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Start page for majority of Pakistanis – when they first visited it this morning – was found hacked and defaced. Yes, Google.Com.PK along with 284 other .PK domains were hacked today (and are still defaced).
According to Irfan Ahmed, an expert on Pakistani websites and web-servers, this defacement is due to change in DNS entries for 284 .PK domains that are managed by MarkMoniter.
Defaced domains include Microsoft.PK, apple.PK, paypal.PK, ebay.PK, blogspot.PK, chrome.PK, Cisco.PK and others.
Apparently no one has claimed the responsibility for the incident, but a message appearing on defaced pages, including on Google.com.pk is displaying a message in Turkish language, hinting that the hacker could be Turkish in origin.
Hacker hasn’t left any message for anyone, unlike the norm that hackers follow to convey their message through such defacements.
However, there is a phrase saying “Downed Pakistan”, a sign of victory for hackers when the deface a website.
Check below the screenshot of hacked Google.com.pk – which is still in-tact for few users.
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Google.com.pk and 284 Other .PK Domains Hacked

Google-Pakistan.png

Start page for majority of Pakistanis – when they first visited it this morning – was found hacked and defaced. Yes, Google.Com.PK along with 284 other .PK domains were hacked today (and are still defaced).
According to Irfan Ahmed, an expert on Pakistani websites and web-servers, this defacement is due to change in DNS entries for 284 .PK domains that are managed by MarkMoniter.
Defaced domains include Microsoft.PK, apple.PK, paypal.PK, ebay.PK, blogspot.PK, chrome.PK, Cisco.PK and others.
Apparently no one has claimed the responsibility for the incident, but a message appearing on defaced pages, including on Google.com.pk is displaying a message in Turkish language, hinting that the hacker could be Turkish in origin.
Hacker hasn’t left any message for anyone, unlike the norm that hackers follow to convey their message through such defacements.
However, there is a phrase saying “Downed Pakistan”, a sign of victory for hackers when the deface a website.
Check below the screenshot of hacked Google.com.pk – which is still in-tact for few users.
Google Pakistan

NADRA

NADRA, that hosts Pakistan’s most critical database, has gone through serious hack attempts originating from United States, reported Daily Express.
It is still unclear if hack attempts were made by individuals or any US State Agency as report lacks the mention of the responsible organization for these alleged hacking attacks on NADRA.
Without citing any names, the report claims that an official of NADRA confirmed the paper that among various other countries, attacks from United States remains at top in numbers for hacking NADRA’s database. Hacking attempts from Israel and India were also recorded.
Daily Express, while quoting the unnamed NADRA official, claims that hack attempts on NADRA increased notably during near past, however, NADRA is all set with security measures in place to ensure the protection of its database.

Hacking attempts from United States account for 35% of total attacks that NADRA received lately. Attacks from Israel and India contributed 20% each towards the total attacks on the database that contains the private and sensitive information of each Pakistani.
NADRA official was confident that Pakistani data is secure and can not be accessed by any individual or organization despite very organized attacks.

NADRA Faces Serious Hacking Attacks from United States, India

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NADRA, that hosts Pakistan’s most critical database, has gone through serious hack attempts originating from United States, reported Daily Express.
It is still unclear if hack attempts were made by individuals or any US State Agency as report lacks the mention of the responsible organization for these alleged hacking attacks on NADRA.
Without citing any names, the report claims that an official of NADRA confirmed the paper that among various other countries, attacks from United States remains at top in numbers for hacking NADRA’s database. Hacking attempts from Israel and India were also recorded.
Daily Express, while quoting the unnamed NADRA official, claims that hack attempts on NADRA increased notably during near past, however, NADRA is all set with security measures in place to ensure the protection of its database.

Hacking attempts from United States account for 35% of total attacks that NADRA received lately. Attacks from Israel and India contributed 20% each towards the total attacks on the database that contains the private and sensitive information of each Pakistani.
NADRA official was confident that Pakistani data is secure and can not be accessed by any individual or organization despite very organized attacks.

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Qasif Shahid, Digital Banking head at MCB and the man behind MCB Lite — bank’s flagship mobile wallet — has resigned from his position, we have confirmed with sources.
Qasif — regarded as pioneer of digital payments and financial inclusion in Pakistan — was responsible for all digital banking ventures of MCB and the place that the bank has gained in digital space. He was the man behind the launch of Pakistan’s first ATM for MCB, branch-less banking and MCB Lite.
It won’t be out of place to mention here that MCB is the most profitable and one of the largest banks in Pakistan. Qasif was heading MCB’s Digital Banking for last seven years.
Qasif previously served as head of Marketing and Alternative channels for ABN AMRO bank Singapore. Qasif, along with managing the brand of ABN AMRO, was responsible for managing and building electronic channels including the call center, internet banking, mobile commerce and other non-branch customer touch-points.
Qasif before joining MCB, served Standard Chartered Bank as head of Alternative Channels and the Marketing function and later on severed as the General Manager Front-line Experience for the bank.
While we are yet to ascertain Qasif’s future plans, we are told that he’s going to look for bigger roles in the same domain in Pakistan and UAE.

Qasif Shahid, Head of Digital Banking at MCB, Resigns

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Qasif Shahid, Digital Banking head at MCB and the man behind MCB Lite — bank’s flagship mobile wallet — has resigned from his position, we have confirmed with sources.
Qasif — regarded as pioneer of digital payments and financial inclusion in Pakistan — was responsible for all digital banking ventures of MCB and the place that the bank has gained in digital space. He was the man behind the launch of Pakistan’s first ATM for MCB, branch-less banking and MCB Lite.
It won’t be out of place to mention here that MCB is the most profitable and one of the largest banks in Pakistan. Qasif was heading MCB’s Digital Banking for last seven years.
Qasif previously served as head of Marketing and Alternative channels for ABN AMRO bank Singapore. Qasif, along with managing the brand of ABN AMRO, was responsible for managing and building electronic channels including the call center, internet banking, mobile commerce and other non-branch customer touch-points.
Qasif before joining MCB, served Standard Chartered Bank as head of Alternative Channels and the Marketing function and later on severed as the General Manager Front-line Experience for the bank.
While we are yet to ascertain Qasif’s future plans, we are told that he’s going to look for bigger roles in the same domain in Pakistan and UAE.

Nokia Launches Android Powered N1 Tablet

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In a surprise move, Nokia has announced its first Android tablet, dubbed the N1.
The N1 features a 7.9 inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, runs on Android Lollipop and bears a striking resemblance to the iPad Mini. The tablet is crafted from a single piece of anodized aluminum and looks premium. The display is an IPS LCD panel and it comes laminated with zero air gap. It weighs 318 grams and with a width of 6.9mm, it’s lighter and thinner than the iPad Mini.
Under the hood, it’s powered by the new Intel Atom processor Z3580 processor that clocks in at 2.4GHz. Alongside, it has 2GB of RAM. At the back, there is an 8MP camera and a 5MP camera is provided at the front. On the storage side of things, it comes with non-expandable 32GB in-built memory. Other features include a reversible Type C micro-USB port, stereo speakers and a 5300 mAh rated battery.
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While the tablet runs Android 5.o, Nokia is focusing on pushing its new Z Launcher. It changes the apps and contacts on display depending on location and what you’re doing at that moment. In addition, you can also scribble letters on the screen to pull up apps.
Brook Eaton, who is the director for Z Launcher, said, “We started looking around, we just didn’t find any good Android tablets out there. We have such a beautiful, simple, and elegant Z Launcher. Why not build a device that is also built on the same principles as being super simple and easy to use and elegant?”
The N1 tablet will be available in two colors: ‘Natural Aluminum’ and ‘Lava Grey’, and will cost $249 plus tax. It is expected to become available in China in mid February and make its way to selected markets after that.
If you remember, Nokia sold it’s devices and business units to Microsoft around 7 months ago for $7.2 billion. Fortunately for Nokia, Microsoft has decided to go forward with the Lumia brand for their Windows Phone devices. So the real Nokia are free to use their brand name for future devices. They still can’t sell any smartphones under their name until 2016 as part of the deal but tablets aren’t covered by the agreement.
The company has also announced that it will go back into the smartphone arena indirectly through licensing after 2016. With the release of the N1 Android tablet, we’ve got an early taste of that strategy. Foxconn are building the tablet and they have licensed the Nokia brand name. The N1 is expected to be the first of many such products under similar agreements.
Concerns about brand dilution are valid but Ramzi Haidamus, Nokia’s technology chief, says that the bar for licencing rights is set very high. In an interview with FT, he added that the N1 was a product of Nokia’s industrial design team and the company had full control over design quality. What this all means is that the Nokia devices we are seeing today will bear little resemblance to future products. It also pretty much guarantees that we will see an Android powered smartphone bearing the familiar Nokia moniker at some point in time.

Nokia Launches Android Powered N1 Tablet

Nokia Launches Android Powered N1 Tablet

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In a surprise move, Nokia has announced its first Android tablet, dubbed the N1.
The N1 features a 7.9 inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, runs on Android Lollipop and bears a striking resemblance to the iPad Mini. The tablet is crafted from a single piece of anodized aluminum and looks premium. The display is an IPS LCD panel and it comes laminated with zero air gap. It weighs 318 grams and with a width of 6.9mm, it’s lighter and thinner than the iPad Mini.
Under the hood, it’s powered by the new Intel Atom processor Z3580 processor that clocks in at 2.4GHz. Alongside, it has 2GB of RAM. At the back, there is an 8MP camera and a 5MP camera is provided at the front. On the storage side of things, it comes with non-expandable 32GB in-built memory. Other features include a reversible Type C micro-USB port, stereo speakers and a 5300 mAh rated battery.
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While the tablet runs Android 5.o, Nokia is focusing on pushing its new Z Launcher. It changes the apps and contacts on display depending on location and what you’re doing at that moment. In addition, you can also scribble letters on the screen to pull up apps.
Brook Eaton, who is the director for Z Launcher, said, “We started looking around, we just didn’t find any good Android tablets out there. We have such a beautiful, simple, and elegant Z Launcher. Why not build a device that is also built on the same principles as being super simple and easy to use and elegant?”
The N1 tablet will be available in two colors: ‘Natural Aluminum’ and ‘Lava Grey’, and will cost $249 plus tax. It is expected to become available in China in mid February and make its way to selected markets after that.
If you remember, Nokia sold it’s devices and business units to Microsoft around 7 months ago for $7.2 billion. Fortunately for Nokia, Microsoft has decided to go forward with the Lumia brand for their Windows Phone devices. So the real Nokia are free to use their brand name for future devices. They still can’t sell any smartphones under their name until 2016 as part of the deal but tablets aren’t covered by the agreement.
The company has also announced that it will go back into the smartphone arena indirectly through licensing after 2016. With the release of the N1 Android tablet, we’ve got an early taste of that strategy. Foxconn are building the tablet and they have licensed the Nokia brand name. The N1 is expected to be the first of many such products under similar agreements.
Concerns about brand dilution are valid but Ramzi Haidamus, Nokia’s technology chief, says that the bar for licencing rights is set very high. In an interview with FT, he added that the N1 was a product of Nokia’s industrial design team and the company had full control over design quality. What this all means is that the Nokia devices we are seeing today will bear little resemblance to future products. It also pretty much guarantees that we will see an Android powered smartphone bearing the familiar Nokia moniker at some point in time.

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In what is seen as a monumental shift in strategy, Microsoft has announced plans to open source the entire .NET stack. In addition, the company is going to give developers a way to use .NET and Visual Studio to develop software that runs not only on Windows, but also on Mac OSX, Android, Linux and iOS.
Prior to this, you could only build apps with .NET for Windows desktops and servers. If you wanted to run .NET on other platforms like OSX, Linux, iOS and Android, you had to use a third party run time called Mono. While it was a good compromise, native .NET development on these platforms is going to be significantly better.
Microsoft is also releasing a fully featured Community version of Visual Studio 2013 which will be free to use for indie devs, students and small companies. The version will include access to thousands of plugins, Resharper and other tools that were previously behind a paywall. The familiar and quite feature-limited Express versions of Visual Studio will eventually be replaced by the Community edition.
The company has also released previews for Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 2015. New additions in the feature set will make it easy for developers to write apps that run on Android, Windows and iOS.
The changes come after Satya Nadella took over as CEO, and are part of a broader strategy shift that aims to put the focus on cloud and mobile solutions. Traditional money makers like Windows and Office has been undergoing major changes, with Office being offered for free for Android and iOS recently.
Overall, this is a huge deal. Microsoft’s software development platforms and developer tools are absolutely amazing, as anyone who has worked with them will tell you. By allowing them to be used for development for other platforms, Microsoft is making a lot of developers very happy. It also shows that the company is leaving its legacy roots behind and embracing the requirements of the new internet age.

Microsoft Open Sources .NET, Offers Free Visual Studio & Support for Android, Linux, Mac, iOS

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In what is seen as a monumental shift in strategy, Microsoft has announced plans to open source the entire .NET stack. In addition, the company is going to give developers a way to use .NET and Visual Studio to develop software that runs not only on Windows, but also on Mac OSX, Android, Linux and iOS.
Prior to this, you could only build apps with .NET for Windows desktops and servers. If you wanted to run .NET on other platforms like OSX, Linux, iOS and Android, you had to use a third party run time called Mono. While it was a good compromise, native .NET development on these platforms is going to be significantly better.
Microsoft is also releasing a fully featured Community version of Visual Studio 2013 which will be free to use for indie devs, students and small companies. The version will include access to thousands of plugins, Resharper and other tools that were previously behind a paywall. The familiar and quite feature-limited Express versions of Visual Studio will eventually be replaced by the Community edition.
The company has also released previews for Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 2015. New additions in the feature set will make it easy for developers to write apps that run on Android, Windows and iOS.
The changes come after Satya Nadella took over as CEO, and are part of a broader strategy shift that aims to put the focus on cloud and mobile solutions. Traditional money makers like Windows and Office has been undergoing major changes, with Office being offered for free for Android and iOS recently.
Overall, this is a huge deal. Microsoft’s software development platforms and developer tools are absolutely amazing, as anyone who has worked with them will tell you. By allowing them to be used for development for other platforms, Microsoft is making a lot of developers very happy. It also shows that the company is leaving its legacy roots behind and embracing the requirements of the new internet age.

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The news that we all were waiting for is finally here: Warid is all set to launch its public trials for its 4G LTE services, we have confirmed with sources.
In the first phase, starting next week, postpaid customers of Warid will be offered free 4G LTE service as a trial. And yes, 4G services during trials will be FREE.
Almost all postpaid customers who are living in covered areas plus if they have 4G enabled handsets will be eligible to experience Warid’s 4G LTE services.
So here is how you can enjoy Warid’s 4G Trials:
  • You need to be a postpaid customer
  • You need to have Warid’s 4G SIM (instead of usual old SIM)
  • You need to be with-in Warid’s 4G coverage areas
We are told that Warid has started delivering 4G compatible SIMs to those customers who have 4G enabled handsets and if they live in 4G coverage areas. Our sources tell that this process of upgrading customers’ SIMs will get completed before the start of trials.
So if you are a postpaid customer and yet you have not received a Warid 4G SIM then you are probably not in coverage area.
According to the details we have received, Warid will offer 4G LTE trials in six cities of Pakistan including: Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi (mainly the Bahria Town). I can tell you – from the coverage maps I have seen — that Warid’s 4G coverage is good and they are planning to expand their 4G LTE footprint in other cities.
Here’s how to check whether you are in 4G coverage area or not:
  • Send an SMS: 4G to 5555 to get coverage details of your location,
Alternatively, use following method:
  •  Go to Setting-> Network Selection -> Manual Search
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Here if you get “Warid LTE” network sign, then you are in Warid’s 4G coverage area. Not to mention, if you are postpaid user and if you are getting this sign and yet you have not been delivered an upgraded 4G SIM then go ahead and dial 321 to get yours.
We are told that this trials will be stretched to prepaid subscriber base in the next phase. Company will be offering the option to general users to get their SIMs replaced from Warid offices to be part of the 4G trials.
Not to mention, previously corporate customers had been offered the 4G trials, and now its postpaid customer who will experience 4G trials. Prepaid customers are next, most probably in couple of weeks’ time.

Must Note Things:

  • Data Services during 4G Trials are free
  • Data services under 2G network mode (GPRS/EDGE) aren’t free, so make sure you are on 4G or buy a 2G bundle along with to avoid any surprises
  • Postpaid customers who have 4G handsets and if they are in coverage areas can get 4G SIMs from Warid Business Centres, or alternatively you can call 321 to get your 4G SIM delivered to your door step.
  • Doorstep SIM delivery can take couple of weeks
  • iPhone users have to update IOS 8 for smooth 4G functionality
  • When you insert a 4G SIM, you will get this text as a confirmation for 4G Trial subscription: Enjoy the ultimate internet experience with Warid during FREE 4G trial phase. You will be informed once trial period ends. Standard 2G data charges apply

Warid to Start 4G LTE Trials from Next Week

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The news that we all were waiting for is finally here: Warid is all set to launch its public trials for its 4G LTE services, we have confirmed with sources.
In the first phase, starting next week, postpaid customers of Warid will be offered free 4G LTE service as a trial. And yes, 4G services during trials will be FREE.
Almost all postpaid customers who are living in covered areas plus if they have 4G enabled handsets will be eligible to experience Warid’s 4G LTE services.
So here is how you can enjoy Warid’s 4G Trials:
  • You need to be a postpaid customer
  • You need to have Warid’s 4G SIM (instead of usual old SIM)
  • You need to be with-in Warid’s 4G coverage areas
We are told that Warid has started delivering 4G compatible SIMs to those customers who have 4G enabled handsets and if they live in 4G coverage areas. Our sources tell that this process of upgrading customers’ SIMs will get completed before the start of trials.
So if you are a postpaid customer and yet you have not received a Warid 4G SIM then you are probably not in coverage area.
According to the details we have received, Warid will offer 4G LTE trials in six cities of Pakistan including: Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi (mainly the Bahria Town). I can tell you – from the coverage maps I have seen — that Warid’s 4G coverage is good and they are planning to expand their 4G LTE footprint in other cities.
Here’s how to check whether you are in 4G coverage area or not:
  • Send an SMS: 4G to 5555 to get coverage details of your location,
Alternatively, use following method:
  •  Go to Setting-> Network Selection -> Manual Search
Warid_4G
Here if you get “Warid LTE” network sign, then you are in Warid’s 4G coverage area. Not to mention, if you are postpaid user and if you are getting this sign and yet you have not been delivered an upgraded 4G SIM then go ahead and dial 321 to get yours.
We are told that this trials will be stretched to prepaid subscriber base in the next phase. Company will be offering the option to general users to get their SIMs replaced from Warid offices to be part of the 4G trials.
Not to mention, previously corporate customers had been offered the 4G trials, and now its postpaid customer who will experience 4G trials. Prepaid customers are next, most probably in couple of weeks’ time.

Must Note Things:

  • Data Services during 4G Trials are free
  • Data services under 2G network mode (GPRS/EDGE) aren’t free, so make sure you are on 4G or buy a 2G bundle along with to avoid any surprises
  • Postpaid customers who have 4G handsets and if they are in coverage areas can get 4G SIMs from Warid Business Centres, or alternatively you can call 321 to get your 4G SIM delivered to your door step.
  • Doorstep SIM delivery can take couple of weeks
  • iPhone users have to update IOS 8 for smooth 4G functionality
  • When you insert a 4G SIM, you will get this text as a confirmation for 4G Trial subscription: Enjoy the ultimate internet experience with Warid during FREE 4G trial phase. You will be informed once trial period ends. Standard 2G data charges apply

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Dear All PTCL Broadband Customers We Inform To You PTCl Management Issue The Ad For Upgrade The 4 MB To 8 MB Internet Package Promotion Free Of Cost Is Fake. When I Call In 1236 PTCL Helpline PTCL Call Center Representative Say Me Is Only For 4MB New Subscribers Not For Existing Customers But PTCL Press Release And PTCL Advertisement Mention Is For All.
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Flagship G3 to be the First LG Smartphone to Receive Newest and Smartest Features of Lollipop OS
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 LG Electronics (LG) this week will begin rolling out the highly anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for G3 smartphones starting in Poland this week, to be followed by other key markets in the near future. LG, the first global smartphone manufacturer to offer the Lollipop upgrade in 2014, will subsequently announce an upgrade schedule for other LG mobile devices.
This latest Android OS delivers a host of improvements including a new design language with added depth, shadows and animations. Notifications are improved with a new layout and color scheme and will be available on the new lock screen. A new security feature to strengthen the connectivity between devices will include enabling users to unlock their smartphone when it is physically near a pre-registered Bluetooth device such as the LG G Watch or G Watch R. Lollipop also introduces Android Runtime (ART) software to improve performance.
“LG is absolutely committed to giving our customers the best mobile experiences available and bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The new features and improvements in Android 5.0 will bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better than it already is.”
Additional details related to LG devices will be announced in the near future as the Lollipop upgrade becomes available in local markets.

LG first to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade

Flagship G3 to be the First LG Smartphone to Receive Newest and Smartest Features of Lollipop OS
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 LG Electronics (LG) this week will begin rolling out the highly anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for G3 smartphones starting in Poland this week, to be followed by other key markets in the near future. LG, the first global smartphone manufacturer to offer the Lollipop upgrade in 2014, will subsequently announce an upgrade schedule for other LG mobile devices.
This latest Android OS delivers a host of improvements including a new design language with added depth, shadows and animations. Notifications are improved with a new layout and color scheme and will be available on the new lock screen. A new security feature to strengthen the connectivity between devices will include enabling users to unlock their smartphone when it is physically near a pre-registered Bluetooth device such as the LG G Watch or G Watch R. Lollipop also introduces Android Runtime (ART) software to improve performance.
“LG is absolutely committed to giving our customers the best mobile experiences available and bringing Android Lollipop to G3 owners as soon as possible is a top priority,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The new features and improvements in Android 5.0 will bring a whole new user experience to the G3 and make it even better than it already is.”
Additional details related to LG devices will be announced in the near future as the Lollipop upgrade becomes available in local markets.

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