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RiskIQ, a cybersecurity firm, reports that it has discovered the software that was used to gather credit card information from the British Airways website. The firm further states that the "supply chain attack" was very similar to an earlier attempt to skim data from the Ticketmaster website.

The code, found lurking on the British Airways website, may be how hackers stole data on 380,000 transactions.


The Spanish Health Minister Carmen Montón resigns after the irregularities in her master's degree and the plagiarism of part of her final project were made public on 10 September. She is the second minister to resign since Sánchez formed the government on 7 June.

Spanish Health Minister Carmen Monton resigned on Tuesday after reports of irregularities in how she obtained an academic degree, becoming the second minister to quit since Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez took office in June.

2017–18 Spanish constitutional crisis

A million Catalonia residents launch an "autumn of protests" on National Day of Catalonia to demand independence from Spain and release "high-profile" secessionists from jail.

About one million people have packed the streets of Barcelona to celebrate Catalonia’s commemorative day and boost a bid for independence. The city’s streets were filled with demonstrators flying red and yellow Catalan flags as they marched chanting and singing during a "Diada" celebration on Tuesday evening.

Capital punishment in Iraq

Iraq announces the executions of seven terror convicts in Dhi Qar, saying the men, all citizens of Iraq, were hanged yesterday.

Iraq has faced criticism from rights groups over high number of death sentences

Eritrean–Ethiopian border conflict

The Eritrean–Ethiopian border reopens for the first time since 1998.

The countries, whose long war officially ended only months ago, reopened crossing points, allowing families to be reunited and clearing the way for trade.

2018 Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak

South Korean health authorities announce that they are searching for around 50 foreign nationals who may have been in contact with the recently confirmed MERS patient, including those who arrived in Incheon Airport from Dubai on the same flight last Friday.

2018 Atlantic hurricane season

The North Carolina Tar Heels football game against the UCF Knights and the North Carolina State Wolfpack game against the West Virginia Mountaineers are cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

The UCF at North Carolina football game will not be played in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday due to Hurricane Florence.

2018 Atlantic hurricane season

The Donald Trump campaign cancels a rally for Missouri ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make landfall on the East Coast.

It‘s the second rally in as many days canceled ahead of the storm’s landfall.