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National Geographic’s famous Afghan Girl Arrested in Pakistan on Corruption Charges

The famous Afghan Girl of National Geography, Sharbat Bibi got arrested on corruption charges on Wednesday by Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Peshawar

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October 26, 2016: The famous Afghan Girl of National Geography, Sharbat Bibi arrested on corruption charges on Wednesday by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Peshawar, according to the sources of Dawn newspaper.

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Steve McCurry, a National Geographic photographer took a picture of Sharbat Bibi in 1984 at a refugee camp near Peshawar.

She gained a worldwide fame as the photograph was featured on the National Geography magazine cover, 1985 issue.

She became well- known as the ‘Afghan Girl’. At that time, she was 12 years old approximately.

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“National Geographic also made a short documentary about her life and called her the Mona Lisa of Afghan war”, Dawn said.

On Wednesday, Bibi was arrested from her own residence for forging a Computerized National Identity Card, FIA sources informed Dawn.

She has Afghan and Pakistani nationality; both the ID cards have been recovered from her.

She remained anonymous for a pretty long time after her picture was featured on the cover of National Geographic. Eventually, she was located in 2002 by the magazine.
Only after her family allowed her to meet photographer McCurry, who took her picture 17 years earlier.

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When he met her, he said, he immediately knew that he had found her again.

“Her eyes are as haunting now as they were then,” he had said.

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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?