PopuLeaks’ “NRA Bet” Stumbles Toward A Lighter, More Effective Hacktivism

first_imgRelated Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#Anonymous#hackers#politics#privacy How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? In a publicity bid this week, German website Populeaks.org announced The NRA Bet, challenging the National Rifle Association – in fractured English – to use its guns to “keep all non-public data a secret till April 30, 2013.” If the NRA manages to protect its data, the site promises to provide two unrequested staffers to provide unwanted services – in this case, helping to polish 500 guns at the NRA’s next annual meeting. I’m sure Wayne LaPierre is thrilled. “The NRA Bet” may never amount to much. It’s not as if Populeaks, which was created only three months ago, can really call down the fury of a mighty hacker horde.Source: http://www.g4tv.com/hurlStill, by framing its call to action as a humorous contest, Populeaks staggers across an interesting point. What if instead of threats, hactivism groups tried offering their targets something they wanted in return for complying with their demands (er, requests)? And what if instead of anger and outrage, the conversation included a little humor and satire? Would that kind of lighter approach be more likely to achieve the desired results? Or at least make the hacktivists more likable?PopuWHO?First things first: You might be asking “What the hell is Populeaks?” That’s an excellent question. According to its About Us page:POPULEAKS confronts governments, corporations and non-governmental organizations with the assertions made by our whistleblowers – and demands substantiated replies or information within a time window of ten days. In order to increase people’s readiness to respond, POPULEAKS informs up to 6,000 journalists and bloggers from its custom media mailing list – at the same time it receives an inquiry – and publishes the full text of the inquiry, word-for-word, on www.populeaks.org.In other words, the site encourages users to spam it with gossip, attempts to force the subjects of the gossip to reply, then turns around and spams “6,000 media contacts” (including us), hoping to get coverage. It’s an annoying business model, and it’s highly unlikely you’ll see the group mentioned here again unless it actually breaks some news. But the tactics employed in this particular case (which actually has nothing to do with PopuLeaks’ stated whistleblower mission) are worth a look. Taming The Shame GamePublic shaming by the hacktivist community is hardly new. Anonymous has made a fetish of it, following grand pronouncements about unchecked corporate greed and disregard of the common man with threats to tear down Facebook, Egypt and Iran, among others.Demand => Threat => Resolution. It’s a time-tested formula that’s been around since the Greek siege of Troy (probably since Gok threatened Gom with a rock if he didn’t quit hogging the mastodon leg). The problem is that after a few years of constantly threatening people, you kind of seem like a jerk, particularly if you have to follow through on your threats. Facebook may or may not be evil, but if you’re the one keeping the masses from sharing their kitten videos, you’re the bad guy.Groups like Anonymous tread a fine line between Robin Hood and (in the words of BreitBart.com) “terrorist” in the court of public opinion. Mixing it up could help the hactivists’ image. Populeaks is an unknown site, and the NRA Bet isn’t even particularly witty or creative – or even coherent. Overall, it’s pretty low-rent, and offers nothing of value to the NRA.But if someone with a bit more street cred offered to do something useful, relevant and funny if their target complied with their requests, we might actually see some progress.Friendly rivalries and side bets with conservative pundits like Bill O’Reilly and Mike Huckabee have earned Jon Stewart and the Daily Show a legitimate place in the political discussion, increased everyone’s likability and actually put substantive political discussions back on the air. Maybe injecting some of that into the cyber-rights battlefield wouldn’t be such a bad idea. I bet the EFF’s leaders would gladly pump gas for a week at a Chevron station if the company would drop its lawsuits and admit it was wrong about Ecuador.There will always be intractable situations that call for severe responses, but dangling a few carrots couldn’t hurt. Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. cormac foster 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Sitharaman reviews security situation in Kashmir

first_imgDefence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday reviewed the security situation in Kashmir during a visit to the valley, and army officials briefed her on the operational preparedness and counter-infiltration grid. Ms. Sitharaman was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on her visit, army officials said. The defence minister visited the forward areas in the frontier district of Kupwara. She was briefed by the commanders on ground on the operational preparedness and counter-infiltration grid, they said. During her interaction with the troops, the defence minister lauded their round the clock sharp vigil along the Line of Control and professionalism. She also asked them to remain alert for any eventuality to defeat nefarious designs of hostile forces, the officials said.last_img read more

India China shouldnt pose threat to each other Chinese President Xi Jinping

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on June 13, 2019.IANSChinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the two countries should not pose a threat to each other and step up cooperation in various fields, including the construction of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor.Xi met Modi for the first time after the Indian leader was re-elected Prime Minister, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a statement late Thursday evening, giving details about the meet between the two leaders, who also discussed the US’ protectionist trade policy.Xi, who congratulated Modi on his re-election, said both countries needed to accept their differences and expand their cooperation in various spheres.He pointed out that China and India are the only two emerging market countries with a population of one billion in the world, and they are at an important stage of rapid development.”The cooperation between China and India will not only help each other’s development, but will also contribute to peace, stability, and prosperity in Asia and the world,” he said.Xi also emphasised that “the two sides should adhere to the basic judgment that China and India… do not pose a threat to each other. They must persist in deepening mutual trust, focusing on cooperation, and accepting differences so that China-India relations become a more positive asset and positive energy for promoting the development of the two countries”.He stressed the need to step up cooperation in investment, production capacity, tourism, and among others, expand benefits of common interests to jointly promote regional interconnectivity – including the construction of the BCIM, and better realise cooperative development and common development.BCIM is also one of the major six corridors of China’s Belt and Road connectivity project. It aims to connect China’s eastern city of Kunming with India’s Kolkata through Bangladesh’s Dhaka and Myanmar’s Mandalay. India had not opposed the BCIM but its response to the project was tepid as it said to have concerns about China expanding its influence in its eastern neighbours.India also fears the project would expose its northeastern region.Xi also told Modi “that it was necessary to make good use of mechanisms such as the meeting of special representatives on the border issue, strengthen the building of confidence measures, and maintain stability in the border areas of the two countries”.The two countries have a dispute over their 3,448 km long border, which is also the ninth largest boundary in the world.Xi also said that “as important representatives of developing countries and emerging market economies, China and India must jointly safeguard free trade and multilateralism and safeguard the legitimate development rights of developing countries”.The US has turned up the heat on Indian and China as it in May took its trade spat with China to the next level by slapping tariffs on its goods worth $200 billion and ended the preferential status for Indian goods earlier this month.Modi told Xi that the Indian side was willing to maintain close high-level exchanges with China, strengthen strategic communication, promote bilateral relations in a wide range of fields, expand new areas of cooperation, and properly handle their differences.”India and China should jointly plan the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries next year and enhance cultural exchanges between the two countries,” Modi was quoted as saying by the statement.last_img read more

With Viral Mania Youtuber Rohitash Jadhav stepping stone to success

first_imgTraditional means are gone, in today’s world what people demand is not the newspapers, they want Facebook stories. They don’t need huge articles, they need small blogs which can give them a complete detail of all around the world in a few words. Time, this is what keeps running and this is how everyday things keep change and this is how there is a changing world which needs to reach out by many. In this era of such demands, Rohitash Jadhav jumped and took an opportunity which people kept ignoring even after being aware of the same. He brought in a new means of presenting people with ideas and facts. The means were same but the change was made in contents, which instead of unnecessary details, presented people with what they demanded. It was not an easy task with critics, own family becoming a hurdle between the success but Rohitash did it and created a sensation by reaching out to millions within his few uploads. Apart from this, his socially driven mind has no brakes. He became a part of wherever he found a space for itself and among one such was “Narayani Namah”, conducted to show the women empowerment and to motivate women. There he was called upon to be a part as that of an influencer who didn’t give a chance where the people present therein got negative. His words were enough to create a name among all. All these efforts and all this hard work, it took a lot but it was recognized by the current CM of Madhya Pradesh Mr Kamal Nath, who rewarded Rohitash and was happy to hear about his plans.It is said when luck turns, it keeps none untouched and none without the results but herein the case of Rohitash, he kept changing his luck to work according to him. His efforts brought him close to the start of his Youtube channel as Viral Mania which soon became a part of contents received from celebrities. All the hard work was paying off and he made the contents reach out to millions. soon seeing the success entered the Political leaders and the e-commerce portals who needed the help of Rohitash and his brand name “Viral Mania”. Well, the Politicians reached the public through the campaigns and e-commerce portals received a handling hand through Rohitash. All those MPs and MLAs reached out to enough crowd and made them received the consciousness of the campaigns being done every day to help out the public at large.Both the Youtube channel and Facebook page by the name of Viral Mania brought in a trend and presented people with small and informative facts which were needed. All the entertainment presented took a great turn and all this together led themselves to the heart of people. Whether it was the public or the politicians and the celebrities, everyone drew their piece of pie and enjoyed the same until they were presented with another. A Youtuber, a Marketer and an Influencer who created a change in peoples life got the titles of same which was one great add up to his ongoing journey of success.The motivator he was called, who was lacking behind by no means to help and support, all the sections of the society and created a name for oneself and Viral Mania. He who hacked the Virality as Youtuber and by the truthful facts on Facebook built his team who made their success in large and worked together to be a part of the new upcoming trend of the season, Viral Mania.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Registration for nonballotee pilgrims begins Tuesday

first_imgHajj Pilgrims. UNB File PhotoThe final registration process of the pilgrims who will perform Hajj this year under private management will begin on Tuesday.Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) general secretary M Shahadat Hossain announced the schedule at a press briefing on Monday, reports UNB.The ending date of the registration however would be announced later, he said.The lowest package has been fixed at Tk 332,868, the HAAB general secretary told the newsmen.For the purpose of sacrificial animal, an additional sum of Tk 11,000 will be charged.Those who performed Hajj in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as those who got Saudi visas last year but did not perform Hajj were requested to submit 2,100 Saudi Riyals (Tk 46,935), if they want to perform Hajj this year.The aspiring pilgrims will have to pay the entire money to the Hajj agencies by 15 April.On 26 February, the cabinet approved the draft Hajj Package, 2018.Earlier on 22 February, the ministry published a list of serial numbers of Hajj pilgrims, who will be able to enrol in the final Hajj registration this year.The Hajj pilgrims have also been asked to submit scanned copies of their passports during the e-Hajj registration process, it added.According to the Hajj agreement with Saudi Arabia, a total of 127,198 pilgrims from Bangladesh will be able to perform Hajj this year. Of them, 7,198 will perform Hajj under the government management and 120,000 under private management.The Hajj is likely to be held on 21 August this year subject to the moon sighting.last_img read more

For Black Children Attending School Is an Act of Racial Justice

first_imgBy Kayla Patrick, Special to the AfroAs a seemingly twisted way to ring in 2019, the Trump administration has sent a loud and clear message that it’s okay for educators and school leaders to keep Black children out of school buildings and exclude them from opportunities to learn. It may sound extreme, but that’s exactly what it means to rescind school discipline guidance that was put in place explicitly to ensure that Black children were not treated this way and discriminated against.The current administration, however, wants us to believe that discrimination against Black children is a myth. It is not. It is the lived experience of too many, if not all Black children. In the 2015-16 school year, Black boys made up 8 percent of public school enrollment, but they were 25 percent of the boys suspended out of school. Black girls were 8 percent of enrollment, but 14 percent of the girls suspended out of school. While Black children are overrepresented in practices that exclude or remove students from school, White children are underrepresented. Such data are clear evidence that racism and bias often drive exclusionary practices. To ignore this is to preserve the status quo.In the 2015-16 school year, Black boys made up 8 percent of public school enrollment, but they were 25 percent of the boys suspended out of school. (Photo by Tiffany C. Ginyard)If the numbers aren’t enough to show that discrimination exists in American classrooms, studies have shown that Black children do not misbehave more than their White peers, rather they are punished more. In fact, Black students are more likely than their White peers to receive a disciplinary action for a discretionary offense like talking back, violating a dress code, or being defiant. Black children are also more likely to be suspended out of school for their first offense. Clear, appropriate, and consistent consequences and educator training — as the guidance calls for — helps to eliminate the discrimination and bias that fuel the disproportionate punishment of Black children.This administration would also have us believe that discipline disparities are a result of poverty, arguing that experiencing childhood trauma and living in distressed communities are to blame. But poverty cannot explain away the discipline disparities: Studies have shown that when taking a student’s economic background into account, Black children are still more likely to be suspended than students of other races. And let’s not forget that poverty, too, is a result of deliberate policy choices that leave Black children isolated in neighborhoods with little resources — including the longstanding impact of discriminatory housing policies such as redlining. These are choices that this administration has done nothing to address.Studies have shown that when taking a student’s economic background into account, Black children are still more likely to be suspended than students of other races. (Photo by Tiffany C. Ginyard)What many (including this administration) fail to realize is that there is a difference between discipline and punishment. Suspensions and expulsions don’t teach. They punish. And far too often, adults decide that Black children are not worthy of teaching and second chances. Excluding students from classrooms does not help them to correct the mistakes that children inevitably make. It also has negative long-term consequences. These negative outcomes include poor academic performance, lower levels of engagement, leaving school, and increased likelihood of involvement with the criminal justice system.Unfortunately, attempts to exclude Black children from educational opportunities are not new. America has a rich history of locking Black children out of the classroom. This list includes anti-literacy laws, past and current resistance to school desegregation, lack of access to well-resourced schools, school based arrests, poor course access, enormous higher education costs, and unjust exclusionary policies. Every barrier and trick in the book has been used to limit the education of Black children. The removal of the discipline guidance is just the latest.Rescinding the guidance is a reminder to those fighting for educational equity: For Black children, simply attending school is an act of protest, and learning and excelling while there is an act of racial justice. Every time a Black child is sent home for a minor offense, they are sent the message that they are unwanted or don’t belong. But Black children do belong, and they deserve to be safe, included, and to have access to a quality education. Despite the current administration’s actions, this is the message that advocates must make clear at the beginning of 2019 — and every year hereafter.It’s up to us as advocates for educational justice to ensure that schools do not illegally discriminate against Black children. Encourage school leaders to commit to ongoing racial bias training; require culturally sustaining classroom management strategies; examine their school and district data to help determine if race and bias are driving who gets punished; adopt clear, fair, and transparent consequences; and eliminate school exclusion for discretionary non-violent offenses.Kayla Patrick is a policy analyst with the Education Trust.last_img read more

Physics team suggests possible way to make quantum cryptography available in handheld

first_img Being able to encrypt data and the key that allows for unlocking it has become important in modern life. Companies spend millions attempting to protect sensitive information while hackers work non-stop trying to overcome such hurdles to access that information. The current system (RSA) is believed to be, at least for now, just ahead of the hackers. It relies on public key encryption of plain text and privately encrypted keys. This system has two weak points. The first is that it assumes that a hacker has not been able to gain access to a private key through nonconventional means and the second is that it’s based on mathematical algorithms that can be cracked given fast enough computers. To gain the upper hand, cryptologists have turned to quantum key distribution (QKD), where quantum bits are used to represent private keys. The main advantage here is that according to the laws of physics, it should be impossible for a hacker to use the key without their interception being detected, which would prevent the sensitive data from being sent.Up till now, the main hindrance to using QKD has been that it requires a lot of heavy duty equipment and a straight line mode of transport between the sender and receiver due to its sensitivity to noise. In their paper, the team from Bristol claim to have come up with a scheme that should allow a way to overcome such restrictions, at least on the receiver side. It’s based on what they call a reference frame independent QKD protocol for polarization of qubits in polarization maintaining fiber—which in essence means they use math (based on measurements made in random directions) to describe a way for moving photons through fiber cables without disturbing their polarizationThe team has not yet built such a device of course, that will need to be done by applied physicists, engineers and computer professionals—thus it’s not yet a certainty that such a device will work as imagined. One sticking point in particular might be whether the real-world system is actually able to overcome the inherent noise sensitivity. (Phys.org) —A team of physicists at Bristol University in the U.K. has proposed a possible way to allow for quantum cryptography between a large station and a small hand held device. They describe such a technique in a paper they have uploaded to the preprint server arXiv. © 2013 Phys.org Experimental set-up for client-server rfiQKD. The server side holds a telecom wavelength (1550 nm) laser with a 1 MHz pulse generator (PG) and fixed polariser, to send light pulses to the client through a polarisation maintaining fibre (PMF). At the client side, an integrated polarisation controller (PC) encodes qubits into the polarisation of the attenuated (Att.) light. A fibre beam splitter (FBS) and photodetector (PD) continuously monitor power for malicious attacks. Qubits received back at the server side are measured with a similar PC, fibre polarising beamsplitter (FPBS), and superconducting single photon detectors (SSPDs), all controlled by an electronic board synchronisation (Sync.), function programmable gate array (FPGA), and processor. The Bloch sphere illustrates the effects of an unstable environment on polarisation. Credit: arXiv:1308.3436 [quant-ph] Explore further More information: Reference frame independent quantum key distribution server with telecom tether for on-chip client, arXiv:1308.3436 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1308.3436AbstractWe demonstrate a client-server quantum key distribution (QKD) scheme, with large resources such as laser and detectors situated at the server-side, which is accessible via telecom-fibre, to a client requiring only an on-chip polarisation rotator, that may be integrated into a handheld device. The detrimental effects of unstable fibre birefringence are overcome by employing the reference frame independent QKD protocol for polarisation qubits in polarisation maintaining fibre, where standard QKD protocols fail, as we show for comparison. This opens the way for quantum enhanced secure communications between companies and members of the general public equipped with handheld mobile devices, via telecom-fibre tethering.via Arxiv Blogcenter_img Citation: Physics team suggests possible way to make quantum cryptography available in handheld machines (2013, August 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-physics-team-quantum-cryptography-handheld.html Journal information: arXiv 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. Engineers achieve first airplane to ground quantum key distribution exchangelast_img read more