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Cyber attacks on e-wallets aim to steal data: Report
As traffic to e-wallet platforms grows, there has been a significant increase in cyber attacks on online payment gateways to steal data than to disrupt operations, a new report said on Wednesday.
 
According to the data provided by global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services Akamai Technologies, hits to web pages on e-wallet companies grew from 512,115,015 per day in September to 1,264,470,283 per day in February in the country.
 
Akamai in India analysed the growth in traffic volume to India's e-wallet sites on the Akamai Intelligent Platform, three months before and three months after the demonetisation announcement.
 
"Nearly 94 per cent of attack attempts on mobile wallet companies were on the application layer (XSS and RFI attacks) with intent to steal business critical data," the report added.
 
Distributed Denial of Service or DDoS attacks were insignificant in comparison to the overall number of attacks observed, the report noted.
 
DDoS attempts on these wallets constituted less than 1 per cent of the total number of attempts in this time period, emphasising the fact that attacks were intended to steal data and not necessarily disrupt operations of mobile wallet firms.
 
According to Akamai's recent "State of The Internet Security" report for Q4 2016, India is second in the list of countries in Asia Pacific that sourced the most web application attack traffic with nearly 86,38,666 attacks attributed as originating from the country, after China.
 
India also ranks fourth in the list of target countries for web application attacks globally, the report said.
 
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Google's Allo app can reveal your searches to friends
In yet another disturbing news for online privacy advocates, a media report has claimed that Google's mobile messaging app Allo can reveal your search history to friends and those you message.
 
Allo lets users include Google Assistant in conversations. Google recently announced plans to make Assistant available on Android phones.
 
According to a Re/code report late on Tuesday, Allo "has been found to be capable of "sharing users' past Google searches with contacts, without being prompted to".
 
Described as a technical glitch, the report claimed that this Allo's behaviour could have big privacy implications.
 
The discovery was made by Re/code's Tess Townsend who was using Allo to chat to a friend.
 
"In the middle of our conversation, my friend directed Assistant to identify itself. Instead of offering a name or a pithy retort, it responded with a link from Harry Potter fan website Pottermore. The link led to an extract from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series," he wrote.
 
"But the response was not merely a non sequitur. It was a result related to previous searches my friend said he had done a few days earlier, Townsend further wrote.
 
"It didn't come from any of my search history, since I had not viewed any Harry Potter-related websites in the days before our conversation. We also did not mention Harry Potter in our text exchange until Assistant brought it up," the report added.
 
In a response, Google said: "We were notified about the Assistant in group chats not working as intended. We've fixed the issue and appreciate the report."
 
Allo has recently been criticised by privacy advocates because it does not use end-to-end encryption by default as WhatsApp does.
 
According to a report in The Independent, Google Assistant is supposed to request permission from a user before sharing personal information in an Allo chat, but the privacy feature doesn't appear to always work.
 
Whistleblower Edward Snowden had issued a warning about Allo after its launch.
 
"What is #Allo?" he tweeted. "A Google app that records every message you ever send and makes it available to police upon request."
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Speedtest: Is Your Internet Connection up to Speed?
Speedtest.net (by Ookla) is one of the best, free, speed-testing solutions for your computer and mobile phone. Often, we are promised high speeds by our service-provider when, in fact, the speeds are not so great. A lay person finds it difficult to justify claims of low speed. 
 
Speedtest.net is a website which you can visit and test your Internet speed, for free. Go to the website and click on Begin Test. The site will quickly test your Internet connection vspeed and give you the results online. It will identify the nearest server and check all the parameters that need to be checked. You can share the results with your Internet service-provider to update them on the actual speed you are getting. Run the test multiple times, at different times of the day, to come to a reasonably accurate conclusion.
 
Speedtest.net also has an app which you can download on your mobile phone to check the speed of the mobile data or your Wi-Fi, depending on how you are connected. The app allows you to:
  • Discover your download, upload and ping;
  • See real-time graphs displaying connection consistency; 
  • Troubleshoot or verify the speed you were promised; 
  • Track past tests with detailed reporting;
  • Easily share your results.

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