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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

The Royal Mint in UK is presenting a new coin series – Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing.

Alan Mathison Turing was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, and cryptanalyst born in London. During the Second World War, Turning worked for the Government Code and Cypher School. His codebreaking logic saved estimated millions of live by shortening the war. 

After the war, Turning worked at the National Physical Laboratory, where he designed the Automatic Computing Engine, one of the first designs for a stored-programme computer. In 1948, he joined Max Newman’s Computing Machine Laboratory where he helped develop the Manchester computers. Despite of his various accomplishments, Turing was never fully recognized in UK during his lifetime. It is because much of his work was covered by the Official Secrets Act.

And in 1952, Turning was prosecuted for homosexual acts. He then accepted hormone treatment and died 16 days before his 42ndbirthday from cyanide poisoning. 

In 2009, the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the UK government for “the appalling way Turing was treated”. Queen Elizabeth II granted a posthumous pardon in 2013 which has since led to further pardons to gay men and created what has become known as “Turing’s Law”. In recent years, Turing has become a figurehead for gay rights.

In 2022, The Royal Mint celebrates the man with a remarkable mind with a UK 50p coin available as a gold Proof, silver Proof, silver Proof Piedfort and Brilliant Uncirculated edition. 

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Nearly 1 billion people had their of personal data leaked in China possibly

A massive online database in China apparently containing the personal data of up to one billion Chinese citizens was left unsecured and publicly accessible possibly for more than a year.

Those personal data was collected by the Shanghai police and stored in a database had been hosted by Alibaba Cloud. Both Alibaba and Shanghai police did not aware of this possibly data leak until last week. An anonymous user in a hacker forum offered to sell the data for 10 bitcoin and brought it to wider attention.

The anonymous user claimed the data included names, address, mobile numbers, national ID numbers, ages, birthplaces, and billions of records of phone calls made to police to report on civil disputes and crimes. As China is home to 1.4 billion people, the data breach of 1 million personal data could potentially affect more than 70% of the population. This would be the largest leak of public information by far.

The database which did not require a password possibly was shut down already. However, it is unclear how many people have accessed or downloaded the database during the 14 months of more. Experts are worried that this personal data leak might lead to extortion. Extortion of individual will often happen after data leaks. Hackers can even try to ransom individual using the leaked information.

 

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