On August 4, Thursday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the King of Saudi Arabia has given instructions to help the thousands of Indian workers stuck in the Gulf kingdom, including giving them free passage back home.
The minister informed the Rajya Sabha that the Saudi King has instructed his officials to resolve the crisis faced by Indians.
“The Saudi King has instructed his officials to solve the problem in two days. General (Retd) VK Singh is there. He met the Labour Minister there on Wednesday, he said instructions have been given to give the Indian worker’s exit visa; they will send them back in their own flights, at their own expense,” Sushma Swaraj toldRajya Sabha.
“They have also permitted that those who are found suitable may be given another job,” she said.
The leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad also welcomed the move. “This is a very good thing. we must thank them on behalf of people of India,” he said.
Some 7,700 Indian workers employed with a company in Saudi Arabia are facing a financial crisis after it shut down and laid off workers. Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh is in Riyadh to sort out the problem, including arranging to bring back those workers who want to return. (IANS)
Twitter has warned of “unusual activity” from state-sponsored actors based in China and Saudi Arabia after it found a bug that could have revealed the country code of users’ phone numbers or if their account was locked.
The revelation led to Twitter stock dropping nearly 7 per cent on Monday.
In a statement, Twitter said it discovered the bug on November 15 and fixed it a day later.
“During our investigation, we noticed some unusual activity involving the affected customer support form API. Specifically, we observed a large number of inquiries coming from individual IP addresses located in China and Saudi Arabia,” said the micro-blogging platform, used by over 336 million users, on one of its support forms.
“While we cannot confirm intent or attribution for certain, it is possible that some of these IP addresses may have ties to state-sponsored actors,” Twitter warned.
The bug, said the company, could be used to discover the country code of people’s phone numbers if they had one associated with their Twitter account, as well as whether or not their account had been locked by Twitter.
Twitter locks an account if it appears to be compromised or in violation of its rules or Terms of Service.
“Importantly, this issue did not expose full phone numbers or any other personal data.
“We have directly informed the people we identified as being affected. We are providing this broader notice as it is possible that other account holders we cannot identify were potentially impacted,” Twitter said, adding it is “sorry this happened”.
A Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch: “For our part, we are committed to understanding how bad-faith actors use our services. We will continue to proactively combat nefarious attempts to undermine the integrity of Twitter.” (IANS)