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AKISTAN, Indonesia, the Palestinian territories, Bangladesh and Nepal attract the highest rates of attempted malware attacks, according to Microsoft Corp. Countries that attracted the fewest include Japan, Finland, Norway and Sweden, reveals the Microsoft Security Intelligence (MSI) report Volume 20 for the second half of 2015. The report assesses software vulnerabilities and exploits, malware and unwanted software with the help of sensors in systems running Microsoft anti-malware software. HIGHeST THReAT eNcOuNTeR RATe: Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal were also among locations with the highest threat encounter rates in the first half of 2015. Although there appeared to be a worldwide dip in infection threat encounter rates, they rose again after 2015 Q2. By the end of the year, an encounter rate of over 60 per cent was reported for Pakistan ─ the highest in the world ─ as compared to the worldwide

Trends for the 5 locations with the highest encounter rates in 2H15. MsI report

average of just over 20 per cent. Threat families found to be unusually common in Pakistan included the worm families Win32/Ippedo, which was ranked third in Pakistan but 28th worldwide, and Win32/Nuqel, which was ninth in Pakistan but 71st wordlwide. FIFTH HIGHeST INFecTION RATe: Pakistan had the fifth highest infection rate in the second half of

2015 after Mongolia, Libya, the Palestinian territories and Iraq at 71.3 Computers Cleaned per Mille (CCM). The worldwide average during this time period was 16.9 CCM. Microsoft’s infection rate metric, CCM, is defined as the number of computers cleaned per 1,000 unique computers by the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool ─ a free tool distributed by the

company’s update services, which removes over 200 “highly prevalent or serious threats from computers”, according to the report. Infecting families unusually prevalent in Pakistan include the worm family Win32/Tupym ─ 13th in Pakistan, 110th worldwide ─ and the backdoor family Win32/Bifrose, which is 15th in Pakistan and 115th worldwide. ‘MORe THAN 10 MIllION ATTAcKS ON IdeNTITIeS dAIly’: “We look at north of 10 million attacks on identities every day,” said Microsoft manager Alex Weinert, although attacks do not always succeed. About half of all attacks originate in Asia and one-fifth in Latin America.Millions occur each year when the attacker has valid credentials, Microsoft said, meaning the attacker knows a user’s login and password. A technology known as machine learning can often detect those attacks by looking for data points such as whether the location of the user is familiar. On average, 240 days elapse between a security breach in a computer system and detection of that breach, said Tim Rains, director of security at Microsoft.

Refugees get Pakistani chef amid ‘bad’ Italian food revolt

Chinese baby born with 31 fingers and toes Meet Hong Hong. He’s almost 4 months old, lives in China and has 31 fingers and toes. That’s not a typo. The boy was born in January with 15 fingers and 16 toes in Pingjiang County in Hunan province. He also has two palms on each hand and no thumbs. Doctors diagnosed Hong Hong with polydactylism, a congenital condition that happens in humans, dogs and cats, giving them extra fingers and toes. Polydactyly is a pretty common condition, affecting about one in every 1,000 live births, according to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Often, the extra digits are removed surgically. Hong Hong’s parents are trying to raise enough money so their son can undergo the lifechanging operation. The condition is usually passed down in families, which is the case for Hong Hong. The boy’s mother also has polydactylism, with six fingers and toes. While she was pregnant with Hong Hong, both parents were worried their child would inherit the condition. Right now Hong Hong is too young to undergo surgery, the infant’s father, Zou Chenglin, told CNN. In the meantime, his parents are seeking medical advice on how to treat their son. The mother showed her son’s hands. He has 15 fingers, two palms on each hand and no thumbs. Doctors have given the family differing advice, with some saying the surgery is much more complicated than originally thought because Hong Hong requires not only the removal of his extra fingers and toes but also needs reconstructed thumbs. Opposable thumbs are essential because they give people the ability to grasp objects. The surgery could cost as much as 200,000 Chinese yuan (about $30,000), the boy’s father said. The couple has turned to the Internet for help, and so far they’ve raised more than 40,000 yuan (more than $6,000) through online donations. But they’ve decided to halt the crowdfunding efforts because of the mixed comments they’ve received about raising money online, the father said. For now, the family plans to head back to the city of Shenzhen, where they live, so that the father can go back to work. CoUrtesY Cnn

WASHINGTON: Pakistani American Muslim Fawzia Mirza has been awarded by the White House as a ‘Champion of Change through her arts.’ Fawzia Mirza lives in Chicago but her parents hail from Karachi, Pakistan. She’s an actor, writer, and producer and has written and produced theatre, web series, short films, documentaries, and more. Fawzia is a creative workaholic and believes in the power of art, storytelling, and comedy to break down stereotypes across all her identities, as well as dispelling the model minority myth seen in both the media and her communities. Fawzia is also currently producing her first feature film “Signature Move”, which is about a Pakistani woman seeking her identity in love and wrestling, and was selected to be part of the 2016 Tribeca Film Institute All Access program. She also is the recipient of the 2015 ‘3Arts Award’ and was named a ‘Rising Star’ in Indie Filmmaking by WBEZ Chicago. In October, 2009 president Obama signed an executive order that restores the White House Initiative and President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to address issues concerning the Asian American community. The awards go to the best artists brining change through their work in their respective community and bridging the gaps while hinting at combined issues. news DesK

A Pakistani chef has been brought in to cater for 200 people living at a refugee centre in Emilia-Romagna, after they protested over the poor quality of the Italian food on offer. The new appointment comes after protests last Wednesday, during which 30 refugees from the Coop Dimora d’Abramo refugee centre in Reggio Emilia occupied their local police headquarters complaining the food they were served was “no good” and “cooked badly”, Il Resto del Carlino reported. In the wake of the protests, the traditional Italian trattoria which currently prepares the meals, Il Locomotore, has promised to do more to satisfy the refugees’ tastes. “We’re talking with the reception centre at the moment and will bring in a new Pakistani chef, specialized in African cuisine to cook a meal for the migrants once a week,” Il Locomotore employee Paolo Masetti told Il Resto Del Carlino. An employee at

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Pakistani-American artist Fawzia Mirza bags ‘Champion of Change’ award

the centre declined to discuss meal offerings for refugees when contacted by The Local. But the restaurant’s decision has provoked a backlash from many who feel they are pandering to the refugees’ unfair and excessive demands. Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s anti-immigration Northern League, told The Local the decision was “crazy”. “No other European country would put up with this kind of protest from migrants,” he said on the side-


JAKARTA: An Indonesian woman has become an unlikely Internet sensation after photos of her angrily stopping motorcyclists from driving on pavements in traffic-choked Jakarta went viral online. Alfini Lestari, a 34-year-old cook, was pictured with her arms outstretched as she physically blocked a horde of motorbikes from riding down the pavement alongside one of the capital’s main thoroughfares during rush hour this week. After the picture was printed on the front page of a national newspaper, she quickly gained a following online in a city with some of the world’s worst traffic jams, threadbare public transport and few areas where pedestrians can comfortably walk. It is illegal for motorbikes to drive on Jakarta’s pavements but many fail to heed the law, and have been criticised for putting people’s lives in danger by taking shortcuts in areas reserved for pedestrians. AGenCIes

An adult education centre in northern Copenhagen has told six female students they can no longer attend classes unless they remove their niqabs. VUC Lyngby School said the rules were changed in the autumn to no longer allow students to cover their faces during class. But the case came to the attention of the national media following a post on the school’s Facebook page that sparked a debate about the policy. VUC Lyngby posted a response to the crticism explaining that “everyone is welcome” at the institution and that no one had been asked to leave class for wearing a niqab. But they said the new policy will apply to all future students at the school. “Free and unhindered communication requires that we can see each other’s faces. Therefore it is not allowed to cover the eyes, nose or month while participating in lessons,” the post read. The school said it had offered the six women who were told they could

lines of a press conference at Rome’s foreign press association on Wednesday to promote his new autobiography. In the wake of the controversy, regional councillor for Italy’s Democratic Party, Mirko Tutino, defended the decision to get a new cook, saying it was “important to meet the needs of people fleeing war and poverty.” “It’s not about disrespect for Italian food, it’s about food that isn’t part of the asylum seekers’ culture,” he added. CoUrtesY tHe LoCAL

not attend future classes wearing a niqab the opportunity to follow classes via E-learning... School official Inge Voller told Metroxpress the policy was not religiously motivated. “This isn’t a question of religion or ethnicity but of learning, as we are an educational institution. It’s about how to create the best learning and we believe you can do that best when you can communicate openly with one another,” she said, according the Copenhagen Post. Opinion polls on local news sites showed that an overwhelming majority of readers backed the school’s decision. Venestre, Denmark’s ruling party, the Conservatives and the Danish People’s Party (DPP) have also expressed support for VUC Lyngby. DPP spokesman Martin Henriksen told news agency Ritzau: “We want a total ban except for within one’s private home. One can do whatever they want there.” France and Belgium are the only two countries to have banned Muslim veils nationwide.

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