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Buzzfeed India editor creates frenzy terming Pakistanis hotter

Buzzfeed India editor creates frenzy terming Pakistanis hotter

As Sunday’s Pakistan-India world cup match was drawing to a close, something other than Misbah-ul-Haq’s valiant effort to save face was causing a stir on Twitter. It all began when Rega Jha, Buzzfeed India’s 23-year-old editor, tweeted: “It's so sad that no matter who wins, Pakistanis will continue to be way hotter than us and we'll continue to be their ugly neighbours.” Jha's tweet immediately went viral and indignant Indian cricket fans trolled her incessantly. The majority of replies to her tweet were outraged denials of the above statement. Fellow tweet-ers were merciless in their attack on Jha, and responses ranged from the unbelievably mean-spirited to the plain hilarious.

Malaysia Airlines website hacked by group

Malaysia Airlines website hacked by group

The official website of national carrier Malaysia Airlines was hacked on Monday by a group calling itself the "Official Cyber Caliphate". The website, www.malaysiaairlines.com, currently shows a photograph of a lizard in a top hat and tuxedo, surrounded by the messages '404 - Plane Not Found' and 'Hacked by Lizard Squad - Official Cyber...

Obama follows wrong David Cameron on Twitter

Obama follows wrong David Cameron on Twitter

US President Barack Obama may call the British Prime Minister his “bro” but follows the wrong David Cameron, a computer game lover, on Twitter, reports The Hindu. Obama follows 645,000 people on Twitter and by contrast David Cameron follows 382 people, including the US President. Instead of following @david_cameron, the British Prime Minister’s official personal...

ISIS fighter accidentally tweets secret location

ISIS fighter accidentally tweets secret location

A New Zealand man thought to have been fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) inadvertently revealed his precise location by posting geotagged tweets, a security researcher revealed. Abu Abdul-Rahman, also known as Mark Taylor, left New Zealand to join the fight with ISIS in May 2012. Soon after, he...

Xbox, PlayStation tackle cyber attacks

Xbox, PlayStation tackle cyber attacks

Microsoft and Sony have been working to restore internet platforms for their Xbox and PlayStation gamers' consoles. Attacks disabled the online services on Christmas Day, making it difficult for users to log on. A message on the Xbox status page on Friday said that its live core services were "limited". Meanwhile, PlayStation network remained offline,...

Modi greets Sharif on his 64th birthday

Modi greets Sharif on his 64th birthday

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on his 65th birth anniversary. On his birthday, I convey my good wishes to Mr. Nawaz Sharif and I pray that Almighty blesses him with good health. @MaryamNSharif — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 25, 2014 The Indian premier took to twitter for extending...

India arrests man over pro-IS tweets

India arrests man over pro-IS tweets

A man suspected of running an influential Twitter account promoting Islamic State (IS) has been arrested in southern India, police say. The man, a 24-year-old working in Bangalore, was named as Mehdi Masroor Biswas. It comes after the British network Channel Four said reported it had identified the man running the account. The @ShamiWitness account, which...

Facebook, Twitter data do not reveal true human behaviour

Facebook, Twitter data do not reveal true human behaviour

Using social media such as Twitter and Facebook to gather data on human behaviour may be fraught with biases, scientists say. Behavioural scientists use social media to quickly and cheaply gather huge amounts of data about what people are thinking and doing but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the US and McGill University...

US sailors victims of videotaped attack in Istanbul

US sailors victims of videotaped attack in Istanbul

Three US sailors were assaulted on Wednesday by about 20 people on the streets of Istanbul, Turkey, and the assault was videotaped and then posted on the internet, the Navy said. The American embassy said the videotaped assault on the sailors was "appalling," reports ABC News. (1/4)The video showing an assault on three visiting American...

Ansarullah team runs 117 web pages for jihad

As internet has been one of the main tools of communication, Islamist outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) is spreading the doctrine of jihad through 117 web pages including on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, detectives said yesterday, after arrest of the pages' administrator. The group is disseminating not only militant ideology by uploading provocative contents but also running anti-state and anti-government propaganda on the platforms, they said. The Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested the pages' administrator, Mohammad Morshed Alam alias...

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