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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Yahoo data breach hit the 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 have 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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Ransomware is the new Threat: Pay the Kidnappers a Ransom and Obtain your Essential Files

The real life kidnapping model has just morphed into a new avatar in the virtual world encrypting your essential files, demanding money, holding you as a hostage. Cyber criminals have now adopted the same ‘real-life’ kidnapping technique to snatch your valuable documents holding you for a hostage to make a deal. In such situations you need to buy your freedom for exchange of a ransom.
It sounds bizarre and almost like a science fiction but it starts taking place in our day-to-day life.
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How to Install adobe flash player on Ubuntu 14.04

Installing flash player on Ubuntu 14.04 is not a very complex scenario. I frequently face it because you need to update it in a regular interval. Adobe flash player is one of the most essential applications you need to play video.
For Ubuntu 32 bit you can either manually add it through the software centre or you can better add it through the command line.
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Null coalescing operator in PHP 7

Let us consider a code of checking the age first. It checks whether the ‘age’ is given in the form or not. If it’s not given, then it says ‘not mentioned’. When it’s given it just spits out the age. Very basic thing we normally did when php 7 had not come.

$age = isset($_GET['age']) ? $_GET['age'] : 'not mentioned';

var_dump($age);

As usual it’ll give an output of – ‘not mentioned.’ Now we write this code with the age given.

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