John McAfee has apparently gone missing. Screenshot by Sean Hollister/CNET John McAfee has apparently gone missing and is believed to have been detained by authorities, according to a series of tweets Tuesday from the Twitter account of the 2020 presidential candidate and maker of an “unhackable” cryptocurrency wallet. Operating McAfee’s Twitter account, his campaign manager Rob Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Loggia-Ramirez said data hidden across the world by McAfee will be revealed if he remains detained. The antivirus software pioneer has been on the run since 2012 after his alleged involvement in a murder in Belize, which he denies. McAfee last week tweeted his only “crime is not filing tax returns.” He claims the rest of the charges against him is “propaganda by the US government to silence me.” “I have good reason to suspect that John McAfee, @theemrsmcafee and other companions have been detained by authorities at their latest port of call,” Loggia-Ramirez tweeted on McAfee’s account Tuesday. “If John misses his next check-in, events will be set into motion that I cannot prevent once they have begun. John has secreted data with individuals across the world. I know neither their identities or locations. They will release their payloads if John goes missing.” Loggia-Ramirez told CNET he has no more information about the detainment, but that he and others are “employing every possible resource to locate him and secure his release.” “The bastards wouldn’t even give him a cigarette,” Loggia-Ramirez tweeted. The Twitter thread didn’t say when McAfee’s next check-in was scheduled. On July 19, McAfee had tweeted that the CIA “attempted to collect us.” “We are at sea now and will report more soon. I will continue to be dark for the next few days,” he tweeted with a picture of himself and his wife holding guns. On July 22, McAfee then tweeted about being at sea in rough weather for four and a half days. “Nearing port. All is well. Will be back in the saddle shortly,” he said. Loggia-Ramirez told CNET later Tuesday that he could not share the plans or timeline for the release of the secreted data across the world. “I can say that our response has been pre-coordinated in the event something like this happened, and it that has many moving pieces involving people unaware of each other,” he said in a private Twitter message. “John is not stupid.” Loggia-Ramirez sent three additional tweets from McAfee’s account later on Tuesday, thanking people for their support and emphasizing that this is not a stunt.”There are also some people that doubt the veracity of today’s report. That is fair enough and can be forgiven. But you will find you are mistaken – this is not a publicity stunt,” he tweeted. (2/4) I last spoke with John as his boat was being boarded. The situation was tense but controlled. Our conversation was cut short by authorities confiscating their phones. The bastards wouldn’t even give him a cigarette.— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 23, 2019 Share your voice Originally published July 23, 12:59 p.m. PT.Update, 4:16 p.m. PT: Adds further statement. Update, July 24: Adds additional tweets. More on John McAfee John McAfee running for US president on pro-cryptocurrency platform John McAfee has recruited ‘hundreds’ of masked look-alikes for his 2020 presidential bid John McAfee’s ‘unhackable’ Bitcoin wallet is hackable, company admits Tags Comments Computers Software Security Applications (2/3) There are also some people that doubt the veracity of today’s report. That is fair enough and can be forgiven. But you will find you are mistaken – this is not a publicity stunt. #freemcafee –@loggiaonfire— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 23, 2019 5 Legal McAfee
Avengers: Endgame movie reviewTwitterThe full Telugu movie of Avengers: Endgame has been leaked online hours after its release in theatres. The free download of its pirated copy is set to take a toll on its collection at the box office.Avengers: Endgame is the latest and last film in the Avengers series, the American superhero film franchise based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The first three instalments were dubbed and released in Telugu with the same title and they have become massive hits with the audience in the Telugu states.Avengers: Endgame, which is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), marks the ended of the Avengers film series, which has created a lot of curiosity and hype for the fourth instalment. As usual, the makers have dubbed and released it in Telugu on April 26 in bid to cash in the popularity of the franchise in the state.The screening of Avengers: Endgame began in several centres across the Telugu states in the wee hours of the Telugu states. But some miscreants have allegedly leaked the full movie on the internet for free download soon after the regular morning show got over. They released HQ HDCAM – HQ Line Audio print, which spread to other torrent sites within no time, enabling some viewers to watch it freely. Avengers: EndgameTwitterA miscreants’ gang, which is known for its notorious activities online, allegedly record the complete Telugu film and Avengers: Endgame. This gang’s website offers seven different prints of the full movie ranging from 2.8 GB to 200 MB for free download. Since these are theatre prints, their audio and video quality will not be good.Avengers: Endgame is an action-adventure fantasy thriller movie. It is a 3D film and a lot of VFX works make it a visual treat. Moreover, the background score plays an important role in making it an ethereal experience. But its pirated copy lacks both these features, there will be a lot of disturbance in picturisation and audio quality. It should better be watched in the cinema to get the real of the movie.In fact, the full English movie of Avengers: Endgame was leaked on the internet a week before it hit screens across the world. It has freely available on many torrent site for the last one week. Yet there was a massive amount of advance booking for the film in the Telugu states. Avengers: EndgameTwitterHowever, Avengers: Endgame has been released only in multiplexes, but it is not available in single screens, which are mostly located in suburban areas. The audience, who watch the film in single screens, may resort to downloading the full movie from torrents, which may take a toll on its collection.Avengers: Endgame has been directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. The film features an ensemble cast of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin.
Facebook is serious about its user community following rules about what is posted on user and group pages. For that reason, they have added a section to the Support Dashboard for users that come across postings or pictures that break the rules so that they can be reported and removed. In looking at how Facebook handled such reports for objectionable photos, Kumar noticed that the code for sending the request could be viewed by the user making the request. He then discovered that the code could be modified as well. Normally, when a report is created it is sent to Facebook, where someone on staff looks at the picture in question and makes a judgment about whether to let it remain or to delete it. If they choose to let it remain, a message is created with a link in it and sent to the owner of the account that holds the photo. That person can then either choose to let the photo remain on their page, or can click the link to have it instantly removed. Kumar found that he could alter the address to which the message would be sent, which meant he could have it sent to himself, rather than the account holder. Once the message was received, he was then free to click the link to delete the photo. That meant he could delete photos from any account, personal or group—even those posted by others on someone’s page, without permission from them or Facebook, and without the knowledge of either. The owner of the page wouldn’t know anything had occurred unless they happened to notice a photo missing on their page.Kumar very carefully followed the rules Facebook has outlined for reporting vulnerabilities (he didn’t remove pictures from real user accounts, for example) and was handsomely rewarded for his efforts. He reports that Facebook has subsequently fixed the vulnerability. © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —An electronics and communications engineer in India has been awarded a $12,500 bounty by Facebook for the discovery of a picture deleting vulnerability in the social network’s Support Dashboard. Arul Kumar details on his blog how he found the vulnerability, how it works and his communications with Facebook regarding the find. 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. Explore further Citation: Engineer receives $12,500 bounty from Facebook for discovering picture deletion vulnerability (2013, September 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-bounty-facebook-picture-deletion-vulnerability.html Vulnerability in Facebook’s OAuth allowed hacker full profile access
People who overturn the apple cart don’t ask for permission. But it takes more than audacity for a 26-year-old to challenge an entire industry. For Ahmed Khattak, it was personal: He couldn’t buy a phone. An international student from Peshawar, Pakistan, Khattak arrived at Yale in 2004 at the age of 18 with no social security number and no credit history. That meant no one would sell him a cell phone.He was appalled at the barriers the U.S. cell phone industry threw in front of consumers at every turn. Restrictive two-year contracts?Indecipherable pricing schemes for voice, data and text? And, once he got a prepaid phone, $50 a week just to call his family back in Pakistan? This, from the most technologically advanced country in the world?”I couldn’t believe it,” Khattak says.In 2007, he went to London for an internship and discovered how to change the game–at the airport, no less, only moments after he got off the plane. “I realized that it was as easy as going to a vending machine, buying a SIM card and [thereafter] paying $22 a month for your phone bill,” he says.It was his “eureka” moment: unlocking cell phones, setting them free. “I decided that I had to change the way people in the U.S. go about their plans and phones,” he says. His New Haven, Conn.-based company, GSM Nation, had sales of $35 million in 2011, its first full year, and is on track to reach sales of $50 million this year.Three components to Khattak’s life help explain how he came to build his business. First, he was exceptionally competitive at squash, good enough to be recruited by Yale.”I am ethnically a Pashtun, and Pashtuns have dominated squash for over half a century. I went on to become a top-10-ranked junior national,” he says.The Pakistan Squash Federation is run by the Air Force, the second major influence in Khattak’s upbringing. He was a military brat–his father was in the Air Force–so he lived the gypsy life of moving frequently and with little notice, more than 15 times, to cities as big as Karachi and to tiny, remote villages.The third component was his can-do personality. “I have always loved building stuff and fixing it; [I am] a problem solver. I tend to look at everything to see where the stress points are and how to fix them,” he says. “I would fix my schoolmates’ and neighbors’ computers and PlayStations. All this was leading to a bigger venture for me.”The chance to study engineering at Yale, his ability to fit into any environment and his tinkerer’s bent laid the groundwork for him to tackle the multibillion U.S. cell phone industry.A Business is BornGSM Nation’s model is simple: Consumers buy manufacturer-unlocked phones that can be used with any network, then they sign up for significantly cheaper voice, text and data plans through third-party carriers such as H2O Wireless or Simple Mobile–with no multiyear contracts.These carriers resell blocks of minutes they’ve purchased from T-Mobile and AT&T.Seed capital for the company first came in the form of a $30,000 loan pooled from friends and family; later it would come from Junaid Shams, who co-founded GSM Nation with Khattak. At the time Shams was in medical school at George Washington University (he graduated in May). “In early 2010, Ahmed came to me with this raw business idea,” Shams says. “We spent the entire night developing it, talking about infrastructure, financing and concept, basically trying to figure out if it was feasible or not.”Raising capital was the first test. Once the company had revenue, Khattak and Shams raised an additional $120,000 in loans. A year after launch, capital arrived from an unlikely angel investor: Khattak’s dentist. Needing a root canal (but with no way to pay for it) Khattak searched locally for an endodontist who would do the work on credit. When he ran across the name Moin Ahmed, he thought, Sounds like he’s from my part of the world. Sure enough, Ahmed was a fellow Pakistani, and he told Khattak not to worry about the money.As GSM Nation stirred to life, Ahmed mentioned that he was seeking a place to park some private capital; Khattak suggested he write a check against equity in the company. Bang: Khattak landed $200,000. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now So far, Khattak has managed this dance. And it hasn’t distracted him from the pleasures of starting a business. “It’s incredible coming to work every day and seeing what you have done,” he says. “I am obsessed with growing my company to thousands of people … the fact that I can get the thing I desire and [share] it with my friends and family is a good perk.”On a Saturday afternoon in San Francisco, the fog has burned off, and it’s a gorgeous summer day. Khattak has flown in early for meetings. He speaks rapid-fire, his brain clearly buffering half a dozen ideas that simply can’t make it into words fast enough. Despite the demands of GSM Nation, he is already at work on his next venture, eDrop.com, a new way of social shopping for great bargains. “I have assembled an amazing team,” he says. “We are going to release our first beta in [September] and hopefully go into a nice round of funding by October.”Khattak checks, then pockets, his iPhone and bids goodbye. He is taking a meeting at the airport, then flying back to Connecticut the very same day he flew in. Why? In spite of the insane hours he commits to his work, he reserves one day a week to spend with his wife and son to enjoy the fruits of his American dream.Storming the GatesWhen a twentysomething vaults into an industry with no experience, no contacts, very little capital and meager working knowledge about American business, you have to ask, How did he make this magic? Here’s what other entrepreneurs can learn from the success of GSM Nation’s Ahmed Khattak.Do your homework. “It’s fine to get into uncharted territories, but once you get in, do your research,” Khattak says. “Too many entrepreneurs spend too much time doing risk analysis [before they take action].”Find paying customers ASAP. James Boyle, managing director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, where GSM Nation was born, emphasizes the practical: “One of the pieces of advice we give students is to focus on finding the first paying customer as soon as possible. Whether you’re familiar with an industry or not, the process of getting someone to pay you money teaches you a great deal about challenges and opportunities in that space.”Balance the grand vision with immediate action. Ka Mo Lau, co-founder and CFO of advertising tech startup PaperG, calls out fellow entrepreneur and friend Khattak for his ability to move things forward: “Have a grand vision for where you want to go, but like Ahmed, execute on practical, immediate actions that bring you closer to that vision every day.” Enroll Now for Free Ahmed Khattak of GSM Nation. Did the endodontist see the growth potential in GSM Nation from the start? “Not at the time,” he says, “but I wanted to help Ahmed in his venture.” Believing in the man more than in the business itself, he handed Khattak the check.With desperately needed capital in hand, Khattak ramped up inventory, and two friends from Yale joined the company. Still, Khattak ran the show.”I am a very independent person, so I really don’t like a lot of interference. I didn’t seek a lot of help at all,” he says. Indirect help came from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, which gave him a tiny office space and required him to produce quarterly reports. “It instilled a great deal of confidence in me, and I owe them for that,” he says.GSM Nation was an instant hit. “It’s hard to put a finger on a particular occasion when I thought we were going to be successful,” Khattak says, “because we have surpassed our wildest imaginations. I mean, think of it, in excess of $50 million in sales in just over two years. We have taken such huge leaps that every six months we have a new aim and we literally treat that as our starting point.”He estimates the total market for his industry is $2 billion to $3 billion–but growing fast. “Fifty to 70 percent of T-Mobile activations came from contract-free plans in the past year, and now all carriers are going into this segment,” he says. This translates into more sales for the likes of GSM Nation.Full BoilSoaring growth poses the immediate problem of cash flow. On this point, Khattak and Shams agree. “I think the biggest mistake we made in the early going was not having as much funding as we originally thought we needed,” Shams says. “We were growing so fast [in] the first six to 12 months, faster than what even we had expected, that we didn’t have the funding at the time necessary to allow us to grow at the same pace.”Many of GSM Nation’s wholesale clients are based in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. So after a long day at the office, Khattak returns home, and calls begin coming in from the other side of the globe. With Khattak clocking 20-hour days, GSM Nation sidestepped major crises in its first year. Ever the problem-solver, Khattak admits he was constantly putting out smaller fires.The greater challenge is that there are practically no barriers to entry in the unlocked cell phone market, so the company must continually raise its game. “[It makes] the landscape insanely competitive; we started a company that was essentially a repository of information for people, and then if they wanted a device they could buy one,” Khattak says. “It might sound stupid, but our philosophy is to make sure the person who calls wants and needs what he thinks he does … We are not the cheapest in the industry, but we are the best. A lot of our competitors try to compete on pricing, and they never get anywhere.”Related: Young Entrepreneur Challenges the Way Americans Think About Their CellphonesGSM Nation certainly has its fans: A scan of reviews on ResellerRatings.com turns up myriad gushing comments (e.g., “You guys need a Superman cape.”).Yet cash flow remains the biggest obstacle to growth. “If I had a few million [dollars] more, I would do $200 million in sales this year,” Khattak says.Meanwhile, operations are lean at the New Haven headquarters. With just 14 employees, the company relies heavily on contractors. The work environment is casual, with “no sense of hierarchy.” As for his management style, Khattak says, “I am the kind of person [employees] respect and don’t want to disappoint because of my love for them, as opposed to them being scared of me.”Family ManWas Khattak ever frightened of failure? “Absolutely–still am. The fears are different, though. In the beginning, it was more along the lines of, I would have to go back to Pakistan having failed at something, and my friends and family wouldn’t understand,” he says. Today his fears are of disappointing customers. The fire dance of cash flow to keep product moving means that GSM Nation operates on a precipice. This story appears in the October 2012 issue of . Subscribe » 10 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. December 10, 2012