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Indian Commercial Ship with 10 crew members Hijacked by Somalian Pirates

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New Delhi, April 05, 2017: An Indian dhow which had 10 crew members from Gujarat while it was en route to Bosaso from Dubai has been hijacked by the pirates off the coast of Somalia as reported by TOI.

The vessel was seized in the proximity of Socotra (Island).

Approving this, an official of the directorate general of shipping told TOI that they have communicated with its Dubai-based owner Feroz Thaim, who has informed the agency that negotiations have begun to get the crew members released.

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“First we contacted one of the relatives in the morning and then we established contact with him (the owner). Thaim claims that the crew members are his relatives and he is trying his best to get them released in the next 3-4 days. Initially, there were reports of 11 crew members. But finally we found that there were 10 members in the vessel,” the official said.

Sources keeping track of the developments said it was not certain whether the owner of the dhow is of Indian origin.

“For us, the biggest concern is to get the Indians released quickly. We believe that he is putting his best efforts. We are in constant touch,” said the another official.

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It was the second attack in weeks after years of inactivity by pirates. It also said the pirates were taking the dhow and its crew members to Eyl in Puntland as reported by Reuters.

– Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94

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Thousands Of Disney+ Accounts Hacked And Up For Sale On Dark Web

Hackers have hijacked thousands of Disney+ accounts and put them up for sale on the Dark Web

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Hackers have hijacked thousands of Disney+ accounts. Pixabay

As Disney garnered over 10 million subscribers for its online streaming service Disney+ on its first day of operation, reports have surfaced on Monday that hackers have already hijacked thousands of accounts and put them up for sale on the Dark Web.

ZDNet discovered several listings for Disney+ accounts on different underground hacking forums, selling for somewhere between $3 and $5.

The Disney+ launch was marred by technical issues and users reported being unable to stream their favourite movies and shows.

Several users reported losing access to their accounts.

“Many users reported that hackers were accessing their accounts, logging them out of all devices, and then changing the account’s email and password, effectively taking over the account and locking the previous owner out,” said the report on.

Disney was yet to comment.

In some cases, hackers gained access to accounts by using email and password combos leaked at other sites, while in other cases “the Disney+ credentials might have been obtained from users infected with keylogging or info-stealing malware”.

Researchers asked Disney+ to help users by rolling out support for multi-factor authentication and prevent more attacks.

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The hijacked Disney+ accounts are up for sale on dark web. Pixabay

On the very first day of release on November 12, Disney+ users collectively spent 1.3 million hours streaming and watching the content available to them on the platform for the first day of release.

As per reports, analysts projected that Disney+ would have anywhere between 10-18 million subscribers in its first year. Disney has signed up more than half of those projected numbers in 24 hours.

The service was launched in the US for $6.99 per month or $69 per year.

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The company has announced the service will be launched in major European markets, including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and “a number of other countries in the region” on March 31 next year.

Earlier, Disney had said that it expected to spend about $1 billion in 2020 on original content for the platform and $2 billion by 2024. (IANS)