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Who is ‘Legion’ that hacked into Mallya, Rahul’s Twitter accounts?

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) With the claim of hacking into the official Twitter handle of controversial liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Friday, the group or an individual named "Legion" is slowly becoming well-known in the world of hackers.

"Legion" also claimed to hack Twitter handles of Congress Party and its Vice President Rahul Gandhi earlier this month, bringing the hacking threat close to more Indian leaders and celebrities who are on Twitter.

In a tweet, "Legion" — whose country of origin is yet to be known — asked people to support them "@sigaint.org".

Let us know what Sigaint is and how all this works.

According to the Sigaint website, it is a "darknet email service that allows you to send and receive email without revealing your location or identity". Sigaint claims to provide email IDs which are secure on TOR browser.

"We provide this service to help journalists and activists combat the dragnet surveillance that exists on the internet today. Even if you aren’t in conflict with the state or anyone in particular, you as a human being deserve privacy," it read.

The website is hosted on "onion.to" but the service claims it does not host the Sigaint content.

"We are simply a conduit connecting internet users to content hosted inside the Tor network. onion.to does not provide any anonymity. You are strongly advised to download the Tor Browser Bundle and access this content over Tor," it said.

Famous among individuals and businesses who want to remain anonymous online, Tor is a free software and an open network that helps users defend against traffic analysis – "a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security".

Sigaint also claims that emails created by the network can only be accessed by downloading TOR browser.

If we look at the name "Legion," there was a famous US-based hacker group called "Legion of Doom" (LOD) founded by Lex Luthor which was active in late 1990s and early 2000. LOD is ranked as one of the most influential hacking groups in the history of technology.

We still do not know if "Legion" is inspired by LOD but it looks well versed with the dark world of web and is using whatever it can to launch cyber attacks anywhere in the world, including in India.

‘DigiShala’ TV channel to help rural India go cashless launched

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) In a move to digitally empower millions of Indians in rural areas and educate them about how to do cashless transactions, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Friday launched a TV channel named ‘DigiShala’.

"DigiShala" is a free-to-air channel which is broadcast nationally on DD free-DTH service with a potential viewership of two crore across the country.

To achieve the objective of educating, enabling and informing citizens about cashless economy, the government has also initiated ‘Digi Dhan Abhiyan’.

"DigiShala will enable and empower every citizen of the country, especially farmers, students, Dalits and women in rural areas to learn the usefulness and benefits of digital payment in our everyday life," Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Electronics and IT, told reporters here while launching the TV channel.

Prasad said that as digital payment increases, the tax base of the nation will also increase. "It will make the whole nation honest as tax will be paid and the country’s GDP will go up," Prasad added.

On "DigiShala", citizens will be informed and educated about various digital payment options through step by step demos of digital payments using UPI, USSD, Aadhar-enabled payment systems, e-Wallets and cards.

Linking demonetisation to Digital India, the government intends to boost digital payments through credit and debit cards, internet banking, e-Wallets and mobile apps.

The government is in favour of moving towards an economy where ‘cashless transactions’ outweigh the ‘cash transactions’. In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently urged people to "embrace e-banking, mobile banking and more such technology".

Whether India was prepared on the cyber security front, Prasad said that the government will take all measures to secure the digital transactions.

The minister said people have already adopted e-commerce to a large extent.

The central government through Nabard will also support ‘Rural Regional Banks’ and ‘Cooperative Banks’ to issue "Rupay Kisan Cards" to 4.32 crore ‘Kisan Credit Card’ holders to enable them to make digital transactions at POS machines, micro ATMs and ATMs.

COGENT ARGUMENT AGAINST DEMONETISATION

*If you issue a cheque and there is no sufficient balance in your account, that cheque bouncing is punishable by law.*

*_But when you demand your own money and there are no sufficient funds in the bank, then why the same law does not apply to the Bank Manager or RBI or the Finance Minister or the PM._*

*Why does the Govt have double standards??? …*

*Is it not the violation of banking laws by all of the above?*

*Is it not the breach of trust of the people of this country?*

*Is it not the violation of the Fundamental Right of Dignified Living of Citizens of this Republic?*
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