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Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Finds “Certain Gaps” in Whatsapp’s Reply on Spyware
Terming the Whatsapp’s reply having “certain gaps”, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) has decided to write to the company over its response to the government charges that the messaging company didn’t inform it on time and with details that personal data of Indians were compromised by the spyware, while WhatsApp is learnt to have countered the government.
“Whatsapp has replied. We will be reaching out to them for many gaps in their reply. Everything in detail is not there. Definitely, we will be writing to them soon”, said a senior IT Ministry official.
However, sources in WhatsApp said the company had responded to the government. The response was from the company’s global office, they said without elaborating.
Sources said in response to the Meity’s notice for explanation on the breach, WhatsApp attached the vulnerability note it filed in May and the September letter to the government.
Thus, the Facebook-owned company is learnt to have countered the government charge that it didn’t inform it about a privacy breach on the messaging platform.
It stated in the September letter that 121 Indians were compromised by the Israeli spyware Pegasus. WhatsApp didn’t comment on details of its reply to Meity.
“We are looking into their reply. When their ((WhatsApp) communications came on May 20, CERT had already issued a vulnerability report on May 17. We had taken action. Thus, their information had no relevance. Our stand on vulnerability on account of this has not changed since May 17. The government acted on information available elsewhere and CERTs of other countries, not on WhatsApp’s information,” said another official of the ministry.
The Ministry had asked WhatsApp to explain the breach. There was a revelation by WhatsApp that Indian jounalists and rights activists were among users targeted by an Israeli spyware. The disclosure followed a lawsuit filed in a San Francisco court last week where WhatsApp alleged that Israeli NSO Group targeted some 1,400 WhatsApp users with Pegasus.
CERT-In is the nodal agency for responding to computer security incidents. It collects, analyses and disseminates information of cyber incidents.
On May 17, CERT-In said vulnerability had been reported in WhatsApp, which could be exploited by a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the affected system. “This vulnerability exists in WhatsApp due to a buffer overflow condition error”.
Giving a “high” severity rating, CERT-In suggested upgrade to latest version of WhatsApp.
Whatsapp has triggered enough political heat in India as two parliamentary standing committees — panels on home and information technology — are expected to seek details of the alleged breach from the government. (IANS)
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AMP is a collateral token that is used because it provides instant and verifiable assurances for most variations of value transfers. Networks such as Flexa use AMP so that they can provide quick and secure transactions in a significant amount of use cases.
AMP has been benefitting greatly from the influx of cryptocurrency acceptance and trading this year. AMP had an all-time low price of $0.0007946 on November 17th 2020, and its greatest market price was $0.1211 on June 16th 2021. Using $1000 and perfectly timing the market at these prices would have resulted in your AMP being worth just over $150,000. These results demonstrate how lucrative the cryptocurrency market can be, and AMP is one example. Many cryptos have exceeded these profits and some in even less time.
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By Pablo N
Traveling around the world is one of the best experiences you can have. If you are looking for your next trip, Hong Kong is the perfect destination. Hong Kong is a city with an electrifying personality in Cantonese culture.
It is also known as 'Fragrant Harbour' because of its deep-water harbor. The city is renowned as a tourist choice in southern-eastern Asia.
You can talk of the tea shops, dense neighborhoods, ornate temples, family-owned outdoor restaurants, Ocean Park, Golden Bauhinia Square, excellent public transit system. Hong Kong has everything you are looking for in a perfect adventure.
Below, we will share some previous tips to keep in mind when embarking on this trip. For India Nationals not planning to stay more than 14 days, a visit visa is not needed, however, you need to know what is required to apply for pre-arrival registration for Indians before departing the airport. The good news is that you can file for this registration online.
To proceed to enter Hong Kong is not difficult, you can apply for a visit visa to this destination at the Chinese embassy or at the immigration departments of the HKSAR. In this way, you will get all the information required to undertake the trip.
The perfect time to visit Hong Kong is from mid-October to late December. The period is the time of the year when the weather is refreshing and comfortable.
During your visit, you can also enjoy numerous festivals such as Monkey God Festival, Buddha Birthday, Chinese New Year, Mid- Autumn Festival, Art Week, among many others.
Hong Kong is renowned for being the food market of the world. Make sure to try out the Chinese, American, Italian, Cantonese, Mexican, and other cultural meals.Unsplash
Hong Kong boasts, one of the best public transit system in the world. Getting around the city should not pose any form of trouble. You can get around the city by taxi, rail, ferry, or even the Octopus Card Payment Method.
There are about 27 ferry routes that cover movements from Hong Kong Island to different neighboring islands like Peng Chai, Cheung Chau, Lamma Island, etc. The MTR System Mass Transit Railway is the best way to enjoy the famous sites to visit in the city.
All of these transport systems are cheap and convenient.
This destination is a buzzing city and can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. Here are three Do's and Don'ts when you are in Hong Kong.
●Enjoy the varieties of food culture
Limiting yourself to only a variety of food in a multicultural city like Hong Kong is nothing but a waste. This city is renowned for being the food market of the world. Before you leave, make sure to try out the Chinese, American, Italian, Cantonese, Mexican, and other cultural meals.
●Get an Octopus Card
The Octopus cards are your most reliable pass to most public transit in Hong Kong. You can obtain it at the airport or any transit station. 'Octopus cards' can be used to pay for transactions in stores, restaurants, cinemas, parks, etc.
●Avoid getting caught up with the crowd
You can save yourself a lot of annoyance and irritation by avoiding being caught up in the large crowd of the town. Fix your shopping to the weekdays and avoid getting on the MTR during rush hours.
●Don't break the smoking laws
Hong Kong frowns strictly on smoking in public places. Avoid smoking in clubs, parks, lifts, restaurants, transits, workplaces, and strict. Fines and punishments that amount up to 5,000HKD are charged on offenders for smoking in public places.
●Don't miss the festivals
When you visit the city during a festival period, don't miss out on the opportunity to witness some carnivals or events. Hong Kong is also a great place to celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve.
●Don't stand on the left
Whenever you are on the escalators or a walkway, always remember to stand on the right-hand side and let people walk on your left. Citizens get angry whenever people block the left side of the walkway, and it's evident that you are a visitor.
This town is one of the most beautiful tourist centers around the world. You can decide to organize all the places to visit in order to discover the best attractions in Hong Kong.
One point to add, is that the citizens are friendly and approachable. You will be surprised to know that many of the residents also speak English. You will find the city easy to navigate and enjoy as there are many activities to do and witness.
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By Sudeshna Paul
Swami Vivekananda belonged to an upper middle-class Bengali family in Calcutta. He was born in 1863 and was known as Narendranath Datta. Maharaj Ajit Singh of Khetri had given him the name 'Vivekananda' before he left for America to speak about Hindu spirituality.
He had become one of the chief disciples of Ramkrishna and tried to reform the society and make it a better place. Swamiji had also been a part of the Brahmo Samaj and tried to put an end to child marriage and also spread literacy.
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Along with a few other people, he tried to promote the Vedanta philosophy in the western world, mainly America and Great Britain. There were numerous places where he spoke to people through major conferences, the one at Chicago becoming the most important one. On the 11th of September 1893, Swami Vivekananda delivered his iconic speech at the first World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago. Through his speech, he tried to introduce Americans to Hinduism. His speech is as follows,
" Sisters and Brothers of America,
It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world, I thank you in the name of the mother of religions, and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.
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My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honour of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: "As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee."
The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: "Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me." Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honour of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal. "
Vivekananda on the platform at the Parliament of Religions, September 1893Wikipedia
After his speech, he had been questioned about why India was being ruled by another country which is much smaller in size and follows a totally different religion, if the religious belief of the former happens to be so strong. How could the religion in question be a better way of living life when the people themselves were in servitude? This question had been asked by a missionary supporter, who was in favour of Indians being converted to Christianity. According to the person, people following Hinduism should be made to follow Christianity as the latter one is the correct one. The Hindus should be converted to Christians.
Swamiji responded to it by saying that the terrible condition of the people was not because of the religion that they followed but because of the ignorance and misconceptions that were present. He said that there needs to be an awakening which needs to come from one's within and only then they can lead a better life. People need to realise their true potential and work on it. He hoped that one day, the world would realise the actual potential of a person following the Hindu religion as a superior way of leading life. Also added that he would himself try to ensure that this movement towards betterment takes place.
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