Case of Privacy Breach by an University

UPDATE 12-07-2020 08:30 PM: It appears from this report by Times Now that the vulnerability has not actually been fixed and data is still accessible without any form of authentication whatsoever. On Tuesday, the university took down the Admit Card Portal from where one could generate their admit cards. This article talked about a vulnerable endpoint that allowed anyone to access any admit card. This endpoint has changed to the following, all vulnerabilities and requirements remain the same. It is quite amusing to note that the only change done by the technical team at DUCC was the renaming of Admit_Card_Clink …

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Smart Watches

A “Smartwatch” is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping. Many smartwatches can run mobile apps, audio, video, take pictures and record video, track fitness, and make and receive phone calls with the help of a built-in operating system. Like other computers, a smartwatch may collect information from internal or external sensors. It may control, or retrieve data from, other instruments or computers. History of Smart Watches The idea of Smart Watch has been taken from the 1940’s comic strip – Dick Tracy, a detective. He used a two way communicating watch. The first digital watch, which debuted in …

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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels by famous Anglo-Irish satirist Jonathan Swift is an adventure story (in reality, a misadventure story) involving several voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship’s surgeon, who, because of a series of mishaps en route to recognized ports, ends up, instead, on several unknown islands living with people and animals of unusual sizes, behaviors, and philosophies, but who, after each adventure, is somehow able to return to his home in England where he recovers from these unusual experiences and then sets out again on a new voyage. It is a satire on human nature and a parody of the “travellers’ …

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Memrise

Memrise (memrise.com) is an online learning tool with courses created by its community. Its courses are mainly used to teach languages, but are also used for other academic and non-academic subjects. Memrise uses flashcards augmented with mnemonics—partly gathered through crowdsourcing—and the spacing effect to boost the speed and ease of learning. Memrise was founded by Ed Cooke, a Grand Master of Memory, and Greg Detre, a neuroscientist have joined forces to create a language-learning website called Memrise, which combines mnemonic tricks with a game to help users learn quickly and efficiently. Its carefully paced learning structure and competitive points system, …

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The Banyan Tree

The Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis) is the National Tree of India. Belonging to the fig family, the branches of the Banyan spread over a large area take roots and keep on living and regenerating for thousands of years. Over the years, it consistently gains more trunks and branches that add to its longevity. According to Indian Mythology, it is considered immortal. Many of the Indian villages are centred around large shady Banyan trees that provide a good place for public meetings and meetings of the village council. The tree has the widest reaching roots of all the trees and can …

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

World’s most popular desktop Linux distribution, Ubuntu moves to version 14.04 LTS. This time around the code name for Ubuntu is ‘Trusty Tahr‘ and it’s a long term support release (LTS) geared toward providing a more polished desktop experience. I bet you’re wondering what is exactly a Tahr right? Frankly, I’d never heard of such an animal until Ubuntu picked it as the mascot for this release. I have to give the Ubuntu developers credit for consistently finding weirdly named animals to represent each Ubuntu release. They must have a guy or gal who spends part of his or her …

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Lala Lajpat Rai

The Land which is drained by the sweet water of five rivers. The Land which yields golden crops and satiates the hunger of millions. The Land which has braved numerous invasions, has given India, a brave son – Punjab Kesari – The Lion of Punjab – Lala Lajpat Rai. Lala Lajpat Rai was born on 28th January, 1865 to Munshi Radha Krishna Azad and Gulab Devi in Dudhke village of Ferozepur district. He received his initial education in Government Higher Secondary School, Rewari in late 1870s and early 1880s, where his father Radha Krishna was an Urdu teacher.

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The PetPost Secret

The book ‘The PetPost Secret’ by Radhika R. Dhariwal, can make its readers a fan of Squirrel, the protagonist in just an hour of reading. It is not just a story that revolves around animals, but a thought provoking insight into the journey that every individual undertakes. The Squirrel represents a character who is young, yet determined and brave.  

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Khan Academy

According to Wikipedia, “Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. The organization produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. In addition to micro lectures, the organization’s website features practice exercises and tools for educators. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world.” Khan Academy (khanacademy..org) is a web platform created by Salman Khan (not the one in movies) to benefit people all over the world and get free and world-class education anytime and anywhere. Salman Khan had started explaining …

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Missing MH 370 Mystery

Updated @ 10:24 March 24: The Malaysian prime minister, speaking at a press conference minutes ago, says that British investigators have concluded that Malaysia Airlines MH370 did indeed take the southern flight corridor over the Indian Ocean. This conclusion appears to be based on the same Inmarsat data from last week. “According to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the Indian Ocean,” prime minister Najib Razak said. Following this confirmation, Malaysia Airlines sent a text message to relatives, saying that “we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived.” As …

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