World Briefs: Islamophobia on the rise in Germany

Islamophobia on the rise in Germany

BERLIN • Islamophobia has risen markedly in Germany, a study published yesterday showed, underscoring the tensions simmering in German society after more than one million migrants, mostly Muslims, arrived last year.

Every second respondent in the study of 2,420 people said they sometimes felt like a foreigner in their own country due to the many Muslims here, up from 43 per cent in 2014 and 30.2 per cent in 2009.

The number of people who believe Muslims should be forbidden from coming to Germany has also risen, the study showed, and now stands at just above 40 per cent, up from about 20 per cent in 2009.


Access to hacked servers on sale

MOSCOW • Cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab says it has uncovered an online marketplace where criminals from all over the world sell access to more than 70,000 hacked corporate and government servers for as little as US$6 (S$8.15) each.

Kaspersky discovered the forum after a tip from a European Internet service provider. The market, called xDedic, is operated by hackers, who are probably Russian-speaking and who have ditched their traditional business model of just selling passwords and graduated to earning a commission from each transaction on their black market.


Wildfire 'probably caused by humans'

CALGARY • The Fort McMurray wildfire in northern Alberta that forced the evacuation of 90,000 residents and shut in more than a million barrels per day of oil output was most likely caused by human activity, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.

The RCMP appealed for public assistance in determining how the fire started and whether a criminal offence was involved.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe