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Samsung Employee With Gambling Problem Steals Over 8,000 Phones



Wheel chair bound Samsung employee  is alleged to have stolen  8,474 smartphones from the company over the course of two years to pay off his gambling debt. Authorities claim his spree took place between December 2014 and November 2016 at the Samsung headquarters in Suwon, South Korea . It took them a long time to notice what was going down, since he was wheelchair bound and wasn’t required to pass thru the scanner. The phones were sold to a second-hand phone retailer for 800 million won or(US$711,743) dollars. The employee was arrested.



Activist Smuggle Media Into Korea With Flash drives


Human rights activists are coming up with efforts to take out the regime via sitcoms and pop music on thumb drives that they get into North Korea in increasingly creative ways.

“All of our partners in South Korea have bodyguards . . . because the number of times [North Korea] has sent assassins to kill them is significant.”
[Photo: Human Rights Foundation]

Thor Halvorssen, president of Human Rights Foundation, an organization funding the efforts to smuggle foreign media into the country says “ The most effective way is to have the regime crumble from the inside. And the way to do that is by flooding the country with foreign media and educational material that is going to turn the tide against this fake propaganda.”

Activists in South Korea began smuggling old flash drives loaded with media from the outside world into North Korea in 2015. In 2016, they delivered 10,000 drives. Now, after a new donation of 100,000 new flash drives, the Flash Drives for Freedom campaign plans to infiltrate deeper into the country.

The drives are loaded with K-pop music, action movies, documentaries, travel photographs, a Korean copy of Wikipedia that can be read without internet access, and as much other content as can fit on the drive. Technology is making it easier to get drives across the border. The drives were originally smuggled by foot and exchanged across a river on the border with China while guards were bribed. Now, in addition to that process, some are attached to balloons and floated over the border. A group called No Chain,( partners with the Human Rights Foundation), is increasingly relying on drones to make deliveries. 

When they arrive in North Korea the content is often copied and sold. Instead of using computers, North Koreans typically plug the drives into cheap portable media players from China that can run on batteries. “Every North Korean is one degree removed from someone with one.

[Photo: Human Rights Foundation]

The activists are looking for more donations of drives


Digital Dementia


A new research in South Korea found excessive use of   digital devices such as smartphones and iPads  can contribute to a new form of a disorder called digital dementia.

According to the Medical Daily, a US-based medical news online publisher, digital dementia is characterised as the deterioration of brain function as a result of the overuse of digital technology such as computers, smartphones and the internet.

The research found that youngsters who relied on technology suffered deterioration in cognitive abilities, most commonly seen in patients who had suffered a head injury or psychiatric illness. Spending too much time with digital gadgets did not help one’s full development.

The study also revealed that teenagers, when teens relied on digital technology,  they were no longer able to remember everyday details, even simple things such as their phone numbers.

“Overuse of smartphones and game devices hampers the balanced development of the brain,” Byun Gi-won, a doctor at the Balance Brain Centre in Seoul, said. “Heavy users are likely to develop the left side of their brains, leaving the right side untapped or underdeveloped.” It also cited researchers who said the right side of the brain was linked with concentration and, when it was underdeveloped, could affect attention and memory span. “In 15 per cent of cases, this can lead to the early onset of dementia. In addition to messing with memory, digital overuse is also connected with emotional underdevelopment, with children more at risk than adults as their brains are still growing,” it reported.

The findings come after a US study published earlier this year found young people were increasingly suffering memory problems, with 14 per cent of people aged between 18 and 39 complaining that their memory was poor.

Mr Shekhar said parents in Fiji should control how much time a child spends with digital technology and on the internet.

There is concern in the Fiji Islands that the children there  are very much getting addicted to these technologies like these electronic games. Adapting to new technology can be very good. However it can also be very hazardous and dangerous if we don’t manage it well. As doctors have said, it will have a negative effect on the cognitive behaviour.

The Ministry of Health’s national adviser on non-communicable diseases, Dr Isimeli Tukana, said digital technology hampered the physical activity of people. He said they found an increasing alarming trend of children sitting idle with their digital gadgets. Dr Tukana said of Fiji says “It is an interesting study because Korea is very well ahead with the digitalisation era, which has just started in Fiji. So it will be very good to keep a close watch on that study. As in any other development, overuse of technology also has its disadvantages so we should be looking closely at that study in Korea to help us make some decisions on our front,” .”Here in Fiji, it (overuse of digital device) has cut down their physical activity, they are not as playful as our generation, they are more digitalised.”

The Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP)


The Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) will launch in  September in the US and South Korea and in other countries, possibly including the UK, at a later time.

The purpose is to create a degree of standardisation across multiple disciplines and countries, defining the legal, ethical and technical demands of the profession into a single qualification that will help employers.

The subject matter and exam was deliberately international, with input from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, the UK and US.

Digital forensics professionals are becoming more and more essential to the security  of any organisation. A decade ago such skills were contained by a relatively small number of specialists that had developed their skills on the job, usually working for police forces. Establishing a global standard of competence were essential given that crimes were increasingly being investigated across multiple jurisdictions.

Criteria: Applicants for CCFP the must hold a four-year Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) and have three years or more of full time digital forensics or IT security experience in half of the six defined skill areas (legal and ethical, investigations, forensics, digital forensics, app forensics, and hybrid and emerging technologies). Those not holding a Baccalaureate must have six years full time experience.

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