The Facebook hack affecting 50 million people also let the attackers access users' Tinder, Spotify, and Instagram accounts (FB)

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  • Facebook got hacked, it revealed on Friday — and 50 million users’ accounts were compromised.
  • What’s more, if the victims logged into other services — like Tinder, Instagram, or Spotify — with their Facebook accounts, those might be affected to.
  • It’s not clear whether the attackers did this, but the possibility may force companies that rely on Facebook’s login system to launch their own investigations.
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was among the 50 million affected users.

Life just got worse for the 50 million people caught up in what may be the biggest hack of Facebook ever.

On Friday, the Silicon Valley tech firm revealed that it had detected a security breach in which an as-yet unknown attacker, or attackers, managed to gain access to tens of millions of users’ accounts by exploiting vulnerabilities in its software.

But it wasn’t until a second, follow-up conference call with reporters on Friday that Facebook acknowledged one of the most alarming parts of the incident: Not only did the hackers obtain the ability to access the Facebook accounts of the affected users, they also had access to any other service in which a person used their Facebook account to register — including apps like Tinder, Spotify, and Airbnb. 

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, may also have been affected.

The revelation drastically widens the potential impact of the hack, putting people’s private data elsewhere across the web at risk. It may force the numerous major companies and startups reliant on Facebook’s login service to audit their own systems for evidence of malicious activity as a result.

Tinder, Airbnb, and Spotify — perhaps three of the highest-profile tech companies to use Facebook’s login service — did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

So what happened? In short, the attackers found a way to trick Facebook into issuing them “access tokens” — basically, digital keys — that let them access other users’ accounts as if they were that user. After spotting some unusual activity earlier this month, Facebook realized what was going on on Tuesday evening and subsequently revoked these access tokens before disclosing the hack publicly on Friday — though not before 50 million people were affected.

These access keys also let the attackers theoretically access any other services that someone used Facebook’s login service to log in to, whether that’s dating app Tinder, or a niche smartphone game, and gain access to highly personal information. 

It’s not clear whether this has actually occurred — when asked, a Facebook exec said only that the company was early in its investigation — but the possibility may force the other companies to undertake their own investigations into the issue.

It’s also not yet clear who is behind the attack on Facebook, or whether the attacks were targeted, and the reason behind it. Facebook has now patched the vulnerabilities and revoked the compromised access tokens, forcing affected users to log back in (though their passwords haven’t been compromised, the company says) and notifying them about the issue.

But there are at least two high-profile victims of the hack that we know about: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and COO Sheryl Sandberg. A spokesperson confirmed that the company’s two top execs were both among the tens of millions of users affected.

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The TVLine-Up: What's New, Returning and Leaving the Week of Sept. 30 – TVLine

This weekly feature is in addition to TVLine’s daily What to Watch listings.

With nearly 500 scripted shows now airing across broadcast, cable, streaming and whatever “Gunpowder & Sky’s DUST” is, it’s easy to forget that a favorite comedy is returning, or that the new “prestige drama” you anticipated is about to debut. So consider this our reminder to set your DVR, order a Season Pass, pop a fresh Memorex into the VCR… however it is you roll.

Below you’ll find 21 season premieres (including returning favorites Criminal Minds, Will & Grace and The Man in the High Castle), five series premieres, a handful of finales (including Fear the Walking Dead) and more.

Sunday, Sept. 30
7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos Season 29 premiere (ABC)
7:30 pm 60 Minutes Season 51 premiere (CBS)
8 pm The Durrells in Corfu Season 3 premiere (PBS)
8 pm The Simpsons Season 30 premiere (Fox)
8:30 pm God Friended Me series premiere (CBS)
8:30 pm Bob’s Burgers Season 9 premiere (Fox; new time slot)
9 pm Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 finale (AMC; get renewal status)
9 pm Poldark Season 4 premiere (PBS)
9 pm Family Guy Season 17 premiere (Fox)
9:30 pm NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 premiere (CBS; get scoop)
9:30 pm Rel time slot premiere (Fox)
10 pm Talking Dead finale (AMC)
10:30 pm Insecure Season 3 finale (HBO; get renewal status)

Monday, Oct. 1
8 pm The Neighborhood series premiere (CBS)
8:30 pm Happy Together series premiere (CBS)

Wednesday, Oct. 3
9 pm SEAL Team Season 2 premiere (CBS)
10 pm Criminal Minds Season 14 premiere / Episode No. 300! (CBS; get scoop)

Thursday, Oct. 4
8 pm Superstore Season 4 premiere (NBC; get scoop)
8:30 pm The Good Place regular time slot premiere (NBC; get scoop)
9 pm Station 19 Season 2 premiere (ABC)
9 pm Will & Grace Season 10 premiere (NBC; get scoop)
9:30 pm I Feel Bad time slot premiere (NBC)
10 pm Law & Order: SVU regular time slot premiere (NBC)

Friday, Oct. 5
12 am The Man in the High Castle Season 3 premiere (Amazon; all 10 episodes; already renewed)
12 am Dancing Queen docuseries premiere (Netflix; all eight episodes)
12 am Into the Dark series premiere (Hulu)
12 am Big Mouth Season 2 premiere (Netflix; all 10 episodes; watch trailer)
8 pm Fresh Off the Boat Season 5 premiere (ABC; new night and time)
8:30 pm Speechless Season 3 premiere (ABC; new night and time)
9 pm Child Support Season 2 premiere (ABC)
9 pm Z Nation Season 5 premiere (Syfy)
10 pm Van Helsing Season 3 premiere (Syfy)
11:30 pm Animals. Season 3 finale (HBO; not yet renewed)

Saturday, Oct. 6
10 pm 48 Hours time slot premiere (CBS)
10 pm Flight of the Conchords: Live from the London Apollo (HBO special)
10 pm Versailles final season premiere (Ovation)

What’s on your TVLine-Up for the week ahead?

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Why GOP senators dropped sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell like a hot potato – CNN

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That’s an incredible amount of pressure to put on a person who has no known experience testifying, who is telling her most painful memories, and who is subjecting herself to public disbelief and ridicule. She did not seek out the spotlight like Kavanaugh did, she does not have the experience, training or personality for anything remotely like this.
But somehow, to the surprise and chagrin of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s supporters, she nailed it.
Blasey Ford was up front about what she remembered and candid about what she did not. She was not defensive when pressed by Rachel Mitchell (the sex crimes prosecutor brought in to question Blasey Ford because the male Republican senators were afraid to do it themselves). She was credible and did the best she could to tell the truth as she remembers it.
What changed after Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh hearing?What changed after Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh hearing?
I have defended many people accused of serious sex crimes in my private practice. In my career, I have cross-examined dozens of women who had made allegations against my clients similar to what Blasey Ford said happened to her. While it is certainly possible she does not remember every detail accurately, she is not lying.
In stark contrast, Judge Kavanaugh was raw and angry when he testified. Perhaps that’s not surprising given what he is being accused of, what his family has gone through during this process, and what Republican politicians and supporters may have told him about what his demeanor should be.
But angry doesn’t always mean credible. In fact, it’s usually a very bad sign when a witness gets angry, especially when the witness starts fighting with the lawyer (or in his case, the senator) questioning him.
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While I don’t agree his anger was helpful, I don’t think Judge Kavanaugh was trying to lie to the committee. To lie, a person has to intend to mislead. He has to know the truth and intentionally disregard it. I don’t think that happened here.
I think Judge Kavanaugh actually believes this didn’t happen. But I believe it’s entirely possible that a teenage Kavanaugh was just too drunk to recall what happened over 30 years ago. And, if this happened the way Blasey Ford described it, it’s probably not the only time something like this occurred in his life.
The reality is that this process — this hearing — was never about finding the truth. The format of the hearing was not designed for that. There was no objective, professional investigation of the allegations beforehand to document witnesses’ testimony and other potential evidence. The GOP senators brought in a seasoned prosecutor to question Blasey Ford about her allegations, but only gave her five-minute slots in which to ask detailed, critical questions of the witness.
That’s not Ms. Mitchell’s fault. Several people have criticized Ms. Mitchell’s questioning of Blasey Ford. That criticism is misplaced. If Republican senators were expecting her to grill Blasey Ford and try to poke holes in her story, then they don’t know anything about career sex crime prosecutors.
Kavanaugh case opens old wounds for many survivorsKavanaugh case opens old wounds for many survivors
If they wanted a lawyer to rake Blasey Ford over the coals and try to suggest she wasn’t telling the truth, they should have hired someone like me — a criminal defense lawyer. The worst person to hire for that job is a dedicated sex crimes prosecutor.
In my experience, once a prosecutor like Ms. Mitchell believes a victim is credible, the truth-finding process is over for them. They become the victim’s advocate.
That’s what happened today. Ms. Mitchell asked the questions she was supposed to ask. She tried to show inconsistencies in Blasey Ford’s statements. She tried to show political motivations and improper influence.
But at some point, Ms. Mitchell decided she believed Blasey Ford. I think that happened when she called her a “victim” of sexual assault trauma. At that point, I don’t think she was going to do anything to hurt Blasey Ford. Perhaps that’s why the Republican senators decided to drop her like a hot potato when it came time to really confront Judge Kavanaugh about these allegations.
I don’t think Blasey Ford is lying, and I don’t think Judge Kavanaugh is lying. I think there is a real doubt about what happened at that house 36 years ago. That doubt would prevent Judge Kavanaugh from being convicted of a crime based on these allegations. But the same doubt may be enough to keep Judge Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court.

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FBI agents reportedly sought interviews with one of Brett Kavanaugh's accusers 'as early as' Friday night

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  • FBI agents were homing in on a potential witness to interview on Friday night, shortly after President Donald Trump authorized the agency to conduct a supplemental background check on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
  • FBI agents reportedly took steps to schedule an interview with one of the two additional women who came forward with their own accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.
  • The attorneys for one of the two women were reportedly contacted by the FBI to schedule an interview “as early as tonight,” a source for the LA Times said.

FBI agents were homing in on a potential witness to interview on Friday night, shortly after President Donald Trump authorized the agency to conduct a supplemental background check on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, sources in a Los Angeles Times report published Friday.

FBI agents reportedly aimed to schedule an interview with one of the two additional women who came forward with their own accusations of sexual misconduct involving Kavanaugh. Christine Blasey Ford, a California-based professor who alleged Kavanaugh was “stumbling drunk” when he sexually assaulted her during a small party in the 1980s, was the first accuser who was publicly identified.

Following the publication of Ford’s account in a Washington Post report on September 16, Deborah Ramirez, a fellow Yale classmate, and Julie Swetnick, a woman who claimed to have witnessed Kavanaugh display “abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls,” came forward with their own reports about Kavanaugh.

It was unclear if the woman the FBI reportedly took interest in on Friday was either Ramirez and Swetnick — the LA Times report did not reveal the woman’s identity.

The attorneys for one of the two women from the report were reportedly contacted by the FBI to schedule an interview “as early as tonight,” a source for The Times said. The sources added that the process could start sometime during the weekend.

On Thursday, lawmakers from the Senate Judiciary Committee listened to emotional testimonies from both Kavanaugh and Ford.

Ford recounted how Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her over her clothes, and covered her mouth with his hand when she started to yell. Kavanaugh “categorically and unequivocally” denied the allegation, but stopped short of claiming Ford had fabricated the incident.

Asked multiple times by lawmakers if he believed an FBI investigation would be prudent, Kavanaugh dodged the question and deferred the decision to the Judiciary Committee.

“I welcome whatever the committee wants to do, because I’m telling the truth,” Kavanaugh said during the hearing.

On Friday, the committee voted along party lines to move Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate floor. During the procedural vote, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona conditioned his approval by asking that an FBI investigation, one that was “limited in time and scope,” be conducted prior to a formal vote by the entire Senate.

The final confirmation vote for Kavanaugh is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.

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'Criminal Minds' Executive Producer Erica Messer Teases a 'Season of Reflection' – Helena Independent Record

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Facebook just announced it was hacked, and almost 50 million users have been affected (FB)

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  • Facebook announced a major new security breach on Friday.
  • 50 million users accounts were affected by the attack, in which attackers were able to take over users’ accounts.
  • It’s not yet clear who’s behind the attack.

A hacker gained access to nearly 50 million Facebook user accounts by exploiting a weakness in the social network’s systems, Facebook said on Friday.

News of the cyber attack — which appears to be one of the most significant in Facebook’s history — sent shares of the company down roughly 3% in midday trading on Friday, adding to the pile of woes currently weighing on the company.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a conference call with journalists shortly after the news was announced, underscoring the severity of the situation. 

“We do not yet know whether these accounts were misused but we are continuing to look into this and will update when we learn more,” Zuckerberg said in a blog post published on Friday.

The Silicon Valley tech firm said it discovered on Tuesday that an unknown attacker, or attackers, had taken advantage of a security flaw to take over users’ accounts. The flaw was related to the “View As” feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like through the eyes of another user, Facebook explained. 

“This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts,” Facebook’s VP of Product Management Guy Rosen wrote in a separate blog post.

“Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app.”

Facebook says it’s not yet clear who is behind the attack.

On the conference call, Rosen said that there was no evidence that users’ private messages had been compromised, but cautioned that that could change as the process continues. It’s also not clear on what grounds people were targered, or why.

The revelation comes a day after a famous Taiwanese hacker publicly declared plans to delete Zuckerberg’s Facebook account and to livestream the feat. Facebook representatives said on the conference call that they did not believe the cyber attack was related to the Tawainese hacker.

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Criminal Minds Will Feature Its Wildest Killer Yet In Season 14 – Cinema Blend

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Criminal Minds is heading towards a tremendous milestone: its 300th episode. As viewers will see when Season 14 premieres, the show will be taking that number into account when it comes to the UnSub the team will be profiling in the episode. When asked about the potential of running out of criminals for the series to explore, Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer responded by revealing the 300th episode will feature one of the series’ most active killers yet. Messer said:

Yes, you read that correctly. The murderer featured in the 300th episode will have killed as many people as there have been episodes of Criminal Minds. That is a lot of deranged “criminal minds” to have explored. With the series moving forward beyond Episode 300, it may lead one to wonder if the show could be facing a supply shortage when it comes to criminals. Well, Criminal Minds showrunner, Erica Messer has assured TVLine there is no scarcity when it comes to discovering real-life atrocities.

Just in case you thought that television might be blowing things out of proportion, the 300th episode’s killer proves otherwise. As her quote indicates, the serial murderer featured in the season premiere of Criminal Minds is based on a real-life figure, who is believed to have murdered more than 300 people.

That may mean there will not be much dramatic license at play when it comes to their kill rate. Erica Messer expressed how she was skeptical about a murderer having taken 300 lives before learning more. She continued, saying:

You read that last bit correctly. The whereabouts of the murderer known as the Monster of the Andes are currently unconfirmed. While Criminal Minds is basing its character on this real-life serial murderer, the episode is unlikely to end without the fictionalized version’s reign of terror having been brought to an end.

The 300th episode’s killer was not the only disturbing thing Erica Messer talked about in her interview. When asked about the number of serial killers currently active in the United States, Messer shared that, statistically speaking, contacts within the FBI have said there are at least 50 open cases at a time. That is an unsettling number, to say the least.

It is an indicator that Criminal Minds can only scrape the surface of unsettling case files to base its killers on. For viewers of Criminal Minds and other crime procedurals, the idea of actually catching a killer and ending the potential for future victims is undoubtedly a silver lining watching the show holds. Despite the disturbing nature of the events that surround them, Criminal Minds‘ showrunner has promised a reprieve via some romance.

Find out how the team tracks down the latest killer when the 300th episode and fourteenth season premiere of Criminal Minds premieres Wednesday, October 3 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS. The crime procedural will be joined by a ton of new programming set to arrive on CBS, along with other series coming this fall.

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'The Senate must vote!': Trump backs Brett Kavanaugh's 'powerful, honest, and riveting testimony,' and urges lawmakers to confirm his nomination to the Supreme Court

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  • President Donald Trump appeared optimistic following a contentious public hearing and urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to push for a vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
  • “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him,” Trump said in a tweet on Thursday afternoon. “His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting.”
  • Trump’s remarks come amid a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

President Donald Trump appeared optimistic following a contentious public hearing and urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to push for a vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

“Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him,” Trump said in a tweet on Thursday. “His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting.”

“Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist,” Trump added. “The Senate must vote!”

Trump’s remarks come amid a hearing with Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Trump, who publicly endorsed Kavanaugh after several women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations, previously said he was open to hearing Ford’s testimony but accused Democrats of trying to railroad what should have been a seamless vote along party lines.

“The Democrats are playing this game that’s disgraceful,” Trump said on Wednesday. “It’s disgraceful to this country.”

A vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination was is scheduled for Friday morning, but as of Thursday night, it was unclear whether the process would be delayed. Democrats have urged for an FBI investigation into Ford’s allegations.

Kavanaugh, who frequently appeared combative with the line of inquiry from Democrats, said he “will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process.” 

“You may defeat me in the final vote, but you’ll never get me to quit, never,” Kavanaugh said.

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When To Hire Criminal Lawyers In Abu Dhabi: Advice For Visitors … – Mondaq News Alerts

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE as well as the emirate of
the same name. It is a beautiful city with amazing modern and
traditional architecture from the various mosques in the city
through to the very modern Louvre in Abu Dhabi and the striking and
easily identified Etihad Towers.

While Dubai may be the most well-known city in the United Arab
Emirates, Abu Dhabi is quickly becoming equally as popular. This
includes an increasing amount of tourism to the city and the
emirate, as well as the movement of international businesses into
the Abu Dhabi free zones.

In addition, since 2004 and the new vision of Sheikh Khalifa for
a more modern city, several large projects have been undertaken to
increase tourism. This includes the development of Yas Island,
which is a racing facility that includes a Formula 1 track and a
Ferrari theme park.

In addition, Saadiyat Island has been developed into a cultural
area, including a Guggenheim museum, the Zayed National Museum, the
Louvre Abu Dhabi, a maritime museum and a maritime museum and
marina district. These attractions, as well as the traditional and
iconic attractions in the city, are bringing in greater numbers of
tourists every year.

To increase international tourism, the leadership in Abu Dhabi
has made some changes to this traditional city. While seen as much
more conservative and more strict in following Islamic law, there
have been changes in the laws to accommodate tourism, including a
loosening of alcohol laws in specific areas of the city.

While there have been changes in the law, it is still common for
tourists to assume that they do not have to follow local laws,
which can result in violations of the law. Other crimes that may be
relatively minor in some western countries may be significant legal
issues in Abu Dhabi, and hiring a criminal lawyer for
representation is highly recommended to avoid any misunderstanding
of the options and the significance of the alleged offense.

Court Appointed Lawyers

There are now court-appointed lawyers available to individuals
in the UAE charged with specific types of crimes. These are the
crimes that include the possibility of the death sentence or life
imprisonment, which means they are serious felony types of crimes.
Crimes included in this category are murder and attempted murder,
drug convictions, arson with death so well as inciting suicide.
These are also common death penalty crimes in many other

However, in the UAE, there are a variety of other crimes which
also fall under the capital punishment category of crimes. Although
the death sentence is rarely carried out in these crimes, long
prison sentences are possible with a conviction. These types of
crimes include rape, blasphemy, adultery, apostasy (renunciation of
the Muslim faith or adoption of other religions), perjury,
homosexuality, and aggravated robbery.

For all other crimes, a court-appointed lawyer is not an option.
This means the individual accused of the crime is responsible for
hiring his or her attorney. Choosing an international lawyer at a
top international law firm provides the resources, legal expertise
and the experience in the UAE court system to provide the legal
representation required in both significant as well as lesser types
of crimes.

While most tourists will not face capital punishment types of
cases, there are other legal issues that can result in jail time or
significant fines. Working with an experienced criminal lawyer
familiar with the courts and working with prosecutors can be
instrumental in getting these cases reduced or even dismissed
without the need for jail time or significant fines.

Alcohol Consumption

In Abu Dhabi, most hotels and their restaurants, nightclubs, and
bars serve alcohol. However, it is important to avoid being
intoxicated in public, which means staying inside the hotel and off
public streets and areas when consuming alcohol. Drinking in
public, even if not intoxicated, is also forbidden. Visitors should
always check with the hotel staff before assuming it is acceptable
to drink outside of the venue.

Visitors to the area cannot buy alcohol legally from stores, but
it is possible for residents with a license to make these
purchases. Visitors attempting to buy alcohol or making a purchase
illegally can be fined and even jailed for this offense. For those
staying in the area for work or business as residents, obtaining a
license is possible. This license stipulates the amount of alcohol
you can purchase.

Drinking and driving in Abu Dhabi is a serious offense, as it is
in most countries around the world. It is highly recommended for
any alcohol-related offense to contact a criminal lawyer to help
reduce the fine or even to have the charge dismissed. Often other
charges, such as disorderly conduct or similar charges may also be
included, which can make the potential of longer jail time or more
significant fines a reality without legal representation.

Public Displays of Affection

In Abu Dhabi, as well as the rest of the UAE, tourist areas are
typically not monitored for public displays of affection. If there
is a complaint, however, this can become an issue that tourists
have to face. It is also not allowed in the country to have a
sexual relationship out of marriage, which means common-law
relationships and partners are not recognised as such in Abu Dhabi.
Having these relationships, including sharing a hotel room if not
married, can result in deportation, fines or going to jail.

In any public location, including parks, beaches, and cultural
settings, couples should be aware that anything more than holding
hands can be considered a crime. For same-sex couples, there should
be absolutely no public displays of affection of any sort. As
homosexuality is a significant charge under Sharia Law, same-sex
couples need to be extremely careful in their presentation of their
relationship throughout the country, even in tourist areas.

Behaviours That Offend

Swearing or using offensive terms or gestures in public, or even
online, can result in a criminal charge. Individuals need to be
careful to avoid using derogatory terms, religious themes or words
or in making any type of gesture that may be interpreted as

While these may seem like typical daily events in many Western
countries, in the UAE they can result in jail time or even
deportation. A criminal lawyer can often intervene in these cases
and have the case dismissed or a fine rather than jail time or
deportation considered.

Taking Photos

Most tourists to Abu Dhabi want to have photos of their visit.
However, it is a crime to take photos of government buildings,
military facilities or to take pictures of other individuals
without their permission. Taking pictures in mosques and other
important buildings and areas of the city can also be illegal, so
always ask and confirm before taking any pictures to avoid possible
legal consequences.

Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence and, if posted online
and in any way determined to be critical or derogatory, this can
include significant prosecution. Some types of photography
equipment, binoculars and other types of electronics may also
require special licenses to be considered legal.

Reading in advance and respecting cultural rules is a simple way
to avoid these types of legal issues. If there is a charge, working
with a criminal lawyer to address the issue is the best option for
anyone holidaying or visiting the emirate. Click here for more

The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.

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Meet Michael Avenatti, the high-profile lawyer and professional sports car driver who represents Stormy Daniels and might run for president

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  • Michael Avenatti is an attorney whose most famous client is Stormy Daniels.
  • He has inserted himself into the national conversation this year, often making claims about high-profile people, including President Donald Trump and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Avenatti is also considering a 2020 presidential bid.
  • Here’s a look at his career, and claims he’s made over the last several months.

At the moment, Michael Avenatti may be the most high-profile lawyer in America. The 47-year-old seasoned litigator has made headlines in recent months thanks to his famous client, porn star and director Stormy Daniels.

Just days before the 2016 US election, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to Daniels to keep her silent about an affair she allegedly had with Trump in 2006.

Avenatti has since sued the president, on Daniels’ behalf, accusing Trump of invalidating a non-disclosure agreement, and of defaming Daniels. Avenatti says the violation allows Daniels to reveal her side of the story to the public, and in March, she started doing just that with a blockbuster “60 Minutes” interview on CBS News.

Appearing on dozens of cable news shows, tweeting frequently, and often making claims that he has explosive information on people in the news, Avenatti has attempted to make himself a household name — and he’s even mulling a 2020 presidential bid.

Most recently, he announced that he has evidence of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh participating in sexual misconduct in high school and that he was representing a group of people who could back up the claims.

Here’s what you should know about Michael Avenatti:

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Avenatti graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Three years later, he received his JD degree from George Washington University.

During college and law school, Avenatti worked for The Research Group, a campaign research firm founded by Rahm Emmanuel, former President Barack Obama’s chief of staff and the current Democratic mayor of Chicago.

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After graduating law school, Avenatti worked at O’Melveny & Myers, a high-powered Los Angeles law firm. Over the course of his legal career, he has contributed to several high-profile cases involving Paris Hilton, Jim Carrey, and members of the rock band The Eagles.

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