Archive for May 28th, 2020

28/05/2020

Brief Anatomy of a Hacker

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fernando Velázquez*

27 May 2020 (Wall Street International)*  —  In the ancient days of the golden age of computer nerds, hacking was as much an art as it was a science. It required a special set of skills, capabilities and abilities. Today EVERYBODY can do it, without a doubt: attack services are purchased and sold in Clearnet and Darknet, there are many YouTube tutorials for executing whatever kind of payload or technique, and automated tools are doing a lot of the stuff. This is truly a sad phenomenon that is closing the gap between “skilled digital jedis” and amateurs, while fueling an exponential increase in asymmetric threats.

Profiling cybercriminals
Profiling cybercriminals | Image from Wall Street International.
28/05/2020

‘Innocent Civilians Trapped in Violence Now Face “a New and Deadly Threat” from COVID-19’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Innocent civilians trapped in violence now face “a new and deadly threat” from COVID-19, the UN chief told the Security Council on Wednesday [27 May 2020], warning that the pandemic is “amplifying and exploiting the fragilities of our world”.

UN Photo/Hervé Serefio | The protection of civilians is a key mandate for many United Nations peacekeeping operations including in the Central African Republic.

Citing conflict as one of the greatest causes of that fragility, Secretary-General António Guterres told a high-level videoconference on the protection of civilians in armed conflict that the coronavirus is causing “enormous human suffering” and additional stress to vulnerable health systems, economies and communities already been weakened by years of armed conflict.

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28/05/2020

Silent Solutions Available to Quarantined Survivors of Domestic Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

KYIV, Ukraine, 21 May 2020 (UNFPA)*Oleksandra’s* ex-husband was waging a quiet war against her, she says, one that escalated under quarantine.

28/05/2020

India Cannot Expect to Beat Covid-19 Without Tackling Hate and Corruption

28/05/2020

Want to Learn a New Language? Refugees in Serbia Offer to Teach You Online

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mirjana Milenkovski in Belgrade  |  UNHCR*

A new project run by a refugee from Iran now in Serbia lets people learn refugee languages by video chat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Español   |  Français   |  عربي

5ebe67d33Afsaneh, a refugee from Iran, holds online Farsi classes for students in Serbia where she now lives.© UNHCR/A.Bergazar

28/05/2020

‘Countries Need to Do More to Stop Harmful Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes’

(UN News)* — Despite efforts to stop the harmful promotion of breast-milk substitutes, countries are still falling short in protecting parents from misleading information, according to a new UN report released Wednesday [27 May 2020]. 
© UNICEF/Zahara Abdul | Lucy Atokoru, 28 breastfeeds her baby at her home in Omugo, Arua District.
Titled Marketing of Breast‐milk Substitutes: National Implementation of the International Code – Status report 2020, the study highlights the need for stronger legislation to protect families from false claims about the safety of breast-milk substitutes or aggressive marketing practices, findings that take on increased importance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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