North Korea calls latest UN sanctions an act of war

According to North Korea’s foreign ministry, the latest round of UN sanctions are “an act of war,” and threatened to punish those who supported the measure. The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday due to its recent ICBM test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil along with its earnings from workers abroad.

The new resolution seeks to ban nearly 90% of refined petroleum exports by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year and demands the “repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months”. The US-drafted resolution also caps crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year and commits the Council to further reductions if the North conducts another ICBM/nuclear test.

In a statement, North Korea’s foreign ministry said the US is “terrified” by its nuclear force and was getting “more and more frenzied in the moves to impose the harshest-ever sanctions and pressure on our country”.

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Pre-Installed Keylogger Found On Over 460 HP Laptop Models

HP has an awful history of ‘accidentally’ leaving keyloggers onto its customers’ laptops. At least two times this year, HP laptops were caught with pre-installed keylogger or spyware applications.

I was following a tweet made by a security researcher claiming to have found a built-in keylogger in several HP laptops, and now he went public with his findings.

A security researcher who goes by the name of ZwClose discovered a keylogger in several Hewlett-Packard (HP) laptops that could allow hackers to record your every keystroke and steal sensitive data, including passwords, account information, and credit card details.

The Keylogger was found embedded in the SynTP.sys file, a part of Synaptics touchpad driver that ships with HP notebook computers, leaving more than 460 HP Notebook models vulnerable to hackers.

Although the keylogger component is disabled by default, hackers can make use of available open source tools for bypassing User Account Control (UAC) to enable built-in keylogger “by setting a registry value.”

Here’s the location of the registry key:

• HKLM\Software\Synaptics\%ProductName%

• HKLM\Software\Synaptics\%ProductName%\Default

The researcher reported the keylogger component to HP last month, and the company acknowledges the presence of keylogger, saying it was actually “a debug trace” which was left accidentally, but has now been removed.

A potential security vulnerability has been identified with certain versions of Synaptics touchpad drivers that impact all Synaptics OEM partners,” HP says in its advisory, calling the keylogger as a potential, local loss of confidentiality.

A party would need administrative privileges in order to take advantage of the vulnerability. Neither Synaptics nor HP has access to customer data as a result of this issue.

The company has released a Driver update for all the affected HP Notebook Models. If you own an HP laptop, you can look for updates for your model. The list of affected HP notebooks can be found at the HP Support website.

This is not the very first time when a keylogger has been detected in HP laptops. In May this year, a built-in keylogger was found in an HP audio driver that was silently recording all of its users’ keystrokes and storing them in a human-readable file.


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Hawaii judge blocks latest travel ban

A United States federal judge from Hawaii has blocked the latest version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban which was set to effect eight different countries. Judge Derrick Watson said that the ban “plainly discriminates based on nationality”.

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Studios head Roy Price steps down amid harassment claims

This announcement comes five days after he was suspended for sexual harassment allegations. This all started last week when Isa Hackett the Producer of ‘The Man in A High Castle’, accused Price of coming onto her in 2015, also telling her that she would ‘love my “d***”.

Roy Price comes after the newest scandal involving Harvey Wein Stein, who has been accused of multiple sexual harassment charges. Weinstein has since been fired from his own company and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has stripped Weinstein of his membership.

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United States demands Russia close down their consulate buildings in 3 states

The US has demanded that Russia close their consulate in San Francisco and buildings in Washington and NY. This is in retaliation for (Russia) cutting American diplomatic presence in the country.

“We believe this action (diplomatic staff cut) was unwarranted and detrimental to the overall relationship between our countries,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said this morning. “In the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians, the United States has required the Russian government to close its San Francisco consulate and two annexes in Washington, D.C. and New York by Sept. 2.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed Russian FM Sergei Lavrov in a phone call today. Lavrov “expressed regret” about the decision during the phone call with Tillerson. “Moscow will closely study the new measures announced by the Americans, after which our reaction will be conveyed,” the Russian FM said.

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Tensions in the Israeli-Palestine conflict are now reaching a dangerous high after a very serious chain of events

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Tensions in the Israeli-Palestine conflict are now reaching a dangerous high after a very serious chain of events between Israeli and Palestinian authorities.


A terror attack at the Temple Mount committed by Palestinian terrorists led to the deaths of 2 police officers who put themselves in the line of fire to defend civilians leads to total closure of area.


A Palestinian man attempted to kill Israeli soldiers in a knife attack some 24 hours after Hamas and other groups threatened war over a crisis at Jerusalem’s holiest Muslim site, the Al Aqsa mosque.


Palestinians took to the streets the same night protesting increased security measures on the Temple Mount following the terror attack.
Israeli authorities deploy 5 battalions of troops in the old city.

 

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Internet Activists Mysteriously Vanishing In Pakistan

1485594518351Written By: Adam Peach
January 28, 2017   3:40AM  EST

Since the first week of 2017, “digital activists” and bloggers have been mysteriously vanishing in Pakistan. It’s been reported, four “citizen journalists”were abducted from the city of Multan, on January 1. Reports suggest that the journalists were summoned to the FIA’s(Federal Investigation Authority) office but never returned.

  Ahmad Waqass Goraya and Asim Saeed were abducted on January 4. They’re both both human rights activists and co-administrators of both a Facebook page and a group, where they campaigned for human rights and religious freedom. There, they would regularly expose human rights violations by security forces and religious extremists in Pakistan. The page has since been taken down.

   Two days later, January 6, another abduction. Salman Haider – social media activist, renowned poet, University lecturer, and editor of an independent magazine called, Tanqueed – was reportedly abducted in Islamabad. Then, on January 7, Ahmed Raza Naseer was taken from his family’s shop in Punjab province, by unidentified men. Naseer, also a human rights activist, is administrator of a Facebook page – reporting similar events as that of Goraya and Saeed – was also targeted in the sweep.

  MirrorAsia reported that Naseer was sitting with his brother at their shop outside, when a man holding a mobile phone to his ear walked in. After looking at some mobile phones, the man asked their names. The brothers answered, and the man asked them which one used a particular phone number – it was Ahmed’s.

  “The man tells him to take his phone and come and sit in the car outside, where a sahab [important man] is sitting who wants to ask you some questions,” – his younger brother Tahir, who was ordered to stay inside, reported by Al Jazeera.

   Ahmed has not been seen by anyone since.

   The FIA allegedly targeted the citizens for posting a “fake” picture involving Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on December 28, 2016.  Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali complained about the picture, in a letter to the Ministry of Interior. Following this, The FIA traced identities of those who shared the picture. This was done through tracing their IP addresses, followed by a legal notice sent through WhatsApp – Ordering them to appear in court on December 31.

   No one has come forward with the whereabouts of any of these people yet. It is feared by many that they’ve been charged with Blasphemy – a death sentence, in Pakistan. Insulting the Islam prophet is a the death sentence in Pakistan, defiling the Quran carries a life sentence. Rights groups have previously claimed that blasphemy accusations have been previously used to taget minorities, or to settle personal scores.

   Major smear-campaigns against the men abducted have been pushed through Facebook groups with, in some cases, millions of followers, labelling the men as blasphemers. It was reported that one particular group, with almost half a million followers, accused the activists of being funded by the Indian government. It was also reported that conservative groups have lobbied the government to register more cases, such as this, in Pakistan.

   “These [Facebook] pages … are extremely insulting to the Prophet, the Quran, Allah and Islam. They have made a joke out of this,”

Abdullah Cheema, guest on popular television news show on January 12.

  “These blasphemers who they have captured, whoever has captured them, may Allah bless those people,”

Khadim Hussain Rizvi, a well-known Muslim leader in a sermon uploaded to YouTube, Jan 13.

    “The group of atheists committing blasphemy on Facebook … have been defeated,”

  Post by Pakistan Defence, pro-military Facebook page with 7.5 million likes.

  Rights groups are worried that the blaspheme charges are being used as a weapon, to silence those who speak out about the state. This, in turn, can silence other activists by instilling fear.

   In August 2016, the government of Pakistan introduced a law used to undermine citizens’ freedom of expression. The law allows the government is able to censor online content, criminalize internet user activity and access internet users’ data without judicial review.

   “Disappearances of people mean the disappearance of voices – and of an alternate, dissenting political dream for what Pakistan can be. They only have to pick up a handful of people, as they’ve done now, to scare and silence us all.”

Mahvish Ahmad, a journalist and founder of the magazine Tanqeed.

It is unknown how many people have been arrested since the “fake” picture was uploaded. It’s also still unknown where any of these people are. Here’s a recent post found on bibleforums.com, posted January 26, 2017:

  “Pastor Judoon, our brother in Pakistan, has not been seen since Sunday and his family fear he’s been kidnapped.

They’re worried because Judoon has been supporting a Christian accused of ‘blasphemy’ – the type of case which causes tensions to run high in Pakistan.”

Post made to bibleforums.com

Sources:

GlobalVoices.Org

FrontlineDefenders.Org

MirrorAsia.Com

AlJazeera.Com

Bibleforums.Org