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Britain’s Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland perform in the pairs ice dance free dance event at the European figure skating championships in Moscow. AP
2/45 19 January 2018
Sheep graze in a field in Thornhill, Scotland . Forecasters have issued a new warning of snow and icy conditions in Southern Scotland with the police advising people to leave work early in affected areas. Getty
3/45 18 January 2018
French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May look up at a military fly past at Sandhurst Military Academy in Camberley . Theresa May is expected to make an announcement as part of the Anglo-France Summit at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where she will discuss Britain’s strong and wide-ranging bilateral relationship with President Macron.
4/45 17 January 2018
A jackknifed lorry is recovered on the M74, following motorists spending the night stranded on the motorway in Abington, Scotland . Mountain rescue teams spent the night helping drivers following heavy snowfall in the Dumfries and Galloway region
5/45 16 January 2018
Carillion, which has a variety of private and public service contracts in Britain and employs 43,000 staff worldwide, announced its immediate liquidation on Monday after the heavily-indebted company failed to secure a last-ditch financial rescue from the government and banks . Carillion held a 335 million contract to build the new Liverpool city hospital, the delivery of which was already delayed by the time the company went into liquidation. AFP
6/45 15 January 2018
Dolores O Riordan, frontwoman of the iconic Irish grunge-rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly at the age of 46 . A spokesperson for O Riordan said she died suddenly in London, where she had travelled for a short recording session.
7/45 14 January 2018
Glen Durrant celebrates with the trophy after victory during day nine of the BDO World Professional Darts Championship 2018 at The Lakeside. PA
8/45 13 January 2018
The Whittlesea Straw Bear festival in Cambridgeshire celebrates the old Fenland plough custom of parading straw bears around the town every January . This Festival happens on the first weekend after Plough Monday . The procession, led by the Straw Bear, has over 250 dancers, musicians and performers . They perform traditional Molly, Morris, Clog and Sword dancing.
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Workers look at the Madame Tussauds wax figure of US President Donald Trump outside the new US Embassy in Nine Elms, London, after Mr Trump confirmed he will not travel to the UK to open the new building – and hit out at the location of the 1.2 billion dollar ( 886 million) project . Writing on Twitter, Trump said he thought the embassy’s move from Grosvenor Square in the prestigious Mayfair district of central London to Nine Elms, south of the Thames, was a “bad deal”. PA
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British Prime Minister Theresa May watches birds from inside a bird hide with school children at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s (WWT) ahead of a speech to launch the government’s environment plan in London . Campaigners on January 11 criticised Theresa May’s plan to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, calling it a “missed opportunity” that lacked the necessary urgency . The government will extend a charge on plastic bags to all businesses and encourage supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles, May said in speech.
11/45 10 January 2018
Cirque du Soleil ‘OVO’ dress rehearsal at the Royal Albert Hall. Rex
12/45 9 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May leads her first cabinet meeting of the new year at 10 Downing street. PA
13/45 8 January 2018
Journalist Carrie Gracie speaks to the media outside the BBC in London after she turned down a 45,000 rise, describing the offer as a “botched solution” to the problem of unequal pay at the BBC .
Gracie said she told the corporation she wanted equality, rather than more money, and was determined not to help the organisation “perpetuate a failing pay structure by discriminating against women”. PA
14/45 7 January 2018
A man reads a newspaper as he takes part in the annual ‘No Trousers On The Tube Day’ (No Pants Subway Ride) at Liverpool Street Station . Started in 2002 with only seven participants, the day is now marked in over 60 cities around the world . The idea behind “No Pants” is that random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter, without wearing trousers . The participants wear all of the usual winter clothing on their top half such as hats, scarves and gloves and do not acknowledge each other’s similar state of undress.
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League Two side Coventry City celebrate victory over Premier League side Stoke in the FA Cup third round. PA
16/45 5 January 2018
A commendation ceremony takes place at Manchester Town Hall to recognise the actions of police and rail staff following the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena in May 2017. PA
17/45 4 January 2018
Stuart (no surname given) with his possessions in a bus stop near Windsor Castle, Berkshire . Prime Minister Theresa May has said she disagrees with Tory council leader Simon Dudley, who called on police to clear rough sleepers from Windsor before the royal wedding.
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Storm Eleanor lashed the UK with violent storm-force winds of up to 100mph. PA
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Members of National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) hold a demonstration against rail fare increases outside Kings Cross Railway Station, London . Average rail ticket prices across Britain have risen by 3.4 percent, the biggest increase to rail fares for five years. EPA
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A man takes part in the Mappleton Bridge Jump, an annual unofficial tradition where those willing jump from Okeover bridge on New Years Day into the River Dove.
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Passing clouds creating beautiful colours in Wimbledon on the last sunset of the year. Rex
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One person was taken to hospital after a fire broke out on the ninth floor of a building in Joiner Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. mcr_cabbie/Twitter
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Heavy snow, rain, thunderstorms and wind have caused disruption across much of Britain as a band of “severe” weather rolled across the country .
Travelers were warned of dangerous roads conditions, with Highways England advising road users to pack shovels, food and water if they do venture out . The weather didn’t just affect travel however, camels on a farm near Richmond, North Yorkshire and various other animals are having to deal with the cold weather. PA
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Alastair Cook celebrates after reaching his double-century during the third day of the fourth Ashes cricket test match. Reuters
25/45 27 December 2017
Sheep are driven to another field in the Cotswolds after overnight snow caused travel disruptions across parts of the UK.
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Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his third goal, Tottenham’s fifth, during the Boxing day Premier League match against Southampton at Wembley . He broke Alan Shearer s record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year, scoring 39 from 36 matches . Kane also finished 2017 as Europe s leading scorer ahead of Barcelona s Lionel Messi, who has 54 goals from 63 appearances in all competitions . Harry Kane has 56 from 52. AFP/Getty
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Swimmers get out of the water after taking part in the Christmas Day Serpentine swim in Hyde Park, London.
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Stuart Broad of England bowls during a nets session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia . The fourth Ashes test starts on Boxing Day. Getty
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Staff members console each other as they survey the damage after a fire destroyed a number of buildings at London Zoo . An aardvark has died and four meerkats are missing . Eight zoo workers have been treated by paramedics after a desperate attempt to save the animals from the blaze, which broke out in a petting area.
30/45 22 December 2017
Druids, pagans and revellers gather in the centre of Stonehenge, hoping to see the sun rise, as they take part in a winter solstice ceremony at the ancient neolithic monument of Stonehenge . Despite a forecast for cloud and rain, a large crowd gathered at the famous historic stone circle, to celebrate the sunrise closest to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year . The event is claimed to be more important in the pagan calendar than the summer solstice, because it marks the ‘re-birth’ of the Sun for the New Year. Getty Images
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Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson in the presence of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May sign a treaty between the Republic of Poland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on cooperation in the field of defense and security.
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A protester wears a ‘STOP BREXIT’ hat outside the Palace of Westminster. Reuters
33/45 19 December 2017
The Choristers of St Paul’s rehearse for a series of services and concerts over the Christmas season at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. REUTERS
34/45 18 December 2017
Joe Root, the England captain is interviewed after Australia regained the Ashes . England lost by an innings and 41 run runs in the third test at the WACA in Perth.
35/45 17 December 2017
Photos of Richard Ratcliffe and his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been jailed in Iran, on display at their home in north London . Mr Ratcliffe says he believes there is “still a chance” she may be released from an Iranian prison in time for a dream Christmas together. PA
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Oxford Street in London is filled with shoppers with 8 shopping days before Christmas. Rex
37/45 15 December 2017
Jonny Bairstow of England headbutts his helmet to celebrate his century during day two of the Third Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at the WACA in Perth, Australia .
Bairstow was embroiled in controversy at the beginning of the tour after lightly headbutting Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft in an exchange in a bar.
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People at the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service. PA
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Wax figures of Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wearing a Christmas Jumper at Madame Tussauds. EPA
40/45 12 December 2017
Victims and family of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, Nicholas Burton (left), Sandra Ruiz (second right), Karim Mussilhy (right) and a girl who asked not be named (second left), hand in a petition to Downing Street, asking for an overhaul of the public inquiry.
41/45 11 December 2017
A homeless man on the streets of Manchester . Many people are spending the night on the streets in freezing temperatures as the Met Office continues to issue weather warnings across the country . The Shelter charity has said that more than 300,000 are now homeless across Britain, equating to the population of a city the size of Newcastle. Getty
42/45 10 December 2017
Pedestrians walk over the Millennium Bridge with St Paul’s Cathedral pictured in the background as snow falls. AFP/Getty Images
43/45 9 December 2017
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, left, and Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, right, with interpreter at centre, during their meeting in Tehran, Iran .
Johnson is expected to discuss the fate of detained British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly plotting to overthrow Iran’s government. AP
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British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker address a press conference at the European Commission in Brussels. AFP/Getty Images
45/45 7 December 2017
Nick Dunn, one of the so-called Chennai Six is greeted by his sister Lisa as he arrives at Newcastle Airport after being released from India after serving four years in jail on weapons charges.
2017 once again proved that the cyber threat landscape is complex and constantly changing, dictating the need for comprehensive and responsive defences that step up to the real challenges that organisations face . AI-aided attacks, increased regulation and the exponential growth of endpoint and IoT devices present the opportunity for entirely new forms of risks to emerge, ever changing the face of cyber security . Darren Thomson, EMEA Chief Technology Officer at Symantec explores the key trends and threats to anticipate in the coming year.
The Cyber Cold War Escalates As international tensions continue to go digital, much of this will remain unknown to the world stage . Nation states won t be able to publicly peacock their cyber arsenal to intimidate or dissuade their enemies, at the risk of revealing their attack vectors and exploits .
This underground warfare is already poised to be a major geopolitical weapon for world powers and rogue states in 2018, escalating the already high stakes and potential for destruction . Industries, critical infrastructure, supply chains and people will be the pawns in an escalating modern war unlike any before it. The Rise of Mass Social Engineering
Mass social engineering will also become a crucial weapon in modern warfare, with machine learning and AI leveraged to construct more complex and highly targeted lures against citizens and organisations . The more mature use of data and analytics will see social media attacks conducted at a more impactful level, with the potential for high-profile impact leading us to question who and what we can trust . While fake news is likely to remain part of the picture in 2018, be prepared for social engineering to take new guises.
Infrastructure as a Priority Target Stuxnet and Dragonfly already demonstrated the destructive potential of a targeted cyber attack against infrastructure, from banks and hospitals to transportation and even energy providers . These attacks typically exploit basic gaps in cyber defences, yet have the potential to have substantial, lasting damage to our world .
2018 could be a turning point: will organisations and businesses step up to the urgent need to address these major vulnerabilities, or will we see a landmark attack on a nation s critical infrastructure? The Dawn of Criminal AI and Machine Learning No cyber security conversation today is complete without a discussion about AI and machine learning . So far, these conversations have been focused on using these technologies as protection and detection mechanisms . However, this will change in the next year with AI and machine learning being used by cyber criminals to carry out attacks . It is the first year where we will see AI versus AI in a cybersecurity context . Cyber criminals will use AI to attack and explore victims networks, which is typically the most labour-intensive part of compromise after an incursion. The Financial Trojan Gold Rush Financial trojans were some of the first pieces of malware to be monetised by cyber criminals .
From simple beginnings as credential-harvesting tools, they have since evolved to advanced attack frameworks that target multiple banks, and banking systems, sending shadow transactions and hide their tracks . They have proven to be highly profitable for cyber criminals . The move to mobile, application-based banking has curtailed some of the effectiveness, but cyber criminals are quickly moving their attacks to these platforms . Cyber criminals profits from financial trojans are expected to grow, giving them higher gains as compared to ransomware attacks. Supply Chain Attacks Become Mainstream Supply chain attacks have been a mainstay of classical espionage and signals-intelligence operators, compromising upstream contractors, systems, companies and suppliers . They are highly effective, with nation-state actors using human intelligence to compromise the weakest links in the chain, as well as malware implants at the manufacture or distribution stage through compromise or coercion. File-less and File-light Malware Explodes
2016 and 2017 have seen consistent growth in the amount of file-less and file-light malware, with attackers exploiting organisations that lack in preparation against such threats . With fewer Indicators of Compromise (IoC), use of the victims own tools, and complex disjointed behaviours, these threats have been harder to stop, track and defend against in many scenarios .
Like the early days of ransomware, where early success by a few cyber criminals triggered a gold-rush like mentality, more cyber criminals are now rushing to use these same techniques . Although file-less and file-light malware will still be smaller by orders-of-magnitude compared to traditional-style malware, they will pose a significant threat and lead to an explosion in 2018. Smart Devices Held to Ransom
Ransomware has become a major problem and is one of the scourges of the modern Internet, allowing cyber criminals to reap huge profits by locking up users files and systems . The gold-rush mentality has not only pushed more and more cyber criminals to distribute ransomware, but also contributed to the rise of Ransomware-As-A-Service and other specializations in the cyber underworld . These specialists are now looking to expand their attack reach by exploiting the massive increase in expensive connected home devices . Users are generally not aware of the threats to Smart TVs, smart toys and other smart appliances, making them an attractive target for cyber criminals. IoT Devices Will Be Hijacked and Used in DDoS Attacks In 2017, we have seen massive DDoS attacks using hundreds of thousands of compromised IoT devices in people s homes and workplaces to generate traffic . This is not expected to change with cyber criminals looking to exploit the poor security settings and lax personal management of home IoT devices . Furthermore, the inputs and sensors of these devices will also be hijacked, with attackers feeding audio, video or other faked inputs to make these devices do what they want rather than what users expect them to do. IoT: A Critical Backdoor
Beyond DDoS attacks and ransomware, home IoT devices will be compromised by cyber criminals to provide persistent access to a victim s network . Home users generally do not consider the cyber security implications of their home IoT devices, leaving default settings and not vigilantly updating them like they do with their computers . Persistent access means that no matter how many times a victim cleans their machine or protects their computer, the attacker will always have a backdoor into victims network and the systems that they connect to.
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The statement is the army s first public acknowledgement of wrongdoing since it launched clearance operations against Rohingya in August, prompting more than 650,000 to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh in what the United Nations (UN) has called ethnic cleansing. A statement on the military commander-in-chief s Facebook page said the Rohingya found in the mass grave had threatened Buddhist villagers and were killed in retaliation. The UN and other groups have accused the military of widespread atrocities against Rohingya, including killings, rapes, and the burning of homes . But the military has previously denied any wrongdoing by security forces.
The government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar has refused to accept Rohingya Muslims as a minority group, despite many families having lived in the country for generations . They are widely referred to as Bengalis and accused of migrating illegally from Bangladesh. The army described the 10 Rohingya Muslims found in the mass grave as Bengali terrorists . Their bodies were discovered in December near a cemetery in Inn Din village.
It is true that both the villagers and security forces admitted they killed the 10 Bengali terrorists, the military statement said . The army will take charge of those who are responsible for the killings and who broke the rules of engagement . This incident happened because ethnic Buddhist villagers were threatened and provoked by the terrorists.
Tensions have simmered for decades between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya . Hundreds of the minority Muslims were killed in two bouts of violence in Rakhine in 2012, and 120,000 Rohingya remain in camps in the state. In the wake of the 2012 clashes, some Rohingya began organising a militant group, which killed nine border police officers in an attack in 2016.
On 25 August last, known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), launched wider attacks on Myanmar police and military outposts. The military responded with clearing operations that rights groups say have been accompanied by the rape and murder of Rohingya civilians, whose houses have also been burned down. About 100 Rohingya children are stranded in Myanmar without their parents after military operations drove 655,000 people into Bangladesh, according to the UN.
Another 60,000 Rohingya children are languishing almost forgotten in disease-ridden camps inside Myanmar since being driven from their homes during violence in 2012, said UN children s agency (UNICEF) spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said. She told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that she spent a month in Myanmar s Rakhine state and visited one camp where shelters teeter on stilts above garbage and excrement and four children died of disease within three weeks.
We hear of high levels of toxic fear in children from both Rohingya and Rakhine communities, she said, referring to the ethnic Rakhine people, the state s majority population. Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that authorities were not aware of any children left alone in Myanmar following the exodus to Bangladesh in the last half of 2017.
The government has rejected accusations of ethnic cleansing, blaming most of the violence on insurgents.