Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Leak: Star India Partner Says Leak Was ‘Not a Hack’

An India-based media technology company said Wednesday that it regrets the recent leak of an episode of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones by four of its current and former employees.

Indian police have detained the four suspects, but said their motive for leaking the episode titled The Spoils of War was unclear. The fourth episode in the television series’ seventh season leaked three days before its planned August 6 air date and quickly circulated online.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 Leak: Star India Partner Says Leak Was 'Not a Hack'Though not related to the hack of HBO computer systems just days earlier, the episode leak compounded problems for the network in trying to keep information from the fantasy show under wraps.

Prime Focus Technologies, a subsidiary of the global entertainment services company Prime Focus, said in a statement Wednesday that the leak “was not a system hack, but an illegal breach of obligations by the concerned persons despite PFT’s continual internal emphasis on protocols of content security and ethical practices.”

Police are investigating possible charges against the four suspects, including criminal breach of trust and violation of India’s information technology act.

Neo-Nazi Website Daily Stormer Moves to Dark Web After GoDaddy, Google Ousting

Neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer, which helped organise a gathering in Virginia on Saturday that turned violent, moved to the so-called Dark Web on Tuesday because its registration to use the open Internet was revoked.

GoDaddy and Alphabet Inc’s Google cancelled Daily Stormer’s Internet registration on Monday, saying the group had violated terms of service, which prohibit clients from using their sites to incite violence.

Andrew Anglin, the founder of Daily Stormer, did not respond to requests for comment.

Supporters of Daily Stormer took to Twitter on Tuesday to tell people they could gain access to the website on the Dark Web, a portion of the Internet that is not indexed by popular search engines. It can only be seen with a special browser, which hides the identity and location of the users.

Neo-Nazi Website Daily Stormer Moves to Dark Web After GoDaddy, Google OustingA 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 other people injured when a man rammed his car into a group of people objecting to a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The man has been charged with murder.

The violence presented President Donald Trump with one of his biggest domestic political challenges so far in how he has responded to right-wing groups that are a segment of his political base.

Internet companies have increasingly found themselves in the crosshairs over hate speech and other volatile social issues, with politicians and others calling on them to do more to police their networks while civil libertarians worry about the firms suppressing free speech.

Twitter, Facebook, Google’s YouTube, and other platforms have ramped up efforts to combat the social media efforts of Islamic militant groups, largely in response to pressure from European governments. Now they are facing similar pressures in the United States over white supremacist and neo-Nazi content.

Apple’s iCloud Facility in China to Be Overseen by Guizhou Province

China’s Guizhou province, where Apple has set up its first data centre in the country, plans to create a working committee chaired by communist party members to oversee the US company’s iCloud facility.

China has started to police the Internet more closely and introduced a new cyber-security law on June 1 that imposes tougher controls over data than in Europe and the United States, including mandating that companies store all data within China and pass security reviews.

The Guizhou government said on its website (www.gzgov.gov.cn) that the Apple iCloud working committee would be made up of around 10 members, such as Guizhou’s Executive Vice Governor Qin Rupei, Deputy Secretary-general Ma Ningyu and other officials.

“The provincial government has decided to form a development and coordination working committee to quicken the setting up of Apple’s iCloud project,” it said in a Chinese language statement.

Apple's iCloud Facility in China to Be Overseen by Guizhou ProvinceAn Apple spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In July, Apple said it had set up its first data centre in China, in the southern province of Guizhou, in partnership with a local Internet services company, to comply with tougher cyber-security laws. The data centre forms part of Apple’s planned $1 billion investment in the province.

China is a key market for Apple, though the US tech group has come under pressure from Chinese regulators in recent months to comply with strict local data laws and assist in curtailing access to overseas content.

In late July, Apple said it was removing virtual private network (VPN) services from its app store in China, a move that drew criticism from VPN service providers, who accuse the US company of bowing to pressure from Chinese cyber regulators.

DreamHost Fights US Government Over Trump Protestor Data

A Web hosting firm is fighting a demand by US prosecutors for data on visitors to a site organising a protest during the inauguration of President Donald Trump in a fresh clash over digital privacy rights.

The firm DreamHost said it was challenging a warrant seeking to identify the visitors of the protest site DisruptJ20, which organised a demonstration against Trump at the time of his swearing-in on January 20.

DreamHost said in a statement Monday that US Justice Department was asking for more than 1.3 million visitor IP addresses, along with email addresses and other data “in an effort to determine who simply visited the website.”

DreamHost said the government’s request violated the principle of free speech and other rights.

“That information could be used to identify any individuals who used this site to exercise and express political speech protected under the Constitution’s First Amendment,” the statement said.

“That should be enough to set alarm bells off in anyones mind.”

The clash is the latest between US tech firms and law enforcement over user data, and comes one year after a showdown between Apple and the US government over efforts to access the iPhone of the assailant in the San Bernardino attacks.

DreamHost Fights US Government Over Trump Protestor DataCivil liberties and digital rights groups rose to defend DreamHost’s stand.

Mark Rumold of the Electronic Frontier Foundation warned in a blog post of the “staggering overbreadth of the search warrant,” and called the move an unconstitutional effort to prosecute Trump’s political opponents.

“No plausible explanation exists for a search warrant of this breadth, other than to cast a digital dragnet as broadly as possible,” Rumold said.

“But the (constitution) was designed to prohibit fishing expeditions like this.”

DreamHost’s legal brief said the company previously turned over data in response to a subpoena on the organizer of the website, but that the additional information sought would “endanger the First Amendment interests of the innocent third parties who viewed or communicated with the website.”

Amazon Continues UK Expansion With New Distribution Centre, Will Create 1,000 Jobs

Online retailer Amazon said on Wednesday it would open a distribution centre in Bristol, south west England, in 2018, continuing a rapid expansion that saw its investments in the UK triple last year to over GBP 400 million ($513.96 million or roughly Rs. 3,309 crores).

Britain is Amazon’s third-largest market outside North America, with sales of $9.5 billion (roughly Rs. 60,905 crores) last year – up almost 20 percent in sterling terms on 2015.

The US group already planned to open four additional distribution, or fulfilment, centres in 2017, in addition to the 12 operating at the end of last year.

Amazon Continues UK Expansion With New Distribution Centre, Will Create 1,000 JobsAmazon said it intended to hire an additional 1,000 workers at the Bristol plant on permanent contracts.

Following criticism from politicians about weak worker protection, the company has been increasingly employing its warehouse staff directly, rather than indirectly via contract firms which offer little employment security.

Amazon invested about GBP 850 million in the UK from 2010 to 2016, accounts for its UK subsidiaries show.

Increased use of robot technology contributed to the high capex spend last year, a spokesman said.

The company said that, including operating costs, Amazon had spent GBP 6.4 billion ($8.3 billion) in the UK since 2010, against sales of around GBP 33 billion.

Amazon does not publish profitability figures for its UK operation. However, its main, Luxembourg-based European operating unit, through which all EU sales are routed, reported operating losses for the last six years, its accounts show.

Amazon said last month it was not having problems hiring staff in Britain despite last year’s Brexit vote.

Amazon Does ‘Great Damage’ to Retailers, Trump Tweets

President Donald Trump once again unloaded on Amazon, tweeting that the company is hurting other retailers and implying that it’s killing industry jobs across the US.

Amazon is causing “great damage to tax paying retailers,” Trump said in a Twitter post Wednesday, causing shares in the online retailer to fall as much as 1.2 percent in early trading.

“Towns, cities and states throughout the US are being hurt – many jobs being lost!” Trump said in the tweet.

Trump is losing the support of many company executives, some of whom resigned this week from a council of business leaders to protest the president’s response to the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia. But he has often taken particular aim at Amazon and The Washington Post, owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, for its coverage. The Post is in a business partnership with Bloomberg News.

While it’s unclear what prompted Trump’s tweet, which seems to be taking on two issues – taxes and jobs – The Washington Post ran a scathing editorial Wednesday about Trump in the paper, and there were also pro-tax reform advertisements that ran on early morning talk shows.

It’s often difficult to parse Trump’s tweets, but he seems to be focusing partly on how Amazon’s sales and market share growth is hurting the traditional retail industry. His remarks come amid one of the most tumultuous years in the industry’s history. Brick-and-mortar chains, especially apparel sellers, are suffering from sluggish mall traffic and an exodus of shoppers to e-commerce.

A rash of chains have filed for bankruptcy this year, including Payless, Gymboree, HHGregg and RadioShack. And the biggest department-store companies, such as Macy’s, Sears Holdings and J.C. Penney, are shuttering hundreds of locations. The total number of store closings is expected to hit a record in the US this year, with Credit Suisse Group analyst Christian Buss estimating that the number could exceed 8,000.

On the other hand, Amazon is hiring rapidly. The online behemoth has pledged to hire more than 100,000 workers by 2018 and has been holding job fairs all over the US In some cases, fired department store workers are ending up at Amazon fulfillment centers.

Amazon Does 'Great Damage' to Retailers, Trump TweetsIn his tweet, Trump also hammered Amazon again on tax-related allegations. It’s unclear exactly what he means since the company has been opening distribution centers everywhere and now collects sales tax in each state that has one.

In June, Trump posted a tweet attacking “AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes.”

In December 2015, Trump also described The Post as a tax shelter that Bezos uses to keep Amazon’s taxes low. Without these arrangements, Trump argued, Amazon’s stock would “crumble like a paper bag.” Bezos actually owns The Post via a holding company separate from Amazon. Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.

Amazon has been battling a number of politicians from both the U. and Europe about its stance on tax. In the US, Amazon previously fought to only collect sales taxes for purchases in states where it doesn’t have a physical presence. Now it has a legion of distribution centers and collects sales tax in every state that has one.

The US retailer is currently fighting the European Union over its tax bill, while in March it won a $1.5 billion tax dispute with the IRS.

Aadhaar Card: How to Verify Your Phone Number Using UIDAI Website

Are you sure that the contact information registered with Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for your Aadhaar Card is correct? If not, we would advise you to head to the UIDAI website and check it out for yourself. Aadhaar card is increasingly becoming the most important proof of identification and considering that the government has made it mandatory to link your Aadhaar cards with PAN card for filing income tax returns, its importance has grown further. UIDAI has now provided an online tool for you to verify that the contact information provided in Aadhaar card is correct.

In order to verify whether your contact number is correct on the Aadhaar card, you need to head to the home page of the UIDAI website and choose the option Verify Email/Mobile Number under Aadhaar Services tab. In the new tab, you need to enter details like your Aadhaar number, email address, mobile number that you need to verify, and a security code. Notably, the UIDAI security code is case sensitive and users should keep in mind that letters in upper and lower case will be treated as different entities by the system.

How to verify email address on UIDAI website
In order to verify the email address, users need to enter the Aadhaar number, email address, and a security code on the UIDAI platform. Then they will receive the OTP on their email address, which is then required to be entered on the right side of the page in the space provided. In case of entries that are valid and match, the system responds by saying “Congratulations! The Email ID matches with our records!”

Aadhaar Card: How to Verify Your Phone Number Using UIDAI WebsiteHow to verify contact number on UIDAI website
Users need to enter their mobile number instead of email address in order to receive the OTP on the mobile number and verify it from the website. Rest of the procedure is same as the verification of the email address. In case of entries that are valid and match, the system responds by saying “Congratulations! The Mobile Number matches with our records!”

Importance
The information provided to UIDAI for the Aadhaar card needs to be authentic and any discrepancies might cause problems for you going ahead. This is precisely why you need to make sure that these details associated with your identity are correctly noted down in the records available with the UIDAI.

Blue Whale Challenge: Delhi High Court Expresses Concern Over Suicides

The Delhi High Court on Thursday expressed concern over children allegedly committing suicide while playing the ‘Blue Whale’ Challenge, an Internet suicide game, that has been allegedly linked to the deaths of several children worldwide.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also wondered why adults were getting into this game, in which dangerous tasks like self-inflicting of wounds on the body, are assigned to the player by administrators during a 50-day period.

The bench said it can understand children getting influenced, but why were adults getting involved in it.

“If an adult is told to do a task, why would he/she go and jump from a building,” it said, adding that “we are wondering why both children and adult are doing this”.

The high court, however, refrained from passing any order on the plea seeking direction to the Internet companies including Google, Facebook and Yahoo to take down the links of the Blue whale.

It wished to know whether the government has issued any prohibition order with regard to downloading of the Blue Whale game.

The court also sought to know from the petitioner, advocate Gurmeet Singh, whether any such incident has happened in Delhi. It asked the petitioner whether any prohibition order could be passed on Thursday and fixed the matter for further hearing on August 22.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT had directed the Internet majors – Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately remove the links of the deadly Blue Whale Challenge, which has led several children in India and other countries to commit suicide.

The PIL on Wednesday was moved in the High Court seeking directions to Internet companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo to take down the links of ‘Blue Whale’.

Blue Whale Challenge: Delhi High Court Expresses Concern Over SuicidesCiting deaths of children in India and abroad, the advocate, who filed the petition, sought immediate directions to restrain the Internet majors from uploading any material pertaining to the Blue Whale Challenge.

He also sought direction to the Delhi Police to appoint a special five-member team to oversee whether the Internet companies comply with the court’s direction.

The sudden popularity of the lethal online game – Blue Whale Challenge, in which the final task requires the player to commit suicide, has forced the government to issue directions to the Internet giants to remove the links of the dangerous game.

The Blue Whale Challenge is reportedly a suicide game in which the player is given certain tasks to complete for a period of 50 days and the final task leads to committing suicide. The player is also asked to share photos after finishing the challenge.

The petition said “there are so many children and people being adversely affected by this menace namely Blue Whale Challenge and they do not even know that the same will cost their life and their families will suffer heavily. All citizens of India will be benefitted if the said menace is stopped.”

More than six children across India in the age group of 12-19 years have taken their lives playing this game within a span of two weeks.

Deaths of teenagers have been reported from other countries including Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile and Italy, the PIL had said.

Lithuanian Man Pleads Not Guilty to Defrauding Facebook and Google

A Lithuanian man accused of defrauding Facebook and Google out of more than $100 million pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in US court on Thursday.

Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, entered his plea through an interpreter before US Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses in federal court in Manhattan, clad in a blue and white striped shirt and faded blue jeans. He arrived in New York on Wednesday night after being extradited from Lithuania, US prosecutors said.

Rimasauskas did not ask for bail and remains in custody.

“We’ll follow the procedural run of the case and make sure he gets a good defence,” Rimasauskas’s lawyer, Robert Peabody, told reporters after the plea.

US prosecutors charged Rimasauskas in March with engaging in an email fraud scheme in which they say he bilked Google and Facebook out of more than $100 million by posing as an Asian hardware vendor.

Lithuanian Man Pleads Not Guilty to Defrauding Facebook and GoogleThe prosecutors did not name the companies, but Taiwan-based Quanta Computer has confirmed it is the Asian vendor and a Lithuanian court order identified the victims as Facebook and Google. The companies could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday.

Rimasauskas allegedly defrauded Google out of $23 million and Facebook out of $99 million, according to Lithuania’s top court, which ordered his extradition earlier this month.

He is charged with wire fraud and money laundering, which each carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, and identity theft, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years.

The alleged scheme is an example of a growing type of fraud called “business email compromise,” in which fraudsters ask for money using emails targeted at companies that work with foreign suppliers or regularly make wire transfers.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in June 2016 that since October 2013, US and foreign victims have made 22,143 complaints about business email compromise scams involving requests for almost $3.1 billion in transfers.

Facebook, Google Activate SOS Features After Barcelona Attack

Soon after the Barcelona attack that left 13 people dead, Facebook and Google activated their safety check features to let users in the vicinity inform their friends that they were safe and get nearby support.

Facebook created a page, titled “The attack in Barcelona, Spain” which users used to “check in as safe”, The Telegraph reported on Thursday.

Recently launched SOS alert feature by Google gave people up-to-date news and information about Barcelona attack.

The page also included helpful phrases for those who might be affected.

Facebook Safety Check was introduced in 2011 and was used for only natural disasters until 2015 Paris attack.

It was later widely used in terror attacks that took place in London, Nice and Berlin.

Facebook, Google Activate SOS Features After Barcelona Attack“When Safety Check is activated, users who Facebook determines to live or spend a lot of time in the affected area are sent a push notification asking if they want to check in as safe,” the report explained.

The feature sends a notification to friends of those who check in – confirming they have been marked as safe.

This also opens up ways for the people to offer help for those who are in need of help like food, shelter or medicines.

On the similar lines, Facebook introduced “Community Help” feature in February and claimed that it was inspired by the response to flooding in Chennai in which many people opened up their homes for the affected.