Saudis behind spyware attack on Jamal Khashoggi’s family

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New Delhi, July 19 | Saudis were behind behind an NSO spyware attack on the family of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Guardian said in a report.

Forensic analysis revealed that the phones of those close to the dissident journalist were targeted before and after he was murdered.

A joint investigation by the Guardian and other media organisations, based on leaked data and forensic analysis of phones, has uncovered new evidence that the company’s spyware was used to try and monitor people close to Khashoggi both before and after his death.

In one case, a person in Khashoggi’s inner circle was hacked four days after his murder, according to peer-reviewed forensic analysis of her device.

The investigation points to an apparent attempt by Saudi Arabia and its close ally the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to leverage the NSO’s spy technology after Khashoggi’s death to monitor his associates and the Turkish murder investigation, even going so far as to select the phone of Istanbul’s chief prosecutor for potential surveillance, the Guardian report said.

Khashoggi was killed and dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

While the investigation mostly points to Khashoggi’s close associates being targeted in the months after the murder, it also identified evidence suggesting that an NSO client targeted the phone of his former wife, Hanan Elatr, several months before his death, between November 2017 and April 2018.

The report said a forensic examination of Elatr’s Android phone found that she was sent four text messages that contained malicious links connected to Pegasus. The analysis indicated the targeting came from the UAE.

However, the examination did not confirm whether the device had been successfully infected.

US intelligence agencies have already concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for ordering the murder of Khashoggi, a former Saudi government insider whose criticism of the kingdom’s regime in the pages of the Washington Post was seen as a threat to the Saudi heir.

A team of Saudi agents killed Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul during his visit there to pick up documents he needed to get married to his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, who later became an outspoken advocate for accountability over his murder.

The report said a close friend of Khashoggi, Wadah Khanfar, the former director general of the Al Jazeera television network, was also hacked using Pegasus, with analysis showing that his phone was infected as recently July 2021.

The phone analysis discoveries and leaked phone records suggest that Saudi Arabia and its allies used NSO’s spyware in the aftermath of the murder to monitor the campaign for justice led by friends and associates of Khashoggi, while also showing an intent to spy on the official Turkish inquiry into his murder.

The phone number of Irfan Fidan, the Istanbul chief prosecutor who later formally charged 20 Saudi nationals over the killing, also appeared in the list of numbers of possible candidates for surveillance by NSO Group clients.

Source: IANS

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PURPOSE FUELS YOUR PASSION: MUNISH MAYA

PURPOSE FUELS YOUR PASSION: MUNISH MAYA

Don’t get confused with your purpose and passion as both go well together

Passion as well as purpose both goes hand in hand. Purpose defines the passion in life. If you are passionate about something then there will be a purpose behind it. And if you feel that you are passionate about something but you are not able to find the purpose behind it then please do self-analysis. There is surely something that you are missing out on. Munish Maya in his Instagram post took out few minutes to write about Purpose and Passion, as he feels that it is an important topic to be discussed with everyone. Mr. Maya started writing his post by making a statement, “Many people confuse passion with purpose. Others struggle to find both.”

Self-analyzing is a very tough job and it’s completely natural to get confused. Solving this problem Munish Maya says, “Passion & purpose are distinct. Passion is the drive, the energy that makes us feel good. Like they say, ‘do what you love.” People follow their passion to live a stress-free life where they can enjoy whatever the work they are doing. It is well said, ‘Follow your passion and there will not be a single day when you will have to work.’ Whereas the most asked question in relevance to passion, ‘What is the purpose?’ is answered very well by Munish

Maya in his same post, “Your purpose is the reason, your ‘Why’ behind what you do.” 

Passion and purpose go hand in hand. Munish Maya says, “From over a decade, I experienced, learned, evolved & developed new passions. They have changed my life & perspective in a great way.” Passion serves the purpose of life. Munish Maya himself followed his passion when he realized that he cannot do a 9-5 profile job, and look at him now, he is the 1st Global Brand Ambassador of India. His passion leads him to define the purpose of his life. The only purpose of Munish Maya’s life is to serve people by guiding and enlightening them about their lives.

This confusion between passion and purpose is not for the lifetime. To which Munish Maya explained by saying, “But the sweet spot is where your passion & purpose align.

One fuels your internal drive while the other maximizes your outward impact.” When both purpose and passion start to align then you will start gaining success and positivity in life.

Munish Maya describes it more beautifully, “And in the path of manifestation, Purpose fuels Passion. By focusing on your purpose, you align your work with your deepest drive- your passion.” If you are passionate about something in your life, then the purpose of your life is served.

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CAT 2021 Registration Process to End on 15th Sep

CAT 2021 Registration Process to End on 15th Sep

CAT 2021: 6 days left to apply for this entrance Exam for admission into IIMs, IITs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR and other top Business Schools.

IIM, Ahmedabad is going to close the CAT registration 2021 window on Sep 15, 2021. Going by trends however, they may extend the application date by another week or two.

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is scheduled to be held on Nov 28. The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM A), conducting the CAT exam 2021, will close the CAT 2021 registration on Sep 15. Candidates seeking MBA admission 2022-23, 2022-24 batch and interested in appearing for IIM CAT 2021 can fill up the CAT application form.

The CAT applications 2021 is available only in online mode at the official CAT website.  For completing the CAT registration process, candidates will have to pay a CAT application fee of INR 2200.00 for the general category and INR 1100.00 for the reserved category.

Only 7 days left to apply for the CAT Exam, it is the most popular management entrance exam of India. IIMs, IITs, FMS, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR, IMT Ghaziabad, XIM University, IMI Delhi, MICA, FORE School of Management, TAPMI, GIM Goa, LIBA, GLIM,  NIRMA, IFMR GSB, LBSIM and other top Business Schools accepting CAT Score. IIM Ahmedabad, IIM C, IIM Lucknow, XIM University, GLIM and other B Schools open applications for 2022-24 batch.

Select from 150+ MBA Colleges shortlist and Apply here,

CAT 2021 eligibility criteria

  • Academic qualification: Candidates should have a Graduation/ Bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized University/ Institute. Final year students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2021.
  • To be eligible for the CAT exam 2021, 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD) in Graduation/ Bachelor’s degree was mandatory. However, due to the pandemic situation in the country, some changes have been made in this regard:
    • Candidates in the final year: Students with “promotion/ pass” instead of “award of marks” certificates in any of the last two years of the bachelor’s degree can enter the “Promotion or Pass” option in the CAT application form. It will allow the student to complete and submit the CAT 2021 application form. This eligibility relaxation is also applicable to those final year students with an “award” of marks.
    • Candidates graduated in 2020 and 2021: Due to the implementation of the above point, and considering that there could be different evaluation patterns adopted by different institutes/ universities across the country due to the COVID pandemic, the CAT committee has decided to remove the minimum percentage of marks criterion (50% and 45% [or equivalent CGPA] respectively) for the CAT 2021 exam.

About CAT 2021 The Common Admission Test CAT 2021 is a national level management entrance exam that is mandatory to take for admission into respective IIMs , IIT and over 1000+ B-schools across the country. CAT Exam 2021 will be conducted as a computer-based test in three sessions at over 420 test centres in 158 cities across the country. The CAT question paper comprises questions from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR). Students can expect the difficulty level of the CAT exam 2021 will be moderate to high.

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“Impact of Pandemic on Organisations” to be published in ‘Abhigyan’- peer-reviewed, journal of Foundation for Organisational Research and Education’ (FORE)

“Impact of Pandemic on Organisations” to be published in ‘Abhigyan’- peer-reviewed, journal of Foundation for Organisational Research and Education’ (FORE)

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted organizations, industries, and businesses worldwide. It has applied a sudden brake on the organization’s function, compelling them to look for and adopt newer ways of survival. Organizations are also experiencing significant changes in personnel behaviors, which have further impacted organizational performance and outputs. It has led to the transformation of the working environment processes and procedures, communication and personnel relations, operational, and financial management, etc.

In response to the above, “Abhigyan which is a peer-reviewed, double-blind (refereed) quarterly Management Journal of the ‘Foundation for Organisational Research and Education (FORE), focusing on management and organizational research, is publishing a special thematic issue titled “Impact of Pandemic on Organisations” to record the effect of Covid-19 on the functions and activities of the organizations.

It shall cover original research articles and review studies related to sub-themes of challenges and opportunities for organizations, organizational performance management, impact on international students, government policies to help MSMEs, and unforeseen consequences of a pandemic on organizational development.

Abhigyan”, which has been published since 1983, provides an appropriate platform for readers across all domains for the exchange of ideas. In the present case, this issue with its focus on Covid-19 is intended to help the readers to have further awareness of the impact of the pandemic on various aspects of business and organizational management. It is hoped that this will be a welcome addition to the growing body of academic and organizational research on the post-Covid-19 business environment and help in finding ways and means to respond to the challenges emanating from it effectively.

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