Trolls crash Apple devices with ‘killer symbol’ from South Indian language

The latest bug causes application meltdown when it tries to render two characters in Telugu, a language from south India. Telugu is the country’s third most-spoken language, with roughly 75 million native speakers, and the fifteenth most-spoken language in the world.

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While many can simply avoid using or viewing the symbols, the problem arises when an unscrupulous troll sends the symbols directly to devices, effectively triggering a notification bomb that locks up the phone. “Read this to log off instantly” and “retweet this to crash anyone using an Apple device,” wrote several such online deviants on Twitter. The crash bug can also be deployed in a Twitter user’s ‘@ replies’ or in their handle, meaning it can be pushed out through ‘likes’ or mentions on the platform.  

This forces users to reinstall the app from scratch. One security researcher reportedly added one of the ‘weaponized’ symbols to his Twitter handle as an experiment, before attempting to request an Uber. “I suspect a crashed phone means you get routed to the next driver… who gets crashed too. Like an Uber routing worm,” he wrote.

Software engineers at Aloha Browser initially discovered two Unicode symbols in Telugu that crashes any Apple device using the default San Francisco font which includes iPhones, iPads, Macs and watch OS devices with text-displaying screens. Apps such as Mail, Twitter, Messages, Slack, Instagram, Facebook, and in some instances Chrome have confirmed vulnerability to the bug.  

It can also wreak havoc when deployed as an SSID (service set identifier) in a WiFi network. For instance, if a user were to input the offending Unicode symbols in their SSID and then use their device as a WiFi hotspot, they could, theoretically, flash crash all Apple devices within range that had their WiFi enabled.

“From some experimentation, this bug seemed to occur for any pair of Telugu consonants with a vowel, as long as the vowel is not ై (ai),” Mozilla engineer Manish Goregaokar wrote in an in-depth blog post on the south Indian language bug.

Apple confirmed that there is a “dot update” fix coming soon, though declined to confirm if it would be iOS 11.2.6. Apple noted that the bug is fixed in current betas of iOS, tvOS, macOS and watchOS.

This is far from the first bug to plague Apple users. In January, Abraham Masri discovered a similar bug in which a specific URL could crash iPhones to which it was sent. Back in 2016, the URL for crashsafari.com was deployed in a similar fashion to crash any Safari or iPhone browser that tried to open it and in 2015, the so-called ‘Unicode of Death’ could be used to overload an iPhone’s memory using several characters in Arabic.

Twitter released an iOS app update Thursday which fixed “a crash that affects users of right-to-left languages such as Arabic and Hebrew,” but did not address the current Telugu bug. Apple claims the issue has been resolved in beta versions of its operating systems and the fix will be disseminated across all platforms as soon as possible, The Guardian reports.

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South Carolina man finds piles of chihuahua dogs shot in the head

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Laurens County, SC – “You want to talk about horrific, to me this is horrific.”

That’s what an Upstate South Carolina man said about the awful discovery he made Tuesday morning while out for a walk.

Fifteen dead dogs were found dead in a Laurens County community, by Mickey Fortin.

All of the dogs were chihuahuas and all of them appeared to have been shot, said Laurens County Animal Control supervisor Giles Gilmer, greenvilleonline.com reported.

The chihuahuas discovered in Gray Court had been shot in the head and had been dead for 10 to 12 hours, Gilmer said, according to wyff4.com.

“To me it’s devastating, Fortin said in the Facebook video. “I can’t believe someone would do something like this.”

Fortin made his discovery around 10:30 a.m., first finding the carcasses of four dead Chihuahuas in a pile.

After calling 911, Fortin said he continued to walk and found two larger dogs and a second pile of dead Chihuahuas. The large dogs had been dead for some time, and vultures had begun to go after the carcasses, according to wyff4.com.

“If that’s not insanity, I don’t know what is?” Fortin said in a video he posted on Facebook after discovering 11 dead dogs. “This is a bad day to see this much death with all these animals. I love dogs.”

Later in the afternoon, around 2 p.m., an additional four dogs were found, making a total of 15 dead chihuahuas, greenvilleonline.com reported.

Fortin closed his video, saying “I gotta go, this place stinks. Smells of death.”

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the dogs’ deaths.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or click or tap here for the link.

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South Korea is building a $35 billion city designed to eliminate the need for cars

The International Business District (IBD) in Songdo, South Korea.

Gale International

When residents of the International Business District (IBD) in Songdo, South Korea go to work, pick up their kids from school, or shop for groceries, driving is optional.

That’s because the $35 billion district — currently a work-in-progress about the size of downtown Boston — was designed to eliminate the need for cars.

A project that began in 2002, the area prioritizes mass transit, like buses, subways, and bikes, instead of road traffic, according to Stan Gale, the chairman of Gale International, the developer behind the IBD.

When completed by 2020, the district will span 100 million square feet. It’s located on the northwest side of South Korea (the opposite coast of Pyeongchang, the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics).

Take a look at the IBD’s plan below.

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Suspected poacher eaten by pack of lions in South Africa

The moral of the story is: Don’t go out and try to shoot lions.

It would be untoward to celebrate the violent death of anyone – this is not a victory lap, there will be no “just deserts” jokes (she says, making the joke without making the joke). But the reality is hard to deny: If you’re going to sneak into a nature preserve at night and try to illegally kill a rare and dangerous wild animal, well, there may be consequences. And those consequences might be getting mauled to death and eaten.

And such is the news from a private South African game reserve near Hoedspruit in the northern province of Limpopo, where more and more animals have been killed illegally over the past few years. The suspected poacher was killed by the lions near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police said, adding that little was left of the victim’s body, reports AFP.

“It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains,” Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP.

At first officials thought the victim was a local tractor driver; but then the driver showed up alive and police found a loaded hunting rifle near the body. They found other weapons and ammunition after further searching, and two other sets of footprints, suggesting there was a small team of poachers working together. They are still trying to determine the identity of the victim.

Last year in Limpopo, several lions were found poisoned with their heads and paws sawn off.

According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the lion population has experienced a reduction of approximately 43 percent over the past 21 years. They note that, among other things, lion populations are threatened by trade in bones and other body parts for traditional medicine, both within Africa and in Asia.

May this grisly news serve as a cautionary tale…

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Kim Jong-un invites South’s leader Moon to Pyongyang in personal letter delivered by sister



 


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang in a personal letter delivered by Kim’s sister, Seoul has said.

Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, handed the letter over at a rare meeting with Moon on Saturday. She said that brother asked Moon to visit the North’s capital at the “earliest date” possible for what will be a third inter-Korean summit.

“While delivering a letter from Kim Jong-un … special envoy Kim Yo-jong orally delivered Chairman Kim Jong-un’s invitation [for Moon] to visit the North at a time convenient to him, saying he is willing to meet President Moon Jae-in at the earliest date possible,” South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a press briefing.

Moon’s spokesman said the president’s response to the invitation was: “Let us make it happen by creating the necessary conditions in the future”. The South Korean president mentioned the need for the North to resume its dialogue with the United States.

“An early resumption of dialogue between the United States and the North is needed also for the development of the South-North Korean relationship,” Moon said, according to his spokesman.

Kim Yo-jong arrived at Incheon International Airport on a private jet along with North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, on Friday. The last member of the Kim family to enter South Korea was Kim Il-sung, North Korea’s founder, in 1950.

Later on Saturday, Moon dismissed a call from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resume massive military exercises between Seoul and the US. “I understand what Prime Minister Abe said is not to delay South Korea-U.S. military drills until there is progress in the denuclearization of North Korea. But the issue is about our sovereignty and intervention in our domestic affairs,” Moon told the Japanese leader, according to a high-ranking official who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity.

The Winter Olympics, which started in PyeongChang this Friday, appear to have helped bring about a relative thaw in the situation on the peninsula. North and South Korea made a joint entrance under a unified Korean Peninsula flag at the opening ceremony. They have also agreed to send a combined women’s hockey team.

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Kim Jong-un invites South’s leader Moon at the "earliest date" possible to Pyongyang in personal letter delivered by sister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks North Korea's Kim Young Nam and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. Seoul, South Korea, February 10, 2018

    

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang in a personal letter delivered by Kim’s sister, Seoul has said.

Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, handed the letter over at a rare meeting with Moon on Saturday. She said that brother asked Moon to visit the North’s capital at the “earliest date” possible for what will be a third inter-Korean summit.

“While delivering a letter from Kim Jong-un … special envoy Kim Yo-jong orally delivered Chairman Kim Jong-un’s invitation [for Moon] to visit the North at a time convenient to him, saying he is willing to meet President Moon Jae-in at the earliest date possible,” South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a press briefing.

Moon’s spokesman said the president’s response to the invitation was: “Let us make it happen by creating the necessary conditions in the future”. The South Korean president mentioned the need for the North to resume its dialogue with the United States.

“An early resumption of dialogue between the United States and the North is needed also for the development of the South-North Korean relationship,” Moon said, according to his spokesman.

Kim Yo-jong arrived at Incheon International Airport on a private jet along with North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, on Friday. The last member of the Kim family to enter South Korea was Kim Il-sung, North Korea’s founder, in 1950.

Later on Saturday, Moon dismissed a call from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resume massive military exercises between Seoul and the US. “I understand what Prime Minister Abe said is not to delay South Korea-U.S. military drills until there is progress in the denuclearization of North Korea. But the issue is about our sovereignty and intervention in our domestic affairs,” Moon told the Japanese leader, according to a high-ranking official who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity.

The Winter Olympics, which started in PyeongChang this Friday, appear to have helped bring about a relative thaw in the situation on the peninsula. North and South Korea made a joint entrance under a unified Korean Peninsula flag at the opening ceremony. They have also agreed to send a combined women’s hockey team.

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Kim Jong-un’s sister arrives in South Korea in historic visit

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The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in South Korea on Friday for the Winter Olympics, making her the first member of the country’s ruling family to cross the border since the Korean War.

Kim Yo-jong arrived at Incheon International Airport on a private jet along with North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam, and an entourage of senior officials. Kim Yong-nam is the most senior North Korean official to visit the South.

The last member of the Kim family to enter South Korea was Kim Il-sung, North Korea’s founder, in 1950. Although the Korean War ended with a ceasefire 1953, both countries are technically still at war as no treaty was ever agreed upon. Tensions have remained high between the two nations ever since, but terse relations have seen something of a thaw in the run up to the Games.

Yo-jong shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. The iconic moment was captured by photographers at the event.

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Coca-Cola And Nestlé To Privatize The Largest Reserve Of Water In South America

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Private companies such as Coca-Cola and Nestlé are in the process of privatizing the largest reserve of water, known as the Guarani Aquifer, in South America. The aquifer is located beneath the surface of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay and is the second largest-known aquifer system in the world.

The major transnational conglomerates are reportedly “striding forward” with their negotiations to privatize the aquifer system. Meetings have already been reserved with authorities of the current government, such as Michel Temer, to outline procedures required for private companies to exploit the water sources. The concession contracts will last more than 100 years.  

The first public conversation about this dilemma was scheduled on the 25th of January, the same day the process of voting for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff was opened. As Central Politico reports, “This coincidence was fatal for the adjournment of the meeting.”

“There must be another list of projects to be granted or privatized in the medium term, with auctions that may occur in up to one year, such as Eletrobras energy distributors and freshwater sources,” adds the news site, translated via Google from Portuguese.

This issue extends beyond South America, as all humans will be affected by the decision to privatize the second-largest aquifer system in the world. Essentially, the corporations are profiting off a natural resource that should be freely available to all.

Under the Guarani Aquifer Project’s Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development Project, known as ANA’s Guarani Aquifer Project (SAG), the aquifer would be managed and preserved for present and future generations. Following the conservatives’ victory in Argentina and the coup d’état, pressed for by the ultra right in Paraguay and Brazil, only Uruguay was left to vote on the privatization of the aquifer.

Approximately two-thirds (1.2 million km²) of the reserve is located in Brazilian territory, specifically in the states of Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Future generations will ultimately suffer if this deal goes through, which is why human rights organizations around the world are getting involved.

“Organized civil society is alert to possible privatization strategies of transnational economic groups. Since 2003, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the World Bank, through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), have implemented the Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development project to gather and develop research on the Guarani Aquifer , with the objective of implementing a common institutional, legal and technical model for MERCOSUR countries,” says a document from the Human Rights Organization Terra de Direitos.

Nothing will change if we, as a populace, sit idly by and watch greedy individuals exploit the environment and snatch precious resources from present and future generations. If you agree, please share this article to raise awareness.

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Father Of Otto Warmbier Will Attend Winter Olympics In South Korea: Report

Fred Warmbier, the father of an American who died after he was imprisoned in North Korea, will attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, later this month, The Washington Post reported on Sunday. He will travel to the country as a guest of Vice President Mike Pence.

Warmbier’s son, Otto, died last June after suffering brain damage while in the custody of the North Korean government. The younger Warmbier was in a coma for around 15 months before he was returned to the United States, although it’s unclear how he sustained the injuries that brought on the condition. Officials in Pyongyang said the coma was brought on by a mix of botulism and sleeping pills, although an autopsy could not confirm the cause of the brain damage, which a coroner called extensive.

Pence is expected to speak about continued pressure by the U.S. against North Korea in an effort to curtail the regime’s ambitions of crafting an arsenal of nuclear weapons capable of reaching America, the Post reported. His presence ― at the end of a five-day trip to Asia ― comes as the North is expected to send athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time in years, including a joint team with the South in women’s ice hockey.

The Warmbiers recently attended President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address as guests of the White House. In his speech, Trump spoke about Warmbier’s imprisonment and called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “cruel” and “depraved.”

“You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength inspires truly us all,” Trump said. “Tonight, we pledge to honor Otto’s memory with total American resolve.”

Warmbier’s parents have been harsh critics of the North Korean government since their son’s imprisonment, and accused the Obama administration of not doing enough to ensure his return. Warmbier, then 21, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after he was convicted of stealing a propaganda poster while on a group tour to the country in early 2016. His parents were unable to speak to him during his entire imprisonment, and were only told of his condition in the hours before he was returned to the U.S.

In an interview three months after his death, Warmbier’s father condemned the actions of the North and slammed the Kim regime as torturers.

“We’re here to tell you North Korea is not a victim,” Fred Warmbier said on Fox News. “They’re terrorists. They kidnapped Otto, tortured him, they intentionally injured him … He was blind, he was deaf. As we looked at him and tried to comfort him, it looked as if somebody had taken a pair of pliers and rearranged his bottom teeth.

His wife, Cindy, said the North had “destroyed” her son.

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Re: South Africa marks birthday of jailed Palestinian teen

South Africans gathered late Wednesday in Johannesburg to commemorate the 17th birthday of Palestinian activist Ahed al-Tamimi who was detained by Israeli security forces last year.

Organizers launched a photo exhibition, which will last for a month, to celebrate her life.

Al-Tamimi was arrested after a video spread on social media showing her purportedly hitting two Israeli security officers who had stormed her home in the occupied West Bank.

South African activists called on Israeli authorities to release al-Tamimi and all child prisoners.

‘‘Ahed will remain an inspiration for liberation movements across the world,’’ Ismail Moola of the Palestine Solidarity Alliance told agencies.

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‘‘It is inspiring to see how a 17-year-old girl is not afraid to fight for the freedom of her country,” he said.

The exhibition features photos of resistance by al-Tamimi and other Palestinians protesting the Israeli occupation.

Turkey reaffirms support

Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, Turkey’s Ambassador to South Africa Elif Comoglu Ulgen expressed her country’s solidarity with Palestine.

Ulgen said images of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan receiving a Palestinian youth with Down syndrome brought warmth to the hearts of Turkish people.

Mohamed al-Taweel had been detained by Israeli forces during protests last year against US President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He was later released following international pressure and traveled to Turkey for treatment.

Read: Amnesty International launches urgent appeal to release Ahed Tamimi

Ulgen described al-Tamimi as a special girl who had received Turkey’s Handala Courage Award in 2012 when she was just 13 years old

‘‘She was received by President Erdoğan for her courageous conscious full stance,’’ she said, adding today al-Tamimi has become an icon of the Palestinian identity and defiance.

The envoy said the US’ unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel does not only violate international law but is also a heavy blow struck against ‘our civilization’.



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