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APS Bank, HSBC Bank (Malta) and Lidl (Malta) are three of many websites Chrome will be labelling unsafe

Unfortunately it turns out that APS Bank is one of many websites Chrome will be labelling unsafe next April.  Also, HSBC Bank Malta, Lidl Malta and Next will be labelled unsafe next October.

[UPDATE – The websites were all updated thus will not be labelled unsafe!]

According to computer security engineer Arkadiy Tetelman, who works at Airbnb according to his blog, out of one million websites he tested, just 11,510 are going to go be labelled unsafe in April, with 91,627 which will be blocked next October.


As the register explains, “thanks to a decision in September by Google to stop trusting Symantec-issued SSL/TLS certs, from mid-April Chrome browser users visiting websites using a certificate from the security biz issued before June 1, 2016 or after December 1, 2017 will be warned that their connection is not private and someone may be trying to steal their information. They will have to click past the warning to get to the website.

APS Bank is one the text list of unsafe domains which can be found here. The certificates of these domains will be untrusted from next April. Similarly, HSBC Bank Malta is on the list of unsafe domain certificates which will be untrusted from next October. It can be found here.

I wrote to APS Bank, Lidl Malta and Next Malta via Facebook to let them know of this. HSBC does not allow messaging.

UPDATE: APS Bank and Lidl wrote to me informing me that they are working on the issue. Great news!


Did You Feel Yesterday’s Earthquake



Did you feel yesterday’s earthquake? We sure did with shaking doors.
Earthquake’s epicentre was located south of the island. It was a 3.2 quake. The last earthquake happened in October, but nobody really felt that one.
The following images were posted by EMSC on twitter.


The following were reactions on Twitter:






The following were reactions on Facebook:

Please leave a comment if you felt it and want to share your experience.

Five Persons Dead in Military Plane Crash in Malta


Everyone this morning in Malta was shocked by the news of a Military Plane Crash. A aeroplane by the Luxembourg military allegedly was taking off to go on a military mission in Misrata in Libya, at 7.15am today.  News in Malta claimed that the plane was leased to Frontex, however on Twitter Frontex wrote that it “was not deployed by Frontex”.

The plane was of the twin-prop Metroliner type. The plane crashed near the road and the old Ħal Safi barracks.
So far it appears 5 persons are dead. It is not known whether other people are dead besides those in the plane.
RTK radio warned people not to go Ħal Luqa. Ambulances and fire engines went on the spot. Malta International Airport has been reopened with some delays in flights.

The BBC reported that Maltese authorities said that the flight had been part of a French customs operation to track illicit trafficking of drugs and people.
However French customs tweeted denying this: “Nous vous remercions pour vos messages mais aucun #douanier français n’était à bord de l’appareil qui s’est écrasé à #Malte”

The BBC wrote that an investigation into the causes of the crash is to be conducted by the French defence ministry, and French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed that three of the victims were ministry staff while the other two were contractors. French media is saying that the victims were DGSE members ie spies. DGSE is France’s external intelligence agency.

Vimeo video by Sylvana Zammit / Newsbook.com.mt:

Source: Newsbook


YouTube video by Paul Pietka

Malta International Airport issued a statement on Facebook:

Frontex tweeted: