BEIJING — Police in central China have shut down a hacker training operation that openly recruited thousands of members online and provided them with cyberattack lessons and malicious software, state media said.
The crackdown comes amid growing concern that China is a center for a global explosion of Internet crimes. Search giant Google said last month its e-mail accounts were hacked from China in an assault that also hit at least 20 other companies.
Police in Hubei province arrested three people suspected of running the hacker site known as the Black Hawk Safety Net that disseminated Web site hacking techniques and Trojan software, the China Daily newspaper said. Trojans, which can allow outside access to a computer when implanted, are used by hackers to illegally control computers.
Pro-Russia candidate declares Ukraine win
KIEV, Ukraine — Pro-Russia opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych declared victory in Ukraine's presidential runoff but his opponent rejected the claim, saying the vote was too close to call.
Exit polls showed Yanukovych — the main foe of protesters in Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution — with a narrow lead in Sunday's vote over Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a key figure in those pro-democracy protests.
Ukraine's Central Election Commission reported Monday that Yanukovych was ahead 49.2 percent to 45.2 percent with 61.7 percent of the vote counted.
Afghans flee before planned NATO push
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Minivans piled high with mattresses and clothing lined up at checkpoints Sunday as hundreds of civilians fled a Taliban-controlled area ahead of a planned NATO offensive in southern Afghanistan.
The militants, meanwhile, dug in for a fight, reinforcing their positions with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy weapons, according to witnesses.
The U.S. military has not given a start date for the operation to clear insurgents from the Helmand province town of Marjah, the biggest community in the south under insurgent control. But the military has said fighting will start soon and many residents weren't taking any chances.
Costa Rica electing its first female president
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Costa Rica's ruling party presidential candidate has a commanding lead in early election returns.
Laura Chinchilla appears headed to become the Central American country's first female president. With 11 percent of the votes counted, she has nearly 49 percent of the ballots.
The closest contender is the Citizens Action Party candidate Otton Solis with just over 22 percent.
Chinchilla is a protege of the current president, Nobel Prize winner Oscar Arias.