Web Economy – No Censor http://nocensor.org/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 10:55:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://nocensor.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png Web Economy – No Censor http://nocensor.org/ 32 32 Estonia and Finland want Europe to end Russian tourist visas https://nocensor.org/estonia-and-finland-want-europe-to-end-russian-tourist-visas/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 10:50:32 +0000 https://nocensor.org/estonia-and-finland-want-europe-to-end-russian-tourist-visas/ COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The leaders of Estonia and Finland want other European countries to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens, saying they shouldn’t be able to vacation in Europe while the government Russian is waging war in Ukraine. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that “visiting Europe is a […]]]>

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The leaders of Estonia and Finland want other European countries to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens, saying they shouldn’t be able to vacation in Europe while the government Russian is waging war in Ukraine.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that “visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right” and that it is “time to end tourism from Russia now”.

A day earlier, his Finnish counterpart, Sanna Marin, told Finnish TV station YLE that “it is not right that while Russia is waging an aggressive and brutal war of aggression in Europe, the Russians can lead a normal life, travel to Europe, be tourists.”

Estonia and Finland border Russia and are members of the European Union, which has banned air travel from Russia after invading Ukraine. But Russians can still travel overland to both countries and then apparently take flights to other European destinations.

YLE reported last week that Russian companies have started offering car trips from St. Petersburg to Helsinki and Lappeenranta airports in Finland, which have direct connections to several locations in Europe. Russia’s second largest city is about 300 kilometers (186 miles) from the Finnish capital.

Visas issued by Finland are valid in most of the European travel area, known as the “Schengen area” which is made up of 26 countries: 22 EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Normally, people and goods move freely between these countries without border controls.

Some EU countries no longer issue visas to Russians, including Latvia, which made the decision this month due to the war.

The issue of visas for Russians will be discussed at an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers on August 31, YLE said.

“I think that at the next meetings of the European Council, this question will come up even more strongly. My personal position is that tourism should be restricted,” Marin told the Finnish broadcaster.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Helsinki and Moscow temporarily closed the border, bringing an abrupt halt to visits to Finland by nearly 2 million Russian tourists which have boosted the local economy each year.

Finland shares a 1,340 kilometer (832 mile) land border with Russia, with several crossing points in what is one of the European Union’s longest external borders.

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Internet suspended in Manipur for 5 days following protests https://nocensor.org/internet-suspended-in-manipur-for-5-days-following-protests/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 08:00:17 +0000 https://nocensor.org/internet-suspended-in-manipur-for-5-days-following-protests/ Imphal: Mobile internet services have been suspended for five days across Manipur as per an official order. According to the order issued by Special Secretary (Interior) H Gyan Prakash on August 7, some anti-social elements were using social media to transmit hate speech, stoking public passions. The decision was taken after a vehicle was set […]]]>

Imphal: Mobile internet services have been suspended for five days across Manipur as per an official order.

According to the order issued by Special Secretary (Interior) H Gyan Prakash on August 7, some anti-social elements were using social media to transmit hate speech, stoking public passions.

The decision was taken after a vehicle was set on fire by some people in Phougakchao Ikhang on Saturday evening, he added.

The incident caused community tensions, the order said.

The Bishnupur District Magistrate has also imposed CrPC Section 144 restraining orders for a period of two months across the Valley District, effective Saturday evening.

Tensions are rising in the state after the All Tribal Student Union Manipur (ATSUM) imposed an indefinite “economic blockade” along trunk roads running through hill districts on Friday morning, cutting off supply to the valley region.

The student body had demanded that the Manipur Autonomous District Council (Hill Areas) (Amendment) Bill 2021 be tabled in the assembly.

The indefinite blockade prompted valley-based organization Meitei Leepun to close ATSUM’s Imphal office on Friday afternoon.

Meitei Leepun claimed that the blockade was aimed at the valley of the state.

The ATSUM demanded the tabling of the Manipur Autonomous District Council (Hill Areas) (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the monsoon session of the assembly for greater financial and administrative autonomy of the hill region to to ensure development at the same level as the valley areas of the state. .

Instead, the state’s BJP government led by N Biren Singh on Tuesday introduced the 6th and 7th Manipur District Council (Hill Areas) Amendment Bills, which protesters say will not did not comply with their claims.

ATSUM had been observing a total shutdown in the hill dominated by the Kangpokpi and Senapati tribes since Tuesday after the amendment bills were introduced out of the blue.

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Genesis IAB Market brings Polish to the dark web https://nocensor.org/genesis-iab-market-brings-polish-to-the-dark-web/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 17:39:40 +0000 https://nocensor.org/genesis-iab-market-brings-polish-to-the-dark-web/ The growing role of so-called Initial Access Brokers (IABs) in the cybercrime underground economy is reflected in the evolution of Genesis Marketplace, one of the first full-fledged marketplaces for IABs, which has become more sophisticated and refined over time. A report this week from Sophos takes a comprehensive look at Genesis, which debuted in 2017 […]]]>

The growing role of so-called Initial Access Brokers (IABs) in the cybercrime underground economy is reflected in the evolution of Genesis Marketplace, one of the first full-fledged marketplaces for IABs, which has become more sophisticated and refined over time.

A report
this week from Sophos takes a comprehensive look at Genesis, which debuted in 2017 and offers malicious actors access to other people’s data, from credentials and cookies to digital fingerprints, through its invite-only marketplace.

Genesis currently lists over 400,000 bots (compromised systems) in over 200 countries, with Italy, France and Spain topping the list of affected countries.

The marketplace not only provides the data itself, but well-maintained tools to facilitate the (mis)use of that data. These tools extend to bespoke anti-detection offerings that help its customers stay under the radar when deploying stolen credentials to access targeted bots, including a Google Chrome extension and even a Genesium browser. “constantly maintained and updated”.

“Most attackers, especially less experienced ones, don’t want to waste time or effort in the reconnaissance and infiltration phases of an attack,” said Angela Gunn, threat researcher at Sophos. “The maturity of Genesis, both the ease of use and the serious inquiry vibe that comes with restricted access, means no time or effort is wasted.”

The service is defined by the high level of quality of the data offered, as well as by the site’s commitment to keeping the stolen information up to date.

This means that hackers who pay for stolen information are kept informed by Genesis when that information changes or is updated. Users are charged a rate based on the amount of information they have about the targeted bot.

“For example, the only set of credentials that led to the June 2021 EA data breach, which allowed attackers to access EA’s system via the gaming giant’s Slack, was purchased from Genesis for $10,” according to the report.

Genesis also offers its customers a level of customer service and user interface (UI) polish that Sophos describes as “a far cry from the old days of 133tsp34k and Matrix-wannabe interfaces”. This includes a sleek and contemporary interface, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, and multilingual technical support.

Repeat users also have access to a dashboard with up-to-date information on compromised systems in which they have mined.

“The fact that Genesis actually has a customer service feature is a statement that reinforces the seriousness of the operation,” Gunn points out.

BFIs are becoming more professional as demand grows

The evolution of Genesis indicates the “increasing professionalization and specialization” of the cybercrime economy, the report notes.

Ransomware groups and affiliates are believed to be the service’s most frequent customers, especially criminals looking for an IAB site that gives them expedited access and faster lateral movement to their targets.

Gunn explains that the “Dark Web” – which of course isn’t just one thing – has been professionalizing for a while now.

“Candidate vetting, robust search, technical support, developers and designers – this work is not free,” she adds. “Paying for this work shows how high the profits are in this business.”

A high level of organization also sets the Genesis market apart, giving malicious actors more contextual information about stolen data and enabling them to better understand compromised systems. It could actually spur even more inventive attack vectors.

“For example, a darknet manual we found during a recent investigation suggests other criminals use additional Genesis data to kick victims out of their accounts if the stolen credentials are no longer there. valid,” according to the report.

This means that even if victims attempt to neutralize the threat of stolen credentials, attackers can use the additional data to actively extort affected users.

The processing of the velvet rope

The invite-only accessibility of the service adds to the air of exclusivity and sophistication, which has resulted in a smaller cybercrime ecosystem of bogus sites promising access to Genesis and forcing gullible criminals to make a “deposit”. with a credit card to access it.

In November 2021, Digital Shadows, which has been tracking IABs since 2016, reported an increase in the use of IABs among cybercriminals.

Gunn says that if organizations want to avoid landing on the IAB auction block, they must first fix any vulnerabilities, keep their systems in order, and stay vigilant.

“Even though IABs are a more recent development in the threat landscape, reconnaissance and infiltration processes are nothing new,” she adds. “Organizations need to have a detection strategy in place to recognize these unusual activities, but you also need to understand your network, what’s in it, what potential attack surfaces are, and where to prioritize remediation accordingly.”

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Airtel is gearing up for 5G rollout this month; partners with Ericsson, Nokia https://nocensor.org/airtel-is-gearing-up-for-5g-rollout-this-month-partners-with-ericsson-nokia/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 15:25:00 +0000 https://nocensor.org/airtel-is-gearing-up-for-5g-rollout-this-month-partners-with-ericsson-nokia/ Bharti Airtel on Wednesday signed deals with global telecommunications equipment majors Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung to begin rolling out 5G services across the country this month. The announcement came just days after the highly anticipated 5G auction ended, with the government fetching over Rs 1.5 trillion. Airtel had shelled out Rs 43,084 crore for […]]]>

Bharti Airtel on Wednesday signed deals with global telecommunications equipment majors Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung to begin rolling out 5G services across the country this month.

The announcement came just days after the highly anticipated 5G auction ended, with the government fetching over Rs 1.5 trillion. Airtel had shelled out Rs 43,084 crore for 19,868 MHz spectrum, including the crucial 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz bands, while Reliance Jio was the highest bidder with 24,740 MHz of radio waves at Rs 88,078 crore.

“We are delighted to announce that Airtel will start rolling out 5G services in August. The choice of multiple partners will allow Airtel to roll out 5G services covering high speeds, low latency and large data processing capabilities, which which will enable superior user experience and enable the pursuit of new innovative use cases,” Gopal Vittal, Managing Director and CEO of Airtel, said of the multi-vendor contracts.

This is the first time that Samsung, which has so far only worked with Reliance Jio to build 4G networks, is looking to go beyond its partner and work with other players. Sources said the South Korean telecom giant has won circles in Punjab and Calcutta, where the 4G network has been built by Chinese company ZTE. Under current policy, the government has not allowed Chinese telecom equipment makers to participate in the 5G rollout.

Ericsson, a former Bharti Airtel partner, won 11 circles (Tamil Nadu and Chennai are considered one circle), retaining all of those where it rolled out 4G.

Nokia said the contract award represented a 45% share of the Airtel network. This, based on estimates, translates to nine circles – those where Nokia had rolled out 4G.

Although no details on the size of the order have been disclosed, analysts estimate that the initial investment to deploy a network with the 3.5 GHz pan-India spectrum will be in the range of US$4 billion. , without the cost of the spectrum. The total cost of deployment with radios on other 5G bands would be around US$10 billion.

With the Chinese out of the game (they accounted for 20% of the 4G equipment market), telecommunications companies had to look for other suppliers. In the case of Airtel, it was clearly Samsung. Telcos has been looking at rolling out open radio access networks with different partners, but sources at Airtel said work is still ongoing.

Even Reliance Jio, which only stuck with Samsung for 4G, is now in talks with Ericsson and Nokia, apart from Samsung (it did 5G trials with Samsung and Ericsson). Informed sources said Jio plans to offer 5G services in nine cities across the country by January, likely starting in Delhi and Mumbai later this year.

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Reviews | Not the real news and not so funny either https://nocensor.org/reviews-not-the-real-news-and-not-so-funny-either/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 00:06:28 +0000 https://nocensor.org/reviews-not-the-real-news-and-not-so-funny-either/ The history of newspapers is full of examples of editors and reporters who make things up for fun or to make a point. In the 1800s, publishers stuffed their pages with made-up stories about monsters, disasters, and fantastical bullshit to keep their readers engaged. tall tales about man-eating trees, life on the moonand cotton picking […]]]>

The history of newspapers is full of examples of editors and reporters who make things up for fun or to make a point. In the 1800s, publishers stuffed their pages with made-up stories about monsters, disasters, and fantastical bullshit to keep their readers engaged. tall tales about man-eating trees, life on the moonand cotton picking monkeysas the scholar Frank Luther Mott reported in his article from 1942, “Writing Facetious News, 1833-1883”. The practice became so common in the early 20th century that New York world created an office to eliminate “false and false.” As I have written before, HL Mencken wrote forgeries for the Baltimore newspapers. Ben Hecht did the same in Chicago. Walter Duranty won a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for his fake coverage of the Soviet Union. In the contemporary era, most fake journalism is written not to make a point or elicit a giggle, but because the writers failed to understand the real story and had to lay something down. See Janet Cooke, Etienne Glass, Jack Kelley, Jayson Blair and Jay Formanfor examples.

This current series of prank titles echoes the parody issues of newspapers and magazines that the Harvard Lampoon (then the national pamphlet) made popular in the 1960s and 1970s, and then similar efforts by the national pamphlet. In 1978, a false edition of the New York Times written by members of the literary letters of journalism sent the main newspaper of the country with perfect mimicry. In 2008, the the wall street journal received the treatment, and in 2019 it was the Washington Postit’s the turn. But unlike the new social media parodies, the parody issues were obviously wacky and not designed to fool anyone.

The pranks currently painting fake headlines on social media don’t seem to fit neatly into any of the taxonomic categories we’ve established over the years. Their japes are not as fantastic as cotton-picking monkeys. They don’t make a sustained joke like the Pamphlet-type print parodists. They are not failed writers who make up stories to complete their assignments. And worst of all, they’re not very spiritual. Compare their efforts to the daily work of New York Times Pitchbot on Twitter, which decodes the Time, especially its opinion section, to great comic effect. (Example: “Opinion | Between Trump impeached twice and Biden gone covid twice, both sides seem to be repeating themselves,” by Frank Bruni.) Generous speculation about what drives the prank typographical comedy would paint them as critics who delight in shooting the establishment press while dispatching an assortment of political figures. An ungenerous assessment would concede that they are too lazy trolls to attempt anything more ambitious than painting a mustache on a campaign poster.

There is a reason April Fool is the funniest day of the publishing year. Making a point with parody is hard work and shouldn’t be attempted without careful thought. It might sound fun to stick gum in the slot of a vending machine, but as quality jokes go, it’s right there with putting a flaming bag of dog turd on a suburban porch and ringing the doorbell. gate. It’s just mischief in action, the cheapest joke ever.

This may be too harsh a judgment. The hoax(s) might have more substantial motives behind their pranks. Perhaps they are sincere in their attempts to send the madness of online headlines, which often cause a stir in the blah copy they preview. Authority deserves every kick in the shins it gets, and that goes for the Atlanticthe New York Times, CNN and Fox News and the entire journalistic establishment. Maybe they are showing the credulity of netizens and want to make fun of them. Perhaps they designed their titles to democratize parody – to show that not only Harvard grads and established journalists can play this game!

Like PJ O’Rourke, the best parodist of our time once said, the two greatest joys in life are making things and breaking them. Vandalism needs no greater validation than the destructive act itself. So get on with the pranks and do your thing. Just understand that you are harmless.

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Chinese factory activity slumps in July, weighing on weak economy: survey https://nocensor.org/chinese-factory-activity-slumps-in-july-weighing-on-weak-economy-survey/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 06:42:00 +0000 https://nocensor.org/chinese-factory-activity-slumps-in-july-weighing-on-weak-economy-survey/ The recovery of China’s manufacturing industry from antivirus shutdowns faltered in July as activity slumped, a survey showed on Sunday, adding to pressure on the struggling economy in a politically sensitive year where President Xi Jinping is expected to attempt to extend his term in power. Factory activity has been depressed […]]]>


The recovery of China’s manufacturing industry from antivirus shutdowns faltered in July as activity slumped, a survey showed on Sunday, adding to pressure on the struggling economy in a politically sensitive year where President Xi Jinping is expected to attempt to extend his term in power.

Factory activity has been depressed by weak global demand and virus controls weighing on domestic consumer spending, according to the national statistics agency and an official industry group, the China Logistics and Purchasing Federation. .

A monthly Purchasing Managers’ Index released by the Federation and the National Bureau of Statistics fell to 49 from 50.2 in June on a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 indicate declining activity. The new orders, exports and employment sub-measures declined.

The downward pressure is great, economist Zhang Liqun said in a statement released by the Federation. The impact of the epidemic continues to increase.

The ruling Communist Party dropped talk of the official economic growth target of 5.5% for this year after output fell in the three months to June from the previous quarter.

The slowdown, which increases the risk of politically volatile job losses, adds to challenges for Beijing ahead of a ruling party meeting in October or November, when Xi is expected to try to break with tradition and give himself a third five-term term. years at the head of the party. .

An announcement by party leaders on Thursday promised to strive for the best results but avoided mentioning the annual growth target announced in March.

The party has promised tax cuts and other aid to help entrepreneurs after virus checks temporarily shuttered Shanghai and other industrial hubs from late March.

The world’s busiest port of Shanghai says activity has returned to normal, but factories and other businesses are operating under virus checks that limit their workforce and weigh on production.

A production index fell to 49.8 from 52.8 in June. New orders fell 1.9 points to 48.5. New export orders fell 2.1 points to 47.4.

China’s leaders have avoided large-scale stimulus spending, perhaps for fear of reigniting a dangerously high debt run they fear.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Global bonds jump in best month since 2020 on recession fears https://nocensor.org/global-bonds-jump-in-best-month-since-2020-on-recession-fears/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 10:38:51 +0000 https://nocensor.org/global-bonds-jump-in-best-month-since-2020-on-recession-fears/ Inflation is therefore in the first half, at least as far as bond investors are concerned. Global bonds head for biggest monthly gain since November 2020 – with Bloomberg index up 1.8% – as market focuses on fear of recession amid rapid interest rate hikes interest of the Federal Reserve. That’s a far cry from […]]]>

Inflation is therefore in the first half, at least as far as bond investors are concerned.

Global bonds head for biggest monthly gain since November 2020 – with Bloomberg index up 1.8% – as market focuses on fear of recession amid rapid interest rate hikes interest of the Federal Reserve. That’s a far cry from the previous six months, when the strongest inflation prints in a generation drove the gauge to a cumulative loss of 14%.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s signal on Wednesday that tightening could slow depending on economic data only added to the rebound. A report released the next day showing that the US economy contracted for a second quarter appeared to have all but confirmed a global contraction as the new baseline scenario for investors, which should dampen the upward trend in consumer prices.

“History tells us that recessions tend to lead to lower inflation,” Societe Generale SA strategists, including Subadra Rajappa in New York, wrote in a report. “Global bonds staged an impressive rally as a dovish Fed and weaker data continued to stoke recession fears. Markets were quick to assess Fed and Bank rate hikes. central Europe for the coming year, relying on higher key rates and the destruction of demand to contain inflation.

Australian government and corporate bonds jumped 2.4% in July, which is predicted for the biggest monthly gain since May 2012. That doesn’t even include Friday’s gains following product data U.S. gross domestic, which sent 10-year government bond yields plummeting. up to 18 basis points. The index had fallen 9.5% in the first half, with losses exacerbated by a series of central bank policy missteps.

Globally, corporate bonds were among the top gainers. An index that tracks investment-grade euro-denominated corporate debt returned 4.7% in July, forecast for a record monthly gain. U.S.-currency debt from investment-grade emerging Asian issuers is heading for the best month since November 2020.

Still, some analysts and investment strategists have warned that the rally in high-quality corporate bonds could fade quickly due to the risk of recession in some major economies, continued distress in the Chinese credit market and the increased risk of default.

Not everyone is convinced the rebound will last.

“I can’t help but feel that this is a rally rather than the start of a slight rate revision,” said Skye Masters, head of fixed income research at the National Australia Bank Ltd. in Sydney. “The risk to the market is that the Fed doesn’t start easing policy as soon as expected and inflation remains elevated.”

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Fed opts for 75 basis point rate hike, flags weaken economic data https://nocensor.org/fed-opts-for-75-basis-point-rate-hike-flags-weaken-economic-data/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 18:17:59 +0000 https://nocensor.org/fed-opts-for-75-basis-point-rate-hike-flags-weaken-economic-data/ The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark overnight interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point on Wednesday in a bid to rein in the steepest inflation spike since the 1980s, with “continued increases” in costs Borrowing still ahead despite evidence of a slowing economy. “Inflation remains elevated, reflecting pandemic-related supply and demand imbalances, rising food […]]]>

The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark overnight interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point on Wednesday in a bid to rein in the steepest inflation spike since the 1980s, with “continued increases” in costs Borrowing still ahead despite evidence of a slowing economy.

“Inflation remains elevated, reflecting pandemic-related supply and demand imbalances, rising food and energy prices, and broader price pressures,” the Federal Open said. Market Committee responsible for setting rates by raising the key rate to a range between 2.25% and 2.50% unanimously.

The FOMC added that it remained “very attentive” to inflation risks.

But while jobs gains remained “robust,” officials noted in the new policy statement that “recent spending and output indicators have softened,” a nod to the fact that the aggressive set rate hikes they’ve implemented since March are starting to bite.

Along with a 75 basis point hike last month and more modest moves in May and March, the Fed has raised its key rate by a total of 225 basis points this year as it battles a breakout. inflation at 1980s levels with 1980s-style monetary policy.

The key rate is now at the level most Fed officials believe is neutral in economic impact, effectively marking the end of pandemic-era efforts to encourage household and business spending with cash. cheap.

The latest policy statement gave little explicit guidance on what next steps the Fed might take, a decision that will hinge heavily on whether the upcoming data shows that inflation is beginning to ease.

With the most recent data showing consumer prices rising at an annual rate of more than 9%, investors expect the U.S. central bank to raise the policy rate by at least half a percentage point in its September meeting.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will likely provide more details at a press conference beginning at 2:30 p.m. EDT (6:30 p.m. GMT).

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Older people on the Internet: the keys to safe surfing https://nocensor.org/older-people-on-the-internet-the-keys-to-safe-surfing/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 08:23:16 +0000 https://nocensor.org/older-people-on-the-internet-the-keys-to-safe-surfing/ Did you know that life expectancy in Spain reached 83.3 years in 2021? This means that we are living longer and longer. And thanks to the development of information and communication technologies, we lead increasingly connected lives. This poses the challenge for society to provide the elderly with safe internet browsing. The health crisis has […]]]>

Did you know that life expectancy in Spain reached 83.3 years in 2021? This means that we are living longer and longer. And thanks to the development of information and communication technologies, we lead increasingly connected lives. This poses the challenge for society to provide the elderly with safe internet browsing.

The health crisis has accelerated connectivity, which has ceased to be a trend to become a reality: teleworking is now consolidated, as are online commerce and leisure, telemedicine, digital banking and our relationships with our loved ones, from a distance.

In 2021, due to the rise of remote activities, Spain has become the most targeted country. According to data provided in its latest Cyber ​​Threat Report, compiled by cybersecurity firm ESET, Spain suffered over 51 billion desktop attacks, much more than the unbridled attacks against France (21 billion), Germany (19 billion) and Poland (18 billion). Bad data driven by the growth of remote working across the world.

Seniors on the Internet: messages and news

20% of the Spanish population, some nine and a half million people, are elderly. In the current scenario, the number of people over 65 who have gone digital has also increased. In its latest report on the digital divide, the Unión Democrática de Pensionistas y Jubilados de España (Democratic Union of Pensioners and Pensioners of Spain), UDP, points out that regular internet use by this group of people has increased in recent yearsfrom 32.7% in 2017 to 60% in 2021.

The MayoresUDP scale indicates exchanging “messages with family and friends” via WhatsApp or SMS as the main use of the internet by the elderly, with 85.1%, followed by 80.8% for people who use the internet for information. Other common activities are those related to banking and health, or online shopping. However, he points out that among “older, less educated and less affluent people”, the various digital activities decrease significantly.

Older people in computer danger

One of the most common complaints among the elderly population is the lack of technological skills and the need for face-to-face assistance or help with video conferencing, online shopping and banking. And despite everything, the elders had to learn, in many cases, by all means. Their lack of experience has made them a target for cybercriminals.

Phishing remains one of the most common cyber scams. This is the impersonation of entities, such as the bank, through emails. Many of these messages include links to scam websites or malicious attachments which when downloaded will install malware or malicious software, thereby infecting the senior’s device.

Another common digital scam is smishing, a type of prank via SMS, WhatsApp or voicemail. In this case, the cybercriminals once again impersonate notorious companies such as package delivery companies, electricity companies or banks, or government agencies, which build trust. Text messages and voice messages are intended to obtain personal information such as passwords, phone numbers, banking information, etc.

Finally, we can highlight a third danger that older people often face on the Internet: online shopping. The creation of attractive fake online stores with counterfeit products is the gateway to obtaining the money from their victims. Thus, through attractive offers or by copying the image of well-known brands, cybercriminals can also appropriate crucial information from our elders: passwords, personal data, etc.

Keys to surfing the Internet safely for people aged 60 and over

In order to solve the problems that the elderly have on the Internet, the National Institute of Cybersecurity, INCIBEwhich is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, has promoted a series of cyber security awareness initiatives for help them enjoy the internet safely. This organization aims to improve the digital skills of users over 60 and their cyber-assistants or technological guides, with specific training materials allowing them to acquire the basic notions necessary to navigate with confidence on the Internet in complete safety. security.

The Internet Security Office, OSI, has prepared a campaign called Senior Experience in which they remind us of a series of tips that we can pass on to our elders so that they themselves can learn to identify the risks that exist on the Internet. To identify risks such as fake offers and scams, to identify reliable merchant sites, to use secure payment methods.

In addition to these tips, we must too teach seniors that the best cybersecurity tool is themselves. For example, we should talk to them about keeping their devices’ operating systems and anti-virus software up to date, enabling two-step verification systems whenever possible, always opting for passwords strong passwords, not to divulge personal information without confirming who you are, and be wary of certain types of emails where the sender or subject of the message is unclear.

If we know how older people surf the Internet and what kinds of dangers they are exposed to, we can help them surf more safely, be independent in the digital environment and enjoy healthy aging.

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Huge funding announced to deploy Africa’s first malaria vaccine, WHO says https://nocensor.org/huge-funding-announced-to-deploy-africas-first-malaria-vaccine-who-says/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 02:25:00 +0000 https://nocensor.org/huge-funding-announced-to-deploy-africas-first-malaria-vaccine-who-says/ The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday welcomed the announcement by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, of international support worth nearly $160 million over the next three years to facilitate the increased access to vaccines for children at high risk of illness and death from malaria. Malaria remains the leading cause of […]]]>


The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday welcomed the announcement by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, of international support worth nearly $160 million over the next three years to facilitate the increased access to vaccines for children at high risk of illness and death from malaria.

Malaria remains the leading cause of illness and death among children in sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2020, almost half a million African children died from malaria or 1 child died from malaria every minute, the WHO said in a statement after the announcement in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo.

Since the world’s first malaria vaccine was introduced in 2019, it has been well accepted in African communities after a relatively short period, even during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, when routine health services faced myriad challenges, parents and caregivers diligently brought their children to clinics and health posts for malaria vaccinations. They know only too well that lives are lost every day to malaria and are eager to protect their children from this deadly disease, said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

The WHO said vaccination performance for the first dose reached between 73% and more than 90% coverage, depending on the country, without major disruptions during the pandemic.

To date, about 1.3 million children have benefited from the vaccine in the three African pilot countries, he added.

Gavi’s new funding opportunity brings us one step closer to reaching millions more children across Africa with the life-saving RTS,S malaria vaccine, Moeti said.

Following the October 2021 WHO recommendation for widespread use of the RTS,S malaria vaccine in children in areas with moderate to high transmission of Plasmodium falciparum malaria, a number of malaria-endemic countries have expressed interest in vaccine uptake and should seek Gavi support for vaccine introduction.

The RTS,S vaccine works specifically against Plasmodium falciparum, which is the deadliest and most prevalent malaria parasite on the African continent.

Where the vaccine has been introduced, there has been a substantial drop in the number of children hospitalized with severe malaria and a drop in deaths of children in the age group eligible for the vaccine.

“Malaria has devastated communities for far too long in Africa. We know that initially supply will not meet demand, however, we look forward to working with countries and our partners to introduce and develop this new tool in our fight against malaria, which could save the lives of thousands of children across the continent,” said Thabani Maphosa, Managing Director of Country Programs at Gavi.

The long-awaited childhood malaria vaccine is a breakthrough for science, children’s health and the fight against malaria. It is predicted that the large-scale use of this vaccine could save tens of thousands of young lives each year, but we will need an increased supply of the vaccine for Africa to reap the benefits of this additional tool of malaria prevention, said Professor Rose Leke, an expert in malaria diseases from the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon, and co-chair of the expert group that advised WHO on a framework to allocate the currently limited supply in malaria vaccines.

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