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IS calls for attacks on the West during Ramadan in its new audio message

“Get prepared, be ready to make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers.”

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A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. Image: REUTERS/Stringer

Two deadly attacks have taken place recently in Kuwait and Tunisia. One can undoubtedly say that ISIS is once again is trying to capitalize fear among individuals during the month of Ramadan.

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  • In a recent Video published by ISIS, Abu Muhammad told extremists that “Get prepared, be ready to make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers.” His message was especially for supporters of the caliphate in Europe and America.
  • Encouraging Muslims to take up arms in their hand, the extremists are trying to channelize an attack in the West during Ramadan which is supposed to be starting from 7th June.
  • Speaking his heart out to the left migrants in Europe, he clearly said “All you believers and unifiers, if the tyrants have closed off to you the gates of migration, you open in their faces the gates of jihad and make their actions become a regret. The smallest action you do in their heartland is better and more.”
  • Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims and people celebrate it with great happiness around the world. It all starts with the morning. People fast all day and eat only in the night. Quran readings followed by extra prayers are some of the traditions that are followed in this 30 days month of Ramadan.
  • The 31 minutes ISIS video was released by ISIS’s media unit Al-Furqan. Many Muslims have also expressed their fear that ISIS is trying to portray Ramadan as a month of Jihadists attacks. However there was no mention of the Egyptian passenger jet in the speech titled “That They Live By Proof”.
Al-Furqan, Wikimedia commons
Al-Furqan, Wikimedia commons
  • The world is still searching for the mysterious 804’s black box since no terror group organisations have claimed responsibility for that.
  • Despite these warnings by ISIS, it is well known to all of us that ISIS’s hold on Syria and Iraq is weakening. Iraqi Prime minister Haider al-Abadi told that “Iraqi soldiers would try to take back the city of Fallujah, to the west of Baghdad and the troops were approaching a moment of great victory.”
  • ISIS’s weakening can be also well understood from the fact that they declared a state of emergency in their self-proclaimed areas such as Raqqa. Moreover, several ISIS fighters have even tried to flee the extremist stronghold.

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Pritam is a 3rd year engineering student in B.P. Poddar institute of management and technology, Kolkata. You can contact the author at @pritam_gogreen

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“Collaboration Is The Key To Ensure Cyber-Security”, Says Microsoft

The company deploys a number of sensors that are looking for information from cyber incidents around the world -- sort of metadata about what's going on -- whether it's from PCs, servers or in the Cloud

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Microsoft spends over $1 billion annually on Cyber-Security and uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in a big way to gain accurate insights and faster automated response to real-time threats. Pixabay

As governments the world over deliberate over how to tackle growing nation-state cyber attacks and protect sensitive data, a top Microsoft official said that collaborations between the governments, tech companies and third-party cybersecurity agencies can help address the growing menace.

According to Rob Lefferts, CVP-Program Management M365 Security at Microsoft, the company takes nation-state cyber attacks very seriously. “We have a whole research team dedicated to understand the behaviour of nation-state attacks. We partner with governments around the globe to help protect citizens against such attacks,” Lefferts told IANS during an interaction.

Microsoft spends over $1 billion annually on Cyber-Security and uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in a big way to gain accurate insights and faster automated response to real-time threats.

“We are using AI and ML as a tool to empower defenders and to more effectively protect organizations. When we talk to companies in India, 92 per cent of organisations have either already adopted or looking to adopt AI in their approach towards cybersecurity,” said Lefferts. For Microsoft, it is a strategic investment for the company.

“We took a very, very strong approach over six years ago around investing over $1billion a year in research and development of security technologies. The goal is to help us better protect, detect and respond to real-world threats in today’s environment,” stressed the Microsoft executive. The company deploys a number of sensors that are looking for information from cyber incidents around the world — sort of metadata about what’s going on — whether it’s from PCs, servers or in the Cloud.

“We do not collect actual content but metadata of behaviours. We collect more than 8 trillion of those signals every day. And then, we use those models to better protect organisations,” informed Lefferts. “Every day, 3,500 Microsoft security professionals track threats and provide better enforcement protection for our customers,” he added. According to him, Microsoft learns from its customers and actual users.

“What’s exciting is the ability to turn that information around at incredible speed to protect customers. Since we’re using Cloud-powered technologies, those updates and new protections come to customers almost instantaneously. In fact, in many cases, we use behavioural analytics to detect problems before they’re even problems,” Lefferts told IANS. Collaboration is very critical in the cybersecurity space.

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As governments the world over deliberate over how to tackle growing nation-state cyber attacks and protect sensitive data, a top Microsoft official said that collaborations between the governments, tech companies and third-party cybersecurity agencies can help address the growing menace. Pixabay

“One is collaboration across the security industry. Then there is collaboration around actual incidents and problems as they occur. This is a place where it’s not just a matter of machines; we need machines to empower humans,” he noted.

In 2018, top 34 global technology and securities firms, led by Microsoft and Facebook, signed a “Cybersecurity Tech Accord” to defend people from malicious attacks by cybercriminals and nation-states. The 34 companies include Cisco, HP, Nokia, Oracle, VMware, Dell, CA Technologies, Symantec, Bitdefender, F-Secure, RSA and Trend Micro, among others.

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“This tech sector accord will help us take a principled path towards more effective steps to work together and defend customers around the world,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. (IANS)