A Yemeni hacking group announced that it has hacked the website, servers and archives of Saudi Arabia’s Foreign, Interior and Defense ministries and released thousands of top secret documents from the identity and contact addresses of the country’s spies to the most confidential correspondence of Riyadh officials in the last several decades.
“We have gained access to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) network and have full control over more than 3000 computers and servers, and thousands of users. We also have access to the emails, personal and secret information of hundreds of thousands of their staff and diplomats in different missions around the world,” the Yemen Cyber Army said in a statement carried by several globally known hacking news websites.
Facebook brought into prominence on Tuesday that it has 56 million active users in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where activists used the social media network to organize Arab Spring rebellion. In fact, Facebook regional chief Jonathan Labin told a news conference in Dubai while noting a significant increase in the number of people connecting from mobile devices, that half of these users have come back to the website on a daily basis.
Furthermore, Facebook said in a statement that every month 56 million people are active on Facebook across the MENA region, characterized by 50 percent of those coming back on a daily basis. In totality 33 million people in MENA use a phone otherwise tablet to access the service every month, whereas the number of daily active users on mobile has mounted to 15 million.
I am so looking forward to ski season!!
There is a very cool discovery to report this week out of Duke University, now to be known as those “Plastic Fantastics.” The team has invented a “mechanophore” a material that responds to mechanical force rather than light, heat or chemical exposure. In this case, they have invested a plastic that actually gets stronger when it is stressed. That’s right. As mechanical force or pressure is add, it gets stronger — a breakthrough that could transform material for cellphones, medical devices, prosthetic limbs etc.
The researchers constructed a unique structure with carbon atoms arranged in a series of triangles extending down in long chains with two bromine atoms at one point. This succeeded in turning “destructive” energy into “constructive” energy. When the chains are pressured or tugged, they tear on one side and this breaks the triangle into a longer chain, which allowed for new bonding sites at the bromine locations for a second molecule to come in. This bonding is made possible by a molecule called a carboxylate that increases the material’s strength at the site of damage. The result was that the plastic transforms under pressure from pliable to stiff. What is even cooler is that the material, when dissolved in a solution, still reformed as a layer on the side of the container. It is the plastic version of Flubber.