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The Leading Causes of Data Losses? You’ll Be Shocked To Know!

Business today heavily relies on communications technology aka the Internet. But despite our fast connection speeds and one-second communication features, data losses are still probable. According to the technology industry, web application attacks, point-of-sale intrusions, cyber-espionage and “crimeware” have become the leading causes of data breaches everywhere.

Verizon Enterprise Solutions and 70 other organisations had investigated 80,000 security incidents in their own backdoors and confirmed 2,000 to have occurred in 61 countries.

The report, called the 2015 Data Breach Investigations analyses security incidents. Named in the report were five industries frequently encountering breaches including public administration, financial services, manufacturing, accommodations and retail.

Plenty of compromises, similar to the Sony Pictures incidents, were caused by human error and recklessness. Employees would sometimes open infected email attachments, click malicious links or input credentials on rogue websites. While antivirus and cybersecurity experts have warned personnel repeatedly about opening links and programs from emails and unknown sources, the number of antivirus incidents from the year 2000 continued to repeat.

Verizon’s study indicates that hackers use web application attacks and denial of service attacks. Criminals on the other hand use crimeware and web application attacks.

Apple Possibly Building an Electric Car

According to an anonymous Apple insider’s message to the Business Insider, Apple is currently working on an all-electric car design that would “change the landscape to give Tesla a run for its money.”

Tesla, the current champion of electric car design and innovation, has recently released its top models after their Model S Sedan. The P85D is shaping up to be another industry leader. But according to the investigation of Wall Street Journal “people familiar with the matter” claim that several hundred people in Apple are working on project “Titan.”

The leak and investigation reveal that Apple has acquired 50 former Tesla engineers and other emloyees, including Steve Zadesky, Ford’s former engineer. He is now Apple’s product design vice president.

Former Ford Designer Marc Newson, who designed the 1999 021C concept car design, is possibly participating in project Titan and possibly future products. He is well-known for his very smooth product aesthetic for cameras, smart watches, and other technologies.

Analysts from TechGenMag.com said that Apple’s electric car plans would create serious criticism and support from the public. Consumer and the media have been looking forever to find something amazing and revolutionary from Apple since the iPhone, iPad and its other personalized products.

TechGenMag.com’s Kristian Markus said that it makes sense if Apple is venturing into the electric vehicle market. It becomes a representation for Apple’s boldness. It is also possibly the next level of integration the iOS needs, especially Siri, who could do wonders as a real virtual assistant in a vehicle.

 

Shanghai New Year Stampede Kills 35

A stampede in the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shanghai had killed 35 people and injured 42 other people according to the Chinese state media.

In Chenyi Square, hundreds of thousands of Chinese gathered for the historic Bund district overlooking the Huangpu River. Due to the large number of people, a stampede triggered by people who stooped to pick up fake money from the balcony of a nightclub had caused disastrous implications.

According to an English tourist, Rebecca Thomas, dead bodies could be seen on the ground. She also saw 15 people having CPR in the street by their loved ones. Police could only stand and watch. She volunteered to help but was asked to move along.

Weibo users discussed how 300,000 people in Bund was too much for the district. One said that there was too many people that squeezing inside one couldn’t move.

US Photographer Gaby Gabriel said “Nobody seemed to be in control and people were crying. It was one of those times when you see the worst in people.”

“Lots of people spontaneously linked hands to block the crowds, so the injured had space to settle down, and to allow a clear passage for ambulances,” he added.

Aside from Chinese, tourists had also “fallen over” in Bund, according to Shanghai’s police department.

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By Friday, Uber and Spotify Will Allow Users to Control Car Music

In New York, Uber passengers will have full control of the music played in their car as Uber and Spotify join forces.

On Friday, passengers could hail a ride, set up a playlist that suits their mood for the day through Spotify and have it play through the car’s sound system.

Uber’s App will feature a playlist creation or selection section where Spotify Premium users in 10 cities in the United States by Friday. London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney and Toronto will be the first to taste the service.

Spotify expects that more cities will have the service over the coming service.

Uber said that it enhances their riders’ experience and gives them a business edge against competitors.

However, the joint venture was met with mixed public feedback.

Some Uber drivers were unhappy with the decision.

One said that it could become a potential distraction for the driver and it could make working conditions worse for drivers.

Spotify is a music streaming and downloading service paid monthly. It allows users to listen to and discover new artists relevant to their listening activity and favoured music.

Greece Negotiates Euro Bailout, Austerity Measures Clamp Hard

Antonis Samaras, Greece’s Prime Minister, states that the the euro problems are now moving towards a more suitable and stable position. In a previous meeting on Friday and Saturday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, the Greek Prime Minister stated that the government is focusing on addressing tax evasions and that the coalition government’s three parties fully support the austerity measures to ensure their bailout.

Greece had yielded an economic growth of 6.2% in the second quarter of 2012 even under strict austerity measures. As the country and the government decided to stay in the euro, it is still the center of the problems for the euro.

Aside from Greece, Spain and Italy continue to contend with the effects of the Euro Zone Crisis. Spain’s banking system, which now requires billions of euros to stabilize and an unemployment rate of 50%, has implemented austerity cuts on social services and funding. Italy had also focused on addressing tax evasion and implementing austerity cuts, leading to the closing of factories by luxury industries such as Ferrari. The luxury car maker and others faced lower sales this year in their home country.

Samaras stated that while the austerity measures are in place, financial support was unnecesary. He states that the country just needed to breathe from the strict austerity measures and is trying to buy two more years for the implementation of the bailout package.

Source: CNN

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Japan Celebrates Atomic Bomb Anniversary, Pledges Reduction on Nuclear Dependence

Thursday, Japan celebrates the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II. Around 6,000 people gathered on Thursday at a park near the 1945 bombing’s epicenter. The mayor of one of the towns directly affected by the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster, Tomihisa Taue, appealed to the Japanese government to make a nuclear-free society to avoid the incident that occurred the previous year.

A year ago, Japan suffered from the world’s second worst nuclear meltdown when the Fukushima Dai-Ichi reactor was struck by a tsunami last March. Many people in Fukushima suffered the effects of radiation. The mayor claims that many people in Fukushima still live in the fear of the radiation’s effects.

Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, promised that he would seek a society less reliant to nuclear power. The government is to provide a long term policy platform due out within weeks for the incident. The platform is focused on creating an energy structure that would reassure the safety of the people. They aim to reduce the amount of nuclear dependence by 2030

The United States, whose atomic bombing in 1945 had killed 140,000 in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki, had sent their official ambassador, John Roos, to Nagasaki, to attend the ceremony.

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Kill or Be Killed: The Current Situation Inside Syria

What started as a peaceful revolution a year ago now has blown into a fully-armed rebellion. Military and rebels, with access to arms and equipment to fight against each other, continue to battle in the villages of Syria to this time. Helicopters and tanks were used in village assaults, capital defenses and even the persecution of the innocent.

New military rebel factions have emerged, such as the “Freedom Brigade” and the “Shield of Idlib battalion have emerged. Military rebel councils exist now in many towns and cities all over Syria.

The military strength of the rebels comes from the combined groups of defecting soldiers and civilians, which include students, real-estate agents and students. Political defectors are also present, including those coming from the ruling Ba’ath party of President Bashar al Assad.

Skirmishes still occur all over Syria. Rebels have defended many villages, including Aleppo, the commercial capital of the country. However, they indicate that they are suffering heavy casualties from the fights.

The root cause of the revolution last year was to finally resolve the lack of democracy and other individual rights of many citizens in Syria. However, President Assad responded violently against the peaceful revolution by eliminating political threats against the government.

Foreign news correspondents, journalists and reporters were denied access to Syria by the government. Limited news resources continue to cover the violence inside the country.

Civilians are reported to have used their investments and savings to support the Syrian opposition. Many have also held arms against the government. Clearly, the crisis is far from ending its violent phase.

The Syrian opposition and the Free Syria Army states that they cannot rest until they have put down President Bashar al Assad, or else, they would be the next to be killed.

Source: CNN

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US-China Tensions in the South China Sea

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, will hold a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to resolve the issue of the acclaimed Scarborough Shoals, which Chinese fishermen had trespassed which violates territorial law in the Philippines and other countries in the sidelines of the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) conference.

The US, while not in direct conflict with China, is supporting the Philippine defense in guarding its territorial waters. The conflict, which began in April when the Chinese fishermen were found poaching in its economic zone including the shoal, may go out of hand if no resolution is to ever materialize from the conflict.

Scarborough Shoals is said to store vast oil and gas reserves, as well as marine life for fishing grounds. Experts estimate that the ‘virgin’ islands have rich resources for economic growth.

The ASEAN conference is set to make rules about maritime rights and navigation. They are also preparing a procedure for discussing disputes between countries. The target of this meeting is mainly to alleviate the tension for the said island. China was presented a proposal at this weeks conference. However, China is not a member of the ASEAN and has yet to agree to such proposal.

The meetings held between China and US, while not sparse, haven’t reaped any fruit. Tensions between China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and southeast Asian countries near the area might reach violent conflict should the issue not be resolved, says many observers.

Source: News.com

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Fukushima Reactor Disaster Was Man-Made, States Japanese Authorities

From last year’s nuclear diaster in Fukushima, investigators from Japan have finally reaped results. The Japanese Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission states that the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) nuclear power plant accident was not caused primarily by the earthquakes and the tsunami, but rather the conflict between government, regulators and the operating company TEPCO itself.

The accident was said to be caused by a lack of governance and observance to the safety measures required for nuclear power. The commission states that nuclear power is highly volatile, and proper maintenance had not been observed. The commission states that the parties effectively betrayed the rights of citizens to be safe from nuclear accidents, making it so that the accident was ‘man-made’

The TEPCO reported that the size of the earthquake and tsunami was beyond the facility and their capacity to handle and they could not have made an earlier attempt to foresee the power of the two disasters. Their reports state that the commission cannot say any safety devices were not damaged by the earthquake and that it cannot be ruled out that a small scale loss-of-coolant-accident occurred in the Fukushima reactor.

Recently, activists have rallied around the residence of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda as decisions to reactivate the other reactors in Japan have been initiated to supply the missing third of the power the country needs. Oil and fuel exports to generate electricity have become costly for the country, which led to the particular decision.

Source: News.com

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Kofi Annan Backed By Russia For Syria’s United Government, Says Envoys

Yesterday, Russia and four other veto-wielding UN Security Council members agreed to the proposal of Kofi Annan about a Syrian national unity cabinet. Kofi Annan states that the government will include government and opposition members, but it vows to do away with people whose participation will destroy the unified government.

This political transition plan is seen by Annan as the only hope to end the Syrian conflict currently on its 16th month. This is the topic that Annan and the five security council members will discuss on Saturday in Geneva. It was summarized that Annan viewed that the Syrian conflict can only end if the two sides can see a common, shared future peacefully.

The Syria Unity Government was the establishment of this shared future as a neutral starting point for the political transition. Government members, opposition and other cabinet members will be included. However, it would exclude people who could cause unrest in the political transition.

While not explicitly stated in the plan, many diplomats see one of the excluded members of government to be the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Russia, being one of the closest allies of Syria, may have Assad still in power even after agreeing to Annan’s plan.

Diplomats state that Russia, while it may appear they have changed their stand about the Syrian crisis, still will not let go of Assad. However, the statement of the Russian representatives were not available.

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