Stage set for cyber war

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Originally Published in Tehelka on 010817

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Forget the past. The future of war suddenly presents itself with great razzmatazz. Two consecutive ransomware attacks — ‘WannaCry’ and ‘GoldenEye’ — shook the world with such ferocious force that it was evident — they were intended to attract only attention. The noisy and noticeable activity was not meant for stealing money only but to shout out a certain kind of presence in the cyber sphere. After that with every new computer installation the hardware people are now coming up with a warning — please don’t use pirated or back dated Windows operating system. Forget and forgive their naivety. The hacker’s target is no longer the singular person.

A new war front has opened up. Nation states have been become the target now. Not persons. In the recent past generally, the hardware people happily install old Windows operating system without any caveat — of course. What happened to them? Why are they so scared? The recent consecutive ransomware attacks that affected thousands of individuals and organizations worldwide suddenly changed the whole postulated sequences of possible events and our mindset.

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Good technology and bad addiction

Technology is not bad. bad is the situation when we get addicted to it. Here, in this article I just wanted to touch the tip of the iceberg. You probably know the amount of danger is how humongous.

Good technology may grow addiction too

Can technology be really bad? May be some technology has some bad effect. Here is an example.
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I took this photo of the old man on the roadside at Puri. He was busy checking his smart-phone stopping his bicycle. May be it was an emergency but this is not a good habit to check your mobile on a busy roadside.

There are risks, and you know it!

No doubt in it. While checking smart-phone on the road-side you may invite trouble. For that reason only can we conclude, smart-phone technology is bad? No, certainly not.

Then What do you want to say?

I’m trying to say about the bad side effect of technology. And in that sense, some risks we can easily avoid. We need not install unnecessary software in our PC and phones.
Reading this will make views much clearer.
Technology Addiction
Any addiction is bad. Technology makes it, sometimes, worse.
So give it a second thought. The following link is so pathetic.
Chinese teen dies at Internet addiction rehab camp

Read The snippets

China is investigating the death of a teenager who was allegedly beaten to death in a camp designed to treat Internet addiction, state media said.

Deng Senshan, 15, died Sunday, less than a day after his parents sent him to the camp in southern Guangxi province, Xinhua News Agency reported.

This is truly alarming

Half of all teens are feeling addicted to their mobile devices, and 28 percent of them say their parents are addicted too. This is really scary. Where we are heading towards?
Half Of Teens Say They Feel Addicted To Their Devices
If this trend persists, the time has come to think over it. We need to bring this topic on the public forum as much as possible and start campaigning about it in the grass root level.

Digital switch off

make it mandatory that we should switch off our mobiles, tabs and PCs for a certain period of time. Let’s make it mandatory for our mental and physical health. Interaction with human beings is extremely important. We should consider to enhance that also.

How I joined multiple Bootstrap themes with my official WordPress site

I thought I should write down this without delay and share with my readers. These are bits and pieces of my experiences of writing my official website sanjibsinha.com. It was a kind of trial and error method that I had always expected that, well – touch wood, it’d survive somehow.
And it survived the experiments. Google started indexing it and I think the time has also come to play with Google analytic.
Let me finish it very fast and start from the very beginning.
I decided to inject multiple bootstrap CSS styling in my website. It’s a kind of bootstrapping wordpress.
As you know, when you start building a wordpress site from scratch you need few files at the very beginning. They are – style.css and few more PHP files like index, page, home, header, footer, sidebar etc.
I decided to make the front page a static page so I injected a ‘front-page.php’ file in that beginning procedure.
As of now I am keeping three styles – two of them are open source bootstrap theme and the other one is the mystery (please download it from my github repository).
The first step is – make your default style intact so that it does not break.
My ‘style.css’ code:
@import url('css/font-awesome.min.css');
@import url('css/bootstrap.min.css');
@import url('css/animate.css');
@import url('css/style.css');

body {

}

Next get the link in the ‘header.php’ file:

bloginfo('stylesheet_url');

I don’t want the ‘Home’ navigation in my first page menu bar so just excluded it with a simple code:
wp_list_pages(array('title_li' => '', 'exclude' => 4));
Remember wordpress keeps everything as ‘post’ inside database. My home page post id is 4 and I’m excluding it from the first page navigation.
You know the other wordpress pages more or less follow this same logic:

if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();
I decide to get the permalink, time, title, and content after that so the functions are easy:
the_permalink();
the_title();
the_time('l, F jS, Y'); //you can change the format, please search in the codex
the_content()

You should also keep an error message if something goes wrong with your code.
_e('Sorry, there are no posts.');
As I said before: there are three themes as of now. So I need two more template files. One is for Blog and the other, the custom one is for any other purposes.
You need ‘header-blog’, ‘footer-blog’, ‘header-custom’, and ‘footer-custom’. And in the related template file don’t forget to write like this:
get_header('blog')
get_header('custom')

Besides these simple routine I decided to show one category in my custom styling. I’ll write this part in detail.
Finally my website looks like this:

The Home page:

The blog Page:

The Contact page:

The archive page:

And finally I decided to show my ‘PHP’ category posts in the custom styling:

So this is it. For full code please visit my Github repository:

GITHUB

The Great Cyber Robberies Expose Our Sordid Underbelly!

Does the future look too rosy for us, – the new digital India?
It’s not beyond reasonable reservation. While our government is pressing for cashless transaction, a thick mantle of fear hangs loosely around the wrong encryption policy and slack cyber security measures taken by AM-ADMI. It’s not a question-and-answer session anymore. It’s probably been answered already: we will be at a bigger loss if correct steps are not taken right away!
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Not the Giant Corporations, Biggest Data Theft Hit Common People Most

“Want to buy some profile dumps. Is there any? I’m ready to pay in Bitcoins.”
After posting this message in three “TOR NETWORK” message boards, hidden in the dark web, my wait was over after nearly twenty hours when an “Anonymous” asked in a “TORCHAN” board (http://zw3crggtadila2sg.onion/): “How we know you’re not an FBI scum”?

A real scummy question indeed! I wish I had a gentle reply!

It’ll attract more slang designed only for the dark web if you can’t prove that you’re not really an “FBI scum”. Other boards bore no fruit, at least not in twenty hours deadline I had set knowing that it was too short.
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Post demonetization: the heartbeat of black money now ticks with bitcoin

Above all things, it now appears that government has thrown all its weights around the seizure of black money. IT officials claim that the amount of unaccounted money recovered since the announcement of demonetization on 8th November has crossed three thousand crores and they’re counting for more. Before that government had also announced packages for black money disclosure that had ended on 30th September and till date the amount disclosed has been around 55 thousand crore rupees.
It’s been one side of reality.
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