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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are back online after two hours of service disruption

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The miseries of digital citizens has finally come to an end. Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are now accessible after being offline for over two hours.

Owned and operated by Mark Zuckerber’s Facebook Inc, the three giant social networking platforms Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp went down on Sunday morning.

In a statement give to The Verge, a Facebook representative said:

“Earlier today, some people may have experienced trouble connecting to the family of apps,”

“The issue has since been resolved; we’re sorry for any inconvenience.” Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all started to come back online at around 9AM ET this morning.”

Facebook Spokesperson

According to NetBlocks, an internet observatory, about 60% users were affected by this outage.

Following is a result that we received while trying to use the tracert command on a Windows-powered PC wile Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were experiencing a downtime.

In case you are not aware, the tracert command, also known as the
traceroute command, is used to show several details about the path that a packet takes from the computer or device you’re on to whatever destination you specify.

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.17134.706]
(c) 2018 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\world>tracert facebook.com

Tracing route to facebook.com [31.13.75.36]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 2 ms 4 ms 2 ms Broadcom.Home [192.168.1.1]
2 30 ms 30 ms 32 ms 182.176.0.121
3 49 ms 52 ms 49 ms 10.10.101.1
4 32 ms 35 ms 31 ms 10.0.2.86
5 63 ms 57 ms 58 ms 10.2.1.6
6 63 ms 58 ms 57 ms khi275.c1.nxb.ptcl.com.pk [221.120.248.51]
7 72 ms 84 ms 77 ms rwp44.pie.net.pk [221.120.248.46]
8 * * * Request timed out.
9 * * * Request timed out.
10 * * * Request timed out.
11 * * * Request timed out.
12 * * * Request timed out.
13 * * * Request timed out.
14 * * * Request timed out.
15 * * * Request timed out.
16 * * * Request timed out.
17 * * * Request timed out.
18 * * * Request timed out.
19 * * * Request timed out.
20 * * * Request timed out.
21 * * * Request timed out.
22 * * * Request timed out.
23 * * * Request timed out.
24 * * * Request timed out.
25 * * * Request timed out.
26 * * * Request timed out.
27 * * * Request timed out.
28 * * * Request timed out.
29 * * * Request timed out.
30 * * * Request timed out.

Trace complete.

What this means is that the servers of Facebook were not accessible. Although the exact reason has not been provided by Facebook but it could be anything from a server configuration issue to a trouble in the network.

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Le Drian Case Fraudsters who scammed Aga Khan and Inan Kirac have been jailed

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Seven including two fraudsters of Israeli origin who impersonated the French minister Jean-Yves Le Drian have been jailed in the Le Drian Case. Gilbert Chikli (54) and Anthony Lasarevitsch (35), both Franco-Israelis, scammed the His Highness Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, and Turkish businessman Inan Kirac.

The two men impersonated a French minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in order to trick wealthy people. According to BBC, Gilbert Chikli and Anthony Lasarevitsch stole an estimated €55m (£48m / $50m).

Gilbert Chikli, Anthony Lasarevitsch and five others have now been jailed and fined by a French court in Paris.

Gilbert Chikli (r) and Anthony Lasarevitsch
Gilbert Chikli (r) and Anthony Lasarevitsch (l) are being sentenced in a French court on charges of impersonation and scamming people.

Gilbert Chikli has been jailed for 11 years and fined €2m while Anthony Lasarevitsch has been given a seven-year sentence and a fine of €1m. The other five received sentences ranging up to five years in prison. One defendant was also reportedly released without any charges.

The impersonators would set up meetings on Skype, one of the fraudsters would wear a custom-made Le Drian silicone mask and sit in a facsimile of Le Drian’s ministerial office, complete with flags and a portrait of then-President François Hollande.

In 2015 and 2016m the convicted scammers made fake calls by impersonating French minister Le Drian and requested financial help to pay ransoms for journalists being held hostage by Islamists in the Middle East.

Aga Khan
His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual lead of Ismail Muslims

According to Radio France Internationale, in March 2016, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) transferred 20 million euros to accounts in France, Poland and China.

A total of 12.4 million euros were later recovered but 7.7 million euros were lost without a trace.

Turkish business tycoon Inan Kirac
Inan Kirac, the Turkish business tycoon and Chairman of Kiraca Holding AS.

Similarly, Turkish business magnate Inan Kirac wired 47 million euros to Chinese and United Arab Emirates accounts.

Prosecutors say evidence was found on the mobile phones of Chikli and Lasarevitsch their arrest in Ukraine in 2018. They also had planned to impersonate Prince Albert II of Monaco.  the gang approached more than 150 prominent figures and organizations including King Philippe of Belgium, Gabonese President Ali Bongo, the CEO of the Lafarge cement company, church leaders and charities.

Sources: BBC, NY Times, RFI

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WHO declares Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic

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TEDROS ADHANOM

World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) formally declared Coronavirus a pandemic during a media briefing.

Earlier the World Health Organization (WHO) had resisted that Coronavirus cannot yet be declared a pandemic. However, the number of people being affected by the COVID-19 kept rising outside Wuhan, China. Worldwide infections have surged well above 100,000 and the death toll has spiked above 4,000.

The announcement was made by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as he spoke to a media briefing. He said that in the days and weeks ahead, WHO expects to see the number of COVID-19 cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher.

He added:

“WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.”

“We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic”

TEDROS ADHANOM , WHO Director-General

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اس پر ‏‎World Health Organization (WHO)‎‏ نے شائع کیا بدھ، 11 مارچ، 2020
Facebook post made on WHO official account in accordance with declaring Coronavirus a pandemic.

Sources: WHO, BBC

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