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Hackers Behind the $600 Million Cryptocurrency Heist Say They Did It ‘For Fun’; Kelly Clarkson Seeks to Legally Restore Her Last Name; Britney Spears’ Mom Lynne Slammed for Spending $2M of Singer’s Money on Mansion with Maid Service; Superman Star Henry Cavill Was Told He Wasn’t Lean Enough to Play James Bond; Amputee Mom Sets Guinness World Record for the Fastest 100-Mile Run on a Treadmill


The Hackers Behind the $600 Million Cryptocurrency Heist Say They Did It ‘For Fun’

A weakness in Poly Network, a decentralized finance network, enabled hackers to steal $600 million in cryptocurrency in what is believed to be the industry’s largest heist.

“The amount of money you hacked is the biggest one in the defi history,” Poly Network wrote in a letter to the attacker it posted to Twitter. “The money you stole is from tens of thousands of crypto community members… you should talk to us to work out a solution.”

Poly Network advised other members of the cryptocurrency ecosystem to “blacklist” assets originating from the attacker’s siphoning addresses, which contained a mix of 12 different cryptocurrencies.

Poly Network established multiple addresses following the hack to which it said the attacker may return the cryptocurrency. And it appears as though the hacker is complying since Poly Network reported receiving almost $4.7 million back as of 7:47 a.m. ET Wednesday. By lunchtime, around $261 million had been recovered. All but the $268 million worth of Ethereum have been returned.

According to Chainalysis, the attacker claimed in notes attached to several of the transactions that the attack was carried out “for fun :)” and that the attack was taken as a challenge.

“I take the responsibility to expose the vulnerability before any insiders are hiding and exploiting it!” the attacker wrote. “I understood the risk of exposing myself even if I don’t do evil. So I used temporary email, IP, or _ so-called_ fingerprint, which were untraceable. I prefer to stay in the dark and save the world.”

The explanation for the world’s largest cryptocurrency heist emerged on Thursday via a blockchain-based question-and-answer session conducted by the hack’s alleged perpetrator.

The hacker explained: “Ask yourself what to do had you facing so much fortune. Asking the project team politely so that they can fix it? Anyone could be the traitor given one billion!”

“I can trust nobody!” the hacker continued. “The only solution I can come up with is saving it in a _trusted_ account while keeping myself _anonymous_ and _safe_.”

On returning the money, the hacker said: “That’s always the plan! I am _not_ very interested in money! I know it hurts when people are attacked, but shouldn’t they learn something from those hacks?”


Kelly Clarkson Seeks to Legally Restore Her Last Name Following Court Approval of Prenup Agreement

Kelly Clarkson, 39, has petitioned the court to have her last name restored during her ongoing divorce from ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, PEOPLE learns. The former couple’s prenuptial agreement was upheld on Wednesday.

The singer has requested that her name be legally changed going forward. According to The Blast, the document adds, “Petitioner requests restoration of the former name as set forth in the proposed judgment.” Clarkson is also seeking a default judgment to formalize her divorce.

Blackstock was opposing the prenuptial agreement, which protects Clarkson’s assets, including the Montana ranch where he is presently residing, according to TMZ, and income made during the marriage, saying that each should be divided between the two.

Clarkson initiated divorce proceedings in June 2020. She petitioned a judge last month to approve the divorce and proclaim her legally single. In a court document obtained by PEOPLE, Clarkson stated that she and Blackstock “both deserve the opportunity to build a new life.”

Clarkson was granted custody of her two children, River Rose, 7, and Remington Alexander, 5, in November, a decision she was reportedly “pleased” with at the time.

Earlier this month and just days after a Los Angeles County judge ordered Clarkson to pay Blackstock almost $200,000 per month in spousal and child support, a source told PEOPLE that Clarkson is “facing forward” and putting the children’s well-being first.

“Kelly is more than fine. She is doing great and facing forward,” a first source explained. “She’s enjoying the fact that she has the kids for the vast majority of the time and is enjoying time spent with them.”

The insider said that the six-figure monthly settlement is only temporary, following reports that the agreed-upon amount is way less than what Blackstock initially wanted.

“The court order is what it is,” the source detailed. “It is strictly temporary support until a final settlement is worked out.”


Britney Spears’ Mom Lynne Slammed for Spending $2M of Singer’s Money on Mansion with Maid Service

Jamie Spears slams his ex-wife for her “absence” from Britney’s life in the explosive new court documents as he steps down from the Conservatorship after 13 years. Jamie, 68, maintains his innocence in the pop star’s life in new documents obtained by The Sun and even claims he “saved Ms. Spears from tragedy.”

He also claimed Lynne, 66, had “little, if any,” participation in Britney’s life and was too “ignorant” to discuss the family’s legal issues.

“Lynne has had only limited involvement in Ms. Spears’ life these last thirteen years. She has not had a parental role in her life for decades,” his lawyers argued.

The patriarch’s legal team said, “Despite their estranged relationship, the Conservatorship Estate, during the entire duration of the Conservatorship, has paid and continues to pay for the mansion in Louisiana where Lynne lives. “

“Including all of her utility bills, weekly maid service, and all maintenance (totaling upwards of $150,000 per year and to date, nearly $2,000,000 in total).”

Lynne has lived in a newly constructed three-bedroom home in Britney’s hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana, since 2010, shortly after the Conservatorship was established.

The enormous property encompasses over two acres of land and features various structures.

Jamie’s lawyer continued to attack Lynne: “At Ms. Spears’ request and instruction, Lynne has had little if any involvement in the Conservatorship, let alone Ms. Spears’ life, for most of the thirteen years that it has been in place.”

The legal team then claims that the court must “question” Lynne’s prior testimony regarding Jamie’s treatment of their daughter during the Conservatorship due to her “little involvement” and “lack of direct knowledge.”

They argued: “Lynne’s claims in her Declaration are demonstrably false, speculative, intentionally misleading, and/or conclusory.”

“The Court, therefore, cannot rely on the Declaration of Lynne Spears as a basis for suspension or removal. Lynne’s argument, again, shows her ignorance of the duties and responsibilities that Mr. Spears has as Conservator.”


Superman Star Henry Cavill Was Told He Wasn’t Lean Enough to Play James Bond

Henry Cavill, the actor who plays “Superman,” told Insider that he was a “chubby kid” who was too insecure about taking his shirt off. When he was about 21, he received a comment conveyed from a perspective of “mentorship and guidance” rather than body-shaming.

“It was his tough love way of saying, ‘Look, mate; you’re in a Bond screen test. Next time you come to a screen test, really focus hard on making sure you lean up if it’s for something like Bond.’ And I wasn’t by any means chubby, but I was probably overweight for taking my shirt off on camera,” Cavill, 38, said.

The remark was made “good-naturedly,” he explained, as advice to a young man at the start of his career.

Cavill attributes his fitness inspiration to his childhood experience as a “chubby” child.

“I’ve always been fairly insecure about taking my shirt off,” he said. “Being in really good shape and thinking it’s OK to take my shirt off because I’m actually looking pretty decent right now, that makes it 100% worth it,” he added.

Keeping fit and exercising hard instills confidence in him. He admits that there is pressure in the profession to stay fit, but a lot of that push comes from within.

“I do want to do well, I want to be fit, and I want to also play these roles correctly,” he said. “If I’m going to play roles like Superman and Geralt of Rivia, I need to be in pretty good nick. It takes hours in the gym.”

According to Insider, the “Witcher” actor follows a high-protein diet and works out often to stay in shape.

While Cavill stated that he has always enjoyed “being physical,” he admits that he is not always eager to wake up at the crack of dawn to work out or to head to the gym following a hard day.

“Having said that, the reality is it does feel good when you’re doing it, and it’s working, and yes, it’s necessary for work,” he said.

Cavill stated that he wishes he had more time to exercise and that he is occasionally so “knackered” that before hitting the gym, he takes two scoops of MuscleTech Shatter pre-workout supplement.

“It’s a bit rough, but the rewards do feel good,” he said.


Amputee Mom Sets Guinness World Record for the Fastest 100-Mile Run on a Treadmill

Amy Palmiero-Winters had no idea she would become a Guinness World Records holder following a 1994 motorbike accident that resulted in an above-the-knee amputation of her left leg. She had always been an avid runner and qualified for the Boston Marathon a few months before.

Throughout her life, jogging was the activity she relied on to escape life’s difficulties, to push through whatever challenges or emotional loads she carried, but it had become the one thing she struggled to do.

Amy not only runs marathons, but she also breaks records with them despite undergoing 25 operations, extensive physical therapy, and rehabilitation.

After running the female category’s fastest 100 miles on a treadmill in 21 hours, 43 minutes, and 29 seconds, she has now won her first Guinness World Records title as part of the Impairment Records Initiative.

The initiative aims to establish an initial twenty-three classification categories for physical, intellectual, and visual impairments. The categories will be applicable across all sports, strength, and “journey” records and will be developed with the assistance of external experts.

The record attempt was held at Bespoke Treatments Physical Therapy in Manhattan, New York, USA, where Amy was supported by a team of friends and physical therapists during the 24-hour period.

Amy had little time to rest between the 100 miles she needed to complete due to the pressure of meeting a 22-hour minimum. She carried a variety of prosthetics in case one became uncomfortable, as well as many bottles of health drinks, carbs, and energy bars to keep her fueled for the task.

Amy began her race against the clock at 7:20 a.m. on a Saturday, just like she would any other morning run. She was aware that the key was maintaining a regular pace and time and setting an hourly goal of clocking a particular distance to guarantee she stayed on track.

Confronted with tiredness, dehydration, and muscle cramps, there were numerous occasions throughout her adventure that she needed to stretch and reset her attitude to maintain the motivation to continue. Her team provided her with the emotional support and encouragement she required to reach the finish line in 21 hours, 43 minutes.

Claire Stephens, the adjudicator, was on-site to certify the new record and give Amy a certificate for her valiant efforts.