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The high cost of cyber crime: The June cyberattack that paralyzed the computer systems in companies around the world is estimated to have cost the world’s biggest container shipping line between $200 million and $300 million, A.P. Moller-Maersk said Wednesday. Maersk is the largest container ship and supply vessel operator in the world. The company says the June 27 malware attack was distributed through Ukrainian accounting software with backdoors into the networks of users. READ MORE

If you use the Chrome browser, you need to know: More than 4.7 million users were apparently exposed to potentially malicious ads and credential theft after cybercriminals managed to hijack the developer accounts of several popular extensions for the Google Chrome web browser. The actors used phishing emails to gain access to the developers’ Google accounts and submit to the Chrome Web Store malicious versions of legitimate extensions. The malicious code injected in these tools was meant to modify the advertisements displayed to users and to grab specific credentials from the victims’ machines. READ MORE


Contamination will affect water for generations: Once a fighter jet training base critical to the Cold War, little remains of the former George Air Force Base but rows of dilapidated houses, a dismantled military hospital and dangerous chemicals from pesticides, jet fuels and other hazardous wastes that have poisoned the water for decades. George is among at least 400 active and closed military installations nationwide where the use of toxic chemicals has contaminated or is suspected of contaminating water on bases and nearby communities with chemicals ranging from cleaning solvents and paints to explosives and firefighting foam. READ MORE


Another terrorist group to worry about: While much of the United States’ attention in South Asia has centered on battling al Qaeda, ISIS, the Haqqani network, and the Afghan Taliban, several other militant organizations, most notably Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), consistently wreak havoc in the region and directly threaten U.S. interests and security. Although LeT does not have the notoriety of ISIS and al Qaeda, it has previously attempted to strike the U.S. homeland and continues to keep America squarely in sights. READ MORE


Another Portuguese forest fire: Forest fires have cut off a town of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggle to control two large blazes in the center of the country. “It’s impossible to leave or to enter Mação because of the flames and the smoke,” Vasco Estrela, mayor of Mação, told Lusa news agency. A large fire destroyed 80-90% of the Mação municipality at the end of July, Estrela pointed out. READ MORE

Bad news for vegetarian men: Vegetarian men showed more symptoms of depression than non-vegetarians, possibly due to nutritional deficiencies, a University of Bristol study said. Researchers analyzed data from 9,668 men in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children in southwest England, of which 350 identified themselves as vegetarians. Those who were vegetarian for a longer period of time tended to have higher depression scores. READ MORE

Who knew you could smuggle vitamin C? A recent anti-smuggling operation by Indian customs officials and the country’s Directory of Revenue Intelligence has netted 122.5 metric tons of ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. Valued at nearly $2.1 million, the vitamin C was being shipped from China to India through Myanmar. READ MORE


Food for weapons program nets interesting stuff: Two mortar shells, an antitank rocket, and various grenades were among the items turned in this week during a gun buyback in the Mexican state of Coahuila, on the U.S. border. Hailed as a program that gets illegal weapons off the streets, Coahuila officials and Mexican military personnel offered gift certificates for food in exchange for weapons in a no-questions-asked buyback. READ MORE