KOLKATA: Voting ended Sunday in India’s most acrimonious election in decades, one that will decide whether Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets a second term in power. As the final polling booths closed, a huge security cordon was thrown around the voting machines and boxes of paper ballots used for the world’s biggest election before the official count starts on Thursday. Several early exit polls released by Indian media predicted that Modi’s right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will lose seats but with allies would still secure a majority of the 542 seats fought. The opposition Congress party was predicted to more than double its 2014 tally of 42 seats. The polls have in the past been notoriously unreliable, however, adding to the political jitters. Tens of thousands of police and paramilitaries were on duty in West Bengal state – a symbol of the mounting tensions between the BJP and opposition parties during the six weeks of voting that has … [Read more...] about India’s marathon vote ends, Modi on tenterhooks over second term
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With widespread poverty, lax laws, and creaking judicial systems, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and the Philippines have long been seen as soft spots by foreign and local paedophiles seeking out underage sex in person. Tougher policing and greater awareness has deterred some offenders, but technology has shifted the patterns of abuse in a region with growing access to broadband internet and encrypted technology. Paedophiles can now use an array of mobile and online tools – including social networks, video-sharing sites, and the dark web – to direct and watch child rape and sexual abuse with anonymity, experts warn. “Predators watch the rapes on large platforms that are not likely to close,” says Fran?ois Xavier Souchet, of Thai-based NGO Terre des Hommes. “It’s live, nothing is recorded ... everything is encrypted. They pay more and more in Bitcoins, encrypted money makes their transactions as secure as possible,” he … [Read more...] about SE Asia’s kids targeted by new wave of online paedophiles
Singapore's privacy watchdog is investigating a breach of the Singapore Red Cross website which compromised the personal data of more than 4,200 people, including their full names, contact numbers and e-mail addresses. In a statement yesterday, the Personal Data Protection Commission said it was notified of the breach, which was detected on May 8. The Singapore Red Cross said "unauthorised access" was made to the part of its website that allows people interested in donating blood to sign up online. Hackers had also gained access to potential donors' declared blood type, preferred date and time for an appointment as well as preferred location for donating blood. The non-profit organisation did not say in its statement yesterday if any data was stolen by the hackers. The breach was reported on May 8 to the police and the privacy watchdog, as well as to the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). ST understands that the people affected were informed only yesterday, via e-mail and SMS. The … [Read more...] about Singapore Red Cross website hacked, over 4,200 affected
LONDON: Bitcoin's share of the cryptocurrency market is sliding, with a host of alternative digital coins gaining ground as developers race to create digital cash that can gain a footing in mainstream commerce and finance.As these "altcoins" grow in prominence, Reuters is publishing a series of stories that examines the features and characteristics of some of the alternatives to bitcoin that have grabbed the attention of developers, investors and regulators.The first in this series looks at Monero - referred to as a privacy coin because it allows users to conceal nearly all details of transactions. It has become increasingly used for illegal purposes.Since its launch in 2014, Monero has grown to be the 12th biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalisation with around US$1.4 billion-worth in circulation.HOW IS MONERO DIFFERENT TO BITCOIN?Every transaction involving Monero obscures the digital addresses of the senders and receivers, as well as the value of the transaction. That offers … [Read more...] about ‘Privacy coin’ Monero offers near total anonymity
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?