Daily Archives: October 31, 2019

Zigmabit Launches Super Algorithm Miner — ZigBit Miner

TOKYO, Oct. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Zigmabit Inc. is excited to announce the worldwide launch of ZigBit Miner, the world’s first DLC (direct liquid cooling) mining rig that provides ultimate safety and high hash rate power. ZigBit Miner uses 7nm ASIC ZigmaBit BoosterX to mine various cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Dash etc. The company will begin taking orders for Zigmabit miners (2.0, 3.0, 5.0) on 31st October, 2019.

Zigmabit accepts payment in Bitcoin, bank wire transfer etc. It provides warranty for up to 36 months to cover the type of failure that affects its products. The company also offers free shipping to anywhere around the world via UPS or FedEx.

About Zigmabit Inc.

Located at 26-9 Kamimeguro 1-9-chome Meguro, Tokyo 153-0051 Japan, Zigmabit Inc. sells miners online, in retail or wholesale. Zigmabit Inc. has a team of specialist staff with qualified experiences of many years in both hardware and cryptocurrency.

ZTE releases “Common Edge White Paper” to share its insights on MEC

SHENZHEN, China, Oct. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today has released its “Common Edge White Paper” to introduce its fully-convergent edge cloud platform, Common Edge. ZTE’s Common Edge solution includes an MEP capability exposure platform, a lightweight edge cloud, a full range of edge-oriented servers, and edge acceleration.

The solution features network capability exposure. More than 100 kinds of edge network information and capabilities, such as Wireless Indoor Positioning, RNIS (Radio Network Information Service), TCPO (TCP Optimization service) and VO (Video Optimization service), are exposed to the external, accelerating service innovation.

Oriented to full connection, ZTE’s Common Edge solution integrates access of wireless networks and fixed networks, supporting multiple systems, such as 4G/5G/WiFi.

Through in-depth integration of OpenStack and Kubernetes, the solution provides operators with a unified edge cloud view and a mature resource management system involving unified computing, unified network, unified storage and unified security, thereby improving management efficiency and resource utilization.

As an AI-based MEC unified cloud management platform, this solution provides unified management of central DC and edge cloud to implement unattended and automatic O&M of edge cloud.

In addition, ZTE’s Common Edge solution provides E5410/E5430 (U9103) 450-mm short chassis server with 14 PCIe slots and easy front wiring design and maintenance for small edge DC space, meeting the requirement of edge hardware acceleration and expansion.

In this white paper, ZTE also provides in-depth analysis on the challenges faced by MEC development, proposes suggestions on MEC construction and deployment, and explores application scenarios of MEC.

Based on deep research and understanding of 5G MEC, ZTE has been promoting the development of key technologies and industry standards, further improving the virtualization of the edge platform and network capability exposure.

ZTE has been working closely with global operators to implement MEC solution verification and pilot networks. In addition, the company has collaborated with over 200 industry customers and more than 100 strategic partners in the fields of industry control, IoV (Internet of Vehicles), intelligent agriculture, and intelligent healthcare, so as to jointly build a win-win MEC environment and accelerate the digital transformation of various industries.

ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE’s strategy, the company is committed to providing customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE sells its products and services in more than 160 countries.

To date, ZTE has obtained 35 commercial 5G contracts in major markets such as Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (MEA). ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations.

The following is the link to access ZTE Common Edge White Paper: https://sdnfv.zte.com.cn/en/insights/2019/10/ZTE-Common-Edge-White-Paper

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Supporters Begin to Flock to New Islamic State Leader

WASHINGTON – Some Islamic State supporters are starting to rally around the terror group’s new leader, using social media to pledge their allegiance to a man whose true identity may not be known for some time.

IS announced the selection of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi as its new leader Thursday in an audio message issued by its Amaq news agency and read by the group’s new spokesman.

He is a flag of the flags of jihad, and a scholar of its scholars, and an emir of the emirs of war, the voice said, according to a translation by SITE Intelligence, which monitors jihadist communications.

Qurashi has attacked the protector of the Cross America, and made it taste bad, the voice added.

The announcement, which also confirmed the deaths of IS’s self-declared caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and his spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, caused what some analysts described as a ripple of excitement on social media and online messaging boards frequented by IS supporters.

We give bay’ah [allegiance] to Amir al-Muminin, the Khalifah of the Muslims, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, pledging to listen and obey, read one message being posted by IS-affiliated channels.

New leader chosen

Word that IS had chosen a new leader came less than 24 hours after U.S. military officials released the first video of the special forces raid this past Saturday that killed al-Baghdadi as he sought refuge in a compound in Syria’s Idlib province, just a few kilometers from the Turkish border.

I can tell you this. He crawled into a hole with two small children and blew himself up, U.S. General Kenneth McKenzie, who oversaw the operation, told reporters of Baghdadi’s last moments.

Until now, IS officials had said nothing about the raid that killed five other IS members, or about a follow-on operation in the Syrian town of Jarablus that killed Baghdadi’s spokesman.

But in Thursday’s announcement, new IS spokesman Abu Hamza al-Qurashi cautioned the U.S. against rejoicing.

You have become the joke of the nations, he said. Your fate [is] controlled by a stupid old man who goes to sleep with one opinion and wakes up with another. Do not be too happy or arrogant. Do you not realize, O America, that the Islamic State today stands at the threshold of Europe and Central Africa? It is expanding and remaining.

The insults and threats came as little surprise to U.S. military and intelligence officials, who said they expected IS to seek revenge. Nor did they minimize the terror group’s potential to wreak havoc in the Middle East and beyond.

This is a bureaucracy that’s pretty good at doing succession-planning, U.S. National Counterterrorism Center acting director Russell Travers told lawmakers in Washington on Wednesday, noting the terror group still commanded at least 14,000 fighters as part of a potent insurgency across Syria and Iraq.

For U.S. intelligence and security officials, a key question now becomes how effective Qurashi will be when it comes to making good on the latest threats, and in keeping IS affiliates and followers from splintering or being poached by rival terror groups like al-Qaida.

Answering it will be difficult.

Who is Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi?

Other than his kunya, or nom de guerre, and references in Thursday’s announcement to his religious and military credentials, little is known for certain about Qurashi.

Some officials and analysts have speculated that he may be Hajji Abdallah, one of IS’s most senior ideologues.

Also known by other aliases, including Amir Muhammad Said Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, he is a religious scholar who rose through the group’s ranks and is thought to have been one of the architects of the slaughter and abduction of the Yazidi religious minority.

Another name that has come up is Abdullah Qardesh, said to be a former Iraqi military officer who spent time with Baghdadi at Camp Bucca, the U.S.-run prison in Iraq that housed jihadists following the Iraq War. Scholars disagree over whether Qardesh is a separate person or just another alias for Abdallah.

“We might never have 100% confirmation, in the near term, at least,” said Aaron Zelin, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “There was not actual 100% confirmation of who Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was until he actually went up the stairs of the minbar [preaching platform] in Mosul in 2014. For the first four years of his rule, he [Baghdadi] never showed his face.”

That ability to remain so secretive most likely helped play to Baghdadi’s advantage, allowing him to lead IS for nearly a decade, despite being the target of an ongoing manhunt by U.S. and allied forces.

For that reason, analysts argue, it is unlikely Qurashi will be any more of a public figure than his predecessor.

Challenges ahead

In the meantime, some analysts see Thursday’s announcement as a sign that IS will not be crippled by Baghdadi’s death.

Despite its leadership decapitation, by announcing this new leader was chosen by a Shura council, it’s showing that bureaucracy is still in place, said Devorah Margolin, a senior research fellow with the Program on Extremism at George Washington University. It’s not about the person. It’s about the group.

Still, there will be challenges for Qurashi as he begins to lead.

Establish a proto-state, military success and victories on the battlefield, said Colin Clarke, a senior research fellow at the Soufan Center. ISIS doesn’t have any of that working in its favor right now.

But until this past Saturday, it did have Baghdadi.

He was a big part of the brand, Clarke said. There’s this cult of personality that served to really motivate individuals and inspire recruits to travel to come join the caliphate.

Source: Voice of America

Facebook Moves to Curb Russian Interference in African Politics

WASHINGTON – This week’s takedown of Facebook and Instagram accounts that were used to interfere with African political affairs has provided new insight into the extent to which a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin is engaged in the continent, analysts say.

Facebook announced Wednesday that, after a weeks-long investigation, it was removing pages that have been linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman accused of financing similar efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The action follows a joint effort between Facebook and researchers at the Stanford Internet Observatory, a group focused on researching new technology.

Entities linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin are engaged in social media activities in several African countries, to a much wider extent than we’ve previously known, said Shelby Grossman, a research scholar at the Stanford Internet Observatory and an author of a report on Russia’s online operations in Africa.

We believe that this is consistent with Russian commercial-linked activities, and to some extent with Russian state political interests as well, Grossman told VOA in an interview this week.

Prigozhin, commonly called Putin’s chef in Russia media, was indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for taking part in a criminal conspiracy in connection with the 2016 U.S. presidential race. The latest allegations involve online activity in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, CAte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar and Mozambique.

In some cases, Russia went as far as hiring local reporters to spread their message. They are subcontracting out or hiring real local reporters and possibly regional digital marketing firms as well, Grossman said. I think this is important because it really increases the hurdles to attribution for these types of inauthentic information campaigns.

Small investment, big dividend

Facebook said Russia spent around $77,000 in advertising as part of the campaign. The first ad Facebook identified in the report ran in April 2018, and the most recent ad ran in October 2019. But the effort went beyond Facebook.

These Prigozhin-linked entities are not just using Facebook. They have created Telegram groups and WhatsApp groups, and they, in some cases, created Google Forms to try to engage more closely with citizens, Grossman said. One of the pages targeting Mozambique actually ran a contest. So I think those are some of the activities that we see that are new, in particular, in Africa.

Grossman said the content and style of the pages vary widely by country. In general, they tended to support ruling political parties and deride democratic activists and opposition groups.

For example, in Mozambique, sites supported Frelimo, the country’s longtime ruling party, in advance of elections. In Sudan, Facebook pages initially supported former dictator Omar al-Bashir and then switched to the Transitional Military Council following his ouster.

In Libya, the pages supported both rogue General Khalifa Haftar and his potential political rival, Saif al-Islam, son of autocrat Moammar Gadhafi, killed in 2011 during Arab Spring uprisings. These pages were interesting in part because many of them posted a lot of Moammar Gadhafi nostalgia content, Grossman said. So trying to get Libyans to think about the positive parts of living under Gadhafi’s rule and then throwing in posts that were supportive of his son.

Often the pages are linked to activity conducted by the Wagner Group, Prigozhin’s military arm, which supplies contractors in several African countries. Wagner is training and arming militaries in Libya, Mozambique and the Central African Republic, among other places.

Seeking business with ‘unsavory actors’

Cameron Hudson, a senior fellow of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, said that, without the ability to make large economic deals, Russia is turning to its military and intelligence capabilities to court influence on the African continent. It is also willing to support regimes that the West will not.

Russia is willing to do business with a lot of unsavory actors, he told VOA. It is willing to do business with regimes that are seeking to hold onto power through unconstitutional methods. It is willing to do business with military governments, governments that Western democracies might not be so quick to embrace. Russia sees itself as having an advantage in going after those markets.

Hudson said Russia’s aim is to make its presence felt in the same way it did during the Cold War, but with a much smaller investment.

Russia doesn’t have the political clout, it doesn’t have the ideological clout and it certainly doesn’t have the financial backing to play the role that it played during the Cold War, where it was a heavy investor in development projects in Africa � where ideologically it was bringing African leaders to study the communist model, he said.

The country believes cyber interference in the affairs of other countries gives it the most bang for its buck, according to Hudson.

So how does it have its influence felt? Well, it can do it through things like social media and online influence, which is a relatively low-cost way to have the impact on the world stage that they’re looking to have, he said. Anything that they can do to undermine the free press, democratic institutions and to sow doubt in the minds of populations, I think, probably plays into their broader vision.

Source: Voice of America