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Your card details are ‘stolen out of thin air’: Information could be ‘robbed by radiowave’ thanks to new contactless technology

Insecure: Radio frequency identification (RFID), transmits bank details via its own radio signal and could be a fraud risk

Insecure: Radio frequency identification (RFID), transmits bank details via its own radio signal and could be a fraud risk

Millions of credit and debit card users could be ‘robbed by radiowave’ because of new contactless technology being brought in by banks.

Almost 20million shoppers are now able to buy goods by simply waving their card in front of a reader at the tills, even if it is still in a wallet or a purse.

But industry experts have warned that the information emitted by the cards can be stolen by fraudsters using handheld receptors that cost as little as £7 on the internet.

It means cardholders – most of whom are given a contactless card automatically when their old one expires – can unknowingly surrender their personal bank details to a thief by simply walking past them in the street.

The technology in the card, known as radio frequency identification (RFID), transmits bank details via its own radio signal, and is accepted in many High Street chains, including Co-op, Boots and Pret-a-Manger.

t does away with the need for a customer inputting their PIN when buying goods, and was designed to reduce queues at the checkout.

However, a fraudster with a contactless card reader can easily collect the 16-digit credit card number, expiry date and name – known as RFID skimming – from anyone who walks past carrying one of the new cards.

Vulnerable: Cards can be protected from RFID skimmers by being wrapped in tin foil or being kept in special foil-lined wallets

Vulnerable: Cards can be protected from RFID skimmers by being wrapped in tin foil or being kept in special foil-lined wallets

They then have enough information to rack up huge bills at any internet shopping site – such as Amazon – that does not demand the three-digit security code on the back of the card.

David Maxwell, a former policeman and director of RFIDprotect, a firm which specialises in protection against card fraud, said: ‘It has been a big problem in America for a while and is getting to be a big problem over here.’

Cards can be protected from RFID skimmers by being wrapped in tin foil or being kept in special foil-lined wallets.

Customers should also call their banks as soon as they suspect their card is being used fraudulently.

Ron Delnevo, of independent ATM operator Bank Machine, said: ‘Nobody really wants this technology yet it is being handed down to us by the banking industry. It is putting us all at increased risk of fraud.’

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Flying the Dream: aboard Boeing’s brand new ‘jet lag-busting’ 787 Dreamliner

Nigel Thompson joins a demo flight aboard the Boeing’s revolutionary aircraft, which can fly 9,400 miles in one go

Thomson and First Choice will be the first UK airlines to take delivery of the Dreamliner in May 2013

Thomson and First Choice will be the first UK airlines to take delivery of the Dreamliner in May 2013

Manchester United’s iconic Old Trafford football stadium is called the Theatre of Dreams.

So it seemed highly appropriate that I got a glimpse of the Red Devils’ home from a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a 500ft wing-waggling flypast at the city’s airport this week.

This revolutionary new “greener”, “jet lag-busting” passenger plane is seen as the greatest advance in aviation since Concorde and this week was on the UK leg of a world tour, which took in Heathrow, Manchester and Gatwick airports.

I joined the Boeing crew and a team from Thomson Airways – which will be the first in Britain to take delivery of a 787 – at Manchester for a plane tour and two-hour test flight.

It’s a very fine looking jet with elegant, sweeping lines and distinctive flexible wings which rise up to 10ft at the tips on take-off, though it’s perhaps not as awesome close up as the mighty Airbus A380 double decker superjumbo.

But it’s inside that’s going to impress Thomson and First Choice passengers from May 2013 – swiftly followed by fliers travelling with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

Holidaymakers heading from Manchester, Gatwick, East Midlands and Glasgow to Cancun, Mexico, and Sanford, Florida, on Thomson Airways will have the first opportunity to fly on the new jets.

It will offer travellers noticeable improvements, including:

● Moister air for less chance of dehydration and headaches;
● Cleaner air that’s had irritants such as perfume and alcohol removed;
● Lower cabin pressure, which is less tiring;
● Bigger windows and dynamic LED lighting;
● Wider aisles and higher ceilings; and
● A smoother, quieter journey.

While you can hardly avoid your body being say five times zones adrift from UK time if you’re in Florida, these are all factors which should combine to help to alleviate the effects of jetlag when you get off the plane.

The Dreamliner is made largely of carbon/polymer resin and consequently is lighter than similar sized aircraft and uses 20% less fuel, hence its “green” tag.

It also offers a tremendous range, up to 9,400 miles, which brings the realistic and tantalising prospect of direct flights to destinations such as Bali, Hawaii and even Perth.

You read that right – Australia in one go. Amazing.

Stretch out: Legroom will be 33-34" in Thomson economy, more than on MOST leisure flights

Stretch out: Legroom will be 33-34" in Thomson economy, more than on MOST leisure flights

Hi-tech: You can plug in your smartphone aboard the Dreamliner

Hi-tech: You can plug in your smartphone aboard the Dreamliner

Nigel in the cockpit: Luckily the Dreamliner was still stationary in Manchester Airport

Nigel in the cockpit: Luckily the Dreamliner was still stationary in Manchester Airport

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Pizza fit for a King… if that King was Elvis: Pizza Hut unveil Crown Crust Cheeseburger Pizza, the ultimate in hybrid fast food

Every slice comes with added cheeseburger. Fans of the free salad cart need not even tuck their bibs in

Calorie counters, look away now… Though the fact you’ve clicked on an article about pizza in the first place probably means you should stop torturing yourself by surfing for food porn anyway…

Just weeks after serving up the first batch of pizzas with hot dogs stuffed in the crusts here in the UK, Pizza Hut advanced the snack cause even further with the debut of the “Crown Crust Cheeseburger Pizza.”

Exclusive to the Middle East, the fast food innovation is described as the “most royal” pizza ever.

Pizza fit for a King: A King with a huge supply of indigestion tablets

Pizza fit for a King: A King with a huge supply of indigestion tablets

Whatever angle you observe it from, this is still a darned large pizza

Whatever angle you observe it from, this is still a darned large pizza

Larger, admittedly, from this angle. But still very, very large

Larger, admittedly, from this angle. But still very, very large

Presumably, that refers to the royal diet of Elvis ‘the King’ Presley rather than that of the Queen.

Certainly, it seems hard to visualise Liz Windsor plumping for a large 14 incher over cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off, even on a Friday night after the pubs have closed.

Pizza lovers in the Middle East, be prepared to get a bigger middle if you're planning on chowing down on this monster on a regular basis

Pizza lovers in the Middle East, be prepared to get a bigger middle if you're planning on chowing down on this monster on a regular basis

Quite the feat of culinary design, the fact that these pizzas have not been released in the American chain’s homeland could fuel conspiracy theories that the US is looking to spread a little of its status as the most unhealthy nation in the developed world – by making everyone else as chunky.

A moderately lighter pizza option is also available, featuring BBQ sauce-covered chicken fillets.

The Hut must want a pizza of all the fast food action

The Hut must want a pizza of all the fast food action

But in what directions can hybrid junk food diversify into next?

Freezer supermarket Iceland have long stocked the doner kebab pizza. Could Pizza Hut go that one step further and ram some mysteriously-sourced meat inside their grub’s crusts for an even bigger indulgent experience?

Anyone still hungry?

Pizza Hut look to be tackling first world hunger one slice at a time

Pizza Hut look to be tackling first world hunger one slice at a time

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Google’s ‘Eye on the World’ releases hand-picked gallery of best shots of our changing planet – as seen from 425 miles up

The GeoEye-1 satellite is capable of capturing details as small as a dustbin as it hurtles past our planet at 17,000mph – and its creators have hand-picked views that show off the majesty of our planet.

GeoEye provides exclusive imagery to the Google Earth and Google Maps applications.

It captures around 270,000 square miles of Earth’s surface ever day – an amount of geographical data equivalent to the size of the State of Texas.

This image shows ice fields near Adelaide Island (on the west) which is a large, mainly ice-covered island, 75 miles long and 20 miles wide, lying at the north side of Marguerite Bay off the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula

This image shows ice fields near Adelaide Island (on the west) which is a large, mainly ice-covered island, 75 miles long and 20 miles wide, lying at the north side of Marguerite Bay off the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula

Towra Point Nature Reserve located on the southern shores of Botany Bay at Kurnell, within the Sutherland Shire, in southern Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Towra Point consists of 603.3 hectares (1,491 acres) and is situated on an ancient river delta deposit

Towra Point Nature Reserve located on the southern shores of Botany Bay at Kurnell, within the Sutherland Shire, in southern Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Towra Point consists of 603.3 hectares (1,491 acres) and is situated on an ancient river delta deposit

Space Shuttle Endeavour on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida, awaiting launch to the International Space Station - its last flight

Space Shuttle Endeavour on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida, awaiting launch to the International Space Station - its last flight

Markings on the ground in Xinjiang China. Such satellite images are often the subject of conspiracy theories - but are usually used to calibrate satellite imagers

Markings on the ground in Xinjiang China. Such satellite images are often the subject of conspiracy theories - but are usually used to calibrate satellite imagers

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EXCLUSIVE: First photos of Colombia escort in explosive Secret Service hooker scandal

24-year-old single mom is known as Dania, she says agent offered $30 for $800 service

BY EDGAR SANDOVAL / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA – The Daily News can reveal the first photo of the 24-year-old Colombian call girl whose encounter with a cheapskate Secret Service agent ignited the agency’s worst sex scandal.

Eleven Secret Service agents and nine military servicemen are under investigation for hiring 20 or 21 hookers in Cartagena last week when they were supposed to be preparing for President Obama’s arrival at a summit.

THREE SECRET SERVICE AGENTS BOOTED AFTER HOOKER SCANDAL

One of the agents tried to brush off his girl, the single mother of a 9-year-old son known as Dania, the next morning with only $28 in cab fare. She caused a ruckus, demanding her full payment, so cops got involved and word reached the US Embassy.

Three Secret Service agents, including two senior supervisors, have been ousted: One was forced to retire, one quit and one was fired.

There were reports in Washington that more may be gone by the weekend.

abc news video >> Secret Service Sex Scandal: Woman Speaks Out

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Revealed: The hotel where 11 Secret Service agents and five soldiers had ‘wild party with Colombian PROSTITUTES’… but were exposed when ‘one refused to pay’ ©

>Several of the 11 men sent home are married; two are supervisors.
>All the agents have been suspended pending investigation.
>The misconduct is believed to have occurred before the President’s arrival in Colombia for the Summit of the Americas.
>Hotel employee claimed that the men were drinking heavily.
>Five U.S. military personnel confined to quarters over the incident.

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Eleven Secret Service agents were recalled to Washington last week after nearly all of them allegedly brought prostitutes back to their rooms at a luxury hotel in Colombia.

The team was in the country to scout out the security situation ahead of President Barack Obama’s trip there for the Summit of the Americas this weekend.

But the agents – who have now been placed on leave – reportedly capped off a week of heavy drinking at the beachfront Hotel Caribe in Cartagena by cavorting with prostitutes.

The partying was exposed when one of the women caused a commotion after an agent refused to pay her. Local police and hotel security were called.

Luxury retreat: The 11 recalled Secret Service Agents were staying at the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia

Luxury retreat: The 11 recalled Secret Service Agents were staying at the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia


Security breach: Experts say the agents' behavior could have endangered the president, though the White House says that was never the case

Security breach: Experts say the agents' behavior could have endangered the president, though the White House says that was never the case

Five U.S. military personnel, who were working with the Secret Service, could also be involved in misconduct and have been confined to their rooms and ordered not to have contact with others. They face possible disciplinary charges.

Rep Peter King, who was briefed on the incident, said 11 agents, many of them married, were in the team that was recalled to the U.S. – instead of 12 as originally reported – and that ‘close to’ all of them were involved.

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Mr King said he was told that anyone visiting the hotel overnight was required to leave identification at the front desk and leave the hotel by 7am.

When a woman failed to do so, it raised questions among hotel staff and police, who investigated.

They found the woman with the agent in the hotel room and a dispute arose over whether the agent should have paid her. Mr King said he was told that the agent did eventually pay the woman.

The incident was reported to the U.S. embassy, prompting further investigation.

In the field: The agents were in Colombia the week before President Obama's arrival to the Summit of the Americas

In the field: The agents were in Colombia the week before President Obama's arrival to the Summit of the Americas


Beachfront property: The Hotel Caribe is a luxury resort that costs about $160 to $200 per night

Beachfront property: The Hotel Caribe is a luxury resort that costs about $160 to $200 per night

During their week-long stay at the five-star hotel in Cartagena, the agents were seen drinking heavily, according to waiters there.

A number of the White House staff and traveling press corps were also staying at the hotel.

The White House said Mr Obama had been briefed about the incidents but would not comment on his reaction.

‘The President does have full confidence in the United States Secret Service,’ presidential spokesman Jay Carney said when asked.

Mr Carney insisted the matter was more a distraction for the media than Mr Obama. But Secret Service assistant director Paul Morrissey said in a statement: ‘We regret any distraction from the Summit of the Americas this situation has caused.’

The Washington Post reported that Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said the accusations related to at least one agent having involvement with prostitutes.

The association represents federal law enforcement officers, including the Secret Service.

President Barack Obama (blue shirt) surrounded by Secret Service agents during a visit to the Port of Tampa, Florida on his way to the Summit of the Americas in Colombia

President Barack Obama (blue shirt) surrounded by Secret Service agents during a visit to the Port of Tampa, Florida on his way to the Summit of the Americas in Colombia


Security: Police patrol the waters surrounding the convention centre in Cartagena where the Summit is held

Security: Police patrol the waters surrounding the convention centre in Cartagena where the Summit is held

Ronald Kessler, a former Post reporter and the author of a book about the Secret Service, told the newspaper that he had learned that among the agents involved, several are married.

Although prostitution is legal in parts of Colombia, the Secret Service is said to consider solicitation inappropriate behaviour for its agents.

Colombia has become known as ‘the Thailand of Latin America’ for its loose laws on prostitution and the easy availability of sex workers.

The incident threatened to overshadow Mr Obama’s economic and trade agenda at the Summit of the Americas and embarrass the U.S.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan would not confirm that prostitution was involved, saying, ‘The Secret Service takes all allegations of misconduct seriously.’

‘These personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the President’s trip,’ said Mr Donovan of the conference in the Colombian port city attended by Obama and more than 30 world leaders.

He said the allegations of misconduct were related to activity before the president’s arrival on Friday night.

Greeting: Mr Obama shakes hands with Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos at the start of the summit

Greeting: Mr Obama shakes hands with Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos at the start of the summit

Mr Obama was attending a leaders’ dinner on Friday night at Cartagena’s historic Spanish fortress.

He was due to attend summit meetings with regional leaders on Saturday and Sunday.

Those involved had been sent back to their permanent place of duty and were being replaced by other agency personnel, Donovan said.

The matter was turned over to the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which handles the agency’s internal affairs.

On the steamy streets of Cartagena, a resort city with a teeming prostitution trade, there was condemnation for the Secret Service agents for what residents saw as abusing their station and dishonoring their country.

Edwin Yepes, a souvenir vendor, said: ‘They are supposed to come here and set an example.

We are an inferior culture, and so it’s better if they don’t come than if they damage our image of them.’

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Washington Post: U.S. Secret Service agents leave Colombia over prostitution inquiry

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World’s Best Beaches Discover Ten Postcard-Perfect Locations

Photograph by Mohamed Iujaz Zuhair, My Shot

Photograph by Mohamed Iujaz Zuhair, My Shot


||Photo|| The Maldives are a perfect destination whether your dream beach trip consists of spending a few pampered nights in a four-star resort or swimming among tropical fish some 80 feet underwater.

From the National Geographic book The 10 Best of Everything

1-Seychelles
www.seychelles.com
One of the most photographed beaches in the world, the pale pink sands of Anse Source d’Argent unfurls across the island of La Digue, one of the 115 components of this archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The sands sparkle against a backdrop of towering granite boulders, worn by time and weather. The turquoise water is relatively shallow and protected from the ocean’s waves by a reef.

2-Maldives
www.visitmaldives.com
Whether your dream beach trip consists of spending a few pampered nights in a four-star resort or swimming among tropical fish some 80 feet (24 meters) underwater, the Maldives are the sort of islands where either—or both—can come true. Straddling the equator southwest of Sri Lanka, the 1,102 islands that make up the Maldives form 26 atolls. The soft air enveloping the archipelago blends into a beautiful palm-fringed haze.

3-Bora Bora, Tahiti
www.boraboraisland.com
This is one of the magical islands that make up French Polynesia in the South Pacific. Just 18 miles (29 kilometers) long, this lush little slip of land lies in a protected lagoon edged by white sandy shores, the best being at Matira Point. Bora Bora boasts the nickname the “Romantic Island,” a moniker easy to appreciate with its isolated beaches, intimate hotels, and quiet atmosphere.

4-The Hamptons, New York
www.hamptons.com
One of the hip spots for the air-kissing, well-heeled set, the Hamptons boast some of the prettiest beaches on Long Island. The unspoiled shoreline begins around Southampton and runs east to the end of the island at Montauk. Windswept dunes and waving grasses border the Atlantic Ocean.

5-Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
www.hawaii.com
Half a mile of sparkling sand, palm trees swaying over a white beach, lush tropical plants, and endless sunshine make Lanikai one of Hawaii’s most scenic beaches. The shore is protected by a nearby coral reef, which keeps the surf relatively calm. The water is always deep green and postcard-perfect.

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