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Sources: Nigeria Convoy Attack Death Toll Rises to 30

KANO, NIGERIA - The death toll from a jihadist attack on the convoy of the regional governor in northeast Nigeria has risen to 30, security sources said Saturday.

Two sources told AFP fatalities from the attack Friday in restive Borno state had doubled as more bodies were found and now included 12 policemen, five soldiers, four members of a government-backed militia and nine civilians.

Sources had earlier told AFP that a convoy transporting Borno Governor Babagana Umara Zulum came under attack from insurgents Friday near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.

Police confirmed in a statement that the attack by suspected jihadists on the "security convoy" had killed eight policemen and three government-backed militia members.

In July Zulum's convoy came under gun attack from ISWAP outside Baga, forcing him to cancel his trip to the town.

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Tech Talk: Urgent Windows server vulnerability actively exploited

A key component of a proactive management plan, whether it be the responsibility of an in-house IT department or outsourced to a trusted IT partner, is patching the servers and computers on the network, both office based and remote.

Evidence had mounted from the early indicators of compromise that hackers were actively exploiting the vulnerability to gain access to protected network resources.

The Department of Homeland Security also issued a clear and rare directive that agencies apply the necessary patch to close off this vulnerability or remove impacted servers from their networks.

All business should be checking with their internal IT departments or outsourced IT partners to confirm that they are both aware of the issue and have taken the necessary steps to protect the business against it.

If your IT experts are not aware of this threat, that is reason for serious concern as this important and time sensitive issue has been clearly reported on in both cybersecurity, general IT and mainstream media for over a week as of this publishing date of this column.

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Add some extra eyes with 2 Eufy 2K indoor security cameras on sale for $60

Grab twoEufy Security 2K indoor security cameras on sale for $59.99 with the code MKTCFCQ5H2QL.

Save and See The cameras can detect motion and use on-board AI to determine whether it's a human or a pet.

And unlike other Eufy cameras, like this 2-camera kit that's a lot more expensive, these security cameras don't require a HomeBase to function.

In addition to HomeKit, the cameras also work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

The cameras also have night vision to let you keep an eye on a room even in low light situations.

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Kratos Awarded $950 Million Multiple-Award, IDIQ Contract for U.S. Air Force Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS

At Kratos, affordability is a technology and we specialize in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, hypersonic systems, training, combat systems and next generation turbo jet and turbo fan engine development.

About Kratos Defense Security Solutions Kratos Defense Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) develops and fields transformative, affordable technology, platforms and systems for United States National Security related customers, allies and commercial enterprises.

Kratos offers solutions ranging from affordable, high performance tactical jet drone systems to affordable space communication systems, subsystems and Space Domain Awareness (SDA) solutions.

25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kratos Defense Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has been awarded a $950,000,000 ceiling contract for the maturation, demonstration and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software and algorithm development in order to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2).

Although Kratos believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements involve many risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from what may be expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements.

Image of article 'In New Rs 1,350 Crore Package for Jammu and Kashmir, 50% Discount in Electricity and Water Bills'

In New Rs 1,350 Crore Package for Jammu and Kashmir, 50% Discount in Electricity and Water Bills

The LG said under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, Rs 1,400 crore have already been provided to people through the Jammu and Kashmir Bank.

Sinha also hinted that the Centre is actively considering an "unprecedented and historic package" for assistance to business entities, which will cover both the existing and new enterprises and will be a big boost to business and industry in Jammu and Kashmir.

As a part of the package, the government has waived 50 per cent of the electricity and water bill amounts for a year across Jammu and Kashmir with an aim to bring a huge relief to farmers, families and businesses.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha possibly struck a right cord with the "awam" (people) of Jammu and Kashmir as he announced a Rs 1,350-crore economic package to give a much needed boost to tourism and other sectors hit by the economic slowdown caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the security scenario.

He added that the government is working on a structured mechanism and package for taxi drivers, transporters, autorickshaw drivers, houseboat owners, shikarawallas and other affected people "We are setting up a customised help tourism scheme by the Jammu and Kashmir Bank for financial assistance to persons associated with the tourism sector with attractive pricing and repayment features.

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TikTok owner ByteDance seeks $60 bn valuation in Oracle, Walmart deal

The company will get full access to review TikTok’s source code and updates to make sure there are no back doors used by the company’s Chinese parent to gather data or to spy on the video-sharing app’s 100 million American users, according to people familiar with the matter.

“We are a 100% confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok’s American users.”

Oracle has given reassurances that it can protect TikTok user data from foreign influence.

ByteDance may end up owning as much as 80% of TikTok Global, which would include the app’s operations in the U.S. and the rest of the world excluding Venture firms, including Sequoia Capital and General Atlantic, may also acquire equity in the new business.

China’s Ltd. is seeking a valuation of $60 billion for as Corp. and Inc. take stakes in the short-video app’s business to address U.S. security concerns, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Judge agrees to delay U.S. government restrictions on WeChat

However, a restriction to bar TikTok from app stores in the U.S., similar to what WeChat faced, was pushed back a week to Sept. 27 after Trump backed the latest TikTok deal.

The Trump administration has targeted WeChat and another Chinese-owned app, TikTok, for national security and data privacy concerns, in the latest flashpoint amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing.

The group of WeChat users requested an injunction after the U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it would bar WeChat from U.S. app stores and keep it from accessing essential internet services in the country beginning Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Early on Monday, WeChat was still available for download at Apple and Android app stores.

NEW YORK -- A judge has approved a request from a group of U.S. WeChat users to delay looming federal government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use.

The U.S. government earlier argued that it would not be restricting free speech because WeChat users still "are free to speak on alternative platforms that do not pose a national security threat."

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Image of article '165 Million Americans Will Witness a Social Security First in 2021'

165 Million Americans Will Witness a Social Security First in 2021

This is Congress' wake-up call Regardless of what's to blame for Social Security's imminent cash shortfall, the program's first expected net cash outflow in nearly four decades should be a wake-up call to lawmakers on Capitol Hill that time to fix Social Security and strengthen the program for futures generations is running out.

Since migrants into the U.S. tend to be younger, they'll often spend decades in the labor force contributing to Social Security via the payroll tax.

The Social Security program relies on a steady or growing number of births each year so that there are enough future workers to offset those leaving the labor force 20 or more years down the line.

The last time the Social Security program had a net cash outflow was all the way back in 1982, the year before the Reagan administration passed the last major bipartisan overhaul.

However, sweeping benefit cuts of up to 24% may await retired workers by 2035 -- when the Trustees estimate Social Security's $2.9 trillion in asset reserves will be depleted -- if nothing is done to shore up the program.

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Trump 'Gives Blessing' to Oracle, Walmart, TikTok Agreement

TikTok added that the agreement would guarantee U.S. national security requirements were fully met.

TikTok and ByteDance are now waiting for their new U.S. deal to be signed off by the Chinese government.

Trump had ordered the app to be banned in the country due to national security concerns as there were fears that data collected from U.S. citizens by TikTok's servers may be handed to the Chinese government.

RELATED: US GOVERNMENT IS BANNING TIKTOK AND WECHAT FROM APP STORES AS OF SEPTEMBER 20 "The Department of Commerce today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States," had said the Department of Commerce in its official statement.

Just a day ago, we reported that Chinese owned apps TikTok and WeChat would be banned in the U.S. app stores by September 20.

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US sanctions unlikely to hinder arms sales to Iran, says Javad Zarif

Washington has said that it expects the sanctions to be reinstated at 12 am (GMT) on Sunday after Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced in late August that the US had triggered a 30-day period to snapback UN sanctions on Iran.

The UN Security Council arms embargo on expires on October 18.

Earlier this week, members of the Trump administration warned that fresh sanctions may be imposed to deter countries from selling arms to following the expiration of the embargo. "

Any potential are unlikely to prevent countries from selling arms to after the United Nations (UN) embargo on the country expires on October 18, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday.

The US has levied tough sanctions on Iran as part of President Donald Trump's campaign of so-called maximum pressure, which began once Washington pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, in 2018.

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Image of article 'Q&A: What does banning TikTok and WeChat mean for users'

Q&A: What does banning TikTok and WeChat mean for users

Trump said this summer he wants the app sold to a U.S. company that can protect U.S. users from Chinese government spying and censorship.

Scheduling a total TikTok ban for Nov. 12 delays its effects on millions of American users until after the Nov. 3 presidential election, but it also leaves more time for ByteDance to finalize an arrangement that satisfies government officials.

A broader ban on the use of TikTok will follow on Nov. 12 unless its Chinese parent company ByteDance is able to persuade U.S. officials that it can resolve national security concerns, such as with a proposed partnership with American tech company Oracle.

The U.S. government is cracking down on the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting by barring them from app stores on Sunday.

ByteDance proposed an arrangement that lets the California database-software company Oracle manage the data of U.S. users and oversee the app's technology.

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Image of article 'Trump approves Oracle, TikTok deal “in concept'

Trump approves Oracle, TikTok deal “in concept

"We are pleased that the proposal by TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart will reserve the security concerns of the US Administration and settle questions around TikTok's future in the US," the company wrote.

... "So it'll close down on September 15th, unless Microsoft or somebody else is able to buy it, and work out a deal, an appropriate deal, so the Treasury of the— really the Treasury, I suppose you would say, of the United States, gets a lot of money.

Bloomberg reports that the transaction will leave the majority of TikTok's assets and proprietary algorithms in the hands of parent company ByteDance, with Oracle and other US investors taking minority stakes in the newly formed TikTok Global.

President Donald Trump has reportedly granted his personal approval of Oracle's proposal to invest in TikTok, moving the entire saga one step closer to an end.

Oracle will "become our trusted technology provider, responsible for hosting all US user data and securing associated computer systems," TikTok added.

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Image of article 'TikTok May Have Been Saved From a Ban, But It's Still Bad News In Ways You Might Not Expect'

TikTok May Have Been Saved From a Ban, But It's Still Bad News In Ways You Might Not Expect

In TikTok's case, the company is based in the U.S., but is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company.

On the other hand, the idea that the government is ordering Apple and Google to remove apps from their app stores, even though those apps serve hundreds of millions of users, should be alarming to everyone.

It's easy to make the case that because both companies have ties to China, there are obvious national security concerns.

Since then TikTok revealed that it had finalized a deal with Oracle and Walmart to become a U.S. company and the Trump administration has signed off.

If that's the case, we should all be worried--and not just because it's likely China will respond by targeting some U.S. companies, like Apple, which still manufactures the bulk of its products there.

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As Trump holds back, tech firms step in on election security

“It’s certainly important that the social media companies participate and cooperate, which they have not always done in the past, but that does not in any way replace the analysis that is done by the intelligence community, and I believe that analysis should be shared with Congress,” says Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Now, Facebook and Twitter give Congress regular briefings to the intelligence committees, issue frequent reports about malicious activity and are part of a group that regularly meets with law enforcement and intelligence officials in the administration.

But this year, with President Donald Trump adamant that Russia is not interfering and his administration often trying to block what Congress learns about election threats, it’s those private companies that often are being called upon to fill the breach.

Two years later, Schiff says that breakdown is still emblematic of the disjointed effort among government agencies, Congress and private companies as they try to identify and address foreign election interference.

Facebook issues a monthly release on foreign and domestic election activity, and Microsoft has publicly disclosed more than a dozen instances of threat activity since Schiff was caught unaware at the Aspen event in 2018.

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Post COVID-19: What future awaits crude oil

The way out of the unpleasantness felt in our today and the possible stunted growth of tomorrow is about the central theme of the 530-page ‘The New Map’ by Daniel Yergin, 1992 Pulitzer Prize winner and author of ‘The Prize: A history of the oil industry and the role of oil in world affairs.’

The author makes it clear right from the introductory section that the book “is about the new global map that is being shaped by dramatic shifts in geopolitics and energy” and the direction the drivers of the map are taking the world.

It also shut down the world economy, disrupted commerce both local and global, destroyed jobs and businesses and impoverished many, plunged the world economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression, added enormously to public debt, accentuated the tensions among countries, and created vast turmoil in global energy markets” (Page xiii).

Themes discussed by the author include the United States shale oil revolution and its impacts on world energy markets, global politics and economy.

The author also examines the paradigm shift from a bi-polar oil world of OPEC Vs Non-OPEC to what he describes as a world dominated by “the Big Three —the United States, Russia, and Saudi Arabia,” a structure that has redefined the concept of energy security and pricing (page 65).

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Image of article 'Oracle And Walmart To Acquire 20% Stake In TikTok, Trump Gives His ‘Blessing'

Oracle And Walmart To Acquire 20% Stake In TikTok, Trump Gives His ‘Blessing

Crucial Quote In its press release, Oracle said it will “combine its secure cloud technology with continuous code reviews, monitoring, and auditing to provide unprecedented assurance that U.S. TikTok user data is private and secure.”

The partnership will create a new company, TikTok Global, that will go public in less than 12 months on a U.S. exchange, and over time “U.S. ownership of TikTok Global will increase and continue to grow,” according to a joint statement from both Oracle and Walmart.

As part of the deal, Oracle will serve as TikTok’s “secure cloud technology provider” and Walmart will be a commercial partner by entering “into commercial agreements to provide our e-commerce, fulfillment, payments and other omnichannel services to TikTok Global,” Walmart said in a statement.

Topline Oracle and Walmart have agreed to acquire a 20% stake in TikTok’s global business as part of a pre-IPO financing round, the ByteDance owned video-sharing platform announced in a press release on Saturday, moments after President Donald Trump told the press that he had given his “blessing” to the deal.

Earlier this week Bloomberg had reported that Oracle will get full access to TikTok’s source code and updates to ensure the platform’s Chinese parent cannot add any security backdoors to access data from the app’s U.S. users.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 debut derailed by website glitches, bots, lack of supply

"We (the community) strongly discourage Nvidia from posting any new stock until they can guarantee these cards will end up in the hands of their fans and have implemented basic storefront security, such as CAPTCHAs and anti-bot countermeasures."

Nvidia says regulators will be 'very supportive' of $40bn Arm buy despite concerns about chip designer's independence READ MORE Nvidia insists it's "doing everything humanly possible, including manually reviewing orders" to block bots and scalpers from its online store.

"We saw unprecedented demand for the GeForce RTX 3080 at global retailers, including the Nvidia online store," Nvidia stated.

Analysis Nvidia launched its GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards on Thursday and promptly sold out from its online store, to the annoyance of more than a few would-be customers who were left empty-handed.

Check out Nvidia's latest GPUs READ MORE "All consumers were flooding the timeline complaining of bots at 6am but it was more of an issue [that] Nvidia never released any stock at the correct time [and didn't] update their consumers," the BounceAlerts admin said.

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Image of article 'Former Australian PM Hacked after Sharing Boarding Pass on Social Media'

Former Australian PM Hacked after Sharing Boarding Pass on Social Media

Hope wrote that he was able to use the reference number on the boarding pass to log in to Abbott's online booking page with Qantas.

Some time ago, he was talking back-and-forth about the dangers of posting your boarding pass online with a friend of his, and it was that friend who sent him Abbott's photo and dared him to hack the former prime minister.

SEE ALSO: HACKERS USE LIGHT BULB TO EAVESDROP ON CONVERSATIONS The incident was revealed on Wednesday by hacker Alex Hope, who wrote a lengthy post on his blog to describe how used the photo of the boarding pass to reveal a security flaw in the website of the country's national airline carrier, Qantas, as first reported by Gizmodo.

Following a Qantas flight from Tokyo to Sydney in late March, Abbott posted a photo of his boarding pass on Instagram with a caption thanking the crew for the flight.

We go through our daily lives in bliss without the possible consequences of our excessive use of social media catching up with us; however, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had to learn how trackable his posts on social media can be from the hard way.

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New MrbMiner malware has infected thousands of MSSQL databases

In a report published earlier this month, Tencent Security has named this new malware gang MrbMiner, after one of the domains used by the group to host their malware.

Linux and ARM variants also discovered Tencent Security says that while they saw only infections on MSSQL servers, the MrbMiner CC server also contained versions of the group's malware written to target Linux servers and ARM-based systems.

After analyzing the Linux version of the MrbMiner malware, Tencent experts said they identified a Monero wallet where the malware generated funds.

The Monero wallet used for the MbrMiner version deployed on MSSQL servers stored 7 XMR (~$630).

For now, what system administrators need to do is to scan their MSSQL servers for the presence of account.

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FireEye, Inc. (FEYE) CEO Kevin Mandia Presents at Deutsche Bank 2020 Virtual Technology Conference (Transcript

But how has the pandemic kind of changed dynamics around cyber security risks?

And my third conclusion is for many organizations, because of COVID, because of work-from-home, their security operations, whether it was one person or 100, it's not as collaborative as it used to be, and it may have come down a notch.

But other than that, COVID has been one of the things that I think people were a little bit nervous initially, but it's kind of got it back to business.

So we started years ago taking our IP out of the iron, out of the box and making sure that we could be deployed in AWS, we can be deployed in Google Cloud, we could be deployed in Microsoft Azure and defend our customers as they go to the cloud.

I don't think you just bring everything and drag it, but folks that like the detection efficacy and the up-to-date learning system we have in our network security can bring that to their cloud infrastructure if they choose to do so.

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OnePlus 7/7T family gets OxygenOS Open Beta 18/8 with September security patches

OnePlus certainly is taking 2020 seriously with the introduction of a range of new mid-range smartphones under the Nord family.

At the same time, the company now starts to give the first steps for the release of its H2 flagship lineup in the form of the OnePlus 8T series.

The company might be busy with the imminent update of OxygenOS 11 for the OnePlus 8, 8T, 7, and 7T, but today is rolling out an incremental update for the last year’s flagships.

If we follow the company’s last year’s schedule for OxygenOS 10, the company will probably update the last year’s models and the OnePlus 6/6T series.

The OnePlus 5 family will not go beyond OxygenOS 10.

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Image of article 'US to Block Some Imports From China's Xinjiang Region Over Forced Labor Concerns'

US to Block Some Imports From China's Xinjiang Region Over Forced Labor Concerns

China also had agreed to purchase increased quantities of U.S. cotton under the countries' Phase 1 trade deal, which could be put at risk by a U.S. ban on imports from China's dominant cotton-producing region.

Customs and Border Protection officials told Reuters last week that they had prepared the broader bans on cotton, cotton textiles and tomatoes, among China's biggest commodity exports, along with the orders announced Monday.

Department of Homeland Security acting Deputy Secretary Kenneth Cuccinelli said the "Withhold Release Orders" (WROs) are aimed at combating China's use of forced labor by detained Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Monday said it will block U.S. imports of cotton, apparel and other products from five specific entities in western China's Xinjiang region, but has shelved proposed region-wide bans on all Xinjiang-produced cotton and tomato products.

DHS said Xinjiang entities whose products will be blocked from entering the United States include all products made with labor from the Lop County No. 4 Vocational Skills Education and Training Center; hair products from the Lop County Hair Product Industrial Park; apparel produced by Yili Zhouwan Garment Manufacturing and Baodung LYSZD Trade and Business Co.; cotton produced and processed by Xinjiang Junggar Cotton and Linen Co. Ltd; and computer parts made by Hefei Bitland Information Technology Co. Ltd.

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Report: TikTok Deal Moves Forward with Oracle

ByteDance, the Chinese company behind the wildly popular video sharing app TikTok, has rejected Microsoft’s bid to buy the app and appears to be leaning toward a deal with investors led by Oracle.

On Sunday, the New York Times reported that Microsoft’s bid was rejected by ByteDance and that the Chinese company said that Oracle would be its “technology partner.”

In a statement, Microsoft said its proposal “would have been good for TikTok’s users, while protecting national security interests.

In recent months, the video app has become a focus of U.S.-China tensions with the administration accusing the company of being answerable to the Chinese government, a claim that TikTok has denied.

As the negotiations progressed, the Chinese government changed its export rules stopping TikTok from selling its valuable recommendation algorithm, dubbed “For You,” which queued up the next video for a user to watch.

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Threat Intelligence Market Size is Projected to Reach USD 12,914.04 Million by 2025 - Valuates Reports

Based on the solution, the Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) is predicted to hold the largest threat intelligence market share.

The increasing BYOD trends are also expected to fuel the growth of the threat intelligence market size.

Thus, the increase in IoT adoption is, in turn, expected to increase the growth of the threat intelligence market size.

BANGALORE, India, Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Threat Intelligence Market report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2019 to 2025.

This research report categorizes the Threat Intelligence to forecast the revenues and analyze the trends in each of the following sub-markets: Based on Solution, the Threat Intelligence Market studied across Based on Service, the Threat Intelligence Market studied across Based on Deployment, the Threat Intelligence Market studied across Based on Application, the Threat Intelligence Market studied across THE REPORT PROVIDES INSIGHTS ON THE FOLLOWING POINTERS The global Security Information and Event Management market size is projected to reach USD 4060.1 Million by 2026, from USD 3781.9 Million in 2020.

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