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Australian iOS device users get held up for ransom

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You've probably heard it by now. There are no viruses on Apple products. They don't run .exe files. They don't get hacked. It's the reason I usually use my iPad to do my banking (that, and a lack of questionable browsing history.) I used to believe that.

Well, now it looks like I have to confront the truth. In a series of cyber attacks that have swept Australia, iPhone users have been locked out of their devices and have received a message saying “Device hacked by Oleg Pliss. For unlock device, you need send voucher code by 100 usd/eur (Moneypack/Ukash/PaySafeCard) to email:lock404@hotmail.com for unlock."

According to Apple's support forums, the hack seems to operate through the “Find My Device” feature on Apple products, and it seems that the data may have been matched to an eBay breach that occurred earlier in the week.

People with a hacked device should immediately attempt to change their Apple ID credentials and set up multi-factor authentification.


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Janelle Monáe Scraps Australian Tour Due to Illness

Janelle MonaeJanelle Monae is "devastated" she has had to cancel her Australian tour due to illness.

The "Electric Lady" singer, who was set to perform a number of dates on her Australian and New Zealand leg of her Golden Electric Tour, had been advised by doctors to scrap the gigs and rest.

According to Billboard, a statement issued by promoters, Live Nation Australasia, said, "It has been confirmed that the remainder of the Golden Electric tour has been canceled and there will be no rescheduled performances. Ms. Monae is devastated at not being able to perform for her fans and has vowed to return to our shores in the not-too-distant future. Ticket holders will be contacted by the relevant ticketing outlet to advise of the process for obtaining a refund."

On Saturday, Janelle canceled her Melbourne show after support act Kimbra's opening performance, even though her band was already set up. The singer then canceled Monday night's show in Sydney and has now pulled the plug on the remaining dates.


Sarah Hyland Accuses Fan of Assault

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Television, Parties,

Sarah HylandSarah Hyland fled a party in Australia because a fan allegedly groped her.

The Modern Family star, who is currently shooting a special holiday episode of the show in the city, left a bash, hosted by Qantas at The Sebel Pier One in Sydney, in floods of tears on Tuesday night, after accusing the fan of grabbing her breast while asking for a photograph with her. The brunette beauty, who plays Haley Dunphy in the comedy series, pushed the man way and screamed, "Don't touch me there," before security intervened and police were called to the scene.

"A man is assisting police with investigations following an alleged indecent assault of a woman yesterday. It is alleged the man indecently assaulted the 23-year-old woman near Hickson Road, The Rocks, at about 7:50 pm. A 29-year-old man was arrested. Police are continuing their investigations," a spokesperson for the New South Wales Police Department told the MailOnline website.

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Selena Gomez Cancels Australian Tour

Selena GomezAustralian fans will be disappointed to hear that Selena Gomez has put the brakes on her tour to Down Under next year.

The 21 year-old singer/actress has been touring the States and Europe this year and has decided to take a break to recuperate from her gruelling work schedule. "My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them. But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be," the former Disney star said in a statement.

Gomez's rep confirmed the news, and a source close to the singer assured fans that she's not heading for a breakdown anytime soon: "Selena is fine, she's in a great space. She's looking forward to spending the holidays with her family."

With having finished 55 concerts in six months, the insider added that "she's just ready to be normal and at home with her family. She's been working nonstop since she was 15 and wants to take a minute to herself."

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Plan Four Wedding Celebrations

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Weddings, Birthdays, Parties, Rumors,

Angelina Jolie and Brad PittBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are planning four wedding celebrations.

The couple - who raise six children together, Maddox, 12, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, seven, and five-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - will kick-off their nuptials in Australia where Angelina is currently directing her new movie Unbroken.

Although the 38-year-old actress in located in sunny Sydney they will head to natural wonder Ayers Rock - known as Uluru by the natives - in the Northern Territory in December, which is when Brad is due to celebrate his 50th birthday which falls on December 18. "They are having the first party at Ayers Rock in Australia to tie in with Brad's 50th birthday in December. Angelina wants an aboriginal style ceremony at sunrise," a source told The Daily Star.

Brad and Angelina got engaged in April 2012 and in early 2014 they will be legally wed in an intimate ceremony in either Los Angeles or New Orleans. Following this they will head for the Bahamas, a place of importance to Angelina since the ashes of her mother Marcheline Bertrand - who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 56 - are scattered on the island.

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Angelina Jolie to Spend Thanksgiving in Australia

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies,

Angelina Jolie and her kids in SydneyAngelina Jolie will be celebrating Thanksgiving in Australia.

The 38-year-old star is currently in Sydney with her six children, Maddox, 12, Pax, nine, Shiloh, seven, Zahara, eight, and five-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - whom she raises with fiane Brad Pitt - while she shoots new film Unbroken. The family will be spending the popular holiday - which falls on November 28 this year - Down Under.

Angelina's father Jon Voight is disappointed he won't be able to spend the holiday with them, but says they are all having a great time in Australia. According to the New York Daily News Confidenti@l column, Jon told reporters at the Chelsea Piers' Children of Chernobyl benefit, "My grandchildren are just terrific. Angie's working on her film and directing her film in Australia, so I won't be able to see them this holiday."

The 74-year-old actor also revealed he was bursting with pride when his daughter won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Awards in Los Angeles earlier this month. It highlighted her work as the co-founder of the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative and her involvement as a special envoy in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. "It's a very high honor. I'm very proud of her," he said.

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Travis Barker Apologizes for Flying Fear

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Concerts / Tours, Rock,

Travis BarkerTravis Barker can't get past his horrific plane crash.

The Blink-182 drummer has apologized to fans for missing the band's upcoming Australian tour, that kicks off in Sydney on Wednesday and admitted he is still haunted by the crash in 2008, in which four people died, and hasn't been able to board a plane since.

In a heartfelt message on his Facebook page on Saturday night, the rocker said, "I'm sorry to announce I won't be joining Blink-182 on this Australian tour. I still haven't gotten over the horrific events that took place the last time I flew when my plane crashed and 4 people were killed, two being my best friends. I gave the band my blessing to take another drummer if they still wanted to do the tour without me. I hope to come to Australia again some day perhaps by ship if need be. Unfortunately, there wasn't a boat that worked with the schedule this time around. Once again I'm sorry to all the fans."

The 37-year-old rocker suffered second and third degree burns in the crash, in which he and his good friend DJ AM - who died of an accidental overdose less than a year later - were the only survivors.

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Australian courts overturn ruling the ACCC brought against Google

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Corporate News, Google,

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Six grueling years of the ACCC dragging Google in and out of Australian courtrooms and hearings for "misleading advertisements" displayed in search results have now come to an end.

Five Australian High Court judges have overturned a ruling requiring Google to set up programs that properly vet ads. The lawsuits started because of the specific claim that if one were to search Google in 2006 for "Honda Austrailia," the user would also be shown sponsored ads from competing car companies. This new ruling, however, proves that the concern of the ACCC is an outdated one.

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Joel Madden Wants to Move to Australia

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Television,

Nicole Richie and Joel MaddenJoel Madden and Nicole Richie are to emigrate to Australia.

The Good Charlotte is currently Down Under with his wife and their two children, Harlow, four, and two-year-old Sparrow, while he films the Australian version of The Voice and he is so taken with the country, he wants to make the move permanent.

"It's like home away from home. I would love citizenship, I've always talked about it. It's my favorite country in the world. We love it here, our kids love it here. Also, people are kind of getting used to us being here which is cool because it's a little bit more like a neighbor," he said.

The couple are said to have been looking at schools in the Sydney area to send Harlow and Sparrow to if they do decide to move. Fashion designer Nicole recently said she had fallen in love with Australia and wanted to spend more time in Sydney: "We're going to be out here for a while, both of us love it. Sydney is my favorite city, we're definitely going to be looking to spend more time here, what's not to love!"


Mix Tape: Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, Jay-Z and U2

Description-Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are teaming up for a new musical project. The two will star in Joyful Noise, a movie about a church choir they want to save.

-Interesting tweets aren’t the only things Kanye West has to offer these days. West has announced that he’ll be “dropping 1 new song every weekend until Xmas.” The track could be a Kanye tune or a “new Jay song etc.” He’s calling the event “good Fridays.”

-Speaking of Jay-Z, the rapper will be joining U2 for stops in Australia and New Zealand. Tickets for the five dates - Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth - will go on sale starting September 3. That leg of the tour begins November 25.

-Singer Faith Evans was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department over the weekend for suspicion of DUI. Notorious B.I.G.‘s widow, who had her car impounded, is prepping to release an album in October.


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