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President-elect Donald Trump Broadens Search for the Post of US Secretary of State

The transition team said that the short list of candidates contained four names, including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney

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New York, December 6, 2016: President-elect Donald Trump has broadened his search for the post of US Secretary of State, a transition team spokesperson announced.

“It is true that he’s broadened the search and he’s very fortunate to have interest among serious men and women, all of whom need to understand that their first responsibility as Secretary of State would be to implement and adhere to the president-elect’s ‘America First’ foreign policy,” Kellyanne Conway told reporters at Trump Tower in New York on Sunday.

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Last week, the transition team said that the short list of candidates contained four names, including 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who had lobbied strongly against Trump during this election cycle, Efe news agency reported.

Conway admitted that now there are “more than four” people on the list saying that the selection of the top US diplomat is “incredibly important” and should not be rushed.

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The other three people who have been considered so far are former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, retired Gen. David Petraeus and the Head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker. (IANS)

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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?