Court Cops Cant Compel the Use of Body Parts to Unlock Phones

first_imgAlthough Westmore’s opinion doesn’t have the weight of a higher court decision, it could be very influential.”Defendants and potential defendants are going to be citing this,” Kay said, “and other courts will invoke its reasoning.”For the most part, the issue of passwords and unlocking electronic devices has been kicking around lower federal courts and state courts — but that could change.”As the judge in this case acknowledges, there have been other decisions concerning compelled disclosure of passwords, and this decision is consistent with many earlier judgments,” EPIC’s Butler observed.”However, this issue does come up more frequently each year, given the widespread use of mobile devices with biometric locks,” he observed. “So I would expect that courts of appeals — and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court — will weigh in on this in the near future.” Legislative Inertia The protection of personal phone data and control over biometric information are two of the most important emerging privacy issues in the criminal justice system, said Alan Butler, senior counsel with the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a civil liberties advocacy group in Washington, D.C.”The decision from the Northern District of California is an important step forward for constitutional privacy rights,” he told TechNewsWorld.”The judge rightly recognized that traditional constitutional principles must be adapted as technology changes in order to preserve privacy and other rights ensured by the Fourth and Fifth Amendments,” Butler said.”Law enforcement officials are charged with upholding the Constitution and cannot act contrary to its limitations, so there cannot be any legitimate law enforcement activity that violates these important Constitutional rights,” he maintained. “The government must use legitimate means subject to proper judicial oversight if they want to obtain evidence for an investigation.” While compelling someone to give up their fingerprints or DNA to law enforcement is an accepted practice, Westmore argued they’re not the same as compelling someone to unlock a phone with a biometric security feature.”Requiring someone to affix their finger or thumb to a digital device is fundamentally different than requiring a suspect to submit to fingerprinting,” she wrote.”A finger or thumb scan used to unlock a device indicates that the device belongs to a particular individual. In other words, the act concedes that the phone was in the possession and control of the suspect, and authenticates ownership or access to the phone and all of its digital contents,” Westmore noted.”The act of unlocking a phone with a finger or thumb scan far exceeds the ‘physical evidence’ created when a suspect submits to fingerprinting to merely compare his fingerprints to existing physical evidence (another fingerprint) found at a crime scene, because there is no comparison or witness corroboration required to confirm a positive match,” she wrote.”Instead, a successful finger or thumb scan confirms ownership or control of the device, and, unlike fingerprints, the authentication of its contents cannot be reasonably refuted,” Westmore found. Authorities can’t force people to unlock their biometrically secured phones or other devices, a federal judge in California ruled Thursday.”The Government may not compel or otherwise utilize fingers, thumbs, facial recognition, optical/iris, or any other biometric feature to unlock electronic devices,” Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore wrote in an opinion for the U.S. District Court for Northern California.An attempt by law enforcement authorities in Oakland, California, to force two suspected extortionists to unlock their mobile phones with biometrics violated Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination, Westmore found.Passcodes used to unlock devices already are protected by the Fifth Amendment, which prevents the government from forcing people to testify against themselves, she explained.”Biometric features serve the same purpose of a passcode, which is to secure the owner’s content, pragmatically rendering them functionally equivalent,” Westmore wrote.”It follows, however, that if a person cannot be compelled to provide a passcode because it is a testimonial communication, a person cannot be compelled to provide one’s finger, thumb, iris, face, or other biometric feature to unlock that same device.” Although Westmore rejected law enforcement’s reasoning for forcing suspects to unlock their phones by using a part of their anatomy, she wasn’t insensitive to law enforcement’s position.”While the Court sympathizes with the Government’s interest in accessing the contents of any electronic devices it might lawfully seize, there are other ways that the Government might access the content that do not trample on the Fifth Amendment,” she wrote.In the case before the court, Facebook Messenger was used in a suspected extortion attempt. Law enforcement officials could have obtained the information they wanted from Facebook under the federal Stored Communications Act or through a warrant based on probable cause, Westmore suggested.”While it may be more expedient to circumvent Facebook, and attempt to gain access by infringing on the Fifth Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination, it is an abuse of power and is unconstitutional,” she wrote.”Law enforcement is creative and diligent,” said Justin Kay, an attorney in the Chicago law office of Drinker Biddle & Reath.”Law enforcement will find a way to get in even when they can’t get in through cooperation,” he told TechNewsWorld. SCOTUS Bound?center_img Step Forward for Privacy Rights Think Outside the Phone More Than Physical Evidence The reason the courts have had to take an aggressive stance on electronic device privacy is that lawmakers have failed to address the problem.”Our legislative system is not keeping up with the rate of technological change,” said French Caldwell, CFO of The Analyst Syndicate, an IT research and analysis group based in Washington, D.C.”The courts are saying, ‘We can’t wait for the legislature to sort all this out,’ so they’re being forced into a position of creating new law because there’s no law on this,” he told TechNewsWorld.The issue eventually will land before the Supreme Court, Caldwell sid, and “it’s going to take a long time before it gets to the Supreme Court, which gives legislators time to act.”Aside from protecting citizens’ rights, there may be a security lesson to be learned from Westmore’s decision.”Biometric authentication is just one layer in what should be multifactor authentication,” said Drinker Biddle’s Kay. “The technology should be used with a passcode. It should be used to make sure that the person inputting the passcode is the person that should be inputting the passcode.” John P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, IT issues, privacy, e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, big data and consumer electronics. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including the Boston Business Journal, theBoston Phoenix, Megapixel.Net and GovernmentSecurity News. Email John.last_img read more

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Uber Staff Still Stalking Customers Claims Suit

first_imgThe controversy over Uber staff using the company’s tech to track people’s movements was reignited this week when information in a pending lawsuit began circulating in the tech press.Uber employees can pull customer data at will, alleged Ward Spangenberg, the company’s former forensic investigator, in a court declaration filed earlier this fall as part of his bid to prevent the firm from forcing his case into arbitration.Uber staffers have been able to track high-profile politicians, celebrities and ex-significant others, Spangenberg said.His originalcomplaint, filed in the Superior Court of California in San Francisco, centers on his dismissal from the company.Uber continues to allow broad access to users’ trip information, five security professionals formerly employed at the company told Reveal.That has been going on, they said, in spite of Uber’s assertions two years ago that it had policies prohibiting such actions, following news that executives were taking advantage of its “God View” feature to track customers in real time without their permission. The latest revelation follows news that Uber has tracked customers even after they left its vehicles.Uber “needs to come clean on whether [the privacy violations] occurred … and needs to have full disclosure of how it uses customer data,” said Michael Jude, a program manager at Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan.Frost’s research “indicates that people take personal security very seriously,” he told TechNewsWorld.On the other hand, “consumers are becoming less concerned about exposing details about their personal information,” noted Michael Patterson, CEO of Plixer.”They don’t like the invasion, but they like the services and appear to be willing to compromise,” he told TechNewsWorld.Still, high-profile Uber customers, including celebrities, could be at risk, suggested Csaba Krasznay, product manager at Balabit, pointing to Kim Kardashian’s robbery in Paris in October as an example.”We can protect ourselves by not letting Uber and other apps use our smartphone’s GPS data,” Krasznay told TechNewsWorld. “It only takes one click.”Or consumers can decline to install the Uber app, use a VPN from their smartphone to a company in-house phone system to call Uber, or use a company credit card under someone else’s name, Plixer’s Patterson suggested.Ultimately, responsibility for this problem rests on the CEO’s shoulders,” said Frost’s Jude, and the CEO “should take personal responsibility for fixing it.” “It’s absolutely untrue that ‘all’ or ‘nearly all’ employees have access to customer data, with or without approval,” maintained Uber spokesperson Sophie Schmidt.”We have built entire systems to implement technical and administrative controls to limit access to customer data to employees who require it to perform their jobs,” she told TechNewsWorld. “This could include multiple steps of approval — by managers and the legal team — to ensure there is a legitimate business case for providing access.”Access is granted “to specific types of data based on an employee’s role,” Schmidt asserted. All data access is logged and routinely audited, and all potential violators are “quickly and thoroughly investigated.”Uber employees must acknowledge and agree to the company’s data access policy, CIO John Flynn emphasized in a memo sent earlier this week.Violators have been terminated, he reminded them.”We want our security and privacy practices and technology to be world-class, and we’re moving quickly toward that goal,” Flynn said. It’s “the responsibility of each and every one of us to protect” customer and driver data.However, Uber’s defense in the Spangenberg case relies mainly on procedural issues.”It’s not logical for any company to proclaim that they are secure because they sent an email telling employees what to do,” remarked John Gunn, VP of communications at Vasco Data Security.”In the real IT world you don’t need these types of emails, because you’ve implemented limitations on access to sensitive data [that] you monitor and enforce,” he told TechNewsWorld. The Need for Privacycenter_img Uber’s Side of the Story Richard Adhikari has written about high-tech for leading industry publications since the 1990s and wonders where it’s all leading to. Will implanted RFID chips in humans be the Mark of the Beast? Will nanotech solve our coming food crisis? Does Sturgeon’s Law still hold true? You can connect with Richard on Google+.last_img read more

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Lilly Boehringer Ingelheim present full results of cardiovascular outcome trial CARMELINA

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 5 2018Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today presented the full results of the long-term cardiovascular outcome trial, CARMELINA®, which studied the impact of Trajenta® (linagliptin) on cardiovascular and kidney safety in adults with type 2 diabetes at high risk for heart and/or kidney disease. The study met its primary endpoint,* with linagliptin demonstrating a similar cardiovascular safety profile compared to placebo when added to standard of care. CARMELINA® also included a key secondary composite endpoint,† showing a similar kidney safety profile compared to placebo.The overall safety profile of linagliptin in CARMELINA® was consistent with previous data and no new safety signals were observed. CARMELINA® also showed a similar rate of hospitalisation for heart failure for linagliptin compared to placebo.The full results were presented at the 54th European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting in Berlin, Germany.”Heart disease is a major complication and the leading cause of death for people living with type 2 diabetes. CARMELINA® adds important new evidence for type 2 diabetes patients at high risk of heart and/or kidney disease, a population that has been underrepresented in other cardiovascular outcome trials, but whom we see in our daily practice. The trial confirmed that linagliptin can be used with confidence in this patient population,” commented Bernard Zinman, M.D., Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto and Senior Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada.In CARMELINA®, cardiovascular events that contributed to the primary endpoint occurred in 12.4 percent (434 people) of the linagliptin group compared to 12.1 percent (420 people) in the placebo group, demonstrating a similar long-term cardiovascular safety profile in adults with type 2 diabetes. Linagliptin also showed a similar long-term kidney safety profile compared to placebo. This was demonstrated on the composite endpoint reflecting declining kidney function† occurring in 9.4 percent (327 people) of the linagliptin group compared to 8.8 percent (306 people) of the placebo group.Related StoriesStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaIntermittent fasting may regulate blood glucose levels even without weight lossAn increase in the risk of hospitalisation for heart failure has been observed in some other cardiovascular outcome trials in diabetes. In CARMELINA®, this endpoint was pre-specified and assessed thoroughly via adjudication. Hospitalisation for heart failure occurred in 6 percent (209 people) of the linagliptin group compared to 6.5 percent (226) of the placebo group. “These results are particularly meaningful given the patient population in CARMELINA, including those most vulnerable to developing heart failure,” said Waheed Jamal, MD, Corporate Vice President and Head of CardioMetabolic Medicine, Boehringer Ingelheim.”While many guidelines now recognise the importance of choosing a diabetes treatment with a proven benefit on reducing cardiovascular risk and mortality in people with type 2 diabetes and heart disease, there remains a need for additional glucose-lowering options,” Waheed Jamal pointed out.  “CARMELINA® reinforces confidence in linagliptin as an effective and well-tolerated treatment, with a simple dosing regimen for adults with type 2 diabetes.””We have created a unique cardiovascular outcome trial programme for linagliptin with two trials — CARMELINA®, whose results are released today, as well as CAROLINA®, which will report initial results in the near future,” added Jeff Emmick, MD, PhD, Vice President, Product Development, Lilly Diabetes. “This programme will provide clinical data on the long-term safety profile of linagliptin in a broad range of adults with type 2 diabetes, which reflects patients that doctors see in their daily practice.” Source:https://www.carmelinatrial.com/last_img read more

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Researchers to examine how sexual trauma increases HIV risk in women

first_img Source:https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/study_to_investigate_how_sexual_trauma_increases_hiv_susceptibility_in_women Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 6 2019The link between sexual violence and HIV risk is well-known, extensively documented through behavioral research. But there is growing evidence that sexual trauma also poses a heightened biological risk for HIV infection, especially in adolescents and young women.Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues at UC Irvine and George Washington University, have launched the first study — dubbed The THRIVE Study, short for “Trauma and HIV Risk: Investigating stress and immune disruption of the Vaginal Environment” — to specifically investigate the underlying biological mechanisms associated with forced vaginal sex and HIV infection. The case-control study will involve 120 women and girls between the ages of 14 and 45 who do not have HIV, half of whom have recently experienced consensual vaginal sex and half of whom have recently experienced nonconsensual vaginal sex.”Every aspect of a girl’s or a woman’s physiological and psychological being is affected by sexual violence and trauma,” said principal investigator Jamila K. Stockman, PhD, MPH, vice chief of global public health and associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health in the UC San Diego School of Medicine. “In the case of the former, it’s not just obvious or visible injuries, but also what happens within the female genital tract. This is especially true for adolescent girls, whose bodies are still developing and more vulnerable.”Previous research suggests that, following sexual trauma, the survivor’s immune system and stress response become imbalanced, increasing HIV susceptibility — particularly in young girls where puberty and increased hormone levels render them more susceptible to the adverse effects of stress.Related StoriesHIV therapy leaves unrepaired holes in the immune system’s wall of defenseHIV DNA persists in spinal fluid despite treatment, linked to cognitive impairmentAlcohol reduction associated with improved viral suppression in women living with HIV”For example,” said Stockman, “in adolescence, the cervix is immature, which makes infection easier. The cervix is more likely to become inflamed and, combined with a higher incidence and prevalence of sexually transmitted infections during adolescence, the risk for HIV acquisition is enhanced. And the irregularity of menstrual cycles dampens the protective effects of hormonally-induced immune factors, making young girls more at risk than adult women.”Women in the United States account for 20 percent of HIV infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with 22 percent of new infections occurring in adolescent girls and women, ages 13 to 24. Almost 20 percent of women report having been raped during their lifetime, with 40 percent of first rapes occurring before age 18.”These statistics underscore the great burden of sexual violence and HIV particular to adolescent girls and women,” said Stockman. Up to 90 percent of reported acts of sexual assaults include injuries, such as abrasions and lacerations, increase the risk of disease transmission. Approximately 55 to 80 percent include vaginal penetration.Participants in the study will undergo three clinical visits over the course of three months, during which surveys will be conducted and biological samples taken to test for immune and stress dysregulation. The study findings, said the researchers, will be critical in providing avenues for clinical intervention to reduce HIV risk among adolescent girls and women with histories of sexual violence.last_img read more

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Researchers map the most common bacterial cause of pneumonia around the world

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 11 2019Researchers have mapped the most common bacterial cause of pneumonia around the world and revealed how these bacteria evolve in response to vaccination. Scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Emory University (Atlanta, USA), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worked with many collaborators around the world to carry out a global genomic survey of Streptococcus pneumoniae, discovering 621 strains across more than fifty countries.The research is published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases today (10th June), and with a sister paper in EBioMedicine, reveals which strains of S. pneumoniae (also known as the pneumococcus) are circulating around the world and explains why pneumococcal pneumonia rates are still high despite the existing vaccines. Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this work will help predict which strains will be important for new pneumococcal vaccines, and shows that ongoing global genomic surveillance is vital.Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people a year globally and is the single largest infectious cause of death of children under 5 years old worldwide. Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia. Healthy people often carry these bacteria without becoming ill, but they can cause fatal infection, especially in young children and some adults.Many countries around the world have introduced the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)** over the last ten years. This vaccine, which targets the coat around each S. pneumoniae bacterium, has greatly reduced the number of childhood infections. However, while PCV is highly effective against up to 13 important coat types, there are over a hundred types known, and despite the vaccine, pneumococcal pneumonia rates remain very high.To understand and help combat this infection, researchers set up the Global Pneumococcal Sequencing project (GPS) to carry out genomic surveillance of S. pneumoniae worldwide. Working with partners around the world, the researchers sequenced the DNA of over 20,000 S. pneumoniae samples from infected people from 51 countries.Samples were collected both before and after PCV introduction, and the DNA sequences and health data were compared. This makes it possible to determine changes in the bacteria that could affect how well the vaccine protects against the pneumococcus, and whether new strains are emerging that would impact disease severity and ease of treatment.The researchers discovered 621 genetic strains globally, each associated with one or more coat types. They also saw that the levels of non-vaccine type bacteria rose after the introduction of PCV, showing how bacteria evolve in response to the vaccine.Professor Stephen Bentley, senior author on the papers, from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said: “Pneumonia is a huge threat to health worldwide. We now have an unprecedented view of the global population of S. pneumoniae bacteria, the usual cause of bacterial pneumonia, and can see evolutionary changes that lead to vaccine evasion. This will give crucial information for future vaccine strategy worldwide, and help save lives.”Related StoriesFighting hidden hunger with promising new approachHIB-vaccinated children show improved anthropometric, cognitive, and schooling outcomesScientists develop new, rapid test to diagnose bacterial lower respiratory tract infectionsDr Rebecca Gladstone, joint first author on two of the papers, from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said: “Our study gives the first genomic description of the S. pneumoniae population of the world. This has never been possible before, as previously only samples from individual populations had been studied. Now we have global data, showing which strains are present in each country, and can use this to understand pneumococcal infection on a world-wide scale.”The pneumococcus can cause disease in other areas of the body too, for example infecting the brain or blood, causing meningitis or bloodstream infections, which can all lead to sepsis. Infant vaccination with PCV protects against these pneumococcal infections too. By reducing the transmission of S. pneumoniae between children, PCV also reduces the number of adult infections through herd immunity.Dr Lesley McGee, Co-Principal Investigator on the project from the Streptococcus Laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, said: “It is vital to understand the strains of S. pneumoniae present around the world, and how they respond to the introduction of PCV. This genomic study allows us to not only see the current most important global strains but also helps understand their evolution. This information will open the door to developing predictive tools to identify the strains likely to emerge in response to vaccine use.”Professor Robert Breiman, Director of the Emory Global Health Institute, and Principal Investigator for the project, added: “GPS turns a spotlight onto a new era in which the intersection of genomics and public health enables unparalleled capacity for optimizing prevention strategies, while providing an immensely valuable tool for forecasting and addressing new challenges ahead.”Professor Keith Klugman, Director of the Pneumonia team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said: We must continue to immunize children around the world because vaccination is the single best way of reducing the risk of pneumonia, as it prevents children passing S. pneumoniae between them and adults. However, we are fighting a battle against evolution of bacterial strains. This research shows the importance of ongoing global genomic surveillance to understand which strains are likely to cause a threat, to help reformulate the next generation of vaccines.” Source: Wellcome Sanger InstituteJournal reference:Lo, S and Gladstone, R . et al. (2019) Pneumococcal Lineages Associated with Serotype Replacement and Antibiotic Resistance in Childhood Invasive Pneumococcal Disease in the Post-PCV13 Era: An international whole genome sequencing study. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. doi.org/10.1016/ S1473-3099(19)30297-X.last_img read more

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Former head of Cambridge Analytica to testify

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Former head of Cambridge Analytica to testify (2018, June 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-cambridge-analytica-testify.html UK lawmakers summon ex-Cambridge Analytica chief to testify © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Alexander Nix has agreed to appear before Parliament’s media committee Wednesday after previously refusing to testify due to law enforcement investigations into the firm.Cambridge Analytica filed for bankruptcy earlier this year after former employees alleged that it used personal information harvested from Facebook accounts to target voters during Donald Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.Nix’s testimony comes just days after U.K. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham told the European Parliament she was “deeply concerned” about the impact on democracy of the misuse of social media users’ personal information. She said legal systems had failed to keep up with the rapid development of the internet. The former head of the defunct political consultant Cambridge Analytica is due to testify to British lawmakers investigating the use of Facebook data in election campaigns.last_img read more

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4 in 10 dark net cybercriminals are selling targeted FTSE 100 or

first_imgExposing the abundant availability and increased demand for tailored malware, network access and targeted hacking services, Dr. Mike McGuire presents his findings at the InfoSecurity Europe conference in Olympia, London on Thursday 6 June. Provided by University of Surrey Credit: CC0 Public Domain Highlighting the growing risk posed to business enterprise by the dark net—the part of the internet which is inaccessible when using standard browsers like Google—Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Surrey Dr. Mike McGuire’s Behind the Dark Net Black Mirror forms the next installment of his “Into the Web of Profit” research.The study, underwritten by Bromium, offers unique insights into the current risk to organisations, highlighting the variety of custom malware, network access tools and corporate espionage services available on the dark net which threaten businesses, their employees, customers and partners.Dr. McGuire’s research provides details of first-hand intelligence gathered from covert discussions with dark net vendors, alongside analysis from a panel of global industry experts across law enforcement and government. The study found that 4 in 10 dark net vendors are selling targeted hacking services aimed at FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 businesses. The dark net has become a haven for custom-built, targeted malware, with a 20% rise in the number of dark net listings with a direct potential to harm the enterprise since 2016 and threats tailored to specific industries or organisations outnumbering off-the-shelf varieties 2:1.Furthermore, access to corporate networks is sold openly, with 60% of vendors approached by researchers offering access to more than ten business networks each. Of the dark net vendors who were engaged, 70% invited researchers to talk on encrypted messaging applications, like Telegram, to take conversations beyond the reach of law enforcement. More than 40% of attempts by researchers to request dark net hacking services targeting companies in the Fortune 500 or FTSE 100 received positive responses from dark net vendors.Dr. Mike McGuire said: “Almost every vendor offered us tailored versions of malware as a way of targeting specific companies or industries. The more targeted the attack, the higher the cost, with prices rising even further when it involved high-value targets like banks. The most expensive piece of malware found was designed to target ATMs and retailed for approximately $1,500. These services typically come with service plans for conducting the hack, with prices ranging from $150 to $10,000 depending on the company involved and the extent to which the malware was customised for targeted attacks.”The methods for providing access varied considerably. Some involved stolen remote access credentials that are for sale for as little as $2, while others involved backdoor access or the use of malware. Illicit remote access tools appear to be most popular—we were offered Remote Access Trojans at least five times more often than keyloggers.””Organisations need to strengthen their defences to protect their endpoints and networks against threats posed by the dark net. Enterprises, researchers and law enforcement must continue to study the dark net to gather intelligence and gain a deeper understanding of the adversaries that we are dealing with, and better prepare ourselves for counteracting the effects of a growing cybercrime economy.” Explore furthercenter_img Citation: 4 in 10 dark net cybercriminals are selling targeted FTSE 100 or Fortune 500 hacking services (2019, June 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-dark-net-cybercriminals-ftse-fortune.html The dangers of the dark web This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Kamal Haasan backs Suriya over draft education policy

first_img Lokpria Vasudevan ChennaiJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 08:57 IST Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) President Kamal Haasan (Photo: PTI)Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan on Tuesday extended support to actor Suriya and slammed the Tamil Nadu government and the Centre over the draft national educational policy.In a statement on Twitter, Kamal Haasan said he agreed with many points raised by Suriya regarding the draft educational policy.He condemned the autocratic attitude of central and state governments for criticising the public for airing their opinion on the matter.”Brother Suriya has my support. He has every right to talk about education as Suriya’s family has done a lot for educational development of the poor,” he added. @Suriya_offl . pic.twitter.com/8chbBdQ3hM Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) July 16, 2019Actor Suriya has drawn flak from the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over his views on the draft educational policy.On Saturday, speaking at an event organised to felicitate students, the actor said the Draft NEP sought to impose entrance and qualifying examination on students and the three-language formula in Tamil Nadu.”The focus is not on quality education and equal accessibility,” he said.State Information minister Kadambur Raju and senior BJP leaders H Raja and Tamilisai Soundararajan slammed the actor over his comments.Meanwhile, many Twitter users expressed their solidarity with the actor using #StandWithSuriya.READ | Centre’s Draft National Education Policy (NEP) would disadvantage students in rural areas: Tamil actor Suriya SivakumarALSO READ | Draft education policy faces backlash over Hindi imposition, Tamil Nadu leaders warn of protestALSO WATCH | Hindi imposition row: Centre changes draft after outrageFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow Kamal HaasanFollow draft education policy Next Kamal Haasan backs Suriya over draft education policyKamal Haasan said he agreed with many points raised by Suriya regarding the draft educational policy.advertisementlast_img read more

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ICRISAT to study impact of Mission Kakatiya

first_imgCOMMENTS agriculture RELATED COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Mission Kakatiya: Way behind target, says CAG August 03, 2018center_img Published on Five-year plan to revive 46,000 tanks in Telangana The International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) will study the impact of Mission Kakatiya, the ambitious programme launched by the Telangana government to restore and revive the irrigation tanks.The institute and the Command Area Development Authority of Telangana will sign an agreement to facilitate an extensive study. Under the agreement, the institute will study whether the ground water levels have gone up under the restored tank area and whether the revived tanks provided irrigation to the farmers. “It will study how the silt from the tanks increased fertility in the farmers’ fields. The institute will make a comprehensive study on the three phases of Mission Kakatiya and submit the report to the government,” a spokesperson of the Irrigation Department said.After coming to power in 2014, the TRS Government conducted a census of all the minor irrigation sources in the State. It announced the Mission Kakatiya programme seeking to revive all of the 46,531 tanks in a span of five years, about 9,000 tanks each year.The idea is to tap about 255 tmc water allocated for minor irrigation sector under Godavari and Krishna river basins. “We have completed three phases so far. The ICRISAT will study the impact of the tanks restored in these three phases. The report should be ready by the time all the five phases are completed,” the official said. SHARE Telangana View of the renovated Lakaram Tank under the Mission Kakatiya in Khammam.   –  The Hindulast_img read more

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Cauvery in spate inundates lowlying areas swamps crops in TN

first_imgWith discharge in River Cauvery at 2.28 lakh cusecs, water entered low lying areas in Pallipalayam. People leave their house with their belongings to safer locations in coracles in Namakkal district on August 16, 2018.   –  THE HINDU flood Several low-lying areas were inundated along the banks of Cauvery river and its tributary Bhavani in various parts of Tamil Nadu today in view of discharge of 1.60 lakh cusecs of water from the Mettur dam following heavy inflows from Karnataka.Chief Minister K Palaniswami chaired a high-level meeting here to review the situation as a flood alert was sounded in 11 districts.Water from Cauvery and Bhavani rivers entered some villages in Dharmapuri, Salem and Erode districts and people had been shifted to safer places, reports received here said.Meanwhile, rains lashed parts of the state and two people died in rain related incidents in Valparai in Coimbatore district, officials said.The water level in the Mettur dam today stood at 120.29 feet as against its maximum of 120 feet and the storage 93.9 tmc against the capacity of 93.4 tmc, prompting authorities to discharge marginally higher than the inflow.At 8 pm, the inflow into the reservoir was 1,65,000 cusecs and the discharge 1,65,800 cusecs.The dam has already surplussed twice this month in the wake of the copious inflows triggered by heavy rains in Karnataka.Flood alertThe flood alert has been sounded in 11 districts as the discharge from Mettur, Bhavanisagar and Amaravati dams were further expected to go up with Karnataka releasing 2.1 lakh cusecs from Kabini and KRS dams into Cauvery.The Central Water Commission’s Southern Rivers Division, in an advisory, said a combined release of about 2.5 lakh cusecs was expected to be made from Mettur and Bhavanisagar dams and asked the state government to take precautionary steps.Also, the downstream areas of Thirumukkudal in Karur district was expected to see a combined release of about 2.6- to 2.8 lakh cusecs, it said.State Revenue Minister R B Udayakumar said people living in low-lying areas of the districts, including Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tiruchirappalli and Thanjavur in the Cavuery Delta region, have been advised to move to the relief centres.As many as 492 personnel of State Disaster Response Force have been deployed in districts along the banks of Cauvery, he told reporters here.A total of 3,956 people have been accommodated in 46 relief centres in six districts including Namakkal, Erode and Karur, an official said.A report from Kanyakumari said about 100 villages were hit by inundation following breaches in tanks and ponds besides release of water from Pechiparai and Perunchani dams.The swelling Cauvery caused inundation of low-lying areas in several districts, including Dharmapuri and Erode, with people being shifted to relief centres.In Coimbatore district’s hilly Valparai area, normalcy was affected as rain waters entered nearly 500 houses.A holiday was declared for schools in Valparai and Pollachi taluk in the district and Kanyakumari district today.A 17-member NDRF team is on stand-by at Mettur to meet any eventuality, officials said. August 16, 2018 COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img Published on COMMENT SHARE Tamil Nadulast_img read more

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Fuelling change TN Prisons dept and IOC to run fuel outlets outside

first_imgFile photo Published on COMMENTS The Tamil Nadu government has accorded approval to the Prisons department to operate retail fuel outlets on the outer premises of Central prisons across the State.The department has joined hands with IndianOil Corporation for operating these outlets at 11 locations. In the first phase, outlets have been opened at Puzhal in Chennai, Vellore, Pudukottai, Coimbatore and Palayamkottai Central prisons. In the next phase, the Central prisons on Ambattur Road in Chennai, Salem, Tiruchi (Airport Road and another at Gandhi Market), Madurai, Coimbatore (Bharathiar Road) will be taken up. The first batch of prison fuel retail outlets at Vellore, Palayamkottai, Pudukottai and Coimbatore was inaugurated by Chief Minister Edapadi K Palaniswami through video-conferencing from Chennai this morning.The effort is aimed at providing a dignified transition from prison to societal life for prisoners.IndianOil Corporation said in a release that the corporation would install Retail Outlet Automation facilities, ATMs and space for Prison Bazaar for selling the merchandise made by prisoners. IndianOil will invest ₹10 crore for the five outlets proposed under Phase I and a similar sum for the remaining six outlets in Phase II of this project. The Corporation has said that it is keen to take this model across the State. February 22, 2019 COMMENTcenter_img diesel fuel SHARE Tamil Nadu SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

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India suspends cross LoC trade in JK from FridayIndia suspends cross LoC

first_img COMMENT April 18, 2019 Representative image   –  THE HINDU+SEP+THE HINDU COMMENTS India has suspended cross LoC trade between Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK) with effect from April 19 on grounds that the trade routes were being misused for funnelling illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency.“During the ongoing investigations of certain cases by NIA, it has been brought out that a significant number of trading concerns engaged in LoC trade are being operated by persons closely associated with banned terrorist organisations involved in fuelling terrorism/separatism. Investigations have further revealed that some individuals, who have crossed over to Pakistan, and joined militant organisations have opened trading firms in Pakistan. These trading firms are under the control of militant organisations and are engaged in LoC trade,” a press release circulated by the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Wednesday.The orders for suspending LoC trade have been issued by the Home Ministry.The LoC trade at Salamabad and Chakkan-da-Bagh in Jammu and Kashmir will be suspended with immediate effect, the release added. Meanwhile, a stricter regulatory and enforcement mechanism is being worked out and will be put in place in consultation with various agencies. The issue of reopening of LoC trade will be revisited thereafter.LoC trade is meant to facilitate exchange of goods of common use between local populations across the LoC in Jammu & Kashmir and is based on a barter system. It is carried out on a zero duty basis.Facilitation centresThe trade is allowed through two trade facilitation centres located at Salamabad, Uri, District Baramulla and Chakkan-da-Bagh, District Poonch. The trade takes place four days a week. Reports were received that the LoC trade was being misused on a very large scale.“It has been revealed that the trade has changed its character to mostly third party trade and products from other regions, including foreign countries, are finding their way through this route,” the release added. Reopening will be considered after putting in place stricter regulatory mechanism, says Home Ministrycenter_img SHARE Jammu and Kashmir Published on SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

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Wall St notches alltime highs on lingering ratecut optimism

first_img Markets 09 Jul 2019 Wall St drops as Apple falls, Fed eyed Related News Markets 10 Jul 2019 S&P 500 ekes out gain though profit worries weigh With expectations for rate cuts in place, the focus is turning to the corporate earnings season as large U.S. banks, including Citigroup Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co, are set to report next week.Analysts estimate that S&P 500 companies will report a 0.4% dip in second-quarter earnings, according to Refinitiv IBES data.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 243.95 points, or 0.9%, to 27,332.03, the S&P 500 gained 13.86 points, or 0.46%, to 3,013.77 and the Nasdaq Composite added 48.10 points, or 0.59%, to 8,244.14.For the week, the S&P 500 rose 0.8%, the Dow added 1.5% and the Nasdaq gained 1%.Data for U.S. producer prices in June showed the smallest annual increase in producer inflation in nearly 2-1/2 years and a slowdown in underlying producer prices, which suggested that overall inflation could remain moderate for a while.Ford Motor Co shares gained 2.65% after the automaker and Volkswagen AG said they would join forces to develop autonomous and electric cars.Johnson & Johnson shares slid 4.1% after Bloomberg reported that the U.S. Justice Department is pursuing a criminal probe into whether the healthcare conglomerate lied about potential cancer risks of its talcum powder.Johnson & Johnson’s slide dragged down the S&P 500 healthcare index, whose 1.2% decline was the biggest among S&P 500 sectors.Illumina Inc shares tumbled 16.1%, the most among S&P 500 companies, after the gene sequencing company’s preliminary second-quarter revenue came in below analyst estimates.Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 2.02-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.43-to-1 ratio favored advancers.The S&P 500 posted 50 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 83 new highs and 55 new lows.Volume on U.S. exchanges was 5.68 billion shares, compared to the 6.71 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days. – Reuters Related News NEW YORK: All three major indexes posted record closing highs on Friday as firm expectations for an interest-rate cut from the Federal Reserve continued to propel shares while investors awaited next week’s kickoff of the corporate earnings season.The S&P 500 closed above the 3,000 level for the first time, with the industrial, consumer discretionary and materials sectors each posting gains of at least 1%.In his two-day testimony before Congress, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the U.S. economy was still under threat from disappointing factory activity, tame inflation and a simmering trade war and that the central bank stood ready to “act as appropriate.””Clearly his messaging was far more directive in terms of what the Fed is going to do at the next meeting than just a vague promise to keep the economic expansion intact,” said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey. “That has brought the market to new highs.”center_img Markets Tags / Keywords: Investment 08 Jul 2019 US investors reluctant to abandon cyclical plays {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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China to impose sanctions on US firms that sell arms to Taiwan

first_img Related News A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said the U.S. arms sale constituted a serious violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations.The spokesman, Geng Shuang, also called the sale a serious violation of the “one-China” principle, under which the United States officially recognises Beijing and not Taipei.”To safeguard our national interests, China will impose sanctions on the U.S. enterprises involved in the above-mentioned arms sales to Taiwan,” Geng said.The State Department declined to comment and the U.S. firms involved in the Taiwan arms deal did not immediately respond.It was unclear what, if any, impact the Chinese move might have, as U.S. defence contractors have been barred from dealings with Beijing since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.While its relations with Taiwan are technically unofficial, the United States is required by law to assist Taiwan in its defence and is its main supplier of arms.China deems Taiwan a wayward province and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.On a visit to Budapest on Friday, China’s top diplomat Wang Yi warned Washington it should “not play with fire” on the question of Taiwan.He said no foreign force could stop the reunification of China and no foreign force should try to intervene.”We urge the U.S. to fully recognise the gravity of the Taiwan question … (and) not to play with fire on the question of Taiwan,” Wang told a news conference via an interpreter.Tsai was last in the United States in March, but her transit stops this time will be unusually long and analysts said the extended stopovers, in which she will spend four nights on U.S. soil, emphasized the Trump administration’s support for her at a time when she has been under increasing pressure from Beijing.Speaking at Columbia University in New York on Friday, Tsai said it was important for the international community to support a free and democratic Taiwan, according to a transcript of her speech on the website of the presidential office. “The cultural and political differences across the Taiwan Strait only grow wider by the day; and each day that Taiwan chooses freedom of speech, human rights, the rule of law, is a day that we drift farther from the influences of authoritarianism,” she said, referring to China.The U.S. State Department has said there has been no change in the U.S. one-China policy and that it allowed such transit stops “out of consideration for the safety, comfort, convenience and dignity of the passenger.” (Reporting by Beijing bureau and David Brunnstrom and Mike Stone in Washington and Krisztina Than in Budapest; Editing by Susan Thomas and Clarence Fernandez) World 1d ago China says U.S. should ‘not play with fire’ on Taiwan {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 09 Jul 2019 China calls on U.S. to withdraw arms sale to Taiwancenter_img BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China said on Friday it would impose sanctions on U.S. firms involved in a deal to sell $2.2-billion worth of tanks, missiles and related equipment to Taiwan, saying it harmed China’s sovereignty and national security. On Monday, the Pentagon said the U.S. State Department had approved the sale of the weapons requested by Taiwan, including 108 General Dynamics Corp M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles, which are manufactured by Raytheon.Washington said the sales would not alter the basic military balance in the region, but Beijing, a major U.S. security rival with which Washington has been engaged in a year-long trade war, has demanded the deal be revoked. China’s latest statement came as Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was in New York en route to visit four Caribbean allies, a trip that has also incensed China. Related News World 09 Jul 2019 U.S. State Department approves possible $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwanlast_img read more

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