Iran was responsible for a cyber attack on a dam located outside New York City, the U.S. Justice Department has determined.
An anonymous U.S. official told the Associated Press this week that the Justice Department is expected to issue an indictment soon over the cyber attack that targeted the Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye Brook, New York in 2013.
According to CNN, U.S. officials have been able to trace the attack to hackers working for the Iranian government. The incident was considered unsophisticated, as hackers were only able to gain control of some of the dam's technology through a cellular module, but did not have the power to shut off the dam or control its water supply. more >>
A U.S. Air Force veteran was found guilty of trying to join the Islamic State terror group, a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, determined this week.
A jury found 48-year-old Tairod Pugh guilty of attempting to provide support to a terrorist organization, as well as obstructing justice after six hours of deliberation on Wednesday.
Prosecutors argued during the week-long trial that Pugh had made contact with IS militants and viewed pro-jihad propaganda online before traveling to Turkey in January 2015 in an attempt to cross the Syrian border and join the terrorist organization. more >>
World Olivet Assembly has acquired a property once owned by the New York City Mission Society, which was used for the past eight years as shooting grounds, with plans to restore the land for Christian mission.
The acquisition of the property, about 70 miles north of New York City, was publicly announced on March 5 after the completion of the closing process.
Over the course of its 200 year history, the Society provided Christian tracts, relief, education and vocational training to New Yorkers. The New York City Mission Society used the property's campgrounds to offer summer activities for inner-city teens and adults until it was sold in 2005 to a former IBM executive who used the property as shooting grounds. more >>
ABC TV network is set to debut the risque "soap opera"-like drama "Of Kings and Prophets," a series with graphic sex and violence said to be inspired by the Bible's Old Testament that has prompted the Parents Television Council to issue a warning to advertisers.
"We are urging each potential sponsor of 'Of Kings and Prophets' to carefully weigh whether an 'extraordinarily violent' and 'sexual' broadcast TV show that has been compared to an explicit premium cable TV show is truly a good fit for their corporate image," said PTC President Tim Winter in a statement Tuesday. "TV shows that are filled with sex and violence will only remain on the public airwaves as long as advertisers are willing to sponsor them. We urge companies to use caution when considering whether or not to advertise on this show … "
ABC execs admit that they're intentionally pushing the limits with the new series. more >>
A regional body of the United Methodist Church announced its plans to ignore the denominational rules barring non-celibate homosexuals from ordination.
The New York Annual Conference's Board of Ordained Ministry released a statement Tuesday noting that they will no longer consider the sexual orientation or gender identity of an ordination candidate.
A fraud case alleging that Donald Trump defrauded thousands of students through the now-defunct Trump University moved forward in New York, and Forbes Magazine says the Republican presidential frontrunner has a history of exaggerating his wealth.
Trump has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the world's richest people in its 30th annual list. His net worth was estimated at $4.5 billion by Forbes, leaving him 324th amongst the richest people in the world, according to the list.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates was named at the top of the list for a third consecutive year, bringing in a net worth of $75 billion, while Spain's Aamancio Ortego came in second, with business magnate Warren Buffet in third. more >>