Monday, July 22

Day: May 30, 2015

US tried to bring down North Korean missile programme with computer virus
Asia, ENGLISH

US tried to bring down North Korean missile programme with computer virus

    The operation began in tandem with the now-famous Stuxnet attack that sabotaged Iran's nuclear program in 2009 and 2010 by destroying a thousand or more centrifuges that were enriching uranium. Reuters and others have reported that the Iran attack was a joint effort by U.S. and Israeli forces. According to one U.S. intelligence source, Stuxnet's developers produced a related virus that would be activated when it encountered Korean-language settings on an infected machine. But U.S. agents could not access the core machines that ran Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program, said another source, a former high-ranking intelligence official who was briefed on the program. The official said the National Security Agency-led campaign was stymied by North Korea's utter secrecy, as w...
Teesta: Sand in winter, flood in monsoon (video)
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Teesta: Sand in winter, flood in monsoon (video)

S Dilip Roy: Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bangladesh visit, the people living by the Teesta River are hopeful that the Teesta water sharing agreement will be signed during his visit. The people believe that the Indian premier, alike the Land Boundary bill, will show positive attitude towards the water sharing agreement. Thousands of people live in different basins (char areas) of the river in Lalmonirhat. Most of the people's livelihoods are dependent on the river water and their lives become vulnerable when the river dries up. The farmers cannot cultivate crops properly as they do not get enough river water due to the crisis. Not only the farmers but also boatmen and fishermen, who depend on the river for their livelihoods, become jobless for eight to nine months a y...