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#deepweb | There’s a sports conflict in a British court with connections to Boston

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New Balance wants to extend its “kit” deal with Liverpool that it first forged in 2011 (“kit” is a British term for uniform). The Brighton-based athletic shoe and apparel company believes its contract allows it to match any competing offer, while Liverpool, owned by Boston-based Fenway Sports Group, believes it can maximize its newfound position as a global soccer powerhouse by striking a more lucrative deal with the far larger Nike company.

Adding an awkward local wrinkle to the High Court of England and Wales (Commercial) drama is that Fenway Sports Group also owns the Red Sox, and New Balance and the Red Sox have maintained a close corporate partnership that reached new heights just as the Liverpool-New Balance kit deal began.

Whether or not the Red Sox-New Balance relationship will be affected by the New Balance-Liverpool dispute is yet to be known.

What is known is that New Balance and Liverpool being unable to reach a settlement and having to go to court throws all the parties involved into a tangled web of deep-pocketed relationships.

“To me, it makes total sense there’d be a big fight, especially in European soccer,” said Jonathan Jensen, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina who teaches sports marketing. “There is no salary cap, and these players are going to the highest bidders with these transfer fees that are paid. It’s like Major League Baseball on steroids.

“[Liverpool] needs to siphon every dollar they can possibly get in order to compete at that level and in order to sign those players. Every single year, essentially, these players are up to the highest bidder.

“It stands to reason, even something as innocuous as an apparel or kit sponsor, is it that big of a deal? Well, they’re trying to wring every last dollar out of that deal because they know they’re going to need it to keep [top scorer Mohamed] Salah or whomever.”

Liverpool won the Champions League title in June, the latest and most significant feat in its rise to the uppermost tier of European soccer, joining the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and Bayern Munich. Fenway Sports Group bought Liverpool for $477 million in October of 2010. A month before its Champions League victory, Liverpool was valued at $2.2 billion by Forbes magazine.

New Balance, with estimated annual revenues of more than $4 billion, struck a kit deal with Liverpool in 2011, and its current deal expires at the end of the season next summer.

Liverpool has struck a preliminary deal with Nike to be its next kit supplier.

Nike, according to the Times of London, has guaranteed Liverpool $37.7 million a year, while the deal with New Balance pays Liverpool $56.6 million a year. Liverpool, according to the Times and other European soccer media, was swayed by Nike’s promise of a global distribution network twice as big as New Balance’s, and a higher-than-average royalty rate of 20 percent that would translate into more revenue than New Balance could provide.

In its glimpse at the court papers, the Times reported that Nike said it would promote kit sales by using superstars, including Liverpool part-owner and basketball star LeBron James, tennis star Serena Williams, and the musician Drake.

In a statement, New Balance lauded its ability to deliver two prior home kits for Liverpool fans “and we continue to match the ambition and achievements of the club as it grows from strength to strength.” The statement went on to say, “In line with our current contract, we have matched the offer made by Nike. As part of the contract renewal process, LFC has called into question elements of the agreement and as such we are asking the courts for clarity on this case.”

Irwin Kishner, co-chairman of the sports group at the New York-based Herrick Feinstein law firm, elaborated on the stakes.

“What’s got Liverpool all googly-eyed, if you will, is I think they see a much larger distribution network, particularly in Asia, more specifically China, and that market is ripe for the taking,” said Kishner, “and I see Liverpool saying, ‘Wait a second, what does New Balance have in comparison to Nike in China?’ And you really don’t have much of a comparison there; that’s just the way it is.

“From New Balance, I see this being a crown jewel that they are fighting tooth and nail to try and find a way of keeping in the family.”

The Red Sox and New Balance have been in business in a partnership that extends far beyond shoe deals.

A 2011 multiyear deal announcing New Balance as the ball club’s official footwear and apparel sponsor included the construction of the red neon “NB newbalance” video scoreboard that stands over the right-field bleachers at Fenway Park.

New Balance works closely with the Red Sox Foundation, the two serving as co-presenting sponsors of the Pan-Mass Challenge. New Balance is the presenting sponsor of Run to Home Base, which is co-sponsored by the foundation, and New Balance is listed as a charitable donor to the foundation.

At the very least, the fact that New Balance is taking to court the Red Sox’ “sister” company, Liverpool, creates a backdrop of tension against the deep ties currently maintained between the sporting world’s giants.

New Balance, the Red Sox, and Fenway Sports Group all declined to comment on whether the sponsorship deal between the Red Sox and New Balance has expired or is still active. They similarly declined to comment on any impact New Balance taking Liverpool to court would have on their relationship.

To add one more layer of context, the Boston Globe is owned by John Henry, the principal owner of Fenway Sports Group and the Red Sox. Henry did not respond to a request for comment on this story.


Michael Silverman can be reached at michael.silverman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeSilvermanBB

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Iranian #Hackers Have Set Up a #News Outlet to #Court Possible #Targets, #Security Firm Says

Iranian #Hackers Have Set Up a #News Outlet to #Court Possible #Targets, #Security Firm SaysAn Iranian cyber espionage group known as Charming Kitten is believed to be behind a campaign targeting academic researchers, human rights activists, media outlets and political advisors focusing on Iran, according to a report published earlier this week by Israel-based threat intelligence company ClearSky Cyber Security. The group has also set up a news outlet […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

Prague #appeals court allows #Russian #hacker extradition to #US

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A Prague appeals court on Friday upheld a lower court ruling that a Russian man who faces charges of hacking computers at American companies can be extradited to the United States.

Czech authorities arrested Yevgeniy Nikulin in Prague in cooperation with the FBI in October last year. He is accused by U.S. prosecutors of penetrating computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox in 2012.

Moscow also wants him extradited on a separate charge of internet theft in 2009.

Prague’s Municipal Court ruled in May that both extradition requests meet the necessary legal conditions.

Nikulin appealed his extradition to both countries but later withdrew an appeal against his extradition to Russia.

Following the ruling by Prague’s High Court, it is now up to the justice minister to approve or dismiss the extradition. It is not clear when a decision can be expected.

Nikulin’s defense attorney said he was “surprised, astonished and disappointed.”

“I don’t share the legal opinion of the High Court and I will take the steps I can to reverse it,” Martin Sadilek said.

State Prosecutor Marcela Kratochvilova welcomed the ruling.

“There are no reasons to prevent extradition,” she said.

Nikulin denied he was a hacker and claimed he’s a car lover. He ran a popular Instagram account devoted to sports cars and socialized with the children of the Kremlin’s elite, including the daughter of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Sadilek suggested again Friday that the case was politically motivated. He had previously said U.S. authorities appeared to be using Nikulin as a pawn in the investigation into alleged Russian hacking in the U.S. election.

Nikulin previously claimed he was twice approached by U.S. authorities while in detention, in the absence of his previous lawyer. He said they urged him to falsely testify that he cooperated in the hacking attack on the Democratic National Committee ordered by Russian authorities. He said U.S. authorities would, in exchange, give him money and a life in the United States, which he refused.

The U.S. has accused Russia of coordinating the theft and disclosure of emails from the Democratic National Committee and other institutions and individuals in the U.S. to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Russia has vigorously denied that.

There is no indication that Nikulin’s case is connected to the DNC hacking accusation.

Judge Karel Semik said Friday what what Nikulin is accused of is a normal criminal act and not a politically motivated criminal activity. Semik stressed it is not a task for the Czech court to decide whether he’s guilty but whether the extradition request meets all necessary legal conditions.

The hearing took place in the presence of heavily armed police officers. Nikulin was transported from a nearby prison to the court room via an underground tunnel.

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Cyber #hackers target #Spain’s top #court as Catalonia’s #leader is #threatened with 30 years in prison if he declares #independence

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Cyber #hackers target #Spain’s top #court as Catalonia’s #leader is #threatened with 30 years in prison if he declares #independence

Spain’s most senior court fell victim to a massive cyber attack as hackers launched an “Operation Free Catalonia” campaign.

The country’s constitutional court said unknown hackers had accessed its computer systems on Friday.

The Spanish National Security Department said the hack was part of a recent campaign to flood government websites with slogans in support of independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia.

Social media groups linked to cyber hacking group Anonymous said they would roll out action as part of “Operation Free Catalonia”.

Meanwhile, Spanish attorney general José Manuel Maza is reportedly preparing to have Carles Puigdemont – president of Catalonia and figurehead of the independence movement – arrested for rebellion.

El Pais reported Puigdemont faces a charge of sedition, punishable by up to 30 years in prison, if he formally declares independence or tries to change the Spanish constitution.

It comes after the regional leaders of Catalonia – including Barcelona – held an independence referendum earlier this month on whether to break away from the rest of Spain.

The separatists claimed victory with a majority of more than 2million votes, but the ballot was declared illegal by the government in Madrid .

There were allegations of police brutality as officers used force to break up pro-independence rallies and close polling stations.

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday said he would curb the powers of the parliament of Catalonia, sack its government and call an election within six months in a bid to thwart the independence movement.

It came after Puigdemont failed to meet a deadline to withdraw the threat of a declaration of independence, instead accusing Madrid of refusing to negotiate.

“If the government continues to impede dialogue and continues with the repression, the Catalan parliament could proceed, if it is considered opportune, to vote on a formal declaration of independence,” Puigdemont said in a letter to the Prime Minister.

He also said after the referendum: “At this historic moment… I call for the right for Catalonia to independent and form a republic.”

The Prime Minister responded in parliament on Wednesday: “It’s not that difficult to reply to the question: has Catalonia declared independence?

“Because if it has, the government is obliged to act in one way, and if it has not, we can talk here.”

The measures to curb Catalonia’s autonomy and hold fresh elections must now be approved by Spain’s upper house, the Senate, where a vote is scheduled for October 27.

King Felipe used a prize-giving ceremony in the north-western region of Asturias to indicate support for the government.

The king, normally a ceremonial figure, said: “Catalonia is and will remain an essential part. Spain needs to face up to an unacceptable secession attempt on its national territory, which it will resolve through its legitimate democratic institutions.”

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Russian hacker wanted by U.S. tells court he worked for Putin’s party

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A Russian hacker arrested in Spain on a U.S. warrant said on Thursday he previously worked for President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party and feared he would be tortured and killed if extradited, RIA news agency reported. Peter Levashov was arrested while on holiday in Barcelona in April. U.S. prosecutors…

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Court Enforces $4.8M in Insurance Coverage for Email Scam

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The legal landscape for insurance coverage for business email scams remains unsettled, but a recent decision from a Manhattan judge ordering an insurer to cover $4.8 million in losses for a company that fell victim to a “spoofing” scam may give plaintiffs a new weapon in coverage disputes. Southern District…

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Texas officer’s warning to bullies: ‘Stop it or I’ll see you in court’

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ KAUFMAN, Texas — A Kaufman County Constable disgusted by student bullies, issued a warning to them and their parents on Facebook: Stop it or I’ll see you in court. The constable …

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Man to face court over child pornography

A 33-year-old Sydney man will face court over an alleged child sex exploitation and computer related offences.

Police say the man entered into a series of explicit convesions with a person he believed to be the father of an 11 year old girl.

He then allegedly set up a meeting near Parramatta where detectives from Strike Force Trawler moved in.

He’s been charged with child exploitation and the transmissionof child pornography.

Detectives have also searched a home at Dee Why on Sydney’s Northern Beaches where they seized computes, electronic storage devices and mobile phones.

Source:http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/nsw/2017/04/21/man-to-face-court-over-child-pornography.html

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Man appears in court on suspicion of abusing month-old child

The father of a one-month-old child was charged with abuse Friday after doctors found the baby had multiple leg fractures.

Alex Tyler Halseth, 21, appeared before Yellowstone County Justice of the Peace David Carter on two counts of felony assault on a minor.

Carter ordered Halseth held in place of a $50,000 bond.

Halseth’s public defender said Halseth is a veteran and 20-year resident of Billings.

On Thursday, the one-month-old was taken to St. Vincent Healthcare by a babysitter who noticed bruises on the boy’s face and a cut in his mouth, according to court documents. Doctors later found the baby had at least four leg fractures, including fractures to the baby’s femur bones, according to court documents.

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Tasmanian woman to appear in Cairns court on identity theft charges

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Tasmanian woman to appear in Cairns court on identity theft charges

A Tasmanian woman charged over a swathe of fraud and identity theft offences has been remanded in custody. Cassandra Thomas, 50, appeared in the Cairns Magistrates Court this morning charged with more that 130 offences. She was extradited from New …

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