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Reward for hacking Swiss electronic vote system

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500m guests affected by hack

GENEVA: The Swiss government has issued US$149,790 challenge to online hackers; break into our new generation electronic voting system and we’ll reward you.
The federal chancellery announced a dummy run election will be held from February 25 to March 24 and invited anyone who wants to display their online piracy talents to sign up at https://onlinevote-pit.ch.  They can then “try to manipulate the vote count, to read the votes cast, to violate voting secrecy or to bypass security systems,” it said in a statement. The amount of the reward paid out will depend upon the level of intrusion achieved by each hacker. The biggest single prize, 50,000 Swiss francs, will go to anyone who manages to manipulate the vote count without being detected.
The Swiss authorities hope this exercise will help assure or perhaps improve, the security of the new generation electronic voting system. Regularly called upon to take part in referendums and votes, many Swiss electors prefer to cast their ballots over several weeks by post at polling stations and, increasingly, online. Electronic voting has been on trial in several Swiss cantons since 2004. Late last year the government launched an initiative to establish online voting as a third option nationwide within two years.

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IFJ and PFUJ condemn murder of journalist in N. Ireland

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LONDON: President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) G. M. Jamali, while strongly condemning the murder of 29-year-old freelance journalist Lyra McKee in a terrorist incident, demanded a thorough probe in order to identify and apprehend the culprits. 

Philippe Leruth, President International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has termed the murder of 29-year-old freelance journalist Lyra McKee ‘a real loss of press freedom for the young generation of journalists’. On behalf of IFJ, he urged the Irish authorities to ensure a full investigation into her death.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton calling McKee’s death horrendous and unjustified told that the shooting happened when police were searching for munitions and firearms after tips that terror attacks were planned for the Easter weekend. “A single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and as a result wounded Ms. McKee,” he added.

Lyra McKee has been shot dead during riots in the city of Londonderry in Northern Ireland and Police is treating the incident as an act of terrorism. Republican politician blamed so-called dissidents behind the latest augmentation in aggression that shook the disturbed area.

Images posted on social media shows a couple of vehicles in flames and hooded hooligans attacking the Police with petrol bombs.

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US partners with KP to combat poppy cultivation 

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ISLAMABAD:  Over the past three decades, Pakistan has reduced poppy cultivation by 87 percent with the partnership of the United States.

In a bid to continue to combat poppy growth, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) received a contribution of seven new Toyota Hilux pickup trucks from the United States.  The KP government will use the vehicles to implement crop control and related development projects in the districts of Bajaur, Mohmand, and Khyber. 

Deputy Chief of Mission John Hoover, speaking on the occasion, held: “We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the KP government and former FATA Secretariat, which has resulted in a significant decrease in poppy cultivation, ultimately benefitting the people of KP and the rest of Pakistan.”

This is part of an overall 589 million rupees ($5.1 million) donation to the provincial government to combat poppy cultivation in the merged areas.  Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Narcotics Control Sabino Sikandar Jalal and KP’s Director General Projects, Merged Area Secretariat Khalid Ilyas participated in the event. The assistance underscores the American government’s long history of partnership with Pakistan in its mission to combat poppy growth.  

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PS: Over the past 37 years, the United States has invested $60 million in Pakistani efforts to support rural communities in developing economic alternatives to narcotics production; expand legal employment opportunities, especially for women; provide training in sustainable farming techniques; construct roads that extend the writ of the government and provide farm-to-market access; and construct small water supply projects that increase the viability of growing alternative crops. 

The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), which provided the crop control assistance, works in more than 90 countries to help combat crime and corruption, counter the narcotics trade, improve police institutions, and promote court systems that are fair and accountable. 

 

 

 

 

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Ali Raza Abidi murder: CTD tells court it identified suspects

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KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court here has directed the Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police to arrest three absconding accused in the Ali Raza Abidi murder case and present them before it on next hearing.

In a major headway, CTD investigators have identified the suspect who fired shots at the Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) leader, according to a progress report submitted to the court.

Suspect Bilal, one of the three absconding accused, shot at Ali Raza Abidi, said CTD, adding the absconders will be arrested soon.

Meanwhile, the court issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of the accused and directed CTD to nab and present them before it on the next hearing.

 

 

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