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Catherine Department of Homeland Security Claim: Two Muslims hold positions in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. TRUE Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2009] Obama Appoints 2 Devout Muslims to Homeland Security Posts Obama and Jan Read more ... et Nappy Appoint Devout Muslim to Homeland Security Post, Arif Alikhan as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development. Source for announcement: Homeland Security Press Room http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1240595153301.shtm Kareem Shora, who was born in Damascus, Syria was appointed by DHS Secretary Napolitano on Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) Washington, DC June 5, 2009 www.adc.org The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce that earlier today at a ceremony held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore-in ADC National Executive Director Kareem Shora as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions? Was it not men of the "Devout Muslim Faith" that flew planes into U.S. buildings not too long ago? What the heck is this president thinking? Origins: Arif Alikhan, the son of Pakistani immigrants, served for seven years as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles specializing in computer crime, and in November 2006 the mayor of Los Angeles chose him to serve as the Deputy Mayor of Homeland Security for that city. In April 2009, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appointed Mr. Alikhan to the position of Assistant Secretary for Policy Development in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Arif comes from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa's office, where he served as Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety. As a key adviser to the Mayor, he has led the City’s efforts to develop homeland security, emergency management and law enforcement initiatives, including operational oversight of Los Angeles Police, Fire and Emergency Management departments. He is a former federal prosecutor and senior advisor to the U.S. Attorney General, and has partnered extensively with local, state and federal agencies. Before serving as Deputy Mayor, Alikhan was a career prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice from 1997-2006. During that time, he served as Chief of the Cyber and Intellectual Crimes Section for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles and as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Attorney General in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the national Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Program for the Department of Justice. Alikhan holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School and a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. A 2007 article in the German publication Der Spiegel described Arif Alikhan as "a devout Sunni." In June 2009, Secretary Napolitano swore in the sixteen-member Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), one of whom was Syrian-born Kareem Shora, the National Executive Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC): Kareem Shora is the National Executive Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). He received the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award. He has been published in multiple law journals and is a frequent guest on Al-Jazeera, BBC, and numerous American television programs. In 2008, he was selected by the Ford Foundation as a member of the Foreign Policy Task Force designing their Laboratory for New Thinking on Foreign Policy. Mr. Shora is a regular guest lecturer at Yale University School of Law. Mr. Shora has described himself as a "Muslim-American." Last updated: 9 November 2009 Urban Legends Reference Pages © 1995-2014 by snopes.com. This material may not be reproduced without permission. snopes and the snopes.com logo are registered service marks of snopes.com. Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/dhs.asp#ytY7jzePYHCoq9pP.99 Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/dhs.asp#ytY7jzePYHCoq9pP.99 Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/dhs.asp#ytY7jzePYHCoq9pP.99
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Techworx URBAN MYTH Claim: Participating in the Facebook "giraffe challenge" will infect your computer and give hackers access to your account. FALSE Example: [Collected via Facebook, October 2013] There's a riddle going around that goes like thi Read more ... s: I have had to change my profile picture to a giraffe. I tried to answer a riddle and got it wrong. Try the great giraffe challenge! The deal is I give you a riddle. You get it right you get to keep your profile pic. You get it wrong and you change your profile pic to a Giraffe for the next 3 days. MESSAGE ME ONLY SO YOU DON'T GIVE OUT THE ANSWER. Here is the riddle: 3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors, it's your parents and they are there for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open? Remember... message me only. If you get it right I'll post your name here. If you get it wrong change your profile picture.... this is for you to copy and paste Now, there's another message that goes like this: **URGENT** GIRAFFE GAME NOTICE **URGENT** Whoah! Just found out that the Giraffe challenge was set up by the hacking group Anonymous. Apparently they're going to embark on a random "cleansing" program which will wipe out the bank accounts and hard drives of those people who have giraffe profile pics ... A few of my mates already had it happen, so gets to changing your pics back!!! lol Microsoft and google are working on it now, oct 25. We recommend Facebook users: DO NOT change your profile picture to giraffes. A virus that exploits the recently discovered JPEG vulnerability has been discovered spreading over google's giraffe pictures. "It's been done in the past, but with HTML code instead of the JPEG," said James Thompson, chief technical officer for SANS' Internet Storm Center, the organization's online-security research unit. "It is a virus, but it didn't spread very far. We've only had two reports of it." The Facebook message goes like this: "I just changed my profile picture to a giraffe, but my answer was wrong" When you do it, Facebook automatically gives the hackers your user mail and password, malicious code embedded in the JPEG image gives the hackers everything they need, James said. The code also installs a back door that can give hackers remote control over the infected computer. Antivirus expert Fred Hypponen of F-Secure warned on Wednesday that the JPEG exploit can also damage your Iphone if you charge it with your computer. By default, antivirus software only scans for .exe files. And even if users change the settings on antivirus software, the JPEG file name extensions can be manipulated to avoid detection. Origins: A message circulated via Facebook in October 2013 entreated users to take part in "The Great Giraffe Challenge." Participants in this challenge were supposed to take a shot at answering a posted riddle (like the one reproduced above) and message the poster with their guess at the correct response; participants who tried but came up incorrect answers were obliged by the rules of the challenge to change their Facebook profile pictures to photographs of giraffes for the next three days. This "challenge" was circulated in tandem with a warning that the game was simply a furtive way of luring users into compromising their Facebook accounts and computers by posting JPEG-based images of giraffes, images that harbored malicious code which could exploit a JPEG vulnerability to give hackers "your user mail and password" and allow them "remote control over your computer," as well as "damage your iPhone if you charge it with your computer." The giraffe game may be a genuine bit of fun, but the associated virus warning is nothing but bunk. There is no virus lurking in JPEG-based images of giraffes, and Facebook users who change their profile pictures to photographs or drawings of giraffes do not risk compromising their computers and Facebook accounts to hackers or damaging their iPhones. The quoted warning from the "chief technical officer for SANS' Internet Storm Center" is an outdated, nine-year-old one which addressed an issue that has long since been resolved and had nothing to do with Facebook. Back in 2004, a vulnerability was discovered that could enable programs used for viewing JPEG image files on Microsoft Windows-based computers to launch malicious code. Numerous warnings about the vulnerability were put out, and Microsoft issued a patch for the exploit in mid-September 2004. Only a rather old, unpatched Windows-based system would be vulnerable to that exploit today, and it would not be attached to any particular type or class of JPEG-based images (such as pictures of giraffes). Someone simply borrowed portions of a rather old computer security article to lend credence to a new hoax involving a "giraffe challenge." In short, the giraffe challenge may be silly, but it's relatively harmless, and taking part in it will not infect your computer or provide hackers with access to your accounts. And for those who still haven't found it, the answer to the quoted riddle ("It's 3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors! It's your parents, and they are there for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open?") is either "your eyes" or "the door." Last updated: 28 October 2013 Urban Legends Reference Pages © 1995-2014 by snopes.com. This material may not be reproduced without permission. snopes and the snopes.com logo are registered service marks of snopes.com.
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