The USA-made Polar Bottle and Cenote hydration system brands now have increased marketing fire power with the addition of two new marketing and public relations associates – Liza Milijasevic and Elisa Schauer.“We have created great presence and buzz around Polar Bottle and Cenote, especially through social media, and wanted to maintain that momentum, while also ramping up our strategic marketing and PR efforts to support our fast pace of growth – both in the US and internationally,” explained Judy Amabile President.“I’m confident Liza and Elisa are the perfect team to help us achieve those goals.”Liza Milijasevic brings 20 years of strategic marketing and public relations experience with major consumer brands and retail corporations in the US and Europe. Liza has consulted on marketing and PR for the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Leisure Trends Group. She lives in Boulder with her husband and three daughters and enjoys travel and hiking with her Siberian Husky.Liza remarked, “I am very excited to be involved in the strategic planning and public relations for Polar Bottle and Cenote as the brands are already so well positioned to succeed in existing and new markets.”Elisa Schauer is a graduate of University of Colorado, Boulder, in Advertising and Integrative Physiology. While at CU, Elisa was a key member of the National Championship Triathlon team and interned in the marketing department at American Rec.Elisa is a Colorado native with an active outdoor lifestyle including hiking, camping and cross fit. She lives in Boulder with her boyfriend and two pit bull rescues. Elisa said, “I’m thrilled to work for a company that has such great products but also a highly positive impact on the environment and community.”www.polarbottle.com Related
Marguisa, a Spanish shipping line that specialises in West Africa trade lanes, recently added Calabar to its network following an agreement with the local authorities of the Nigerian port last year.The deal with NileDutch will see the service expanded from the first week of November 2019 to include calls in Pointe Noire and São Tomé. This is in addition to the existing calls at Bata and Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.NileDutch will become slot buyer for the regular service. Calabar will be restricted to Marguisa’s cargoes only.www.marguisa.comwww.niledutch.com
Much like his Embiid, who only started playing basketball at 15, Ngannou was a late-bloomer to mixed martial arts. He was raised as one of five children in the poverty-stricken village of Batie and was only 12 when he went to work in the sand mines to support his family. Basically raised by a single mother, Ngannou was a Tyson fan and wanted to box, so he dabbled and drained in the sport for a few years. He knew there was little future in fighting stuck in the mines and realized if he wanted to become serious about the sport, he’d have to leave Cameroon.“If it was easy for me, I would have stayed in Cameroon,” Ngannou said. “I like to be close to my family. But one day, I felt like I didn’t have a choice. I left everything of my 26 years life behind me, closed the door and go somewhere where I don’t know what it looks like.”His new home was Paris. But Ngannou had no friends, no plan, no support system and lived on the streets. Ngannou worked in the kitchen for a humanitarian organization that helped homeless in Paris.“Being in the street in Paris, it wasn’t scary,” he said. “I embraced that situation because I knew worse than that. I’ve been in a worse situation than that one. Being in the streets in Paris was more comfortable than almost all the situations I’ve been though in my life.”And the worst situation?“I wasn’t able to have a kid life,” he said. “It’s not a good one. I don’t like it.”Ngannou found his way in his 20s and eventually visited the MMA Factory where he met his eventual coach, Fernand Lopez. Lopez would convince Ngannou to forget about boxing and drilled him in jiujitsu and wrestling and a career in MMA.Ngannou made his pro debut in 2013 and was in UFC about two years later in December 2015.Ngannou, who speaks French and English, has not forgot his past and was offended when President Donald Trump reportedly used a profane term to describe African countries last week.“All those people that he was talking about are people like us,” he said. “It’s kind of difficult to accept a thing like that. For myself, the goal for me was to lift my country and (to) see someone who just wants to break that dream, that hope for people (is tough). This guy is like a shame for America. America was built from immigration. America is the country that the world, the poor countries look at and, not expect America to give them something, but just to look at them as an example and build their own country and get a better situation.”Ngannou’s family is still in Cameroon and he wanted his mother and a 17-year-old brother (“he’s very smart”) to come live in the United States.Up first, a shot at the title.Standing in his way is Miocic (17-2), who has a date with heavyweight history and will set the UFC record for consecutive title defenses in the division at three with a victory.Ngannou has one plan — for that UFC title to get wrapped around his waist.“Life beat me up a lot of times,” Ngannou said, “and I want to take my revenge.” FILE- In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Francis Ngannou, left, hits Alistair Overeem in the first round during a UFC 218 heavyweight mixed martial arts bout, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez, File)BOSTON (AP) — Francis Ngannou has knockout power that snaps back heads like Pez dispensers and earned him comparisons to Mike Tyson in his ferocious heyday.Ngannou has stood tall against all opposition in his UFC career and his terrifying run has shaped the challenger into the betting favorite in the heavyweight champion bout against Stipe Miocic.He’s not afraid to go face-to-face with anyone — even against his fellow Cameroon native, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. Ngannou, 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, was absolutely dwarfed by the 7-2 Embiid in a visit Thursday morning at Sixers shootaround .Ngannou was ready to pull on his MMA gloves.“He should be my next opponent,” Ngannou said.“I think I’d kick his ass,” Embiid said, laughing.Embiid pulled in Ngannou for a bro hug and predicted the No. 1 contender would win by knockout in the second round.“That’s a good prediction,” Ngannou said.It would also be a long night of work for Ngannou. The 31-year-old Ngannou (11-1) hasn’t needed to go beyond the first round in any of his last four bouts and has never gone past the second in his 12 pro fights.Knock out Miocic, and Ngannou would complete the made-for-movies tale of homeless to heavyweight champ and position himself as perhaps UFC’s most dominant big man since Brock Lesnar.Ngannou fights just seven weeks after his stunning victory of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 on a left uppercut that rolled the eyes of the fallen foe to the back of his head. The crushing KO has been replayed in perpetuity to hype Saturday’s fight.At Fenway Park, the heavy hitter said he can’t escape the clip of his biggest swing.“Any time I open my email, my Instagram, my story, people send it to me in different versions,” Ngannou said. “I think I did very well. It was all about to connect. And I connected.”Blink and you might miss the crowning of a new champ.“Good for him. He got a great knockout,” Miocic said.Ngannou’s rise was hardly as swift.
The Steelers won 13 games but also allowed Tom Brady to light them up late in a mid-December loss that determined home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. They couldn’t stop Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles from orchestrating a playoff upset at Heinz Field that brought a season filled with Super Bowl expectations to an emphatic and sudden halt.The moves freed up about $7 million in cap space, money Pittsburgh can now use in part to retool around veteran cornerback Joe Haden, promising if erratic cornerback Artie Burns, and safety Sean Davis.Mitchell spent four uneven seasons with the Steelers, who made a rare splurge in free agency when they brought him in from Carolina in 2014, signing him to a five-year, $25 million deal. Mitchell picked off four passes and recovered four fumbles in Pittsburgh. He also reined in the questionable hits that cost him tens of thousands of dollars in fines earlier in his career.He also served as a firebrand for a secondary in transition following the retirement of stars Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor. Yet he would occasionally go for the big hit when a routine tackle would have sufficed, an issue that popped up at inopportune times.Gay’s departure leaves quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the only player from Pittsburgh’s last Super Bowl victory nearly a decade ago. Gay carved out a niche as a reliable and versatile defensive back. He has played in 176 consecutive games while spending 10 of his 11 seasons with the Steelers. Gay’s playing time decreased last season as rookie Mike Hilton took over his spot as the nickel back.Golden filled in at various spots in the secondary, though his real impact was on special teams, a unit he served as the captain from 2014-16.The moves came a month after Tom Bradley replaced Carnell Lake as defensive backs coach. Lake stepped down shortly after the playoff loss to Jacksonville to spend more time in California to watch his son play high school football.Pittsburgh, as has long been its custom, stayed quiet on the first day of the league’s new year. The Steelers have focused most of their work over the last six weeks trying to get under the 2018 salary cap, something they’ve done largely through restructuring existing contracts.While Pittsburgh has depth concerns at safety and inside linebacker, it’s likely the Steelers will rely heavily on the draft to address those needs. Davis and J.J. Wilcox are the only safeties on the current roster with serious NFL experience. Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier has already been ruled out for 2018 as he recovers from spinal surgery in December.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen runs upfield before being tackled by-Steelers defensive-backs Willie Gay (22) and Mike Mitchell (23) September 1, 2017 at Heinz Field. (AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Mitchell brought bluster and a physical if occasionally volatile presence to the Pittsburgh secondary. William Gay was a steady hand and contributed a decade of consistency to the Steelers. Robert Golden had the hard-to-quantify intangibles that made him a special teams ace and reliable backup.And now they’re gone.The two-time defending AFC North champions released all three players Wednesday, signaling a shift in direction in a defensive backfield that faltered in key moments last season.
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The Electric Ireland Minor Team Of The Year The Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Hurling Team of the Year is: Darrach Fahy: Galway (Ardrahan), Caimin Killeen: Galway (Loughrea), Sean O’Leary Hayes: Cork (Midleton), Darren Morrissey: Galway (Sarsfields), Aidan McCarthy: Clare (Inagh-Kilnamona), James Keating: Cork (Kildorrery), Lee Gannon: Dublin (Whitehall Colmcilles), Daire Connery: Cork (Na Piarsaigh), Conor Fahey: Galway (Padraig Pearses), Brian Roche: Cork (Bride Rovers), Sean Currie: Dublin (Na Fianna), Adrian Mullen: Kilkenny (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Sean Bleahane: Galway (Ahascragh-Fohenagh), Jack Canning: Galway (Portumna), Brian Turnbull: Cork (Douglas).The four-man awards selection panel which was unveiled back in March, consisted of legendary former Cork hurler and current Clare hurling selector, Dónal Óg Cusack; former Armagh All Star footballer, Oisín McConville; former Galway hurler and AIB All Ireland Club hurling championship winning manager, Mattie Kenny and Meath Senior football manager Andy McEntee.The inaugural awards emphasise that there is ‘nothing minor about playing Minor’ and so will honour the best individual performers from the entire season, also recognising the crucial and admirable part played by the families, clubs and communities of players which allowed them to get to this point in their sporting career.Dónal Óg Cusack, Electric Ireland Minor Star Awards Judge; “To be named on the Hurling Team of the Year is a real honour for these players, their families, counties, schools and clubs. There is some serious talent in the team and we are looking at the future of hurling there. They deserve recognition for the commitment and quality they gave to their teams this year both on and off the pitch and it gives their team mates and players across the minor championships something to strive for. Only one team can lift the All-Ireland but these great players can be celebrated.” Having been sponsor of the GAA All-Ireland Minor Championships since 2012, Electric Ireland has committed to continuing the partnership until 2021. Throughout the course of the partnership, Electric Ireland has been re-defining what it means to be a Minor in GAA with the This Is Major campaign, designed to empower young players, ensuring they feel driven to compete, improve and to strive for more in their sporting lives. Electric Ireland, sponsors of the GAA All-Ireland Minor Championships, have announced the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Awards Hurling Team of the Year for 2017. The Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Team of the Year will be formally recognised at the inaugural Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Awards that will take place in Croke Park on October 7th. The Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Hurling Team of the Year features six players from the winners, Galway along with five players from finalists, Cork. The team also features players from Kilkenny, Dublin and Clare. The team was selected by a panel of GAA greats from nominees that included the Electric Ireland Man of the Match and Player of the Week winners throughout the season. Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Hurling Team of the YearDarrach Fahy: Galway (Ardrahan)Caimin Killeen: Galway (Loughrea)Sean O’Leary Hayes: Cork (Midleton)Darren Morrissey: Galway (Sarsfields)Aidan McCarthy: Clare (Inagh-Kilnamona)James Keating: Cork (Kildorrery)Lee Gannon: Dublin (Whitehall Colmcilles)Daire Connery: Cork (Na Piarsaigh)Conor Fahey: Galway (Padraig Pearses)Brian Roche: Cork (Bride Rovers)Sean Currie: Dublin (Na Fianna)Adrian Mullen: Kilkenny (Ballyhale Shamrocks)Sean Bleahane: Galway (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)Jack Canning: Galway (Portumna)Brian Turnbull: Cork (Douglas)The Electric Ireland Minor Team Of The Yearprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email @ElectricIreland #GAAThisIsMajor
Intermediate Football Championship Quarter Final Kilkerrin-Clonberne 1-10 Headford 0-11Division 1 Football LeagueKillanin 1-21 St. James 1-9Tuam Stars 1-6 Salthill-Knocknacarra 0-5Milltown 1-20 Caherlistrane 2-9Division 2 Football LeagueMoycullen 2-15 Oughterard 1-8Division 3 Football LeagueClaregalway 3-12 Killererin 0-14Division 4 Football LeagueClifden W/O Ballinasloe –Leitir Mór 0-17 Williamstown 1-14Ard Ri Hotel Junior Football Championship North FinalSt Gabriel’s 0-15 Corofin 0-13Car Parts Warehouse Junior Football Championship West Semi FinalClonbur 2-11 Micheal Breathnach 0-8Car Parts Warehouse Junior A Football Championship West FinalSt. James 2-15 Barna 1-12Ard Ri Hotel Junior B Football Championship North FinalPadraig Pearses 2-10 Headford 0-13Ard Ri Hotel Division 8 football league North semi finalOranmore-Maree 4-20 Milltown 0-6WERS Waste U16 Football Division 2 Quarter FinalCaltra 7-14 Leitir Mór 0-5WERS Waste U14 Football Division 3 Championship FinalCraughwell 2-10 Caltra 1-2WERS Waste U12 Football Group 6 League finalKilconly 3-8 Milltown 0-9WERS Waste U12 Football Group 6 Shield finalCortoon Shamrocks 1-13 Killererin 0-6 Senior Football Championship Semi FinalsMountbellew/Moylough 3-15 Monivea-Abbey 1-4Corofin 0-11 Annaghdown 1-7 HURLING RESULTS:Salthill Hotel Senior B Hurling Championship Play-OffsClarinbridge 1-19 Athenry 1-8Killimordaly 2-18 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 0-23McGettigans Bar Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1Oranmore-Maree 1-16 Kilconieron 0-15Gullane’s Hotel Junior 1 Hurling Championship Semi FinalSylane 1-16 Bearna-Na Forbacha 0-11Gullane’s Hotel Junior C Hurling Championship Preliminary Quarter FinalsLoughrea 5-16 Mullagh 0-6Meelick-Eyrecourt 3-13 Tommy Larkins 3-5Menlo Emmetts 5-12 Ballygar 0-5Ocean Hygiene Supplies & Packaging Under 12 Hurling League – Group 1 Shield FinalTurloughmore 4-12 Moycullen 2-2Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship semi finalsCastlegar 2-13 Clarinbridge 2-10Athenry 1-15 Turloughmore 2-2Pier Head Minor B Hurling Championship semi finalsKillimordaly 4-18 Portumna 2-7Killimor 1-13 Moycullen 0-12Pier Head Minor B1 Hurling Championship semi finalSkehana-Mountbellew/Moylough 2-15 Carnmore 0-11Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Preliminary Quarter FinalsRahoon-Newcastle 1-0 Gort 0-0Liam Mellows 1-25 St Thomas 0-9Ocean Hygiene Supplies & Packaging U15 B Hurling Championship – Group 1Kilnadeema-Leitrim 4-18 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 3-5Ocean Hygiene Supplies & Packaging U15 B Hurling Championship – Group 2Rahoon-Newcastle 6-17 Mullagh/Kiltormer 4-5Ocean Hygiene Supplies & Packaging U15 B1 Hurling Championship – Group 1Ballygar 1-24 Meelick-Eyrecourt 1-13Ocean Hygiene Supplies & Packaging U15 C Hurling Championship – Group 1Padraig Pearses 5-17 Annaghdown 1-5print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email FOOTBALL RESULTS:
Mail theft leads to $400K in credit-card chargesA group in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is accused of stealing mail to get credit-card account numbers to buy nearly $400,000 in gift cards and merchandise at Meijer Inc. stores and other retailers, an indictment said. The suspects operated throughout Michigan, the government said. The indictment said that $396,000 was fraudulently charged to credit cards.Travis Keion Rolle, Edward Lee Rolle, Dontwan Alan Sanders, Michael Marcus Dillard, Natia Monique Hudson, Kendal Adrian Jones and Fabian Leon Johnson are named in an 18-count indictment alleging aggravated identity theft, possession of stolen mail, access-device (credit or debit card) fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud and aggravated identity theft. At least two of the suspects, Travis Rolle and Hudson, came to Kent County from Florida around March 15, “for the purpose of stealing mail and obtaining credit card account numbers assigned to other persons to purchase merchandise and stored-value cards (gift cards) from retailers,” Assistant US Attorney Christopher O’Connor wrote in the indictment.The government said stolen account numbers were used at Meijer stores in Kent, Kalamazoo, Eaton, Calhoun and Berrien counties. The mail was stolen from Kalamazoo, Kent, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, the indictment said. The indictment was unsealed Thursday, Sept. 20, upon the arrests of Travis Rolle, Fabian Johnson and Kendal Jones, court records showed. The charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and aggravated identify theft and possession of stolen mail carry potential penalties of five years in prison. Access-device fraud carries a penalty of up to 10 years. Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year prison term to be served consecutive to any other sentence. [Source: MLive]- Sponsor – Employee, sheriff’s office deputy prevent $136,000 scamIn New York, quick actions by a Walmart employee and an Erie County Sheriff’s deputy prevented a woman from losing over $136,000 to a phone and computer scam, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday. The employee, who works at the Walmart on Transit Road in Lancaster, called the ECSO on Tuesday after an Elma woman attempted to buy multiple gift cards in large dollar amounts, totaling thousands of dollars.The customer told the deputy that she had received a call from an individual saying he was from the Better Business Bureau. The individual provided the victim with a fake ID number and said that he was calling her because she was owed a refund from a company that was going out of business. The individual then told the woman to enter her personal information into a computer refund and to enter $509.98 to claim the refund. The individual then claimed she made an error in entering the refund, and that she was accidentally paid too much. The caller insisted the victim go to Walmart and load money onto gift cards to repay the difference for the overpaid refund. She was also instructed to pay cash for the gift cards.The victim’s bank noted that six transactions totaling over $136,000 occurred recently and that transfers were still pending. The bank representative placed an immediate stop on the transactions, stopping the victim from losing any money. The deputy followed the victim home and recorded information about her computer. A followup investigation determined that the suspect had gained remote access to the victim’s computer and was able to transfer funds between the accounts.“BBB commends the quick-thinking employee who recognized the scam and urges all businesses to educate and empower employees to be part of the solution to scams and fraud,” said Warren Clark, President and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York. “Consumers also need to understand the tricks of scammers, and can learn more at BBB.org/AvoidScams. We also urge anyone who has been targeted by a scammer to report it to BBB.org/ScamTracker.” [Source: WIVB4 News]Halloween spending to hit $9BTotal spending for Halloween will stay about the same as last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. It will reach $9 billion, the second highest in the survey’s 14-year history, just missing last year’s record $9.1 billion in sales. Most of it, $3.2 billion, will be spent on costumes (bought by 68% of Halloween shoppers), followed by $2.7 billion on decorations (74%), $2.6 billion on candy (95%) and $400 million on greeting cards (35%).More than a third (35%) of those looking for costumes will search online for inspiration, 29% in stores, 19% will ask friends and family, 19% will look to Pinterest and 16% will look to Facebook, according to the report. For costumes, party supplies and other goodies, 45% will head to discount stores, 35% to a specialty Halloween store or costume store, 25% to department stores, 24% to grocery stores and 24% to the internet. [Source: RetailDIVE]Former top cop accused of shopliftingA former Hinsdale, Massachusetts, police chief has paid $100 in court fees stemming from a shoplifting charge at Walmart, and store security told police they suspect her in a number of past shoplifting incidents.Nancy Daniels, 52, failed to scan $71.68 of merchandise at the self-checkout station and tried to leave the Curran Memorial Highway store without paying, according to security personnel, who reported incident to police about 8:30 a.m. Daniels did not deny the allegations, according to the probable cause report filed by North Adams Police Officer Brad Vivori. Daniels, who lives in North Adams, also is a suspect in several past shoplifting incidents, employees told police.In an affidavit filed with police, the asset protection assistant store manager said he had just compiled video and statements to press charges against Daniels for past shoplifting incidents when she entered the store shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday. Employees observed as she made “no attempt” to scan several items. Daniels was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday on a single count of shoplifting by asportation. The charge was continued without a finding and dismissed upon payment of $100 in court fees. Daniels was dismissed from her post as police chief in 2014 for allegedly failing to achieve adequate training — a decision that sparked controversy in the town. She had been named chief in 2013. [Source: The Berkshire Eagle]WATCH: Theft suspect ‘rolling back’ stalled getaway vehicleIan always has his phone out capturing content for his band ‘Unconfined.’ “Yeah, I film a lot for the band,” he says, “but I guess you just never know and it’s that age where if you see something you can catch it. You never know.” It was “content” that he found one Friday afternoon that turned an unexpected sight into a video now seen by nearly 30,000 people and shared close to 600 times.On September 14th, Ian was shopping at the Clarkston Walmart in Idaho. “I was coming out of the store and it was happening right in front of me. Basically what went down was he was pushing a cart out that he purchased a few things and I guess he had some stuff underneath that he wasn’t supposed to have, he didn’t pay for it.” Clarkston Police say loss prevention stopped the man, and struggled with his cart before he left everything and tried to run. What happened next made Ian whip out his phone.“This *expletive* dude just stole from Walmart,” Ian says in the Facebook video, “and he’s fleeing the scene but this *expletive* gotta push his car to start it. He’s gotta push-start his car!” There in the Walmart parking lot, Ian captured the man rolling back and forth trying to start his pickup. Ian even walked up and talked to him. “They’re gonna get you,” Ian says from behind his phone. The man stops pushing just long enough to look at him and say, “I know.”“One gentleman walked up to help him and the loss prevention people, everyone who saw the incident happen were yelling out saying not to help him,” Ian recalls. Without the aid of bystanders, the man, later identified as Johnathan Pursel, Jr. did get the Mazda started, but he didn’t get far. Clarkston Police pulled him over on Fair Street and arrested him. Ian caught that on video as well – he’s waiting to release it. The Clarkston Police report says Pursel was charged with a 3rd degree theft citation and has been trespassed from Walmart for 99 years. [Source: KLEW TV News]Hacker linked to data breach gets 14 years in prisonA Latvian computer programmer was sentenced to 14 years in prison for designing a program that helped hackers improve malware – including some used in the 2013 Target breach. Ruslan Bondars, a 37-year-old Latvian citizen, was found guilty at a May trial in Alexandria federal court, during which a co-conspirator revealed the pair had worked with Russian law enforcement. Hackers used their “Scan4You” program to see if anti-virus programs would identify their software as malicious; it could be adapted into malware kits sold to cybercriminals. Bondars argued there are legal uses for the product and he was not responsible for when it was used illegally.“Our position protects all online businesses; all online businesses have legitimate and illegitimate users,” defense attorney Jessica Carmichael said in court Friday. “It’s an interesting theory,” Judge Liam O’Grady responded, but not one that applies in criminal cases. He told Bondars, “There’s zero chance that you didn’t know the harm being done by the malware hackers used your service to perfect.” Prosecutors said it is common and perfectly legal to hold software developers liable for creating products that could be used for good as well as ill.“The defendant apparently thinks he is unique in being charged for creating and selling a computer product that had theoretical lawful uses. He is not. Malware often has theoretical lawful uses,” Assistant US Attorney Kellen Dwyer wrote in his sentencing argument. A co-conspirator Taylor Huddleston made a similar argument in an interview with the Daily Beast last year, saying he was being prosecuted for designing software he never intended as malicious. Huddleston, 27, ultimately pleaded guilty to a hacking-related crime in Alexandria; one of his co-defendants testified against Bondars.One Scan4You user was behind the 2013 theft of credit card information from about 40 million of Target customers. “I feel ashamed that some of the website users used it for such terrible things,” Bondars told the court in halting English Friday. But Bondars argued in court filings that the service had little to do with the massive data breach, which cost the retailer hundreds of millions of dollars. He emphasized the malware was also run through a mainstream virus-detection service and that Target’s own security system saw the breach but it was ignored. Bondars’s product was not actually used to help get into Target’s system or steal the information, according to court testimony. An expert from Verizon who helped investigate the hack said the files tested in Scan4You were likely used to figure out where payment information was stored.Cybersecurity experts have said the hacker, identified in court as “Profile 958,” is likely a Ukrainian named Andrey Hodirevski. Target is demanding restitution from Bondars; an amount has yet to be decided. While Bondars was never charged with direct involvement in any hacking and made little money from Scan4You, court documents show he had used malware to rob people and to trick people into buying anti-virus services they did not need. Services like Scan4You remain easy to find online; prosecutors say it was an “innovation” in malware that has inspired copycats. “At the beginning Scan4You was so small,” Bondars said Friday. “It got much bigger very quickly; it happened so fast.” [Source: The Spokesman-Review] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now