Dhaka, Jul 30 (UNB)- The first ever bdapps developer summit was held on Tuesday at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre here in the city.
A total of 500 apps developers who are hosting their apps on bdapps attended the summit. The summit energized the apps developers from around the country.
ICT Division’s Secretary, N M Zeaul Alam attended the summit as the chief guest while Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Service’s (BASIS) President, Syed Almas Kabir, ICT Division’s Investment Advisor Tina F Jabeen attended the programme as the special guests.
Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, Chief Digital Services Officer (CDSO), Shihab Ahmad along with other high officials and members of the bdapps team were present on the occasion.
Taking to the stage, Robi’s CDSO informed the gathering that within five years, bdapps has emerged as the largest application ecosystem of the country. He also informed that 7 thousand apps developers have so far hosted 14 thousand apps on the apps store till now and expressed his hope that by the end of the year, the platform would be able to host 20 thousand apps by engaging with 10 thousand apps developers.
Mr Shihab also declared that by 2021, bdapps would be connecting 50 thousand apps developers to the platform. He wished that, young apps developers will proudly introduce themselves as “Ami bdapps kori” while interacting with others in the society.
Mr. Shihab invited all the aspiring apps developers to visit www.bdapps.com to create their own app and avail opportunity of monetizing it by hosting it on bdapps. He also requested them to drop an email to email@example.com for seeking help from the bdapps team on any matters relating to the apps development.
Assuring the apps developers, Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said: “We will do everything possible to maximize opportunity for apps developers associated with bdapps to grow their digital business.
In order to institutionalize the growth of apps developer community, Robi is soon going to create an innovation hub. I would like to take this opportunity to announce that, bdapps is going to start a nation-wide boot-camp in major divisional headquarters to provide on-site training and mentoring for the local developers around the country.
Honolulu, Jul 30 (AP/UNB) — Protests against construction of a giant telescope have halted work at existing observatories on the Big Island, a report said.
Workers at other facilities on the dormant Mauna Kea volcano have been denied access by demonstrators opposed to the Thirty Meter Telescope, Hawaii News Now reported Sunday.
The Mauna Kea Observatories house 13 telescopes that have led to astronomical breakthroughs for more than 40 years, including the first photo of a black hole and the discovery of the first interstellar object in space.
"All we're looking to do is to go up the road and resume what we've been doing for 50 years," said scientist Doug Simons from the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.
The two-week closure of the access road leading to the summit has resulted in the potential loss of a year's worth of discoveries, said Simons.
The demonstrations have also affected the scientists' interactions with family and community members.
"They have these great bonds within their family and their friends, and now there's a big rift there," said Jessica Dempsey from the East Asian Observatory and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope.
The lack of access has taken a toll on the telescopes, which need continuous maintenance.
"The technicians who take care of the equipment on a daily basis really care for those instruments like their babies," said Rich Matsuda from the W.M. Keck Observatory. "And so the inability to access the equipment, take care of it on a daily basis, is frustrating, disappointing and difficult for them."
Demonstrators oppose construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope they say could further damage land considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians.
Seattle, Jul 30 (AP/UNB) — A hacker gained access to personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit applications, the bank said Monday as federal authorities arrested a suspect in the case .
Paige A. Thompson — who also goes by the handle "erratic" — was charged with a single count of computer fraud and abuse in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Thompson made an initial appearance in court and was ordered to remain in custody pending a detention hearing Thursday.
The hacker got information including credit scores and balances plus the Social Security numbers of about 140,000 customers, the bank said. It will offer free credit monitoring services to those affected.
The FBI raided Thompson's residence Monday and seized digital devices. An initial search turned up files that referenced Capital One and "other entities that may have been targets of attempted or actual network intrusions."
A public defender appointed to represent Thompson did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
Capital One, based in McLean, Virginia, said Monday it found out about the vulnerability in its system July 19 and immediately sought help from law enforcement to catch the perpetrator.
According to the FBI complaint, someone emailed the bank two days before that notifying it that leaked data had appeared on the code-hosting site GitHub, which is owned by Microsoft.
And a month before that, the FBI said, a Twitter user who went by "erratic" sent Capital One direct messages warning about distributing the bank's data, including names, birthdates and Social Security numbers.
"Ive basically strapped myself with a bomb vest, (expletive) dropping capitol ones dox and admitting it," one said. "I wanna distribute those buckets i think first."
Capital One said it believes it is unlikely that the information was used for fraud, but it will continue to investigate. The data breach affected about 100 million people in the U.S. and 6 million in Canada.
The bank said the bulk of the hacked data consisted of information supplied by consumers and small businesses who applied for credit cards between 2005 and early 2019. In addition to data such as phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth and self-reported income, the hacker was also able to access credit scores, credit limits and balances, as well as fragments of transaction information from a total of 23 days in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
"While I am grateful that the perpetrator has been caught, I am deeply sorry for what has happened," said Capital One CEO Richard D. Fairbank. "I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing those affected and I am committed to making it right."
Capital One Financial Corp., the nation's seventh-largest commercial bank with $373.6 billion in assets as of June 30, is the latest U.S. company to suffer a major data breach in recent years.
In 2017, a data breach at Equifax, one of the major credit reporting companies, exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information of roughly half of the U.S. population.
Last week, Equifax agreed to pay at least $700 million to settle lawsuits over the breach in a settlement with federal authorities and states. The agreement includes up to $425 million in monetary relief to consumers.
Many major banks have sought to stem the risk of data breaches in recent years. JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citibank began replacing customers' debit cards several years ago with more secure chip-based cards. While the cards with chips are common these days, many merchants still rely on the older, less secure card-swiping equipment. Credit card companies have also beefed up fraud monitoring in the wake of high-profile data breaches that hit retailers such as Target and Home Depot.
The average cost of a data breach in the U.S. last year was just under $8 million, according to a study by IBM Security and Ponemon Institute.
Dhaka, July 29 (UNB) – Banglalink, a cellular service providers and Samsung, a global technology brand recently entered into a partnership aiming to provide their customers with regular services and other facilities.
The partnership was announced by Mohammad Zubayed Ul Islam, Sales and Distribution Director, Banglalink in a programme at Bashundhara City Shopping Mall in the capital.
Under this partnership, Banglalink representatives will provide customers with essential telecom services such as connectivity, airtime recharge and SIM replacement at Samsung stores.
Every customer purchasing a Samsung device from Samsung stores will get Banglalink’s connectivity with 24 – 33GB free internet data (conditions apply).
Initially, it will be available at 51 Samsung stores and the facilities will be gradually extended to all Samsung stores across the country.
West Bank, July 29 (AP/UNB) — It's just after 6 a.m. and a Palestinian man's face is momentarily bathed in crimson light, not by the sun rising over the mountains of Jordan, but by a facial recognition scanner at an Israeli checkpoint near Jerusalem.
The Israeli military has installed the face scanners as part a multimillion dollar upgrade of the Qalandia crossing that now allows Palestinians from the West Bank with work permits to zip through with relative ease.
But while the high-tech upgrades may have eased entry for Palestinians going to Israel for work, critics say they are a sign of the ossification of Israel's 52-year occupation of the West Bank and slam the military's use of facial recognition technology as problematic.
Qalandia is one of the main crossings for the thousands of Palestinians who enter Israel each day for a variety of reasons, including work, medical appointments or family visits.
Among Palestinians, the heavily fortified crossing is seen as a symbol of Israeli occupation and has long been notorious as a human logjam, where workers would wait for as much as two hours in order to pass into Israeli-controlled Jerusalem.
Palestinian laborers from around the West Bank who had permits to work in Israel would wake up in the middle of the night to arrive at the crossing before daybreak. Metal fenced entryways were often packed with people before dawn, waiting for the gates to open. Human rights groups deplored the conditions at Qalandia.
Israel's Defense Ministry poured over $85 million into upgrading Qalandia and several other major checkpoints between Israel and the West Bank in recent years — part of a strategy it says is meant to maintain calm by improving conditions for Palestinians.
Thanks to the upgrades, crossing through Qalandia takes roughly 10 minutes, even during the early morning rush hour, and has the feel of an airport terminal. While much of the rest of Jerusalem is still asleep, hundreds of Palestinian laborers stream through each morning on foot or riding bikes, buses and cars into Israel for work.
Jamal Osta, a 60-year-old from the northern West Bank city of Nablus, works as a blacksmith in an industrial park in east Jerusalem not far from Qalandia.
The new system is substantially better but is another indication that Israel's occupation has no end in sight, he said. The Palestinians seek the West Bank as the heartland of a future state, with east Jerusalem as their capital.
"Qalandia today looks like an international crossing. You feel like you are entering a new country," Osta said. "This is not an interim thing, apparently it's final."
COGAT, the Israeli military body responsible for civilian affairs in the West Bank, granted over 83,000 permits to West Bank Palestinians to work in Israel in June.
Many Palestinians seek employment in Israel, where there are more jobs and much higher wages than in the West Bank. On a given day, an estimated 8,000 cross at the Qalandia crossing alone.
In exchange for this benefit, however, Palestinians seeking work in Israel must receive biometric identification cards, the only way to pass through Qalandia, according to Israel's Civil Administration, which manages the crossing.
After passing through a security check — a metal detector and baggage scanner — the workers place their magnetic ID cards on a scanner and face a camera. A glow of red light emanates from a display as facial recognition software confirms the permit holder's identity and opens a turnstile.
A recent report by Israeli business paper TheMarker stated that the Israeli military uses technology provided by AnyVision, an Israeli facial recognition start-up, at West Bank checkpoints, and in cameras dotting the Palestinian territories.
The cameras and database are being used to identify and track potential Palestinian assailants, the report said.
AnyVision did not respond to requests for comment.
COGAT confirmed the use of facial recognition technology at the crossing, but declined to discuss the details of the biometric database or say whether the data is used beyond the crossings. The Defense Ministry, the army and the Shin Bet internal security agency also declined comment.
B'Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, said it was unacceptable that the Palestinian laborers have no ability to object to the use of facial recognition technology. Roy Yellin, a spokesman for the group, called the company's development of its product through "unwilling subjects" immoral.
For Najah al-Mahseri, 62, from a town near Ramallah, giving the Israeli military his biometric data was a fair trade for a steady job in Israel.
"I have no problem at all. This is my life and if I want to work here, I have to follow the rules and I have no problem doing that," Mahseri said. "This is the life Palestinian workers in Israel live."