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Germany considers blocking Telegram throughout its territory

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Telegram, the popular messaging service run by Pavel Durov, could find itself in the not too distant future with the possibility that your service will be blocked throughout the German territory.

This is the last option considered by the German Ministry of the Interior once they have exhausted other possibilities. The reason is that the government of that country understands that this messaging platform violates the legislation of that country.

In particular, they understand that this communication platform it is harboring extremist groups dedicated to spreading hate and organizing many of the demonstrations against the measures being taken there to combat the coronavirus pandemic, some of which have ended up leading to violent incidents.

To combat hate messages from extremist groups

In addition, there are also serious concerns that these groups are also targeting certain political leaders. In this regard, there have also been cases of threats against politicians such as Manuela Schwesig, president of the state of Western Pomerania.

For now the German Ministry of the Interior is evaluating the legal and technical framework that would make it possible to block said application in that country. They are also in talks with European partners in the search for a community regulatory framework for Telegram more demanding.

In the words of Interior Minister Nancy Faeser in an interview with the German newspaper Die Zeit on Wednesday:

A total closure would be something very serious and clearly the last resort (..) Before we get to that we will exhaust all options, but we cannot exclude this one.

It is not the first time that Telegram has had to face the demands of certain markets, the best known being the one that occurred in the past in Russia, where the justice of that country, at the request of the communications control body, came to block Telegram by not wanting to give up the required encryption keys that would make it easier for the justice system to carry out its investigations against users who have committed some illegality.

This coming summer will mark two years since Telegram and the Russian government reached an agreement that made it possible to lift the blockade.

In this new chapter we do not know what could happen, so we will have to be attentive to everything that this new situation happens.

Source: Reuters

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Almost Like OnlyFans: Introduced Paid Instagram Subscription for $0.99 to $99.99

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Instagram has unveiled a new subscription-based service that will allow its users (first in the US) to follow a small number of content creators and influencers on the platform.

The Facebook-owned brand announced that it began testing a new subscription model earlier this week. New authors will be included in this program in the coming weeks. Those who wish will be able to pay a monthly fee for access to content from famous people. The subscription will include exclusive stories and other content. Back in November 2021, the first information appeared that the company was preparing a paid subscription, which has now become official.

Such subscribers will also receive a purple badge next to their username, which signals their status to the content creator. Prices range from $0.99 to $99.99 and are free for content creators to choose from. Instagram’s paid subscription makes the service similar to another popular site called OnlyFans.

Almost Like OnlyFans: Introduced Paid Instagram Subscription for $0.99 to $99.99

According to project lead Ashley Yuki, Instagram will not cut content creator subscription revenue. True, this will only be valid “at least until 2023.” Currently, 10 people are participating in the preliminary testing, including basketball player Sedona Prince, Olympian Jordan Chiles and astrologer Aliza Kelly.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg added, “I’m excited to continue building tools for content creators to make money from their creative work. More authors will get these tools soon.”

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International Red Cross accused cyberattack that compromised data of more than half a million people

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A contractor providing services to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was the victim of a cyber attack that has compromised the personal data of more than 515,000 “highly vulnerable people”.

This hack has forced the Red Cross to suspend computer systems that support a program that reunites families separated by conflict, migration or disaster.

Details of the hacking of the Red Cross

Data on the 515,000 people involved in this attack comes from at least 60 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies around the world. Together with those local authorities, the ICRC jointly executes a program called “Restoring family ties”, which aims to reunite family members separated by conflict, disaster or migration.

The ICRC has no immediate indication as to who carried out this cyberattack, which targeted an external company in Switzerland, contracted by the ICRC to store data. There is no report yet that the compromised information has been leaked or shared publicly. “While we don’t know who is responsible for this attack, or why they carried it out, we have this appeal to make to them.”ICRC Director General Robert Mardini said in a release of the institution.

“His actions could potentially cause even more harm and pain to those who have already endured untold suffering. The real people, the real families behind the information you now have are among the least powerful in the world. Please do the right thing. Do not share, sell, leak or otherwise use this data».

Although no perpetrators have been identified yet, the Red Cross stressed that its “most pressing concern” is the possibility that compromised data was leaked. There is no indication that has happened yet, according to the Red Cross. “An attack on missing persons data makes the anguish and suffering of families even more difficult to bear. We are all shocked and perplexed that this humanitarian information is being attacked and compromised.”Mardini noted. “This cyber attack puts vulnerable people at greater risk, those who already need humanitarian services”, he added.

The ICRC is working to investigate the potential scope of this attack and to safeguard its information against another similar attack. At the moment, the affected family reunification program remains suspended. Before the attack, around a dozen families separated in the middle of a conflict zone managed to reunite, thanks to the action of the branches of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

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In China, the Radeon RX 6500 XT sold out in seconds, the price of the video card is predicted to rise

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Yesterday official sales of the budget 3D-card Radeon RX 6500 XT started. Recall that it was presented at CES 2022: with an official price of $ 200, it became the most affordable representative of the family. In China, the start of sales of the Radeon RX 6500 XT was accompanied by a real boom: according to a source, video cards were sold out in seconds.

In China, the Radeon RX 6500 XT sold out in seconds, the price of the video card is predicted to rise

This is not surprising, because the cost of the Radeon RX 6500 XT in this country, although it turned out to be higher than the official one, is not much higher: the price of the most affordable models is $250, the most expensive is $305. But given the hype, the source believes that the Radeon RX 6500 XT will rise in price more in the future.

Interestingly, if the Radeon RX 6500 XT itself can no longer be bought in China, then ready-made computers with it are on sale quite widely. Perhaps the volume of video cards for PC builders turned out to be more than the volume intended for retail sale.

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