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Australian LLWS manager suspended for violation

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- The manager of the Australian team at the Little League World Series was suspended by Little League Baseball in June and was sitting in the stands as his team lost to Mexico 3-2 in its opener on Thursday.

As the parent of a child on the team, Klae Calvert is allowed to watch from the stands, but he's not allowed to be around the players or coaches to help them in any way.

Calvert, who coached his team through the state tournaments in Australia, was suspended by Little Leagu e Baseball in June for playing a game in which one of his 13 players did not have an at-bat. That player just happened to be his son, 9-year-old Thomas Calvert, who was left in the on-deck circle in the team's 5-2 victory in its first game of the national tournament that it eventually went on to win.

Calvert is the first manager in the history of the Little League World Series to be suspended for the duration of the tournament. That's because, in March, Little League Baseball changed the penalty for violating what is referred to as the "Mandatory Play Rule" from two games to a complete suspension.

"Early in tournament play, Klae Calvert was removed as the manager for Gold Coast Little League (Australia Region Champion) for the duration of the Little League International Tournament for a violation of the Little League Mandatory Play rule," said Little League Baseball spokesman Kevin Fountain, in a statement provided to ESPN. "As stated i n Tournament Rule 9, Failure to meet the mandatory play requirements in this rule is a basis for protest. If one or more players on a roster do not meet this requirement, and if protested or brought to the Tournament Committee's attention, it shall result (by action of the Tournament Committee) in the removal of the team's manager, without replacement, for the remainder of the International Tournament. Gold Coast Little League will continue the remainder of the tournament with the two coaches as listed on their tournament affidavit."

Sources familiar with the recent process that changed the penalty from two games to a permanent suspension said that there was an opinion that managers were willing to take advantage of the rule, by sitting players and absorbing a suspension, as long as their team went on to win. Making the penalty permanent would reduce the temptation to game the system.

Calvert said he simply got caught in a juggling act that day an d realized, with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, that if his player Matthew White got out, his son Thomas wouldn't get an at-bat if his team was able to finish off its opponents in the top of the sixth.

"I knew exactly what the stakes were there," Calvert said. "And I didn't think for a second about doing anything but doing what was right. I could have said that Thomas had sprained an ankle or I could have hit Thomas for Matt and hit him out of order and gotten a suspension of a couple games instead of for the entire tournament. But I played it the way Little League would have wanted me to play it."

Immediately after the game, Calvert said he and his colleagues called Little League to report what had happened and, after looking over the box score, confirmed that Calvert had been suspended for the duration of the tournament. In the meantime, his players continued to win with the dugout down to two coaches.

"Little Leagu e Baseball says they are about doing what is right for the kids," Calvert said. "I'm not sure how leaving them with two people in the dugout from three makes it less stressful for them. But they were resilient. My absence seemed to inspire them."

Calvert was banned from the venues during the team's run to Williamsport.

He said he stood on cars in a parking lot in Albert Park Baseball Complex for games located in southeastern Australia. For the final game, in which his team pitched a no-hitter, he said he stood on a sewer tank.

After Gold Coast became the first team to qualify for this year's tournament on June 11, Calvert and parents of the children on the Australian team prepared a plea to Little League Baseball by sending letters of support. They mentioned how his slighting of an at-bat couldn't have been strategic or intentional -- it was his own son. But it was to no avail. The organization responded by saying that the rules w ere the rules.

"There is no real appeals process here," Calvert said. "I very much respect the rules, but at the same time there has to be some understanding for how the dynamics work in the dugout."

Calvert, who spent years pitching in the minors and independent leagues, is trying to make the most of the trip.

He is a pilot for Virgin Australia and arranged to fly the boys on a Boeing 777 on their 12-hour, 44-minute trip from Australia to Los Angeles.

Source: Google Australia | Netizen 24 Australia


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Australian boy who hacked into Apple network admired the group, court told

Melbourne Australian boy who hacked into Apple network admired the group, court told

Company says no data compromised by 16-year-old although court hears he stored information’ in a folder called ‘hacky hack hack’

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An Apple store in New York. A Melbourne boy has admitted to hacking files and accessing customer accounts from the company’s network. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

A 16-year-old boy hacked into Apple’s mainframe, downloaded internal files and accessed customer accounts because he was a fan of the company and hoped to work there one day, a Melbourne co urt has heard.

According to The Age newspaper, the boy’s lawyer told the children’s court in Melbourne on Thursday that his client had hacked into the Apple network on multiple occasions over one year because he admired the company.

The boy, who studies in a private school, stored the saved information in a folder titled “hacky hack hack”, the newspaper said.

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Despite the court being told that the teenager had downloaded 90GB of secure files and accessed customer accounts, Apple â€" the world’s most valuable company â€" has denied that customers were affected.

The company said it identified the security breach and notified the FBI, which in turn referred the matter to the Australian federal police.

“At Apple, we vigilantly protect our networks and have dedicated teams of information security professionals t hat work to detect and respond to threats,” a company spokesman told Guardian Australia in a statement.

“In this case, our teams discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement. We regard the data security of our users as one of our greatest responsibilities and want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised.”

The Age said customer data had been accessed, and that the boy managed to obtain customers’ authorised keys â€" their login access.

The AFP searched the teenager’s home last year and seized two computers. The serial numbers of the devices matched those of the devices that had accessed the internal systems, a prosecutor told the court.

The boy also shared details of his hacking with members of a WhatsApp group.

Apple would not specify to Guardian Australia what information had been accessed by the boy, or how they identified the br each.

The boy pleaded guilty and will return to the court for sentencing in September.

Dr Suelette Dreyfus, a privacy expert from from the University of Melbourne’s school of computing and information systems, urged against a punitive sentence.
“I have researched a number of teen hacker cases internationally,” Dreyfus said.

“Almost all these teens grew out of the technology boundary-pushing of their youth, and then went on to live useful lives and contributing to society. Putting them in prison is often a waste of that potential.

“Young people often make mistakes when they are exploring and rule-breaking especially online â€" including boasting about their exploits. It’s not right, but for tech teens, it can be a part of growing up ... there’s usually a really worried teen and family at the end of this sort of court case.”

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Australian teen stole 90 gigabytes of private data from Apple servers

A Melbourne, Australia teenager is facing criminal charges after accessing Apple’s backend network multiple times over a year, according to Australian newspaper The Age. He apparently did this out of love, his lawyer says, because he admired the company and “dreamed of” working there. He managed to download 90GB of “secure files” and customer accounts, although it’s unclear exactly what part of the network infrastructure he accessed.

He reportedly developed multiple backdoors and evaded detection up until a raid on his parents’ home exposed a bunch of stolen files and instructions saved in a folder very obviou sly named “hacky hack hack.” Australian police also seized two laptops, a phone, and hard drive from the teen. He also apparently relied on some sort of software to help him inside, but again, it’s not clear what function this software served. He has pleaded guilty and is due next month for sentencing. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update if we hear back.

This, of course, isn’t the first time hackers have been drawn to Apple data. Most infamously, hackers accessed multiple celebrities’ iCloud accounts through a phishing campaign that led to the publishing of female victims’ nude photos. It’s possible that this Australian hacker also infiltrated iCloud accounts as opposed to some deep layer of Apple’s network. More recently, the Turkish Crime Factory claimed to have stolen hundreds of millions of iCloud credentials, but ultimately was found to have just recycled already public data. It isn’t clear whether this Australian teen found a nove l way in or relied on old work.

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