Fake account most exploited tactic in cybercrime

By A Staff Reporter,Kathmandu, Nov. 30: In the six months from April 14, 2022, which marked the beginning of a new year in Nepal, until October 17, 2022, 3,093 cases of cybercrime were recorded from across the country.

According to Cyber Bureau of Nepal Police, the majority of cybercrimes were related to hacking and blackmailing. Many individuals even suffered from both.

On Monday night, this reporter himself received a message on Instagram from a fake account by the name ‘Amrita KC’. 

The message stated that a reward of Rs. 50,000 would be provided if the numbers inside an optical illusion were guessed correctly. 

When guessed correctly, which is easy even for a child, the account asked which transaction method would the reporter prefer and said any payment option would be accepted.

After selecting an option, KC sent a photo of a receipt that the amount was sent to the requested payment gateway.

Then, as cheaters do online, the account asked for a confirmation. Pandering to their demand inevitably leads to being cheated. 

Victims have been cheated by being asked some amount of tax clearance or an OTP (One Time Password) or in this reporter’s case, to register their given email into the ‘Personal Information’ section of Instagram. If the email is registered, the account is hacked.

After hacking, victims are blackmailed. Even more, the hacked account is used to ask for money from people in its friend list by faking as the user.

A journalist from Baahrakhari, an online news portal, on Sunday, posted a status explaining how his co-workers were subjected to hacking on Facebook.

The journalists were asked for a code they received on their mobile number through a SMS. The code is asked on the pretext for help from a known but hacked Facebook account. The code would be an OTP to change the password of the respective individual’s Facebook account.

According to the Cyber Bureau, victims are also falling prey to some online e-commerce portals. The customers buying goods through such portals are first asked to pay before delivery, which then results in the goods not being delivered.

“There are a host of ways to cheat people online. We request public to not fall for any assurances,” read a notice signed by Superintendent of Police (SP) Pashupati Kumar Ray, deputy director at the bureau.

The notice, which was published on Monday, states that people should never share any type of OTP they receive on their mobile phone with any other individual.

Police officers also argued that many individuals are exploiting such nefarious tricks by creating fake accounts, which he says is an easy job. Concerned authorities also lack resources to tackle such online crimes.

Such crimes, however, are easier to be prevented, said officials. According to them, nobody would gift money for free to anyone. Police have also requested the public to inform such cases to nearby police station in person or by messaging them through social media.

Since many people are unaware about the lurking dangers of the internet, authorities have stressed the need of intensifying awareness about how to safely use the internet. 

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No longer fringe, small-town voters fear democracy’s demise

A word — “Hope” — is stitched onto a throw pillow in the little hilltop farmhouse. Photographs of children and grandchildren speckle the walls. In the kitchen, an envelope is decorated with a hand-drawn heart. “Happy Birthday, My Love,” it reads.

Out front, past a pair of century-old cottonwoods, the neighbors’ cornfields reach into the distance.

John Kraft loves this place. He loves the quiet and the space. He loves that you can drive for miles without passing another car.

But out there? Out beyond the cornfields, to the little western Wisconsin towns turning into commuter suburbs, and to the cities growing ever larger?

Out there, he says, is a country that many Americans wouldn’t recognize.

It’s a dark place, dangerous, where freedom is under attack by a tyrannical government, few officials can be trusted and clans of neighbors might someday have to band together to protect one another. It’s a country where the most basic beliefs — in faith, family, liberty — are threatened.

And it’s not just about politics anymore.

“It’s no longer left versus right, Democrat versus Republican,” says Kraft, a software architect and data analyst. “It’s straight up good versus evil.”

He knows how he sounds. He’s felt the contempt of people who see him as a fanatic, a conspiracy theorist.

But he’s a hero in a growing right-wing conservative movement that has rocketed to prominence here in St. Croix County.

Just a couple years ago, their talk of Marxism, government crackdowns and secret plans to destroy family values would have put them at the far fringes of the Republican party.

But not anymore. Today, despite midterm elections that failed see the sweeping Republican victories that many had predicted, they remain a cornerstone of the conservative electoral base. Across the country, victories went to candidates who believe in QAnon and candidates who believe the separation of church and state is a fallacy. In Wisconsin, a U.S. senator who dabbles in conspiracy theories and pseudoscience was re-elected – crushing his opponent in St. Croix County.

They are farmers and business analysts. They are stay-at-home mothers, graphic designers and insurance salesmen.

They live in communities where crime is almost nonexistent and Cub Scouts hold $5 spaghetti-lunch fundraisers at American Legion halls.

And they live with something else.

Sometimes it’s anger. Sometimes sadness. Every once in a while it’s fear.

All of this can be hard to see, hidden behind the throw pillows and the gently rolling hills. But spend some time in this corner of Wisconsin. Have a drink or two in the small-town bars. Sit with parents cheering kids at the county rodeo. Attend Sunday services.

Try to see America through their eyes.


There’s a joke people sometimes tell around here: Democrats take Exit 1 off I-94; Republicans go at least three exits farther.

The first exit off the freeway leads to Hudson, a onetime ragged-at-the-edges riverside town that has become a place of carefully tended 19th-century homes and tourists wandering main street boutiques. With 14,000 people, it’s the largest town in St. Croix County. It’s also replete with Democrats.

The Republicans start at Exit 4, the joke says, beyond a neutral zone of generic sprawl: a Target, a Home Depot, a thicket of chain restaurants.

“For some people out here, Hudson might be (as far away as) South Dakota or California,” says Mark Carlson, who lives off exit 16 in an old log cabin now covered in light blue siding. He doesn’t go into Hudson often. “I don’t meet many liberals.”

Carlson is a friendly man who exudes gentleness, loves to cook, rarely leaves home without a pistol and believes despotism looms over America.

“There’s a plan to lead us from within toward socialism, Marxism, communism-type of government,” says Carlson, a St. Croix County supervisor who recently retired after 20 years working at a juvenile detention facility and is now a part-time Uber driver.

He was swept into office earlier this year when insurgent right-wing conservatives created a powerful local voting bloc, energized by fury over COVID lockdowns, vaccination mandates and the unrest that shook the country after George Floyd was murdered by a policeman in Minneapolis, just 45 minutes away.

In early 2020 they took control of the county Republican party, driving away leaders they deride as pawns of a weak-kneed establishment, and helped put well over a dozen people in elected positions across the county.

In their America, the U.S. government orchestrated COVID fears to cement its power, the IRS is buying up huge stocks of ammunition and former President Barack Obama may be the country’s most powerful person.

But they are not caricatures. Not even Carlson, a bearded, gun-owning white guy who voted for former President Donald Trump.

“I’m just a normal person,” he says, sitting on a sofa, next to a picture window overlooking the large garden that he and his wife tend. “They don’t realize that we mean well.”

He’s a complicated man. While even he admits he might accurately be called a right-wing extremist, he calls peaceful Black protesters “righteous” for taking to the streets after Floyd’s murder. He doubts there was fraud in the midterm elections. He drives a Tesla. He loves AC/DC and makes his own organic yogurt. In an area where Islam is sometimes viewed with open hostility, he’s a conservative Christian who says he’d back the area’s small Muslim community if they wanted to open a mosque here.

“Build your mosque, of course! That’s the American way!”

He believes, deeply, that America doesn’t need to be bitterly divided.

“Liberalism and conservatism aren’t that far apart. You can be pro-American, pro-constitutional. You just want bigger government programs. I want less.”

“We can work together,” he says. “We don’t have to, like, hate each other.”

Repeatedly, he and the county’s other right-wing conservatives insist they don’t want violence.

But violence often seems to be looming as they talk, hazy images of government thugs or Antifa rioters or health officers seizing children from parents.

And weapons are a big part of their self-proclaimed “patriot” movement. The Second Amendment and the belief that Americans have a right to overthrow tyrannical governments are foundational principles.

“I’m not a big gun guy,” says Carlson, whose weapons include pistols, a shotgun, an AR-15 rifle, 10 loaded magazines and about 1,000 additional rounds. “For a lot of people that’s just a start.”

That cocktail of weaponry and politics concerns plenty of people outside of their circles.

Liberal voters, along with many establishment Republicans, worry that men in tactical clothing can now occasionally be seen at public gatherings. They worry that some people are now too afraid to be campaign volunteers. They worry that many locals think twice about wearing Democratic T-shirts in public, even in Hudson.

Paul Hambleton, who lives in Hudson and works with the county Democratic party, found comfort in the midterm election results, which even some Republicans say could signal a repudiation of Trump and his most extreme supporters.

“I don’t feel the menace like I was feeling it before” the vote, Hambleton says. “I think this election showed that people can be brave, that they can stick their necks out.”

He spent years teaching in small-town St. Croix County, where the population has grown from 43,000 in 1980 to about 95,000 today. He watched over the years as the student body shifted. Farmers’ children gave way to the children of people who commute to work in the Twin Cities. Racial minorities became a small but growing presence.

He understands why the changes might make some people nervous.

“There is a rural way of life that people feel is being threatened here, a small town way of life,” he says.

But he’s also a hunter who saw how hard it was to buy ammunition after the 2020 protests, when firearm sales soared across America. For nearly two years, the shelves were almost bare.

“I found that menacing,” says Hambleton. “Because no way is that deer hunters buying up so much ammunition.”


When the newly empowered conservatives get together it’s often at an Irish bar in a freeway strip mall. Next door is the little county GOP office where you can pick up Republican yard signs and $15 travel mugs that proclaim “Normal Is Not Coming Back — Jesus Is.”

Paddy Ryan’s is the closest thing they have to a clubhouse. One afternoon in late summer, Matt Rust was there talking about the media.

“I think they’re an arm of a much larger global effort by very rich powerful people to control as much of the world as possible,” says Rust, a designer and product developer who can quote large parts of the U.S. Constitution from memory. “And I don’t think that’s anything new. It’s always been that way,” from ancient Persian rulers to Adolf Hitler.

“Is that a conspiracy or is that just human nature?” he asks. “I think it’s just human nature.”

Today, polls indicate that well over 60% of Republicans don’t believe President Joe Biden was legitimately elected. Around a third refuse to get the COVID vaccine.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican known for her conspiratorial accusations and violent rhetoric, is a political star. Trump has embraced QAnon and its universe of conspiracies. In Wisconsin, Sen. Ron Johnson, a fierce denier of the 2020 election who has suggested the dangers of COVID are overblown, won his third term on Nov. 8.

This seems impossible to many Americans. How can you dismiss the avalanche of evidence that voter fraud was nearly non-existent in 2020? How do you ignore thousands of scientists insisting vaccines are safe? How do you believe QAnon, a movement born from anonymous internet posts?

But news in this world doesn’t come from the Associated Press or CNN. It only rarely comes from major conservative media, like Fox News.

Where does it come from?

“The internet,” Scott Miller, a 40-year-old sales analyst and a prominent local gun-rights activist. “That’s where everybody gets their news these days.”

Very often that means right-wing podcasts and videos that bounce around in social media feeds or on the encrypted messaging service Telegram.

It’s a media microcosm with its own vocabulary — Event 201, the Regime, democide, the Parallel Economy — that invites blank stares from outsiders.

While many reports are little more than angry recitations of right-wing talking points, some are sophisticated and believable.

Take “Selection Code,” a highly produced hour-long attack on the 2020 election underwritten by Trump ally Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO. It has the look of a “60 Minutes” piece, tells a complex story and uses unexpected sources to make some of its main points.

Like Hillary Clinton.

“As we look at our election system, I think it’s fair to say there are many legitimate questions about its accuracy, about its integrity,” the then-senator is shown saying in a 2005 Senate speech, questioning the re-election of former President George W. Bush.

Miller laughs.

“I’ll give the Democrats credit. At least they had the courage to stand up and point it out.”


Cornfields come right up to the country church, deep in rural St. Croix County and just down the road from a truck stop Denny’s. The closest town, Wilson, is little more than a half-dozen streets, a post office and the Wingin’ It Bar and Grill.

From the pulpit of Calvary Assembly of God, Pastor Rick Mannon preaches a Christianity that resonates deeply among the insurgent conservatives, with strict lines of good and evil and little hesitation to wade into cultural and political issues. He pushed back hard against COVID restrictions.

It’s an outpost in the culture wars tearing at America, and a haven for people who feel shoved aside by a changing nation.

“If Christians don’t get involved in politics, then we shouldn’t have a say,” Mannon says in an interview. “We can’t just let evil win.”

Religion, once one of America’s tightest social bonds, has changed dramatically over the past few decades, with the overall number of people who identify as Christian plunging from the early 1970s, even as membership in conservative Christian denominations surged.

From churches like Calvary Assembly, they’ve watched as gay marriage was legalized, as trans rights became a national issue, as Christianity, at least in their eyes, came under attack by pronoun-proclaiming liberals.

It’s hard to overstate how much cultural changes have shaped the right wing of American conservatism.

Beliefs about family and sexuality that were commonplace when Kraft was growing up in a Milwaukee suburb in the late 1970s and early 1908s, tinkering with electronics with his father, now can mark people like him as outcasts in the wider world.

“If you say anything negative about trans people, or if you say ’I feel sorry for you. This is a clinical diagnosis’ … Well, you are a bigot,” says Kraft, 58, a member of Mannon’s congregation. “People with normal, mainstream family values- – churchgoing, believing in God — suddenly it’s something they should be ostracized for.”

But in today’s world, words like “normal” don’t mean what they once did.

That infuriates Kraft, who energized the Republican Party of St. Croix County as its leader but stepped down last year after a quote on the party’s website – “If you want peace, prepare for war” – set off a public firestorm. He moved to a neighboring county earlier this year.

He ticks off the accusations leveled at people like him: sexist, homophobic, racist.

But such talk, he says, has lost its power.

“Now it’s just noise. It’s lost all its meaning.”


The plans, if they are mentioned at all, are spoken of quietly.

But sit in enough small-town bars, drive enough small-town roads, and you’ll occasionally hear people talk about what they intend to do if things go really bad for America.

There are the solar panels if the electricity grid fails. There’s extra gasoline for cars and diesel for generators. There are shelves of non-perishable food, sometimes enough to last for months.

There are the guns, though that is almost never discussed with outsiders.

“I’ve got enough,” says one man, sitting in a Hudson coffee shop.

“I would rather not get into that with a reporter,” says Kraft.

The fears here are mostly about crime and civil unrest. People still talk about the 2020 protests, when they say you could stand in Hudson and see the distant glow of fires in Minneapolis. That frightened many people, and not just conservative Republicans.

But there are other fears, too. About government crackdowns. About firearm seizures. About the possibility that people might have to take up arms against their own government.

Those prospects seem distant, murky, including to the self-declared patriots. The most dire possibilities are spoken about only theoretically.

Still, they are spoken about.

“I pray it will always be that the overthrow is at the ballot box,” says Carlson, who seems genuinely pained at the idea of violence.

“We don’t want to use guns,” he continues. “That would be just horrible.”

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DataVisor enhances fraud and risk platform to strengthen security against potential attacks

DataVisor announced new product enhancements in 2022 that further strengthens its fraud and risk platform with new capabilities for more seamless data integration, detection, automated decisioning, and scalable analysis and investigation.

DataVisor Fraud Platform, together with these enhanced capabilities and its innovative approach using Unsupervised Learning, delivers complete protection in a single, cloud-based SaaS solution. Fraud leaders, business users and data analysts across the organization can now leverage the power of machine learning, advanced decisioning tools and third-party data integrations, in a one-stop platform, without the need to manage multiple vendors and point solution integrations.

“Digital innovation is not just transforming how consumers transact but also how fraudsters leverage technology to identity and exploit exposures to data. The ever-expanding digital footprint necessitates the use of data intelligence and signals from different attack vectors effectively and efficiently. To this effect, the platform approach is at the center of transforming the approach to managing digital fraud and risk,” said Yinglian Xie, Co-founder and CEO at DataVisor. “By enabling flexible integrations with strong orchestration capabilities layered with advanced machine learning in an open, modular platform, DataVisor helps businesses scale as they grow and benefit from unparalleled control and customization for continuous risk assessment across every customer touch point.

“Our success is demonstrated in the expansion of our North America customer base and we are delighted to add customers like Galileo, Neo Financial to our growing list of partners and clients,” said Xie.

Key features that were added in 2022 include:

Data orchestration and enrichment – DataVisor orchestrates numerous data sources with minimal latency and empowers fraud teams and business users to derive actionable insights from holistic data analysis. DataVisor has established several third-party integrations with data providers such as Ekata (a Mastercard company), Equifax, Q6 and others, to enrich fraud signals with additional data inputs, increasing detection accuracy and speed. With DataVisor’s contextual data orchestration, clients are able to realize cost savings by only authenticating users when needed instead of making calls for identity verification for each single user.

Lo-code feature platform – Robust data orchestration and enrichment layer integrates with agile, low-code feature platforms to translate data into actionable fraud attributes for immediate protection. With the most powerful real-time feature platform in the market, fraud professionals and business users alike now can derive valuable signals across multiple levels of entity relationships across large volumes of data points without any IT support and without the need for coding. Pre-built feature packages, based on DataVisor’s deep fraud expertise, are optimized for specific fraud types and scenarios and reduce time spent manually building features from scratch for rules and ML models, accelerating the response to new fraud attacks.

Device and behavioral intelligence – DataVisor’s dEdge is the only native device intelligence solution that is fully integrated with a fraud platform. Working seamlessly with the fraud platform, it not only identifies sophisticated attack techniques such as emulators, botnets, rooted and hooked devices but also captures a wide variety of behavior intelligence signals such as copy and paste, typing speed, abnormal mouse and user behaviors. The integrated device and user behavioral signals bring edge computing capabilities to the platform lowering overall cloud computing costs for businesses.

Flexible closed feedback loop – DataVisor’s case management capabilities enable fraud analysts and investigators to visualize linkages among connected fraud incidents while making bulk decisions with higher accuracy, significantly increasing operational efficiency. It supports embedding third-party web pages, internal UIs, or Maps, so analysts can gather all information in one place for fast investigation. The investigation decision is fed back in realtime for future auto decisioning and system monitoring. Automatic Model Retraining and Rule Tuning also reduce labor and costs while minimizing human error, and the quick deployment of new, more effective models maximizes ROI.

DataVisor’s Fraud and Risk Platform is a proven, production-ready solution that can be easily integrated with existing systems for immediate response to potential attacks, minimizing the fraud losses while delivering immediate ROI.

DataVisor protects more than 4.2 billion accounts worldwide for many of the largest and most successful global enterprises.

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AIIMS Hacked Since 6 Days; Hackers Demand Rs 200 Crore Via Cryptocurrency – Trak.in – Indian Business of Tech, Mobile & Startups

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Google Settles $9.4 Million Charges with FTC for Deceptive Ads Promoting Pixel 4

Alphabet’s Google and iHeartMedia Inc. will be settling $9.4 million with the Federal Trade Commission, as the company allegedly pays radio personalities for promoting the Pixel 4 without even using the smartphone. Along with FTC, seven US states support the allegations of deceptive advertisements. 

Google Unveils New Pixel 4 Smart Phone

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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 15: The new Google Pixel 4 smartphone and cases are displayed during a Google launch event on October 15, 2019 in New York City. The new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL phone starts at $799 and will begin shipping on Oct. 24. 

Google Settles Charges for Deceptive Ads

After the United States Federal Trade Commission claimed that the company has been paying personalities for promoting Pixel 4 without using the smartphone, Alphabet Inc’s Google and iHeartMedia Inc. reached a settlement and agreed to pay worth $9.4 Million in penalties. 

Reuters reported that both companies aired 29,000 deceptive advertisements with radio personalities promoting Pixel 4 in 2019 and 2020. 

FTC Official Samuel Levine stated that “It is common sense that people put more stock in first-hand experiences. Consumers expect radio advertisements to be truthful and transparent about products, not misleading with fake endorsements. Today’s settlement holds Google and iHeart accountable for this deceptive ad campaign and ensures compliance with state and federal law moving forward.”

Aside from the settlement, the order also signs both companies to a consent agreement that prohibited Google from getting people in advertisements that claims to use a product even if they didn’t.

Thirty days will be allotted for a public comment period for the commissioners to decide and finalize the order. Seven states join FTC, including Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas. Spanish and English were the language that have been used, which violated consumer protection laws.    

FTC Sues Google & iHeart Media

The tech giant approached iHeartMedia to promote Pixel 4 on-air through radio personalities despite not using the smartphone.

Instead of handing the promoters the device for review purposes, XDA-Developers reported they were handed scripts and states, “It’s my favorite phone camera out there, especially in low light, thanks to Night Sight Mode,” “I’ve been taking studio-like photos of everything,” and “It’s also great at helping me get stuff done, thanks to the new voice-activated Google Assistant that can handle multiple tasks at once.”  

The statement also added that one employee from iHeartRadio complained to Google for not providing a smartphone for their personalities, and they were given an info page instead.

While the settlement was an easy decision for Google, iHeartMedia declared bankruptcy in 2018 and repairing the business and the company’s reputation since then. 

Also Read: Google Settles Location History Probe, to Pay Nearly $400 Million

Google confirms to Gizmodo that the company was pleased for this issue to be resolved, as stated by Spokesperson José Castañeda. He added, “Google takes compliance with advertising laws seriously and has processes in place designed to help ensure we follow relevant regulations and industry standards.” Aside from this, Google also settled a $392 agreement with 40 state attorneys generals for location history data collection without informing their users.  

Related Article: Google Pixel 4 Radio Ad Paid Hosts $4.6 Million to Promote Phone They Never Used

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OVHcloud is a major public cloud infrastructure player: IDC

OVHcloud, the European cloud firm, has been named a major player in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service 2022 Vendor Assessment. The IDC MarketScape evaluated 13 companies to assess strategies and capabilities.

According to the IDC MarketScape report, “OVHcloud has attractive and transparent pricing (e.g., it does not bill for API calls). It also has valuable service adjacency given it also offers dedicated private servers, web hosting, and hosted private clouds. This helps make it a one-stop shop for companies still early in their journey to the public cloud, as they can start the transition with OVHcloud using older deployment models and then maintain the same commercial relationship if and when they decide to move those workloads.”

The report also notes, “OVHcloud’s roots as a European service provider also puts the company in the catbird seat for conversations about sovereign cloud and data residency, and indeed, it has baked these factors into its development approach for years. It has also made sustainability a strong focus for many years.”

From a portfolio standpoint, the IDC MarketScape notes the recent investments in building out software services higher up the stack in areas. These include artificial intelligence, machine learning, databases, and container orchestrations while continuing to court partners focused on commercial and open-source software to build its ecosystem.

IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilises a rigorous scoring methodology based on qualitative and quantitative criteria, resulting in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. 

IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and IT and telecommunications vendors’ current and future market success factors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

“As the only European-based cloud provider represented in the Worldwide Public Cloud IaaS MarketScape, OVHcloud is uniquely positioned to address the needs of customers in that region and beyond,” says Dave McCarthy, Research Vice President of cloud and edge infrastructure services at IDC. “

The company’s investments in digital sovereignty and sustainability are well aligned to the requirements of global organisations.”

“We are pleased to be named as a Major Player by the IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Public Cloud IaaS.” adds Michel Paulin, CEO of OVHcloud. 

“This assessment encourages us to further expand and accelerate our efforts in the field of PaaS to better meet our customers’ expectations all the while maintaining our positioning at the forefront of a trusted cloud, but also as pioneer for sustainable infrastructure.”

OVHcloud operates over 450,000 servers within 33 data centres across four continents, reaching 1.6 million customers in over 140 countries. 

Spearheading a trusted and sustainable cloud with the best price-performance ratio, the Group has been leveraging an integrated model that guarantees total control of its value chain – from the design of its servers to the construction and management of its data centres, including the orchestration of its fibre-optic network. This unique approach enables OVHcloud to independently cover all the uses of its customers so they can seize the benefits of an environmentally conscious model with a frugal use of resources and a carbon footprint reaching the best ratios in the industry. 

OVHcloud now offers customers the latest-generation solutions, combining performance, predictable pricing and complete data sovereignty to support their unfettered growth.


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How to watch free Tunisia vs France live stream, match preview, team news and kick-off time for the World Cup 2022

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SD Governor Bans TikTok From State Devices

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has banned the use of TikTok on state devices. 

Noem signed an executive order Tuesday (Nov. 29) that applies the ban to state devices used by state government agencies, employees and contractors, saying in a press release that the social media platform gathers data on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

“South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us,” Noem said in the release. “The Chinese Communist Party uses information that it gathers on TikTok to manipulate the American people, and they gather data off the devices that access the platform.” 

The order takes effect immediately and prohibits use of both the TikTok app and website on devices owned or leased by South Dakota, according to the press release. 

“Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action immediately,” Noem said. “I hope other states will follow South Dakota’s lead, and Congress should take broader action, as well.” 

TikTok did not immediately reply to PYMNTS’ request for comment. 

In July, the company provided Republican lawmakers with details on how it plans to keep its user data in the U.S. out of reach of its Chinese owner ByteDance. 

As The New York Times reported July 1, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew wrote to nine Republican senators explaining that TikTok would operate its app from servers controlled by cloud computing giant Oracle, with a third party auditing the machines. In addition, user information would be stored with Oracle, not on TikTok’s servers. 

“We know we are among the most scrutinized platforms from a security standpoint, and we aim to remove any doubt about the security of U.S. user data,” Chew wrote in the letter. 

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First victims of HSE hack will find out today

It could take until April next year before all 113,000 people whose HSE data was illegally accessed during the cyberattack last year are contacted, the HSE said.

The first letters were sent out Tuesday, including 94,800 patients and 18,200 staff. Some of the copied staff documentation included travel expenses with financial details.

The HSE has been monitoring for any use of the data, national director of operation performances and integration Joe Ryan said.

“We have no indication, no evidence to date other than the small amount of data the attackers released to the Financial Times in 2021, there has been no movement of the data on the internet or the dark web since that time,” he said.

He accepted however, that anyone affected has the right to take a court case if they choose.

The law is very specific, the Data Protection Act 2018, is very specific about the process that data subjects need to engage in if they want to pursue any claim or damages.

“Indeed the Act specifies the Circuit Court. If there are any claims pursuant to this, those have to be in accordance with that and happen through the courts.” 

The cyberattack took place in May 2021, and he defended the delay in contacting people by saying tens of thousands of documents had to be reviewed.

Some 850 HSE staff will be the first to receive these alert letters.

“We are writing to them to notify them that data relating to their staff travel expense claims was illegally accessed and copied,” he said. “This data contained some limited financial details.” 

Chief information officer Fran Thompson urged the public to only contact the HSE about this problem if they receive a letter. Some 100 staff will be available to answer calls if necessary.

Anyone who does not receive a letter by April does not need to take action, he said.

The HSE continues work with the National Cyber Security Centre and cybersecurity specialists, including monitoring encrypted online content on the dark web.

We have segregated our data between cloud environments and in-premises environments. We have separate teams managing both of those.

 Mr Ryan added: “We sincerely regret the impact this cyber-attack has had on our health service, our patients, and our teams nationwide.” 

Tusla and children’s health Ireland (CHI) were also affected. They will run a separate process of contacting people whose data was breached in these organisations, he said. 

The Irish Examiner reported earlier this month the HSE estimates it could cost €2.1bn to modernise its computer networks over 20 years.

Thousands of patients missed out on operations and procedures as a result of the cyberattack. A report sharply criticised the HSE for its lack of structures and processes to deal with the incident.

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