I’m doing some research into a hacking group. A person who may have been involved in the group previously posted some videos on YouTube where he shared his screen. I saw two things in the background of different videos that I’m hoping will give clues to the person’s location. One is the date in the lower right corner of the screen, and the other is a date from a recovered Word document. I thought at first it was Arabic, but I don’t see Arabic numerals in the date, so I’m not sure what the deal is. This screen grab is not great, but it’s the best I can do. Can anyone tell me what language these are in and what they say?
Arabic. Egyptian style. It says
"06:57 p.m., August 23, 2011
June 8, 2011"
You can tell it’s Egyptian because they use Latinate أغسطس “Aghusṭus” for August, instead of Aramaic آب “Āb” (used in the Levant) or French أوت “Ūt” (used in the Maghrib).
It uses both styles of Arabic numerals: western Arabic numerals for the times and eastern Arabic numerals for the dates.
It took all of nine minutes to get that answer.
Thank you Johanna!! That’s super helpful, and it aligns with some of the other information I have on the guy.
Is that usual practice in Egypt, or just a computer display thing?
Computer display only. The timer thingy must be programmed separately from the date thingy.
The other thing I wanted to say is the Egyptian-style months are also used in Sudan and the Arabian Peninsula, which broadens the question somewhat. But numerically there are more Egyptians than the rest added together.
Ah, that’s great to know!
Also, I PM’ed you to ask another teeny tiny favor. Last one.