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Twitter warns users of state-sponsored attacks
After Facebook and Google, now Twitter has alerted its users to falling a victim of a state-sponsored cyberattack, a media report said here.
 
"The social network recently alerted some users that they 'may have been targeted' by government attackers trying to get email addresses, network connections and phone numbers," The Verge reported on Saturday.
 
At least 11 Twitter users, who are working as mass surveillance researchers, security professionals, and (one) privacy organisation, on Friday received notifications that their accounts might have been targeted by state-sponsored attackers.
 
The Twitter noted in its notification letter that it believes only email addresses, IP addresses, and phone numbers would have been exposed.
 
Recently, both Facebook and Google issued similar emergency alerts for state-sponsored attacks. Facebook launched alerts in October and immediately recognised attacks on state department employees.
 
A story in New York Times had indicated that the federal department found out about those attacks because of the alert system.
 
The attacks are a matter of concern because access to social media accounts can be lucrative for determined attackers.
 
One account could yield access to dozens of others and open up lines of communication between people in a particular field or network.
 
Twitter is offering suggestions like using Tor to anyone who is worried that their personal information is out in the wild.
 
Tor is free software for enabling anonymous communication and directs internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer network to conceal a user's location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis.
 
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Paris Agreement draws applause, some concerns remain
The Paris agreement on climate change was largely welcomed by stakeholders in India and abroad, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, but there was also the concern that the rich countries could have done more to save the planet from the effects of global warming.
 
Modi hailed the agreement on climate change as the collective wisdom of world leaders to mitigate the danger, adding that there were no winners or losers in the outcome of the agreement.
 
"Deliberations at the 21st Conference of Parties (CoP21) and Paris Agreement demonstrate the collective wisdom of world leaders to mitigate climate change," Modi said on Sunday. The outcome of the Paris agreement has no winners or losers; climate justice has won, he said.
 
The landmark Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted by 196 countries, committing them to curb global warming to well below two degrees Celsius and outline a roadmap to raise $100 billion annually towards a green fund for developing nations.
 
"For the first time, every country in the world has pledged to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and join in common cause to take common climate action. This is a resounding success for multilateralism," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
 
US President Barack Obama called the agreement a "turning point for the world" and said it sent powerful signal that the world was firmly committed to a low-carbon future.
 
Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar said the pact could have been more ambitious as the commitment from rich nations was "much below" what was expected of them, but the basic concept of 'common but differentiated responsibilities' was largely addressed.
 
"To achieve big things as there are languages and many issues, when 196 countries are putting their efforts together, one needs to be accommodative without changing the thrust of the agreement. We've done everything to maintain that thrust," Javadekar said.
 
"Today is a historic day. What we have adopted today is not only an agreement but a new chapter of hope in the lives of seven billion people," the minister said at the closing plenary in Paris. 
 
"Today we reassure our future generation that we all will mitigate the challenge posed by climate change and give them a better future."
 
At the Conference of Parties (CoP), India provided leadership to the interests of the developing countries and lesser developed countries, Minister of Power Piyush Goyal said after the Paris accord was adopted.
 
"At CoP 21,196 countries assembled to tackle the most difficult problem facing our planet. 1,600 dissent points reduced to 0 in 10 days," Goyal said.
 
Nirmala Sitharaman, minister for commerce and industry, also applauded India's role at the CoP 21 and hoped for climate equity and justice for India.
 
However, environment protection organisation Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) called the deal "weak and unambitious" as it erases the historical responsibility of the developed countries.
 
"The draft Paris agreement continues to be weak and unambitious, as it does not include any meaningful targets for developed countries to reduce their emissions," said Sunita Narain, director general, CSE, in a statement.
 
Narain added that the agreement did not operationalise equity and that the term carbon budget did not even find mention in the text, which would end up furthering "climate apartheid".
 
CSE analyses that India will be under constant pressure to take more burden for mitigating climate change by 2020 and beyond, especially when the next review of all the nationally determined contributions of countries take place.
 
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Facebook offices in Germany vandalised
A group of 15-20 people have vandalised the offices of Facebook in Hamburg, Germany -- smashing glasses, throwing paint and spraying "Facebook dislike" on entrance of its building, media reported on Monday.
 
According to a statement released by police in the northern German city, the group wearing black clothes and hoods carried out the attack, the Guardian reported.
 
The European head of the social networking giant is under probe in Germany over Facebook's alleged failure to remove racist hate speeches.
 
German leaders and other eminent personalities are concerned about the rise in racial comments on Facebook as the nation fights to cope with the flow of refugees, the report added.
 
According to a Facebook spokesperson, "we can say that the allegations lack merit and there has been no violation of German law by Facebook or its employees."
 
The company added that it would encourage "counter speech" and step up the monitoring of xenophobic commentary.
 
The police have launched an investigation into the incident.
 
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