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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Source of Inspiration

Good Writings: Source of Inspiration

Good writings always inspire us. It remains a good source of inspiration. How does it remain a source of inspiration? I cannot explain the internal mechanism but it works just like songs or paintings or anything good in this life. Good writings, interesting articles or books are not something that you find always. It’s a kind of good discovery!
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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.

What facebook knows about you?

I’m currently working with facebook developers tools. Trying to merge with WordPress or any other PHP application that comes my way.
In fact reactivating my account was a part of that process.
What I’ve found so far is astounding. The facebook privacy policy is disastrous. General people know very little about it but facebook knows a lot about them.
I’ll keep this post updated so if you’re worried about losing your privacy to billions of people, you may stay in touch.

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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Ransomware: How can I save my SOUL from cyber attacks?

It sounded like science fiction when we had first learned about the Ransomware. Cyber attackers swooping on computer network and lock the essential files encrypting them and demanded for a ransom that you had to pay in bitcoin – a currency that runs in the dark web. In the first part of this series of articles we also came to know how denial of service – an old tactic hackers use to jam the network – had been morphed into a new avatar.
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