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At Least 20 Dead after Islamic State Bomb Blast at Syria Border Crossing

The Islamic State group took credit for the attack in an online statement.

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FILE -- A view towards the Turkish border from Kinsibba, Syria. -VOA
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October 6, 2016: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bomb blast that killed at least 20 people, most of whom were Turkish-backed opposition fighters along Syria’s northwestern border with Turkey.

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A suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of rebel troops near the border crossing in the village of Atmeh, just a short distance away from where the rebels and the jihadist group had been fighting along another stretch of the border.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based non-profit group, put the number of dead at 21.

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The Islamic State group took credit for the attack in an online statement. Those killed include a judge and another top civil judicial figure from the rebel-held eastern Aleppo, according to a rebel official.

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One witness told Reuters most of those killed in the blast were members of the Failiq al-Sham group, which has been fighting alongside Turkish soldiers to defeat the IS group. (VOA)

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  • Enakshi Roy Chowdhury

    This needs to be stopped.. stopped completely… how many innocent people to die?

  • Aakash Mandyal

    Terrorism is a major issue who is spreading like a virus and gulping countries to death.
    Countries like Syria is a example. if not stopped soon it will spread its feet all over the world.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?