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Six Cyber Threats to Really Worry About in 2018

Hackers are constantly finding new targets and refining the tools they use to break through cyberdefenses. The following are some significant threats to look out for this year. More huge data breaches The cyberattack on the Equifax credit reporting agency in 2017, which led to the theft of Social Security numbers, birth dates, and other data on almost half the U.S. population, was a stark reminder that hackers are thinking big when it comes to targets. Other companies that hold lots of sensitive information will be in their sights in 2018. Marc Goodman, a security expert and the author of Future Crimes, thinks data brokers who hold information about things such as people’s personal Web browsing habits will be especially popular targets. “These companies are unregulated, and when one leaks, all hell will break loose,” he says. Ransomware in the cloudThe past 12 months have seen a plague of ransomware attacks, with targets including Britain’s National Health Service, San Francisco’s ligh..

When 'culture clash' gets in the way

[unable to retrieve full-text content] When 'culture clash' gets in the way Christian Science MonitorFull coverage

New Year's Day differs from culture to culture in India

The New Year Eve is a separate observance from the observance of New Year's Day. In modern Western practice, New Year Eve is celebrated with parties and social gatherings spanning the transition of the year at midnight. Celebrating the dawn of a new year has been a tradition for over 4,000 years but it varied from culture to culture. The New Year’s Day is an event that happens when a culture or a community celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next year. In India, Nava (New) Varsha (Year) is celebrated various regions in March-April and different cultures have their own ways of celebrating it. • Hindus celebrate the New Year in early spring, but the Gujarati farming community celebrates the New Year after Diwali to mark the beginning of a new fiscal year. • Hola Mohalla, New Year's Day in the Sikh Nanakshahi calendar is on 14 March. • In the Saka Calendar (Balinese-Javanese Calendar) the celebration of New Year falls on 30rd of March in thi..

Mysterious attacks on Russian military bases, and 5 other global stories you might have...

Hmeimim air base in Syria's northwestern Latakia province is the headquarters of Russia’s military operations in Syria. (Ramil Sitdikov/Sputnik/AP)In this occasional series, The Washington Post brings you up to speed on some of the biggest stories of the week. This week: Russia’s continued vulnerability in Syria. The biggest story: Mysterious attacks on Russian military bases A series of mysterious attacks against the main Russian military base in Syria — including one conducted by a swarm ..

Trump, Putin and Xi – a year of tough-guy leaders and foolish brinkmanship

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Trump, Putin and Xi – a year of tough-guy leaders and foolish brinkmanship The GuardianFull coverage

Students honor Hispanic culture

Noche De Cultura is one of the most important events the Spanish Language Association hosts. This event explores different cultures from many countries in Latin America. Spanish Language Association will host the annual Noche De Cultura from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 12 in the BSC, Ursa Minor. This event will provide students with a chance to explore a variety of Hispanic cultures through music, dance, and delicious foods. With this in mind, there is a lot of coordination that needs to be done in order to have a great and memorable event. “The planning begins in fall quarter to assure that the event is as successful as possible,” said fourth-year Spanish student, vice president and event scheduler for SLA Diana Santiago. “There is a lot that goes into creating such a big event.” “To name a few there is reserving a room, figuring who will cater for the event and finding the performers for Noche De Cultura” said Santiago. This event will be great and fun for students, because they will have..

Cultural figures profess support for Vladimir Putin at registration rally

President Putincourtesy Kremlin Vladimir Putin’s candidacy for a fourth term as president of Russia was officially endorsed by supporters who gathered earlier this week (26 December) at a high-tech history museum located at the VDNH complex, housed in Stalin-era fairgrounds in Moscow. Putin’s bid is avidly supported by the Victory Museum, a patriotic institution dedicated to World War II which is central to the president’s ideology. Cultural figures and pro-Kremlin officials and activists convened at the Russia-My History pavilion for the formal procedure of registering their support for Putin’s candidacy, which is required under Russia’s election rules. Although Putin did not attend, it turned into a paean of praise for the president, including his support of culture. Putin formally registered his election bid on 27 December ahead of the vote on 18 March. VDNH, which stands for Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy, is in the midst of a huge upgrade into a museums centre...

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Free performances to be given in Santa Barbara County Grandeza Mexicana showcases Mexico’s cultural heritage. (Grandeza Mexicana) By Cathy Oliverson for UCSB Arts & Lectures | December 20, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! will present Los Angeles-based Grandeza Mexicana in a festive production of Mexico’s regional cultures and dance traditions the weekend of Jan. 19-21 in Santa Barbara County. Free performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Isla Vista School, 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Guadalupe City Hall, and 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Marjorie Luke Theatre, Santa Barbara Jr. High School. The group’s signature footwork and brightly colored costumes reflect the careful research underlying all its performances. Santa Barbara County performances will feature dances from Michoacan, the Costa Chica of Guerrero State, Zacatecas, Sinaloa, Sonora and Jalisco. Grandeza Mexicana said it is committed to perpetuating and showcasing the splendor of Mexcian folk dance, and to the cultivat..

A Lavish Bollywood Musical Is Fueling A Culture War In India

Enlarge this image A cyclist rides past a poster of the controversial film Padmaavat in Bangalore on Thursday. Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images Padmaavat, India's first 3-D IMAX spectacle, is a lavish, operatic Bollywood musical set in the 14th-century palaces and deserts of Rajasthan. It has elephant processions, kaleidoscopic tableaus of Indian palaces and gorgeous actors in bejeweled costumes. It was directed by one of India's most celebrated filmmakers, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and stars one of the country's most popular actresses, Deepika Padukone. The film opens in India on Thursday, but from the moment it went into production, it's been plagued by violent protests over its depiction of Padukone's character, Queen Padmavati, a legendary Hindu royal. "It's a historic film," Padukone told NPR in 2017. "And the character that I play is someone who, historically, there's a certain section of..

Who's Winning the Culture War? Corporate America

Advertisement At the 1992 Republican National Convention, Pat Buchanan famously declared that American politics had become a “cultural war.” In the years since, social issues and identities have become more important in dividing Democrats from Republicans. Traditionally, the two parties fought mostly over economics. But now cultural issues like abortion and gun control divide Americans more sharply along regional lines than economic policies. One impact of the rise of the culture war in the 1990s was to reorder the popular coalitions of the parties — for example, by attracting evangelical Protestants to the Republicans while propelling secular voters toward the Democrats. This also redefined their geographic constituencies. But while it has been fueled by widening divisions over social issues within the American electorate, this regional realignment has left a much larger imprint on the direction of federal economic policy than on the nation’s prevailing cultural zeitgeist. You might s..

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