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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-08

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  • [01] Teenage cracker arrested for cyber attacks on Interpol, US government websites
  • [02] ND leader meets Fillon
  • [03] Health minister in NY
  • [04] Greek bankers on reforms
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Teenage cracker arrested for cyber attacks on Interpol, US government websites

    ANA-MPA/An 18-year-old hacker wanted since Feb. 24, 2008 by international law enforcement agencies for cracking Interpol and US government websites and engaging in "digital vandalism", was arrested by Attiki electronic crime squad officers, it was announced on Tuesday.

    The teenage electronics genius cracked the Interpol website in Lyon, France, in Feb. 2008 and a year later he targeted the US government website destroying archives and other highly important files.ana-mpa

    The French and American authorities notified the Greek electronic crime squad, which in turn was able to track the electronic traces of a Greek internet user who was just 16 years old at the time of the cyber attacks.

    A police search in the house of the suspect conducted on Monday in the presence of a prosecutor revealed incriminating evidence proving that the 18-year-old is the owner of the server involved in the 2008 and 2009 cyber attacks in France and the United States. According to police, the cracker was impossible to trace due to special software he had created using BOTNETS, also known as "zombie army".

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    [02] ND leader meets Fillon

    PARIS (ANA-MPA/O Tsipira) - Greece's main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras met with French Prime Minister François Fillon here on Tuesday,.

    Speaking to reporters afterwards Samaras referred to the main points of his discussion with Fillon.

    Samaras explained to the French prime minister all the points on which he disagrees on an EC/ECB/IMF troika plan, stressing that ND is unable to consent to a plan that, a year later, showed that "the recipe has failed."

    The ND leader also raised the following issues:

    -The need for strengthening fluidity with the participation of the European Investments Bank, so that fresh money can enter the real economy.

    -The future of common agricultural policy and the consequences for Greece after the reform in 2013.

    -The problems being faced by the injured Greek society.

    -The immigration issue, with stress on the need for the revision of Dublin II so that the EU can also share the responsibilities.

    Caption: French Prime Minister Francois Fillon(L) meets Greek main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras (R) on Tuesday 7 June 2011 in Paris./ ANA-MPA/ Goulielmos Antoniou

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    [03] Health minister in NY

    NEW YORK (ANA-MPA/P. Panagiotou) - Health and Social Solidarity Minister Andreas Loverdos was expected to arrive in New York on Tuesday evening to represent Greece at the International Summit on combatting HIV/AIDS, whose sessions will begin at the UN headquarters on Wednesday and come to an end on Friday.

    Loverdos will present Greece's positions and efforts to combat the virus of HIV/AIDS, while speaking from the General Assembly's podium on Thursday.

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    [04] Greek bankers on reforms

    ÁÍA-MPA/Eurobank's chief executive, Nikolaos Nanopoulos, on Tuesday said "fatigue" and delays in promoting the necessary reforms were leading to deviation from original goals and commitments in the country.

    Addressing a FT conference in Athens, the Greek banker noted that this situation was not offering a way out. Instead, further, more difficult decisions, interventions with redesigning of the course, intensifying adjustment efforts, were needed, Nanopoulos said, adding that implementing a Mid-Term adjustment program without any delays or deviation was a necessary precondition for the country to exit the crisis. ana-mpa

    The measures will be painful, but inactivity or denial were not a solution. Nanopoulos underlined that for such a painful plan to succeed it was necessary to achieve the widest possible political and social consensus.

    Commenting on the domestic banking system, Nanopoulos said a trend towards strategic partnerships and greater consolidation was a logical development, when conditions would allow it. "They are very complex initiatives, that need attention and very good planning and cooperation to offer a positive result for the economy," he said. ana-mpa

    Panagiotis Thomopoulos, president of the Financial Stability Fund, addressing the conference said that Greek banks resisted the crisis despite pressures and predicted that a trend of capital outflow could be reversed as the Greek economy gradually restored market confidence.

    Alexandros Tourkolias, deputy chief executive officer in National Bank, said interventions by the European Central Bank to support the domestic banking system were not a sustainable solution in the long-term and said banks needed to gradually lower their dependence from ECB's funding operations. Tourkolias predicted that the country's banking chart will change in near term.

    Alexandros Manos, Piraeus Bank's chief executive, said a rise in taxation was limiting room for manoeuvring in efforts to exploit the state's real estate property and urged for a consensus on a minimum taxation of wealth and for a stable tax regulatory framework.

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    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Criticism on the government's economic policy and the mid-term programme and further revision of the measures mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Turmoil in government".

    AVGHI: "Black out on government and in Squares".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "70 ruling PASOK deputies take Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou to task".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Back and forth over public sector and taxes".

    ESTIA: "The lies continue".

    ETHNOS: "German Finance Minister Wolfgang Shauble: Support to Greece right now".

    IMERISSIA: "Obama's and Merkel's support".

    KATHIMERINI: "US President Barack Obama: Greece must not go bankrupt".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "PASOK deputies' harsh criticism against economic policy".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Popular movement against capital, its political parties and the EU".

    TA NEA: "Obama to German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Take care of Greece".

    VRADYNI: "Up to 50 percent cuts in pensions".

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