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Washington:  Expressing the hope that Pakistan would be a responsible stakeholder on security issues, in particular the nuclear issue, the US has said that New Delhi and Islamabad need to work on issues between them peacefully on their own.

“US Secretary of State, John Kerry spoke on his concerns about tensions between India and Pakistan right now and various other issues”, State Department spokesman John Kirby recalled  on Tuesday,  in response to a question at his daily press briefing. “Kerry has also talked about ‘our continued belief that both sides need to work on  these issues peacefully and on their own’”, he said.

On being asked if Pakistan’s nuclear programme is safe from terrorist hands in the context of former Pakistani President Pervez  Musharaff’s reported threat that Islamabad may use the nuclear weapon against India, Kirby said: “I’m certainly not going to talk about intelligence issues here. But our expectation continues to be that Pakistan will be a responsible stakeholder on security issues, in particular the nuclear issue”.

In response to a question about child labour and child trafficking in India, China and several other countries, Kirby said, “Obviously, this is a concern that we have around the world  ,i.e, the issue of child labour and certainly human trafficking. “It’s something that we are constantly talking to our friends and partners about. It’s a significant concern. “Our positions, our stance on them have not changed, and we’re going to continue to work at this just as hard as we can”.

At the White House too, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in response to a question about child labour that as a general matter, President Barack Obama ‘believes strongly that we need to be serious about combating child trafficking’ and that the administration has devoted significant time and consideration, and even resources, to international efforts to try to fight human trafficking.

“This is something that the President has talked about frequently, not just with his national security staff, but in his conversations with other world leaders and even in the context of international meetings at the United Nations,” Earnest said.

Asked if Obama had talked with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about public health issues in the context of Yoga Day, the spokesman said that he was not aware that the President had any conversations with world leaders on this topic or not but obviously the President and the First Lady have made public health and the health of the American people a top priority of their administration.
(IANS)

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Heavy Cyber Attacks From Russia, US, China In India

These honeypots are developed to deceive even elite hackers and appear to be serving a specific purpose or organisation.

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A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture. VOA

India has been the target of over 4.3 lakh cyber attacks from five countries including China, Russia and the US while more than 73,000 attacks were initiated from India between January and June this year, says a Finnish cybersecurity company.

According to F-Secure’s honeypot data, Russia, the US, China, the Netherlands and Germany targeted India with 436,090 attacks. This is nearly 12 times more than which originated from India.

Honeypots are basically decoy servers that emulate the real IT environment of a business enterprise.

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Due to its nature, the chip is physically unclonable and can, thus, render the device invulnerable to hijacking, counterfeiting or replication by cyber-criminals. Pixabay

Russia accounted for most cyber attacks on India (255,589), followed by the US (103,458), China (42,544), the Netherlands (19,169) and 15,330 attacks from Germany.

On the other hand, the top five countries that were targeted by Indian cyber attackers were Austria, the Netherlands, the UK, Japan, and Ukraine — a total of 36,563.

F-Secure gave the break-up: Austria (12,540), the Netherlands (9,267), the UK (6,347), Japan (4,701) and 3,708 attacks targeted Ukraine’s businesses.

“The relatively higher number of inbound attacks on Indian honeypots reflects how the fast-digitising country is becoming more lucrative for global cyber criminals,” Leszek Tasiemski, Vice President of cyber security products R&D at F-Secure, said in a statement on Sunday.

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Experts: Cyber attacks Growing Increasingly Sophisticated. Pixabay

“We are gathering and analysing all the pertinent data to ensure that our customers stay protected given the dynamically evolving threat landscape,” he added.

To track these cyber attacks, F-Secure has deployed 41 honeypots across the globe.

“Our public honeypots are a valuable source of threat intelligence and an integral part of the infrastructure that powers our various security offerings, including our Rapid Detection and Response Service,” Tasiemski said.

Honeypots are set up explicitly to grab attention of attackers. They are used to gain critical insights on attack types, popular targets, sources, volume and TTPs (Tactics, Techniques and Procedures).

Such insights are collected by deliberately allowing potential attackers to gain unauthorized access to the emulated services of a server and then studying the attack path to the point that the attacker realizes it is a honeypot, F-secure said.

Also Read: U.S. Government Warns People Against China-Linked Hacking Group

These honeypots are developed to deceive even elite hackers and appear to be serving a specific purpose or organisation.

They enable F-Secure to collect the latest malware samples or shell scripts and new hacking techniques.

The research data is then processed to further benefit F-Secure customers via product enhancements and threat intelligence reports. (IANS)