of the innings, and Asif made his move in the 18th over. With two sixes off the first two balls, the run rate had been brought down to six. From there on, the five-wicket win was an inevitability.

Turning points

  • In a streak that began in the 13th over, Fakhar Zaman and AB de Villiers added 26 off 6 balls. An onslaught looked imminent, but in the remaining 41 balls, they would score just 44 and lose seven wickets. The late assault didn’t come, and the handful of security runs they needed at the end weren’t there

  • A 55-run partnership between Hussain Talat and Cameron Delport was followed by the swift removal of both batsmen, and Islamabad’s valiant efforts finally looked doomed. However, just the second ball he faced, Faheem Ashraf carted Carlos Brathwaite over square leg for six. The run rate was back under ten, never to return to double figures again

Star of the day

Fakhar Zaman may have felt he was guaranteed a slot here, returning to form with a magnificent 65. But it was Asif Ali, himself having endured a rough time in international cricket who ensured his contribution would be the most telling. Hitting three sixes in a knock of 36 off 19 in a clutch chase at the end, Asif evoked memories of the PSL final last year when he dug his side out of a tight spot by hitting three consecutive sixes and effectively sealed the win. Carrying on as if this match were an extension of that contest in Karachi, Asif lofted Rahat – the best bowler on the night – for back-to-back sixes, dragging the run rate down from above nine to a run-a-ball. Another six off the next over confirmed his effort would be a match-winning one.

The big miss

24 off 17 isn’t a disastrous innings, but it’s fair to say the Dubai crowd expected more from AB de Villiers when he turned up at number three. The platform had been perfectly set by the opening stand, and when he and Fakhar took 20 off a Talat over, it seemed de Villiers was warmed up enough to effect carnage. But in a game changing moment, the South African stroked one to the mid-off boundary, looking like it was going for six. Phil Salt judged it brilliantly, timed his leap to perfection, and pulled off a stunner. Who’s to say how many runs that saved?

Where the teams stand

This is the first game of the tournament, and both teams move to positions they are familiar with. Islamabad go top, while Lahore prop up the table.

Amazon pulls plug on New York City headquarters

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Feb
15

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc abruptly scrapped plans to build a headquarters in New York after opposition from local politicians and some of its would-be neighbours, the third most-valuable public U.S. company said on Thursday.

Amazon’s search for a second headquarters, which it described as HQ2, was deemed a massive, year-long public relations success, garnering worldwide publicity and interest from cities across the United States and Canada.

Accustomed to fawning advances from municipal leaders around the country, Amazon seemed startled by the brusque, even rude, welcome it got from some New Yorkers.

Some residents of the Queens neighbourhood mounted protests. Politicians from the Democratic Party’s leftward flank, including the freshman U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, decried the state’s promise to give the company, controlled by the world’s richest man, billions of dollars in tax breaks.

People briefed on the decision said Amazon had made the decision early Thursday after intense talks starting Wednesday and amid rising concerns about the small vocal minority. The people said Amazon will not shift any of the planned jobs to Tennessee or Virginia but plans to grow its existing network of locations.

Amazon had planned to have 700 employees in New York as part of the HQ2 project by the end of the year and did not plan to hit 25,000 in Queens for 10 years.

The company had begun considering alternatives last week. The online retailer has not yet acquired any land for the project, which would make it easy to scrap its plans, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters on Friday.

The proposal ran into opposition from local politicians who opposed the $2.8-billion in incentives promised to Amazon in a deal secretly negotiated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

In a statement, de Blasio blamed Amazon for failing to address local criticism.

“We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbour and do business in the greatest city in the world,” he said. “Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity.”

The company said, “for Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term.”

NO PLANS TO REOPEN HQ2 SEARCH

Some residents of the neighbourhood, once a scruffy haunt of artists that has rapidly gentrified with a burst of recent high-rise development, had also opposed the plan.

Long-time residents feared being forced out by rising rents and untenable pressure on already overburdened subway and sewage systems.

Cuomo was a staunch advocate of the project, joking that he would change his name to Amazon Cuomo if it might help sweeten the deal. He touted not only the jobs it would create but the long-term tax revenues it would generate.

Mark Hamrick, a senior economic analyst at Bankrate.com, said the about-turn could spook other companies thinking about expanding in New York.

“This is a stunning development, with Amazon essentially giving in to vocal critics,” he said.

Amazon said Thursday it did not plan to re-open the yearlong search that drew 238 proposals from cities across North America.

Nashville, a finalist that was awarded a consolation prize of a 5,000-employee location, said it remained open to an expansion of Amazon’s plans in Tennessee.

Shares of Amazon were down 0.5 percent.

“I think the PR event turned out to be a mistake,” said Jason Benowitz, senior portfolio manager at the Roosevelt Investment Group, who owns Amazon shares.

“It went on for too long and started a frenzy. You can compare this to Google sinking billions of dollars into the Chelsea neighbourhood in Manhattan without making noise or Apple investing in Austin.”

Rival Alphabet Inc’s Google said in December it plans to invest more than $1 billion on a new campus in New York to double its current headcount of more than 7,000 people.

‘REALLY GOOD POKER PLAYERS’

Hours before the announcement, Amazon officials in New York betrayed no knowledge of the deal’s cancellation when they met with local community members on Thursday morning, said Kenny Greenberg, a neon artist and member of Long Island City’s community board.

“Either they are really good poker players or they were not aware,” Greenberg said of the Amazon representatives. “There was no hint of this at all.”

Greenberg said he had been open to Amazon’s arrival if it had led to improvements in infrastructure, but that “unanswered questions” continued to mount as time went on.

The meeting with Amazon officials had been held to answer concerns from the community about labour conditions for Amazon’s warehouse and delivery workers and the company’s opposition to labour unions.

“Defeating an unprecedented act of corporate welfare is a triumph that should change the way we do economic development deals in our city state forever,” Jimmy Van Bramer, a city councilman from Queens who had opposed the project, said on Twitter.

One of the city’s most powerful private-sector unions, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said the company’s abrupt exit confirmed its criticisms.

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“Rather than addressing the legitimate concerns that have been raised by many New Yorkers Amazon says you do it our way or not at all, we will not even consider the concerns of New Yorkers,” union spokeswoman Chelsea Connor said in a statement. “That’s not what a responsible business would do.”

Chicago, Miami and Newark are among the passed-over finalists that have expressed interest in another chance to become the home of an Amazon project.

Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington and Jonathan Allen in New York; Additional reporting by Dan Trotta and Joseph Ax in New York, Nandita Bose in Washington, Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Editing by Nick Zieminski

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Pic: Neeti -Nihar at their pre-wedding event

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Feb
14

While people all over the world are celebrating love, Bollywood singer Neeti Mohan is all set to tie the knot with her boyfriend Nihar Pandya, making Valentine’s Day even more special. The duo will be taking their nuptial vows in Hyderabad in presence of their family and friends.

Giving us a glimpse of the pre-wedding event that probably took place today, Neeti took to her Instagram handle to share a picture with her fans and needless to say they look absolutely stunning.

In the picture, while Nihar looked dapper in a blue printed bandgala, Neeti looks enchanting in a midnight sheer blue gown. With her hair pulled back, she looks stunning with dewy make-up and soft tinted lips.

The wedding celebrations will reportedly take place on February 14 and 15. The couple are then expected to throw a reception in Mumbai for their Bollywood counterparts.

iOS 12 V3ntex Jailbreak Exploit Released

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Feb
14
iOS 12 V3ntex Jailbreak Exploit
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The jailbreak community waited months for the first iOS 12 jailbreak tools to be released, and it seems like the floodgates have finally been opened. Reputed hacker and developer tihmstar has now released his iOS 12 V3ntex jailbreak exploit, which comes on the heels of the developer-only RootlessJB tool. However, it’s too early to declare victory over iOS 12 yet. We have yet to see any fully-operational iOS 12 jailbreak tool be made widely available.

Tihmstar announces iOS 12 V3ntex jailbreak

Tihmstar has recently been making waves in the jailbreak community, first with his v1ntex exploit for iOS 11.4.x, according to Redmond Pie. Then earlier this week, he (or she) tweeted the release of his/ her iOS 12 v3ntex jailbreak tool:

Those who want to check out the iOS 12 V3ntex jailbreak solution can view it on Github here, but we advise doing so with extreme caution. Tihmstar himself admitted that he has only tested it on an iPhone 6 running on iOS 12.1.2, so it may work in very limited situations. On the Github page where he shared the code for his jailbreak exploit, he also said that it “can probably be slightly improved to replace at least one non-deterministic component,” which means it sounds like he’s aware there are problems with it.

Other well-known developers have tried to use tihmstar’s iOS 12 V3ntex jailbreak tool are also having limited success. Developer Jake James tweeted that he wasn’t able to get tihmstar’s iOS 12 V3ntex jailbreak exploit to work.

Other iOS 12 jailbreak attempts

James is the developer of the RootlessJB tool, another exploit which targets iOS 12 and was just released recently. However, the tool wasn’t designed for the general public, so it doesn’t offer root access or package managers such as Cydia. In other words, only developers will be able to experiment with it. The RootlessJB tool also only works with devices running on Apple’s A9, A10 and A11 chips, which covers all models between the iPhone 6s and the iPhone X but excludes all the newer models.

Ian Beer also released his iOS 12 exploit earlier this month, but it’s also just a partial solution. Now with the release of the iOS 12 V3ntex jailbreak tool, it seems we are still waiting for a publicly-available solution for those who don’t like being locked into Apple’s own operating system.

However, based on the rapidly increasing number of exploits we’ve been seeing for the newest version of iOS, it seems likely that a public jailbreak solution isn’t just too far off. The only question now is which developer will be the first to release it. For now, it looks like the only viable options for non-developer jailbreakers are tools aimed at iOS 11.4, like Electra’s tool.

Sri Lanka’s green seamers ‘caught us off guard’, admits Quinton de Kock

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Feb
14

Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s best batsman on day one of the first Test, has conceded that Sri Lanka’s inexperienced quicks caught his team “off guard” at Kingsmead.

There are few real surprises in top-level cricket any more, such is the preponderance of video analysis. Generally, it is also a disadvantage to field a green attack. But so fresh are three of Sri Lanka’s bowlers, that their newness may actually have helped them in Durban. Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha have played three and four Tests respectively, but claimed 7 for 130 between them.

Suranga Lakmal, by far the most experienced member of the attack, took 1 for 29.

“Going forward we’ll be much more alert to the bowling up front. We’ve understood that Suranga Lakmal is a serious opening bowler that we have seen a lot of, and have good plans for, but were a bit unaware of the new guys,” de Kock said. “I think they caught us off guard. Going forward we’ll plan better, and I’m sure we’ll get off to better starts.

“The two new guys – we hadn’t seen much. We’ve only played one of them [Rajitha] in white-ball cricket once. The rest, it was unseen before. To understand and change our gameplan can be quite tough, especially with the pitch. They bowled really well – they didn’t miss their lengths often. We had work hard to get what we did.”

While left-armer Vishwa largely seamed the ball into the right-handed batsmen, Rajitha bowled mostly outswingers, as the pair posed a variety of questions through the day. Vishwa was the more economical, going at 3.64, where Rajitha conceded 4.63 an over.

“I think what surprised us was just the angle of their bowling and the skills they had,” de Kock said. “They had different actions, some skiddiness, and some bounce. But with those new guys, the batsmen have had a feel of them now, and we’ll come back and see how we are going to go about it. They are two solid bowlers and they will keep us in trouble through the series. We’ve got to keep our eyes open for them.”

De Kock said a total of 235 was “a little under par”, but he expected South Africa’s bowlers to be effective on a still-green Kingsmead surface on day two.

“I think early on, in the first hour or two, there definitely will be some movement in the wicket. But I think as the day goes on, it will get better. I also think Keshav Maharaj will come into play a little bit more. As you see, the wicket is spinning quite a bit.”

Venezuela opposition takes steps to seize oil revenue as Maduro issues threat

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Feb
14

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress named new temporary boards of directors to state-oil firm PDVSA on Wednesday, in an effort to wrest the OPEC nation’s oil revenue from President Nicolas Maduro.

An increasingly isolated Maduro lashed out at the congress leader Juan Guaido, saying in an interview that he would face the courts “sooner or later” for violating the constitution after he declared himself interim president last month.

Although many Western countries have recognized Guaido as legitimate head of state, Maduro retains control of state institutions and Guaido needs funds if he is to assemble an interim government.

Controlling PDVSA’s U.S. refiner Citgo Petroleum, Venezuela’s most valuable foreign asset, would go some way to helping in that, though seizing the reigns of PDVSA itself seems improbable while Maduro remains in power.

“We have taken a step forward with the reconstruction of PDVSA,” Guaido said on Twitter, just after congress named the directors. “With this decision, we are not only protecting our assets, we also avoid continued destruction.”

PDVSA’s crude output has slumped to 70-year lows, due to crushing debts, widespread corruption, and little maintenance of its infrastructure. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, which backs Guaido, imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s oil sector on Jan. 28, aimed at curbing exports to the United States and upping the pressure on Maduro.

The proposed Citgo board would be composed of Venezuelans Luisa Palacios, Angel Olmeta, Luis Urdaneta and Edgar Rincon, all of whom are currently living in the United States, plus one American director.

The nominations fuel a growing duel for control between Guaido and Maduro, who has promised he will not allow Citgo to be “stolen.” The mechanics of how the new board would take over are unclear, and there are likely to be court challenges to the board’s authority, people familiar with the deliberations say.

Citgo and PDVSA did not immediately reply to requests to comment.

  • Venezuela’s opposition-run congress names PDVSA, Citgo boards

Bulgarian security officials said on Wednesday that the country has blocked transfers out of several bank accounts which have received millions of euros from PDVSA.

GUAIDO TO FACE COURTS?

Guaido invoked a constitutional provision three weeks ago to assume Venezuela’s presidency, arguing that Maduro’s re-election last year was a sham.

Maduro, in an interview released on Wednesday by Lebanese television channel al-Mayadeen TV, said Guaido was seeking to divide the country and convince the Trump administration to launch a foreign intervention.

“This person, who believes that politics is a game and he can violate the constitution and the law, sooner or later will have to answer before the courts,” Maduro said, adding he was “absolutely sure” of this.

“If the American empire dares to touch even one palm leaf in our territory, this will turn into a new Vietnam,” he said.

A senior U.S. lawmaker said on Wednesday that Congress would not give backing to any U.S. military intervention in Venezuela.

The Trump administration has said it wants a peaceful resolution to the crisis but Trump has repeatedly refused to rule out military action.

“I think there are a number of solutions, a number of different options, and we look at all options,” Trump said when asked about the issue on Wednesday, in an appearance at the White House with Colombian President Ivan Duque.

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In the meantime, the United States and other countries are trying to channel aid to Venezuela.

Guaido told a huge rally of supporters on Tuesday that humanitarian aid would enter the country on Feb. 23, setting the stage for a showdown with Maduro, who has refused to let supplies in.

Maduro denies there is an economic crisis despite a widespread lack of food and medicine and hyperinflation.

Reporting by Angus Berwick, Corina Pons, Vivian Sequera, Mayela Armas, Brian Ellsworth and Sarah Marsh in Caracas; Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton in Washington and Marianna Parraga in Mexico City; Writing by Angus Berwick, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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‘Chaos’ iPhone X Attack Alleges Remote Jailbreak

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Feb
13

A Chinese security researcher has published what he claims is a proof-of-concept exploit that would allow a remote attacker to jailbreak an iPhoneX, unbeknownst to the user – allowing them to gain access to a victim’s data, processing power and more.

Qixun Zhao of Qihoo 360 built the exploit, which he calls “Chaos,” around previously disclosed critical vulnerabilities in the Apple Safari web browser and iOS, which Apple patched this week with iOS version 12.1.3.

Phones running iOS 12.1.2 and earlier versions are still vulnerable to Chaos, which employs two security vulnerabilities that were first demonstrated at TianfuCup hacking contest last November: A memory corruption flaw in Apple’s Safari WebKit (CVE-2019-6227); and a use-after-free memory corruption issue in the iOS kernel (CVE-2019-6225).

The first vulnerability would allow a malefactor to create a malicious web page using the Safari browser, containing scripts for executing arbitrary code on a targeted device. Once that code is executed, an attacker can use the second flaw to gain elevated privileges and stealthily install a malicious application of his or her choice.

That application can be any kind of malware, built for eavesdropping or other espionage, ad fraud, premium SMS fraud, cryptomining or a raft of other nefarious activities, the researcher said.

The attack does of course have a social-engineering aspect; victims would need to be enticed to visit the malicious webpage via Safari on their iPhone Xs.

While the researcher published a PoC video, he has opted not to publish the jailbreak code itself, given the potentially large attack surface.

“I will not release the exploit code, if you want to jailbreak, you will need to complete the exploit code yourself or wait for the jailbreak community’s release,” he said in a technical write-up of the exploit on Wednesday. “At the same time, I will not mention the exploit details of the post exploit, as this is handled by the jailbreak community.”

Interestingly, the news comes shortly after exploit acquisition vendor Zerodium said that it is upping its payouts for full, working exploits across its entire program. Apple attacks fetch the highest price: It’s now paying $2 million for remote iOS jailbreaks.

Threatpost has reached out to Apple and will update this story with any comment.

 

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Bangladesh bat, Martin Guptill and Lockie Ferguson return for New Zealand

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Feb
13

Toss Bangladesh elected to bat v New Zealand

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza elected to bat first against New Zealand in the first ODI at McLean Park in Napier. Sabbir Rahman returned for the visitors, after his ban had been reduced by the BCB to bring him back to the ODI squad. It is his first ODI since July last year.

Bangladesh are without Shakib Al Hasan who sustained a finger injury during the BPL final. Shakib is the only one missing out from the Bangladesh side that played its last ODI in December against the West Indies.

New Zealand have gone for three frontline fast bowlers as they included Lockie Ferguson in place of legspinner Todd Astle. They also included Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme, going with only Mitchell Santner as the specialist spinner. Tim Southee was benched again.

Martin Guptill meanwhile returns for the home side, replacing Colin Munro who played in the fifth ODI against India in place of Guptill.

New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Henry Nicholls, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham (wk), 6 Jimmy Neesham, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Trent Boult

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Liton Das, 3 Soumya Sarkar, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Sabbir Rahman, 8 Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 10 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 11 Mustafizur Rahman

‘El Chapo’ faces prison for life, but Mexico drug trade persists

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Feb
13

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may end up with a life sentence after a U.S. jury found him guilty of running a criminal enterprise but it looks like business as usual for cartels and Mexican officials struggling to contain them, security experts say.

Guzman, 61, was found guilty on all 10 charges in federal court in New York after an 11-week trial that revealed the inner workings of the Sinaloa Cartel, Mexico’s biggest drug gang.

While Guzman has been effectively removed from the drug trade, a former associate has taken over the reins of the cartel, one of many gangs that smuggle drugs from Mexico to the United States.

Largely because of that, the trial has not changed the “rules of war” against the drug trade, security analyst Alejandro Hope said, aside from perhaps scaring cartels into exercising more caution after testimony revealed how law enforcement infiltrated Guzman’s networks.

The Sinaloa Cartel still has the biggest U.S. distribution presence, followed by the fast-growing Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Together, they are the biggest producers of drugs sold on U.S. streets, including heroin and methamphetamine.

Over the last decade, drug seizures at the U.S. southern border multiplied more than nine times in volume, to at least 82,000 pounds in 2018, the DEA said.

Among the capos still at large in Mexico is Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada here, Guzman’s long-time partner who keeps a low profile and is believed to have taken over Sinaloa Cartel operations since Guzman’s capture in 2016.

Trial testimony drew attention to allegations of corruption and million-dollar bribes doled out to government officials – but on those counts, too, there is little sign the courthouse drama will bring change, despite the focus of Mexico’s new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on cleaning up politics.

Mexico, not the United States, bears the burden of investigating the trial’s wide range of criminal allegations, said Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, a scholar at Rice University’s Mexico Centre. She said she doubted that the new government would take serious action about allegations that officials took bribes since Lopez Obrador has said he does not want to rake over the past.

“It’s a big circus, but nothing happens in the end,” she said.

NEW APPROACH?

For sure, Lopez Obrador is attempting a new approach to Mexico’s drug cartel problem. He has said that more than a decade of war against drug traffickers is officially over, and is exploring a crop substitution for illicit crops, relaxing prohibition and amnesties for low level drug dealers and farmers.

“There haven’t been any capos arrested, because it’s not our main purpose,” Lopez Obrador, who took office in December, told a recent press conference. “What we’re looking for is safety, to lower the number of daily homicides.”

But he has not entirely turned his back on using soldiers to tackle violence stemming from drugs. He also plans to create a new militarised National Guard police force and is sending troops and federal police to help pacify some of the most dangerous districts.

The government has registered more than 250,000 homicides since Mexico launched an aggressive war on cartels in 2006. A report by the U.S. Congressional Research Service last year estimated 150,000 of those deaths were tied to organised crime.

Despite the absence of Guzman, murders across Mexico have climbed steadily. In 2018, the first full year since Guzman’s extradition, murders rose 33 percent, breaking the record for a second year running, official data showed.

Guzman’s home turf of Sinaloa, however, has bucked that trend. The murder tally in the northwest state fell in 2018 to its lowest since records began over two decades ago.

Over the same period, Zambada has consolidated power for the Sinaloa Cartel, diversifying into criminal activities besides drug smuggling and capitalizing on blows to its rival Jalisco New Generation Cartel, a former DEA agent told Reuters here.

The trial also brought to light testimony accusing Guzman’s sons of murdering prominent Mexican journalist Javier Valdez over his coverage of cartel infighting in Guzman’s home turf state, Sinaloa.

Interior Minister Olga Sanchez said the government intended to hold accountable those responsible for plotting the murder.

“Beyond the process that’s underway in the courts in New York, we have the firm goal of getting to truth,” she said at a press conference, after being questioned by Valdez’s wife.

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; additional reporting by Julia Love; Editing by Alistair Bell and Grant McCool

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RootlessJB: Jailbreak Your iPhone Or iPad Running iOS 12-12.1.2

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12
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We have been hearing for months that a public iOS 12 jailbreak could be just around the corner. Though consumer enthusiasm for jailbreaking has declined in the last few years as Apple has made it more difficult than ever before, a large number of people are still eagerly waiting for the iOS 12 public jailbreak tool. We don’t know if or when a public jailbreak would arrive, but developer Jake James recently surprised the community by releasing a developer-centric RootlessJB jailbreak tool for iPhones and iPads running iOS 12-iOS 12.1.2.

RootlessJB is here, but it’s for developers

The SSH-enabled RootlessJB tool can liberate devices running Apple’s A9, A10 and A11 processors. That makes it compatible with all the iPhones from iPhone 6S through iPhone X and iPads running chips older than the A12X Bionic. It’s worth pointing out the tool is aimed at the developer community, meaning casual users shouldn’t attempt installing it.

Jake James’ tool doesn’t offer root access. So, you won’t be able to enjoy the complete freedom that comes with jailbreaking. It also doesn’t support package managers like Cydia or Cydia Substrate. If you want to install any tweaks, you have to install them directly over SSH. However, the developer has released an updated version 3.1 that brings many new features including support for tweak injection.


The developer said in a tweet that the updated version can tweak unsandboxed apps. You can’t use it to tweak sandboxed apps. The PreferenceLoader appears to be broken with version 3.1. Jake James clearly warned that noobs should stay away from it.

How to jailbreak your device using RoolessJB

If you have a compatible device and you are a developer, here’s how you can use RootlessJB to liberate your device running iOS 12-12.1.2.

  • Fire up the Safari browser on your iPhone or iPad and visit jailbreaks.fun
  • Search for RootlessJB using the search bar and you’ll see the tool in results
  • Hit the Get button and wait for it to download on your device
  • Launch the Settings app on your device and go to General Profiles and Device Management to trust the certificate. Now Trust the newly added developer and trust again on the popup
  • Now turn on Airplane Mode and then launch RootlessJB. Make sure that the Tweaks toggle is enabled before tapping the Jailbreak button
  • Your iPhone or iPad will respring when the process is complete. It means you’ve successfully liberated your device. But if it restarts, it means something went wrong with the process and you’ll have to try again

Again, the RootlessJB tool is suitable only for developers. If you’re a casual user, you won’t have much to gain even if you successfully install it. It’s also worth pointing out that jailbreaking removes the built-in security layers in iOS, exposing you to malware and hacking attempts. It could also cause the native and third-party apps to behave abnormal or even crash. Jailbreaking could also void the warranty of your device.

Earlier this week, Apple stopped signing the iOS 12.1.2 and iOS 12.1.1 firmware versions. People who have upgraded to version 12.1.3 will no longer be able to downgrade to earlier versions. Apple traditionally stops signing the older versions a few weeks after releasing new ones to ensure that users have the latest security and stability improvements. The iOS 12.1.2 was released back in December with eSIM bug fixes. The 12.1.3 was released a couple of weeks ago with bug fixes and stability improvements.

Joe Root relishes ‘good hard scrap’ as he caps tough series with 16th Test hundred

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Joe Root admitted it “felt like he had come out the other side” of “a battle” after his Test century in St Lucia.

Root went into the match having scored just 55 from his first five innings of the series. As a result, he had been largely powerless to prevent West Indies taking an unassailable 2-0 lead.

It was Root’s 16th Test century – meaning he has drawn level with the tally made by Mike Atherton, Graham Thorpe and Herbert Sutcliffe – and his third in his seven most recent Tests.

But such are the expectations on Root that his recent form has been causing some concern. He had reached fifty only twice in his previous 19 Test innings before this – on both occasions he went on to register a century – and, after his struggles in the first Test in Barbados, his average slipped below 50 for the first time since August 2014.

He admitted afterwards that it had been “a tough series” for him.

“It was a good hard scrap,” he said of his century. “But it was really enjoyable because sometimes, when things aren’t quite happening for you, you think you’re battling a little bit. To come out the other side is really pleasing.

“It’s been a tough series for me personally and for the guys. We’ve worked extremely hard on this trip but things haven’t gone as we wanted. We’ve not played good cricket at times.

“So to respond as we have today and be in this position of strength with two days left is really pleasing. It’s really pleasing to show improvement and willingness to adapt to conditions. Even though the series is gone there’s still a lot to play for.

“My feet haven’t always been doing what I want them to so it’s been a constant battle to find a formula that gets me off to a good start. Once you’re off and running things become a little bit easier. It’s nice to see all the hard work come to the fore by being here at the end of the day not out.”

Root was also full of praise for Joe Denly, who played some elegant strokes in his maiden Test half-century.

“He played beautifully,” Root said. “I thought he played with good balance, good style and grace – as you’d expect him to when he gets runs. He should have a lot of confidence with the way he played.”

Militant Iran taunts U.S. on revolution’s 40th birthday

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned U.S. flags to mark the revolution’s 40th anniversary on Monday as Tehran showed off ballistic missiles in defiance of U.S. efforts to curb its military power.

Soldiers, students, clerics and black-clad women holding small children thronged streets across Iran, many with portraits of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi’ite cleric who toppled the Shah in an Islamic uprising that still haunts the West.

On Feb. 11, 1979 Iran’s army declared its neutrality, paving the way for the fall of U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

State television showed crowds defying cold rainy weather and carrying Iranian flags while shouting “Death to Israel, Death to America” – trademark chants of the revolution.

After decades of hostility with the United States, the Islamic Republic vowed to increase its military strength despite mounting pressure from Western countries.

Ballistic missile capabilities were on display during the main march, including the Qadr F, a ground-to-ground missile with a 1,950-km (1,220-mile) range, Tasnim news agency said.

“We have not asked and will not ask for permission to develop different types of … missiles and will continue our path and our military power,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech at Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) square.

ECONOMIC “HARDSHIPS AND GRIEVANCES”

U.S. National Security Adviser Bolton, who in 2017 expressed hope Iran’s “revolution will not reach its 40th birthday”, tweeted on Monday that after four decades the “Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to fulfil its promises to uphold and safeguard the rights of its citizens”.

The large turnout in state-sponsored rallies, in which U.S. and Israeli flags were burned, came as Iranians face mounting economic hardships many blame on the country’s clerical leaders.

Pictures on social media showed some people also demonstrating against corruption, unemployment and high prices.

“Our presence in the 40th anniversary of the revolution is to show our support for the Islamic Republic,” said one sign held by a protester. “But it does not mean we support corruption of some officials and their betrayal of the oppressed people.”

Reuters could not independently verify the pictures.

Last year, Iran cracked down on protests over poor living standards that posed the most serious challenge to its clerical elite since a 2009 uprising over disputed elections.

Prices of basic foodstuffs have soared since President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran last year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

“I bow in admiration to Iran’s resilient people who – despite hardships and grievances – today poured into streets by the millions to mark 40th anniv of their Islamic Revolution, which some in the US wished would never come,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

“US should take note: REAL Iranians never succumb to diktats.”

In January, Rouhani said Iran was dealing with its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled.

But he remained defiant on Monday as Iranians recalled the end of a monarch who catered to the rich. “The Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties but we will overcome the problems by helping each other,” he said.

U.S. AND ISRAELI THREATS

Yadollah Javani, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ deputy head for political affairs, said Iran would demolish cities in Israel if the United States attacked.

“The United States does not have the courage to fire a single bullet at us despite all its defensive and military assets. But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground,” Javani told the state news agency IRNA.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the threat. “I am not ignoring the threats of the Iranian regime, but nor I am impressed by them,” he said.

“Were this regime to make the terrible mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it would not succeed, but it would mean that they had celebrated their last Revolution Day. They would do well to take that into account.”

Khomeini returned from exile in France two weeks after the Shah and his wife fled to Aswan, Egypt. He was greeted by millions of supporters in Tehran. Revolutionaries later began executing supporters of the Shah including four top generals.

Khomeini died in 1989 and was followed by current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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Washington and the Arab world have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution, fearing Khomeini’s radical ideology would inspire militants across the Middle East.

Today, the United States, its Arab allies and Israel are trying to counter Tehran’s growing influence in the Middle East, where it has proxies in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

Iran also has vast clout in Iraq, where Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the overseas arm of the Revolutionary Guards, was frequently photographed guiding Shi’ite militias in the war against Sunni Islamic State militants.

Additional reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafeddin in London, Babak Dehghanpisheh in Geneva and Dan Williams in Jerusalem; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and William Maclean/Mark Heinrich

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