October 16, 2017
Philippines President Duterte Threatens to Expel Ambassadors – Philippines
The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has threatened to expel European ambassadors within 24 hours, accusing their governments without citing evidence of plotting to have Manila expelled from the United Nations. Duterte signaled in a fiery speech he would not tolerate European criticism of his drug war, which has seen police kill at least 3,850 people since he took office 15 months ago and led rights groups to warn of a potential crime against humanity. Duterte accused the European Union of interfering in the Philippines’ domestic affairs and alleged it wanted to get the country removed from the UN. The EU has made no public comments about wanting to remove the Philippines from the United Nations, and Duterte did not explain his reasons for suspecting it was.
Flaws in SmartVista Payment Platform Expose Sensitive Data – Global
Unpatched SQL injection vulnerabilities found by Rapid7 researchers in the SmartVista e-payments suite from Switzerland-based BPC Banking Technologies can expose sensitive information. The SmartVista platform is used by major organizations around the world for online banking, e-commerce, ATM and card management, and fraud prevention. The core components of the SmartVista suite are the Front-End and Back-Office systems. Researchers at Rapid7 discovered that the SmartVista Front-End, specifically version 2.2.10 revision 287921, is affected by two SQL injection vulnerabilities. According to the security firm, an attacker who has access to the SmartVista Front-End interface can exploit the flaws to obtain data stored in the backend database. The “Transactions” page in the “Customer Service” section of SmartVista Front-End allows users to view transaction details associated with a specified card or account. However, the fields where the card and account number are entered fail to sanitize user-supplied input. This allows a malicious actor to use specially crafted queries to get the application to display data from the backend database, including usernames, passwords, card numbers, and other transaction details.
U.S. President Trump Expected to Move Against Iran Nuclear Deal – Iran and The United States
President Donald Trump is likely to take a major step against the international nuclear deal with Iran on Friday, laying out a more aggressive approach to Iranian activities in the Middle East that risks upsetting U.S. relations with European allies. “It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction,” Trump said in a White House statement that flagged key elements of the strategy. He is to present his plan in a 12:45 p.m. EDT (1645 GMT) speech at the White House, the product of weeks of internal discussions between him and his national security team. U.S. officials said Trump was expected to announce that he will not certify the 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers, one he has called the “worst deal ever” as it was not, in his view, in the U.S. national interest.
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