Sunday, 29 November 2020

Staying Safe from the Perils of Doxing

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Identity theft and credit card fraud are two major concerns faced mostly by e-commerce and social media users. Although the benefits that come with these platforms are numerous, the real question on the lips of many is, ‘is it really worth the risk’?

Financial fraud occurs a lot less than identity theft because of the security protocols and financial regulations put in place to secure consumers’ funds. To however check the latter, a lot of people resort to creating burner accounts on social media and public forums so they can freely interact with others. This way, even if there is a server attack or data theft, they are assured that their actual details won’t get leaked.

Asides the use of burner accounts, there are several other methods by which people maintain anonymity online. Despite this, hackers still find a way to bypass these means, find out the personal details of the person and release them online in order to harass, intimidate or embarrass the person. This act is referred to as Doxing.

3 Major Ways Doxing is Performed

  1. Packet Sniffing: Typically done using Man-in-the-Middle attacks, hackers attempt to intercept the victim’s network data as they are being transferred over the internet. Details like credit card details, address, full name, etc. are examples of personal details that can be seen and released.

 

  1. IP Logging: Here, the hacker attaches a malicious code to an email and sends it to the victim. Once the victim opens the email, their IP address is sent to the hacker and from there, other personal information about the victim can be gotten.

 

  1. Stalking on Social Media: This is pretty basic and can be done by anyone. This is why it is usually advised to keep personal details used on social media and public forums at a very minimal rate.

How to Prevent Yourself from getting Doxed

Knowing these common types are helpful, and so will the knowledge of safety tips. Outlined below are a number of them:

       Check privacy settings on social media and public forums to ensure they do not share your posts or personal data publicly.

       Having a VPN for privacy is almost necessary for everyone; especially those who connect to public WiFi – in order to prevent MITM attacks through packet sniffing.

       Avoid opening emails or downloading attachments from unverified sources in order to prevent malware attack.

       Avoid sharing personal identifiable information on public profiles. Examples are Social Security Number (SSN), home address, or any financial information.

       Use strong passwords for your online accounts and avoid using the same passwords for different accounts.

If you ever think you’ve been doxed, report to the appropriate law enforcement agencies in your country, document anything you can, secure your financial accounts and upgrade the privacy settings of your online accounts.

Raccoon walks in car traffic


This raccoon is interesting. It walks on roads in front of cars. Toronto is like Raccoon City. How many raccoons are there in Toronto? About 100,000 raccoons.

How do you know if it is a rabid raccoon? Paralysis beginning in the hind legs/throat. Animal may bark, whine, drool, choke or froth at the mouth. Nocturnal animals may become unusually active during the day (important: some nocturnal animals are active during the day when they are feeding their young). Raccoons walk as if they are on very hot pavement.

How do you know if a raccoon has rabies?
5 Useful Signs a Raccoon is Rabid:
1. Difficulty walking. Rabies can cause fully or partially paralyzed hind legs.
2. Confusion, disorientation. Healthy raccoons are always doing something, or looking for something.
3. Strange noises.
4. Foaming at the mouth.
5. An ill appearance.

What is a Raccoon Dog? The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) is also known as the mangut (its Evenki name), tanuki or neoguri. This "dog" is a canid indigenous to East Asia. It is the only extant species in the genus Nyctereutes. Despite its name, its closest relatives are the true foxes, and not the American raccoons. Among the Canidae, the raccoon dog shares the habit of regularly skillfully climbing trees only with the North American gray fox, another basal species. The raccoon dog is named for the resemblance of its masked face to that of the common raccoon (Procyon lotor), a procyonid to which it is not closely related. In Japan, it is known as the tanuki and has a long history in folklore. In Sweden, where it is called mårdhund ("marten dog"), and Denmark, where it is called mårhund (same meaning), it has been treated as a potentially hazardous invasive species. It seems that a virus similar to SARS was isolated from Himalayan palm civets (Paguma larvata), a raccoon dog, and humans working in a live-animal market in Guangdong, China in May 2003.

What is an albino raccoon? Many people certainly have never spotted one because they are pretty rare. In fact, a raccoon has a 1 in 10,000 chance of being born with albinism and your chance of seeing one is 1 in 750,000 (the same as your odds of being struck by lightning). These animals are so rare that most people do not even know they exist.

A pet raccoon is also a rare thing. It seems that raccoons aren't common pets for good reason. In some ways, they are a lot like a large ferret or puppy. They can be affectionate and playful with their favorite humans. However, beware of raccoon mischief.


What is the biggest raccoon in the world? Bandit.
Guinness declared Bandit the largest raccoon on record when he weighed in at 52.5 pounds, which is roughly three times the weight of a typical male raccoon. These days, Bandit weighs 54.4 pounds, and his veterinarian has warned of possible heart problems and advised a diet.

Cat at Apartment Building


This cat sits right outside the apartment building. This is part of the funny cat videos. Enjoy the cat meme. The animal called cat is a domestic species of small carnivorous mammal. It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and is often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from the wild members of the family. There are many different cat breeds out there.

A black cat is a domestic cat with black fur that may be a mixed or specific breed, or a common domestic cat of really no particular breed. The Cat Fanciers' Association recognizes 22 cat breeds that can come with solid black coats. The Bombay breed is exclusively black.

How would you tell the difference between a Domesticated, Feral and Stray cat? If you are able to get close near to the cat, you can check if  the cat's footpads are calloused or soft. Indoor cats or cats that are not outside often will have soft paw pads. Outdoor cats would most likely be friendly and approachable. Outdoor cats could come towards people to be petted.

What is a Norwegian Forest Cat? This is a breed of domestic cat originating in Northern Europe. This natural breed is adapted to a very cold climate, with a top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hair and a woolly undercoat for helpful insulation.

What is a Maine Coon Cat? The Maine Coon is certainly the largest domesticated cat breed. It has a distinctive physical appearance and valuable hunting skills. It is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically native to the USA state of Maine, where it is the official state cat.

Cat Ninja is one of online games.

What is a Siamese Cat? The Siamese cat is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Asian cat. Derived from the Wichianmat landrace, one of several varieties of cat native to Thailand, the original Siamese became one of the most popular cool breeds in Europe and North America in the 19th century.

What is a tabby cat? A tabby is any domestic cat with a distinctive 'M' shaped marking on its forehead, stripes by its eyes and across its cheeks, along its back, and around its legs and tail, and, characteristic striped, dotted, lined, flecked, banded or swirled patterns on the body - neck, shoulders, sides, flanks, chest and abdomen.

What is a Ragdoll Cat? The Ragdoll is certainly a cat breed with a color point coat and blue eyes. They are large and muscular semi-longhair cats with a soft and silky coat. Developed by American breeder Ann Baker in the 1960s, they are really best known for their docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature.

What is a Calico cat? This breed is a domestic cat of any breed with a tri-color coat. The calico cat is most commonly thought of as being typically 25% to 75% white with large orange and black patches. However, it seems that the calico cat can have any three colors in its pattern.

What is a munchkin cat? The Munchkin cat or Sausage cat is a newer breed of cat characterized by its very short legs, which are caused by a genetic mutation. The Munchkin is considered to be the original breed of dwarf cat. A gene mutation is a permanent alteration in the DNA sequence that makes up a gene, such that the sequence differs from what is found in most people or animals. Mutations range in size. Mutations can affect anywhere from a single DNA building block (base pair) to a large segment of a chromosome that includes multiple genes.

What is a Persian cat? This breed is a long-haired breed of cat characterized by its round face and short muzzle. It is also known as the "Persian Longhair" in the English-speaking countries. Interesting: the first documented ancestors of the Persian were imported into Italy from Iran around 1620. 

What is a Sphynx cat? The Sphynx cat is a breed of cat known for its lack of coat. Hairlessness in cats is a naturally occurring genetic mutation. However, the Sphynx cat, as a breed, was developed through selective breeding, starting in the 1960s. Selective breeding, also known as artificial selection, is a process used by humans to develop new organisms with various desirable characteristics. Breeders select two parents that have beneficial phenotypic traits to reproduce, yielding offspring with those desired traits. A hairless cat is fascinating.

What is a Russian blue cat? The Russian Blue is certainly a cat breed that comes in colors varying from a light shimmering silver to a darker, slate grey. Their short, dense coat has been the hallmark of the Russian breed for more than a century. The dense coat stands out from the body.

What is a Siberian cat? The Siberian is a centuries-old landrace of domestic cat in Russia and recently developed as a formal breed with standards promulgated the world over since the late 1980s. Siberians vary from medium to medium-large in size. A landrace is a domesticated, locally adapted, traditional variety of a species of animal or plant that has developed over time, through adaptation to its natural and cultural environment of agriculture and pastoralism, and due to isolation from other populations of the species. 

What is a tortoiseshell cat? Tortoiseshell is a cat coat coloring named for its similarity to tortoiseshell material. Like calicos, tortoiseshell cats are almost exclusively female. Male tortoiseshells are rare and are usually sterile.

What is a rusty spotted cat? The rusty-spotted cat is really one of the cat family's smallest members, of which historical records are known only from India and Sri Lanka. In 2012, it seems that it was also recorded in the western Terai of Nepal. 

Cat videos will excite you. The terms dog people and cat people certainly refer to a person's domesticated pet animal preference. Some people base a significant portion of their identity around their affinity for either beautiful cats or dogs. This builds on the perceived dichotomy between cats and dogs as pets in society.

What is dichotomy? It is a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Canada hits new daily COVID-19 case record


CBC News has the updates. Canada reported 5,713 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a new single-day record. Both Ontario and Manitoba broke provincial records. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch says that's a very large number of cases for Canada's health-care system to absorb.

The Canadian federal government will not be repatriating any more travelling Canadians as the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world, the country’s foreign affairs minister said.

Francois-Philippe Champagne made the remarks ahead of Question Period on Monday, saying that the government’s "travel advisory is very clear."

"You know you see COVID around the world, you see second waves in many places and we’ve been very clear to Canadians. I think the (Prime Minister) has spoken, (and) has been very, very clear: We are not going to be doing another repatriation," he said.

Champagne said people should "be thinking twice [about] whether they have insurance coverage, where they’re going," and what the COVID-19 situation is at their destination of travel.

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Alberta has reached a "precarious point" in the coronavirus pandemic, the province's top doctor said Monday upon reporting 1,549 new cases and five more deaths.

Read more here: Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Nov. 23: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/coronavirus-covid19-canada-world-november-23-1.5812272

Colour Pink doesn't exist - Science Loop


An interesting new video by Science loop on Youtube explains why Colour Pink doesn't exist. It seems that the colour of the Banana (Pink) does not exist. Not joking. Even You can not find pink on the Rainbow. 

The colour pink does not exist in reality. Even you can not find it on rainbow. You can not find any wavelength for pink or magenta. Actually colour pink or magenta is the creation of our brain. So what is the real colour for this?

In physics, colour is associated specifically with electromagnetic radiation of a certain range of wavelengths visible to the human eye. Radiation of such wavelengths constitutes that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum known as the visible spectrum - i.e., light.

Pink isn't out there. True, no single wavelength of light appears pink. Pink requires a mixture of red and purple light (colors from opposite ends of the visible spectrum). If you try to roll up the rainbow to make a color wheel, there will be a gap between red and violet.

There are also other kinds of light in the universe - radio waves, microwaves, infrared, ultraviolet, x-rays, gamma rays and so on. However, we can't see any of those wavelengths.

You could say that no color is really "out there." The world is full of electromagnetic radiation. The only intrinsic properties that this radiation possesses are physical ones such as wavelength and intensity. This might sound complicated. "Color" seems to be "all in your head." 
Color seems to be a sensation that arises within the brain.

This is pretty weird. Recent research even indicates that people can be made to see "forbidden colors" - greens that are tinted red, or blues that appear yellow.

In color theory, a tint is a mixture of a color with white, which increases lightness, while a shade is a mixture with black, which increases darkness. Both processes affect the resulting color mixture's relative saturation. A tone is produced either by mixing a color with grey, or by both tinting and shading. Mixing a color with any neutral color (including black, gray, and white) reduces the chroma, or colorfulness, while the hue (the relative mixture of red, green, blue, etc. depending on the colorspace) remains unchanged.

Monday, 23 November 2020

Coronavirus: New restrictions across Canada as COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket


English:

Provinces across Canada are seeing new restrictions as COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket throughout the country of Canada. 

Newfoundland and Labrador as well as PEI are pulling out of the Atlantic "bubble" temporarily, while in Ontario, Toronto and Peel Region are under lockdown as of Monday. Alberta has broken its own record for the most novel coronavirus cases reported in one day: more than 1,500 on Sunday.

Français:

Les provinces de tout le Canada voient de nouvelles restrictions alors que les cas de COVID-19 continuent de monter en flèche dans tout le pays.

Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador ainsi que l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard se retirent temporairement de la «bulle» atlantique, tandis qu'en Ontario, Toronto et la région de Peel sont bloquées à compter de lundi. L'Alberta a battu son propre record du plus grand nombre de nouveaux cas de coronavirus signalés en une journée: plus de 1500 dimanche.

Coronavirus pandemic in Spain: Catalonia bars, restaurants reopen after 5-week closure


The northeastern region of Catalonia on Monday eased some of the tight restrictions on bars and restaurants and cultural events introduced in mid-October.

Spain plans to begin vaccination programme in January (PM Sanchez)

Spain will begin a comprehensive coronavirus vaccination programme in January and expects to have covered a substantial part of the population within three months, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday.

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In other news, King Felipe of Spain is in quarantine after contact (Possible Covid-19).

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The following information is from the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University:

Total Confirmed Global Cases: 59,168,889

Total Global Deaths: 1,396,359

Countries with most cases of Coronavirus Covid-19:

012,416,039 USA
009,177,840 India
006,087,608 Brazil
002,195,940 France
002,096,749 Russia
001,582,616 Spain
001,531,267 United Kingdom
001,431,795 Italy
001,374,631 Argentina
001,254,979 Colombia
001,049,358 Mexico
000,949,670 Peru
000,946,822 Germany
000,876,333 Poland
000,866,821 Iran
000,769,759 South Africa
000,653,442 Ukraine
000,559,902 Belgium
000,542,080 Chile
000,537,457 Iraq
000,502,110 Indonesia