Oxfam Celebrates 15 Years Working With Coldplay

first_imgThe 2017 leg of Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ tour, which comes to the U.S. on August 1st, marks 15 years of Oxfam working with Coldplay.In that time, over 60,000 Coldplay fans have signed up to support Oxfam campaigns to highlight unfair trade practices and the plight of refugees.Chris Martin said: “As a band, we’re really proud to have had Oxfam on the road with us for the past fifteen years. It’s given our incredible fans the chance to show their support for campaigns from Make Trade Fair to supporting refugees.”Coldplay has been among Oxfam’s most high profile and vocal supporters, using their worldwide success to help Oxfam campaign on all five of their tours in over 50 countries. Front man Chris Martin first travelled with Oxfam in 2002 to Haiti. Since then he’s visited coffee farmers and projects in India.Oxfam first joined Coldplay on their 2003 ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’ tour, then the 2005 ‘Twisted Logic’ tour, their mammoth ‘Viva La Vida’ world tour in 2008/9 and again at their ‘Mylo Xyloto’ tour in 2012. During that time, thousands of volunteers have been recruited in each country to talk to fans at the concerts.

In 2016 Oxfam campaigners launched the Stand as One campaign to highlight the need to help and protect people forced to flee conflict and disaster. So far 32,000 Coldplay concert goers have signed up to the campaign.

Rachel Edwards, Oxfam’s on tour coordinator said: “The tour is really important in creating a global movement of Coldplay fans from the Philippines to the UK who are standing with refugees and demanding that world leaders do more. More than 65 million people have been forced to leave their homes through no fault of their own, and it’s fantastic to see how the people we meet on the tour want to support our campaign for change.”A few volunteer spots remain for music fans who’d like to join Oxfam and Coldplay at shows on this tour. Go to www.oxfamamerica.org/coldplay to apply.last_img read more

India may increase crude oil imports from Brazil, Mexico

first_imgNew Delhi: India may increase oil imports from Brazil and Mexico to offset the loss of Venezuelan oil in the wake of US sanctions on that country. Venezuela is the fourth largest oil supplier to India after Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran. It accounted for about 11 per cent of India’s oil supplies in 2017-18, supplying close to 18 million tonnes (mt). But the oil imports from Venezuela have come under threat following the US sanctions, forcing Indian companies to scout for alternate markets. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalDiplomatic sources said that both Brazil and Mexico have expressed their desire to strengthen energy sector cooperation and India is evaluating the option and will take a call once it gets reports from its public and private sector oil marketing companies. India shares good trade relation with both Mexico and Brazil. Both countries are also leading producers of oil, with Brazil at the 10th largest oil producer globally with a production of about 150 million tonnes (mt) of crude and Mexico at 11th position (production 110 mt). Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The two countries can be useful alternate to Venezuelan oil but a decision to enhance imports would depend only after accessing the quality of oil and terms of supply that should be comparable with of Venezuela,” said the source. India is already importing oil from both Brazil and Mexico but the quantity had come down progressively since 2013. While India imported crude worth $ 3.50 billion and $ 1.78 billion from Mexico and Brazil respectively in 2013, this went down to $1.38 billion and $0.81 billion now. Mexico’s state oil company Pemex has reported a decline in production due to its ageing fields resulting in lower output. But the situation may change soon with a new government pushing up production focusing on inviting foreign investment in their fields. Brazil also is undertaking big reforms in the energy sector to increase production and exports of oil. India imported 155 mt of oil in 2017-18. The imports are expected to hit over 170 mt in FY19 with Saudi Arabia being the largest supplier followed by Iraq and Iran. Oil imports from Iran are already on the decline due to US sanctions. This is expected reduce further once the US removes the waiver given to certain oil importing countries. The US is seeking to cut off Venezuela’s oil revenue as part of its efforts to build pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to step down. The sanctions mean that anyone using US banking channels or having a big presence in the US and continuing to deal with Venezuela will also face restrictions. In view of this, Indian buyers such as Reliance Industries and Nayara Energy (formerly Essar Oil) have already reduced oil imports. These companies are big on oil imports from Venezuela. In fact, Reliance Industries accounted for 80 per cent of Venezuelan oil imports to India in 2018 at 270,000 barrels a day. But the company has reduced its purchases of Venezuelan crude oil to well below its contracted levels.last_img read more

What the Bus Sexual Assault Says About Moroccan Youth, Media, and…

Rabat – On August 20, a video showing a young woman being sexually assaulted inside a Casablanca bus shocked the Moroccan public, after being shared widely on news and social media.The scene was especially disturbing as the perpetrators were revealed to be minors and the victim a mentally challenged person. Yet, shock grew bigger as a segment of social media users, as well as residents of the attackers’ neighborhood, came out in support for the attackers, finding justifications for their act.The incident raises serious questions about Moroccan youth, the role of the media, and the moral direction of Moroccan society in general. Boys with no FutureIn December 2016, the Delegate General of the Moroccan penitentiary administration, Mohamed Salah Tamek, painted a bleak picture of the situation of Moroccan youth, revealing that the number of incarcerated Moroccan teenagers under the age of 20 increased had by 55 percent, and that the number of those under 18 was even bigger, with a 140 percent increase, 83 percent of which were in preventive detention.The shocking figures showed that juvenile delinquency is on the rise in the kingdom, with more and more teenagers seeing no future but one of crime.The boys involved in the bus sexual assault, aged between 15 and 17, appear to be among them.They were already members of a gang, led by an individual with a criminal record, as reported by the local media. The gang was known to have previously engaged in robbery.Police investigations revealed that the rape incident took place three months ago and was only leaked when a mobile of one of the attackers was stolen.The fact that these boys turned to crime at such an early age raises serious questions about the factors that might have led to this situation.“The spread of this phenomenon is proof that institutions, especially the family, are failing,” Mohamed El Baroudi, a psychologist who has researched teenage delinquency, told Morocco World News.He explained that delinquents tend to be “aggressive towards society,” in order to prove they have “guts” and are “independent [and] autonomous.”“[They suffer] from a lack of affection, and so [they try] to affirm [themselves] in this way,” said El Baroudi.A Society in Moral DecadenceThe rape attempt incident was quite unusual in comparison with other cases of rape, noted Moroccan sociologist Salah Laariny.In a conversation with MWN, he explained how the Casablanca assault did not fit the general pattern of rape crimes.“Rape is a social phenomenon, but it is usually committed in secrecy,” said Laariny. “The rapist has his own strategies to commit this act away from people’s eyes.” The bus incident broke this rule. It was carried out in full view on public transport. Added to that was the fact that it was documented by camera, and that the perpetrators appeared smiling and laughing during the assault.“This is a complex incident in which we find elements of harassment, rape, publicity, and indifference to the people who were present,” observed the sociologist.Despite the gravity of the crime, there was a kind of “solidarity” with the attackers from their community and some social media users, who put the blame on the victim, pointing to so-called indecent clothes she was wearing.Some even went further, launching threats on Facebook to rape girls and women who had taken to the streets to show solidarity with the victim and protest against what they deemed a “rape culture” in society.This attitude is seen by Laariny as sign of a “normalization with criminality,” where violent acts become tolerated and accepted by many.Beyond normalization, however, the sociologist suggested we are witnessing a “dangerous moral decadence in Moroccan society.”Media Attitude: Exploiting Instead of UnderstandingExtensive coverage by the Moroccan media made the shocking event a hot topic, guaranteeing it more clicks and views. While doing so, some elementary journalism ethics were disregarded.While several Western online media outlets, even those known for sensationalism, chose not to publish the video, a majority of Moroccan ones did not do the same. The video was widely published, often without any indication of the graphic nature of the footage.On top of this, the faces of both the victim and her under-age attackers was shown, instead of being blurred.In Laariny’s view, the media exploited the story, instead of using it to open a debate about the causes of the horrific incident.To the sociologist, the media should play this role, as society, whose reaction largely did not go beyond an instant condemnation and an apology by some, failed to do so.“The truth is that very few people tried to understand the the reasons for this incident,” said Laariny, pointing to the social milieu of the attackers who live in dysfunctional families, and are orphans or school drop-outs.He said the teenagers’ behavior finds its roots in youth, education, urban, and health public policies.“These are the true problematics that should be discussed, because similar incidents are going to be reproduced,” he warned, “the only difference being that this incident was documented.” read more

Libya SecretaryGeneral urges immediate end to attacks against civilians

11 May 2011Libyan authorities must stop attacking civilians during their conflict with opposition groups, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told the country’s Prime Minister, calling for an immediate and verifiable ceasefire so that humanitarian workers can reach people in need. Speaking by telephone last night with Al Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi, Mr. Ban told the Libyan official that there must be negotiations towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict that erupted in February after protests emerged against the long-standing regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi.“The Prime Minister agreed to receive my Special Envoy, Mr. [Abdul Elah] al-Khatib, and I have instructed him to travel to Tripoli as soon as possible,” Mr. Ban told a press conference in Geneva today.He said he was particularly concerned by reports of people fleeing the fighting in Libya losing their lives at sea.“I ask patrol vessels in the Mediterranean not to wait for distress signals to offer help. Any boat leaving Libya should be considered a boat in need of assistance and protection.”Mr. Ban’s comments echo those of other senior UN officials who have voiced concern about the fighting in the North African nation and the lives lost at sea, and urged the setting up of a ceasefire.He noted that Mr. Al-Mahmoudi told him that the Libyan Government was willing to agree to an immediate ceasefire, along with a monitoring team to be established jointly by the UN and the African Union.“But first and foremost, there should be an end of fighting in Misrata and elsewhere,” the Secretary-General said, referring to the besieged city that has experienced some of the most intense fighting of the conflict.“Then we will continue. We will be able to provide humanitarian assistance and in parallel we can continue our political dialogue with the regime there. My Special Envoy has visited six times and he is going to be there again. I am doing my best efforts in close coordination with the African Union and other coalition forces.” read more

Aimia swings to a loss in quarter that saw it lose Air

MONTREAL — Loyalty program operator Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM) swung to a loss in a quarter that saw its share price plunge after Air Canada said it was parting ways with the company.The Aeroplan program operator reported a net loss of $25.1 million or $0.19 per share for the quarter ending June 30, compared with net earnings of $7.2 million or $0.02 per share for the same period last year.The company said earnings are so far not impacted by Air Canada’s decision to replace Aeroplan with its own loyalty program by 2020, but Aimia was forced to suspend its dividend because of a capital impairment test required by the Canada Business Corporations Act.Aimia said in results released after market close Wednesday that it is focused on reducing its cost base and securing long-term partnerships response to the airline’s decision.The company said Aeroplan activity was up in the quarter, with no material change in redemption trends, and has maintained its overall 2017 company guidance.Aimia’s share price closed at $1.59 Wednesday, down sharply from the roughly $9 a share it was trading at before Air Canada announced its decision on May 11. read more

Annan notes achievements in protected areas but says success is not guaranteed

“While protected areas have been multiplying, biological diversity has been declining at a rate unprecedented since the last great extinction 65 million years ago,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the fifth World Congress on Protected Areas being held in Durban, South Africa.The World Conservation Union (WCU) organized the Congress, being held under the theme “Benefit beyond boundaries.” More than 2,000 delegates from over 170 countries are attending the event, which runs from today until 17 September.Mr. Annan’s message, delivered by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer, said while the number of reported protected areas has multiplied 100-fold to more than 100,000 since 1962, “Essential ecosystem functions are being undermined, perhaps irretrievably, as forests are felled, wetlands drained, and terrestrial and marine habitats degraded by pollution.””The services provided by ecosystems and by biological diversity are the foundation for society’s development,” Mr. Annan stressed. “This is especially true for developing countries, where proportionally more people depend directly on natural resources for fuel, income generation, nutrition and medicines.”He added that it is not only the developing world that depends on biodiversity. “All humanity depends on biological diversity for health, for food security and income generation. Things we often take for granted – soil fertility, watershed management, crop pollination, new pharmaceutical products and genes that protect stock and crops from disease – all depend on the diversity of life,” the Secretary-General said.Mr. Annan said a major challenge was identifying appropriate solutions for the many issues facing protected areas. “Some protected areas are protected in name only. Many, even in the developed world, are sadly under-funded,” he noted.Another major issue that will bear heavily on all efforts to eliminate poverty and achieve truly sustainable development is the protection of oceans, Mr. Annan said. “While more than 11 per cent of the world’s land is protected, less than 1 per cent of the world’s oceans is under protection. Fisheries are collapsing, and coastal areas are reeling from land-based pollution.” read more

UNICEF praises Angolan campaign to score against killer kid diseases

“[The campaign is] a perfect example of how sports, in particular football, can be used as a platform for social mobilization,” UNICEF Communications Chief Joe Paulo de Araujo said Thursday. “And we couldn’t have better advocates than the football stars,” he added.Using the football pitch as a metaphor, the TV spots feature measles getting a red card for foul play while the football stars kick out polio and football nets keep out mosquitoes. Over a three-week period, the nationwide ‘Enjoy a healthy life’ campaign intends to immunize nearly four million children under 5 years-old against measles and polio.The immunization drive is part of a strategic government plan to reach two Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of time-bound targets for tackling poverty, illiteracy and other global ills – by aiming to reduce maternal mortality and under-five mortality rates, which are among the highest in the world in Angola, UNICEF said. On average, one in seven Angolan women dies during childbirth and 260 of every 1,000 children never reach the age of six. read more

Brock takes spotlight in mall flash mob

Hugh Gayler, third from left, sings in the “Hallelujah Chorus” flash mob in the Seaway Mall in Welland.He’s a long-time Geography professor and expert in urban geography and urban planning.But this week, Hugh Gayler has a different claim to fame: he was part of choral flash mob that has become an Internet sensation.As vice-chair of Chorus Niagara, the Brock professor was in the thick of a surprise rendition of “Hallelujah Chorus” that broke out in the food court of the Seaway Mall in Welland on Nov. 13.Some 84 Chorus Niagara members masqueraded as diners, shoppers and even janitors, only to break into song to entertain unsuspecting mall patrons.Cameras and cell phones flashed throughout the four-minute performance. Some spectators were moved to tears. The video has gotten more than a million hits on YouTube, and news of it has appeared on nationwide news casts. Chorus Niagara has gotten emails from around the world from people who were moved by the video.The flash mob video was a promotional video for Alphabet Photography, which organized the event. Alphabet Photography is co-owned by Sam Blakeley, who works as a senior administrative developer in ITS.“We are always looking for new innovative ways to reach people and we thought that a flash mob would be fun to do and a great way to spread Christmas cheer,” he said.The performance was initially going to be at the Pen Centre in St. Catharines, but the Seaway Mall was more spacious, Gayler said. The choral singers rehearsed over two weeks, then arrived at 6:30 a.m. that day to choreograph their surprise performance.“It was spontaneous, but it was switched-on spontaneity,” Gayler said.Chorus Niagara is Gayler’s love outside of Geography — his “other side of the brain.” He joined the local chorus shortly after he came to Brock in 1969. The two worlds have only crossed paths once when on a Chorus Niagara visit to England, Gayler found himself leading a London walking tour similar to one he’d give his students.Gayler has been singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” since he was eight years old. He speculates people were moved to tears by the emotion of the piece. Hits to the Chorus Niagara site have increased by 140 per cent compared to this time last year. The publicity has even translated into potential new members.“This whole thing about YouTube and Twitter is new to me,” he said. “It’s a new kind of instant publicity worldwide.” He admits that he’s cynical about avenues like Facebook, where there are hundreds of so-called “friends,” but “I do appreciate the power of this sort of thing.”Other Brock community members involved in Chorus Niagara include Dramatic Arts professor Virginia Reh and Norris Walker, past chair of Brock’s Board of Trustees.Chorus Niagara will perform the “Hallelujah Chorus” again in December as part of their seasonal performance of Handel’s Messiah. The performances are Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Mountainview Christian Reformed Church in Grimsby and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. at Calvary Church in St. Catharines.Gayler looks back fondly at his flash mob experience.“It was fun and everybody regarded it as fun,” he said. “When it was over, we went back to eating and drinking and talking. We just simply got on with our lives.” read more

Serres floodwaters submerge thousands of hectares of farmland

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of hectares of farmland in Serres, northern Greece, have been submerged by floodwaters from the Strymonas River, which broke its banks on Sunday, with local officials struggling to avert further damage by erecting new flood barriers as dams and flood defences have been wrecked.Members of the armed forces, fire service and police remained on standby to protect villages, farms and livestock.Representatives of local authorities were in Athens for talks with Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis that were expected to focus on the extent of the flood damage and claims for compensation.Authorities have also been on standby for the possible flooding of Lake Kerkini after the Strymonas, which flows from Bulgaria, broke its banks.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

David Luiz praises Maurizio Sarri

first_imgThe Chelsea Brazilian footballer believes his coach saved his career and now speaks on the values the Italian manager hasFor Chelsea center-back David Luiz, life under manager Maurizio Sarri has been a blessing.The Brazilian had some problems with the last Blues’ manager Antonio Conte, even deciding to leave the team.But in the end, he stayed and now he spoke to BT Sport on television about how well Sarri manages things at the club.“I think it is about training every day. In the first week I talked to him and said to him that I’m going to work harder to show I want to get into his team and play his philosophy,” he said as quoted by Football London.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“His philosophy is great. It is to press all the time, to play with the ball, possession, without being scared, with happiness, and in the end being concentrated for 90 minutes. That is important. I’m trying to do my best every single match.”“I was a champion with Conte and was in the best XI so I cannot say this way. Conte was a bit more defensive, Sarri is more offensive. I try to adapt. I was playing in a back three in the middle and now I’m playing in a back four. You have to adapt in every match,” he added.“Sarri is a great human also,” he commented.“His philosophy, he wants that. He wants us to take pleasure in the football. You have a privilege to have one of the best jobs in the world. He says this to us every day.”last_img read more

Not Clear What Hoops DOD Needs to Jump through to Gain BRAC

first_imgIt’s no secret that most lawmakers are adamantly opposed to additional base closures and even after the Obama administration in February made its fourth request since 2012 for permission to hold a new BRAC round, it’s not clear that the Pentagon has made any headway with Congress.In fact, it’s difficult to find any lawmaker who will stand up for BRAC. In a story about the growing imbalance between DOD’s infrastructure and its force structure, Federal News Radio contacted six lawmakers who previously had said they would consider the department’s request to consolidate its infrastructure. None, however, agreed to comment for the story.During Capitol Hill hearings last month, John Conger, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, acknowledged that Congress likely wouldn’t green light a new round unless the department updates the legislation authorizing a new round.“I think it goes without saying that there were a sufficient number of criticisms about the last BRAC round that Congress will want to have different authorizing legislation if they’re going to give us BRAC authority again,” Conger told the web site.What’s not clear is whether any members will take Conger up on his request for input on new legislation authorizing BRAC.DOD Comptroller Mike McCord told Federal News Radio that the department has been reluctant to recommend changes to the BRAC legislation over concerns that doing so would compromise the original spirit of the process.“When you start changing things, people assume you have a secret agenda and you’re trying to bias the process,” McCord said. “I think there’s some virtue in coming in with the same proposal every year and then trying to negotiate. Part of the problem is that we haven’t gotten an up-or-down vote on BRAC in many, many years. And failing to act on our proposal doesn’t give us any feedback on how to modify our proposal,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Peninsula snows to give way to rain

first_imgDownload AudioAreas of the Southern Kenai Peninsula reported between 12 to 30 inches of snowfall over the weekend as well as heavy rain showers. Rebecca Duell, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Anchorage says the amount of snowfall will most likely decrease over the next few days.Downtown Homer on the morning of the 22nd (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KBBI – Homer) “The temperatures will be warming. They’ll probably hovering in the upper 30’s to low 40’s for most of the Southern Kenai Peninsula. It should mainly be rain showers that we’re going to be seeing. But there could be some snow showers mixed in, especially during the night,” said Duell.Rain and rising temperatures are predicted to melt the snow and create slippery conditions and there’s an added danger of flooding.“We will be monitoring the rivers. Right now we don’t have reports of flooding but when you are getting this much melting after this much snow pack it is a situation that tends to [cause] quite a bit of flooding,” said Duell.On Sunday the Homer Police Department warned area residents not to drive if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. The heavy snow and rain showers have made driving more dangerous than usual. The department reported a sharp rise in accidents over the weekend.last_img read more

Umar Ashraf Young Millionaire Who Made His Fortune With Smart Investments

first_imgUmar Ashraf known as @umarashraf on Instagram is a 24-year-old entrepreneur who has made his fortune with smart investments and risk management in the stock market. His secret to success is simple. Never give up and always be a student to the game.Ashraf was introduced to trading stocks very early on in his life. The result of that gave him a competitive approach. Starting from nothing Ashraf was able to learn how to make smart decisions with the investments he was making. His risk management skills gave him an edge because Ashaf knew how to read the markets. His passion for trading in the market let him understand the nuances of modern-day trading and risk management.Ashraf considers himself a “forever learning student”, he is also eager to come up with new and up-to-date trading and risk management strategies to help him and his clients flourish in the stock industry. His knowledge, hunger and determination to turn opportunities into new and existing investments has contributed to his recent achievements.Ashraf prides himself on helping others learn how to trade through his most recent venture, Stock Market Lab. This educational platform has become widely popular among users online. As a result, Ashraf has been able to help thousands of people learn the ins and outs of the stock market.Ashraf has also been able to leverage his fun lifestyle to become a widely recognized Instagram personality. He currently has over 80,000 followers.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

ASCAP Distributes 1 Billion to Members for the First Time

first_imgASCAP President Paul Williams said: “I am gratified by the hard work that the ASCAP team does every day to make it possible for members of ASCAP to make their living as music creators. 2017 was a year of progress on so many fronts at ASCAP, including important deals that keep money flowing back to creators, technological investments that will keep us ahead of changes in the industry and momentum behind our efforts to reform our outdated music licensing system.” Popular on Variety ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, today announced record-high revenues and distributions in 2017. The organization collected approximately $1.144 billion in revenues last year and distributed — for the first time — more than $1.007 billion to its 660,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. Total ASCAP revenues increased by 8 percent and distributions were up 10 percent year-over-year, according to the announcement.Revenues from ASCAP’s licensing efforts in the US alone grew nearly 11 percent in 2017 to $846 million, up $86.9 million over 2016.Domestic distributions from ASCAP-licensed and administered performances in the US also increased, to $723 million, up 15 percent over 2016.ASCAP Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Matthews (pictured above) commented: “ASCAP is privileged to represent the creators of the world’s best-loved music. ASCAP is securing a strong future for our members by successfully closing key licensing deals and launching innovative digital tools that will enhance the lives of our members and make it easier for licensees to do business with us. Our healthy 2017 financial results are proof positive that we are succeeding in our strategic transformation and our mission to support music creators and music publishers for a sustainable future in the digital economy.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Team Prosecco dismantles security tokens

first_img Citation: Team Prosecco dismantles security tokens (2012, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-team-prosecco-dismantles-tokens.html RSA SecurID Expands Support for Mobile Platforms Explore further RSA SecurID SID800 Authenticator Token (Phys.org) — As password systems alone prove inadequate to protect information on computers against hackers, security customers have taken the advice of vendors to step up to tokens, those online security credentials that add an extra layer of protection at login. The token is designed to generate a six-digit security code that is unique to the person’s credential. The rise of two-factor authentication has been accepted as the way to go for governments and corporations trying to bolster their information security. This week, though, leading token vendors are hearing news they can do without. center_img © 2012 Phys.Org An international team of computer scientists figured out how to extract the keys from RSA’s SecurID 800 model in as few as thirteen minutes. The token heists were performed by a group calling themselves Team Prosecco. If they could figure the way to break in so quickly, then that places troubling questions about the efficiency of cryptographic keys being used to log into sensitive corporate and government networks, the kinds of keys stored on “hardened” security devices used by governments and businesses. One argument often heard among security vendors defending their token systems is that attempts, though possible, would take so long and be so difficult that risks are minimal.The team reports that their token attack also works against older versions of the Estonian national ID card. In the case of the Estonians ID system, they were able to figure out how to forge a digital signature in about 48 hours.Their method consisted of both modifying and improving the “Bleichenbacher” attack on RSA PKCS#1v1.5 padding.Bleichenbacher’s padding oracle attack was published in 1998. The method they use is called the “padding oracle attack.” It involves slightly modifying encrypted text thousands of times. If the system views the extra padding as a valid encryption, the attacker learns something about the original text until eventually the whole thing becomes known. As the researchers report, “We show how to exploit the encrypted key import functions of a variety of different cryptographic devices to reveal the imported key. The attacks are padding oracle attacks, where error messages resulting from incorrectly padded plaintexts are used as aside channel.”When the oracle (server) responds, it leaks data that may allow attackers to decrypt messages without knowing the encryption key. The team has refined the method to the point where the number of calls is significantly reduced to reveal the key. The attack also works against other widely used security tokens than just that one particular model, SecurID 800, from RSA. All of the companies involved were notified before the paper was published, says the research team.RSA’s SecurID 800 model took the shortest time to open at thirteen minutes. A device model made by Siemens took 22 minutes. A device model made by Netherlands-based Gemalto took 92 minutes. The researchers will be describing their successful exploits in a paper presented at the CRYPTO 2012 (the 32nd International Cryptology Conference) in Santa Barbara, California, in August. The accepted paper is titled “Efficient Padding Oracle Attacks on Cryptographic Hardware.” The document is an Inria (the French National Computer Science Research Institute) study.Not all security watchers, however, are convinced that the study is useful. An RSA blog posting, written by Sam Curry, said “Don’t believe everything you read,” and that “Your SecurID Token is Not Cracked.” He went on to say that “This is not a useful attack. The researchers engaged in an academic exercise to point out a specific vulnerability in the protocol, but an attack requires access to the RSA SecurID 800 smartcard (for example, inserted into a compromised machine) and the user’s smartcard PIN. If the attacker has the smart card and PIN, there is no need to perform any attack, so this research adds little additional value as a security finding.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

UK leader signals support for airstrikes on IS in Syria

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain needs to take a greater role in destroying the Islamic State group in Syria — his most direct signal to date that he will seek to expand his country’s role in supporting the United States and its allies.In remarks made to NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” Cameron said Britain must do more fight the group, also known as ISIL. The remarks posted online Saturday follow a commitment to meet NATO targets on military spending and make plain that Britain now sees the Islamic State group as an explicit threat to national security. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top Stories Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “We know that we have to defeat ISIL, we have to destroy this caliphate, whether it is in Iraq or in Syria,” he said.The remarks come only days after Britain’s Ministry of Defense acknowledged that British forces have already conducted airstrikes over Syria — albeit only when embedded with coalition forces. Britain has been carrying out surveillance and air-to-air refueling over Syria and launching attacks on neighboring Iraq, and Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has argued that the mission should be expanded to Syria.Cameron is seeking support from the opposition Labour Party, in an effort to build a unified national position and avoid another embarrassing defeat on Syria. Labour opposed an effort to join U.S. attacks on Syria in 2013, though that vote centered on strikes to disrupt the use of chemical weapons by Bashar Assad’s government.The British leader also spoke of the need to persuade young Britons to reject Islamic extremism.“We’ve got to defeat the narrative of extremism, even when it’s not connected to the violence,” Cameron told NBC. “Because it’s the narrative that is the jumping-off point for these young people to then go and join this dreadful death cult in Iraq and Syria.” Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Engineers strike a ransom on QF passengers

first_imgInternational and domestic travellers flying in and out of Australia today are likely to face lengthy delays despite Qantas engineers cancelling industrial action for today.Up to 11,000 passengers are expected to be affected by the strikes that were originally planned to run for four hour by Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) members today.Despite calling off action today, the Australian flag carrier had already implemented safety measures that saw the cancellation of up to 40 flights and delays on 24 more services for up to 3.5 hours.The carrier’s Group executive of government and corporate affairs Olivia Wirth described the strikes as a “ransom” of Qantas passengers and said the carrier was shifting its operations to decrease disruptions.“We apologise to all of our customers who face delays and cancellations on Monday,” Ms Wirth said.“We will deploy larger aircraft and roster qualified management engineers to operational roles to minimise the impact however there still be significant impacts on our passengers.”Ms Wirth added that negotiations with the union had extended to over 12 months and referred to the pay requests as “unreasonable”.“The licensed engineers’ union is demanding significant pay increases and a guarantee from Qantas that no changes will be made to old work practices on new generation aircraft, and that no productivity improvements will be introduced.”According to the carrier six weeks worth of strikes between the ALAEA and the Transport Workers Union has caused disruptions for up to 46,500 passengers and the cancellation and delays of up to 348 flights. Meanwhile international passengers arriving into Australia will be forced to wait in long customs lines later this week as the Community & Public Sector Union (CPSU) arranges strikes for its members on Thursday 13 October. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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