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Tesco Bank fined by UK regulator over hacking

LONDON: Britain's Tesco Bank has been fined £ 16.4 million ($21.4 million, 18.4 million euros) for failing to protect customers during a 2016 cyber attack, regulators said Monday. The supermarket's bank division failed "to exercise due skill, care and diligence in protecting its personal current account holders against a cyber attack", the Financial Conduct Authority said in a statement. The attackers netted £2.26 million during the 48-hour incident in November 2016, according to the watchdog. The attack "exploited…

UK’s official Brexit campaign fined, referred to police

LONDON: Britain's official Brexit campaign, Vote Leave, has been fined for breaking spending rules in the 2016 EU membership referendum, the Electoral Commission announced Tuesday, adding that it had referred the case to the police. The Electoral Commission regulator said the winning side in the referendum had worked together with a smaller pro-Brexit group called BeLeave and had made a donation to the youth organisation to get around its own campaign finance limits. "We found substantial evidence that the two groups…

Britain fines Yahoo UK Services 250,000 pounds for 2014 hack

 Britain’s data watchdog said on Tuesday it fined Yahoo UK Services Ltd 250,000 pounds for a cyber-attack in November 2014. Yahoo, most of whose assets were acquired by Verizon Communications Inc, said in 2016 that at least 500 million of its accounts had been hacked two years earlier. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it focused on the 515,121 UK accounts that London-based Yahoo UK Services oversaw as a data controller. The compromised personal data included names, email addresses, telephone numbers,…

Woman fined $500 for carrying apple in her bag

MINNEAPOLIS: Flight passenger Crystal Tadlock says she's facing a $500 fine over an apple she got from an airline on her way home from Paris. Crystal Tadlock got off a plane last week in Minneapolis after an 8-hour flight from Paris. She was to catch a connecting flight home to Denver on her way she decided to save an apple she had been given as part of the in-flight meal service. "I put it in my bag, not thinking anything of it," said Tadlock. But before her next flight, she had to go through…

French baker fined for ‘working too hard’

PARIS: A French baker was fined for working ‘round the clock to keep his bakery open seven days’ in violation of labour rules. In France, everyone is required to take a day off per week. Even if you run your own business. That lesson was learned the hard way by Cedric Vaivre, who owns a bakery in the tourist region of Lake Bakey in Lusigny-sur-Barse, which is about 120 miles south-east of Paris. Cédric Vaivre, 41, has been slapped with a €3000 ($4736) fine after his bakery in Lusigny-sur-Barse in northeast France, was…

South African pastor fined for spraying insecticide on followers

JOHANNESBURG: A South African court has fined a self-styled “prophet” who sprayed his followers in the face with insecticide as a supposed cure for illness. Pastor Lethebo Rabalago was found guilty by a court in the northwest town of Limpopo of five charges of grievous assault and contravening chemicals laws . He used "Doom", a household insecticide on his followers, earning the sobriquet "Prophet of Doom". The Sowetan daily reported Wednesday that the presiding judge jailed Rabalago to four years or a 21,000…

Google fined in India for abusing dominant position

CALIFORNIA: Google has been fined more than $21 million in India for "search bias" and abuse of its dominant position, competition regulators said Thursday.  The US internet giant was deemed to have favoured its own services when customers ran searches according to a report from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) six years after it began investigations into the company. "Google was found to be indulging in practices of search bias and by doing so, it causes harm to its competitors as well as users," an order…

UAE drivers face fines if they offer prayers on side of roads

ABU DHABI: Police is Abu Dhabi has decided to impose fine on drivers who stop vehicles on undesignated roadside places to offer prayers. The police believe that such practices pose danger to them and other road users. Officers in the United Arab Emirates capital say they see far too many drivers risking serious accidents by praying at the roadside. Abu Dhabi’s police force issued an official warning that drivers stopping in disallowed locations would be fined 1,000 dharams (£190). Deputy director of the city’s…

Football: Hong Kong fined after fans boo Chinese anthem

BEIRUT: Hong Kong have been fined $3,000 after fans jeered the Chinese national anthem during an Asia Cup match last month, the third time they have been punished for booing.  Fans have taken to booing the anthem as concerns grow that semi-autonomous Hong Kong's freedoms are under threat from Beijing. Despite appeals for restraint and a large police presence, fans booed during the "March of the Volunteers", the anthem the city shares with China, at the Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon in November. "The Hong Kong…

India’s antitrust regulator fines BCCI $8 million

MUMBAI: India's cricket board was fined 522.4 million rupees (£6.05 million) by the country’s antitrust watchdog on Wednesday for misusing its dominant position and anti-competitive practices in awarding broadcast rights for the Indian Premier League. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) accused the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) in its order of anti-competitive conduct in assuring broadcasters that it would not sanction any other domestic T20 league. "We will legally understand it (the CCI order),…