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Ransomware hoax spreading faster than 'WannaCry'
More than the actual attack of the WannaCry ransomware, it is the hoax now floating around social media and WhatsApp that is creating panic among uninformed users. The hoax messages warn not to use shopping sites, online banking and automated teller machines (ATMs). The attack by WannyCry ransomware held to ransom millions of computers and businesses worldwide, demanding ransom to be paid in bitcoins worth $300-$600 to unlock the data. 
 
Anti-virus and content security provider eScan’s research team has unravelled the truth behind these hoax messages.
 
Here are some of the clarifications to ensure you do not fall prey to these texts: 
RBI orders Shutdown of ATMs until they are patched and safe.
o Status: Hoax
o Reason: RBI has issued clarification that they have not issued such orders.
Avoid using ATMs and do not do any online transaction
o Status: Hoax
o Reason: Any computer system infected with Ransomware would display the message that it has been infected.
Don't do any online transaction. Don't open any shopping cart.
o Status: Hoax
o Reason: Webserver infected with Ransomware would simply be not able to serve the pages. Shopping carts do not store Ransomware.
 
However, while browsing and downloading software make sure that executable files are scanned by an antivirus.
Except Africa all countries IT companies are hacked.
o Status: Hoax
o Reason: No explanations required because it’s fully fake news. When IT organisations get hacked it is all over the internet, TV channels etc. Such news is not limited to your group of friends.
Dance of the Hillary video
o Status: Hoax.
o Reason: There is no such video existing
 
eScan says it has even received an advisory in its mailbox which says:
Power off smart TVs, tablets, and every other smart device.
Turn off Bluetooth, wi-fi, tethering (also known as Hotspot) on your mobile phones.
Switch off your servers (or any other computers that you may leave on 24x7).
Disconnect LAN (network, CAT6, CAT5) cable plugging computers or laptops in the network. If it is a laptop, it may have a physical slide switch or button press to switch off Wi-Fi card inside the laptop - Switch That Off.
 
This advisory, off course is not relevant for stopping an attack from WannaCry. 
 
If possible, wait for news from the eastern world
o Status: Hoax
o Reason: This simply means that we should lead the life of an ascetic.
 
Keep the antivirus software active and updated on all your devices:
Status: 100% True.
Preferably buy a good antivirus, keep it updated, keep your operating system updated, take precautions, never divulge your personal information.
Keep all your important data in back up (if your system has an auto back option available, keep it as auto enabled)  

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Vivek Silla

6 months ago

We the common people start spreading hoax messages and make these viral resulting in panic. While the intention is noble, but the result is counterproductive as we do more harm than good by spreading panic through fake and misleading messages.
Each individual should exercise restraint from spreading such viral messages. If any individual really wants to do good to their friends and the society, then he or she should verify the authenticity of such messages and pass on only the ones which are really genuine, ignore the remaining or advise the individual from whom the message was received. Online sites such as hoax-slayer.com, scamanalyze.com etc. or even a simple google search can advise on which message is genuine and which is hoax.

Mohan Sivanand

6 months ago

Correction: it is Windows Defender. It's as good as any antivirus you can pay for. And Microsoft is updating it regularly for new attacks.

Mohan Sivanand

6 months ago

If you already use licensed Microsoft Windows and/or the Microsoft Office pack, you need not spend on any anti-virus software again because Microsoft gives you their own Windows a Defender (new) and Microsoft Security Essentials. Download them for free if you haven't already or Lok in your PC for them. Keep them updated, as also your Windows operating system.

Can't leave 160 mn WhatsApp users 'trapped in a corridor of charity': SC
Online messaging service WhatsApp on Tuesday sought to assure the Supreme Court that it has never shared the contents of the messages between its users with third parties even as the top court said that it could not leave 160 million users "trapped in a corridor of charity".
 
The five judge constitution bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra indicated that it would examine the 2016 privacy policy of the online messaging app on the reopening of the court after its summer vacations.
 
Besides Justice Misra, the bench includes Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice Amitava Roy, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar.
 
The court said that it would examine the new privacy policy, which WhatsApp had brought in 2016, after it was acquired by the social networking site Faceb ook, on the grounds whether it was contrary to public policy and whether it was required to be put to constitutional controls. 
 
However, this would happen only if the court comes to conclusion it required judicial interference, said the bench in course of the hearing of a plea by petitioners Karmanya Singh Sareen and Shreya Sethi who have challenged the Delhi High Court's September 23, 2016 order allowing WhatsApp to roll out its new privacy policy but stopping it from sharing the data of its users collected up to September 25, 2016, with Facebook or any other related company.
 
Tuesday was the second day of the hearing and further hearing would take place after top court reopens after summer vacations. On Monday, the court had asked WhatsApp why it changed its policy of non-sharing of data of users after its acquisition by Facebook ito permit sharing of the attributes of its users.
 
Resuming his arguments on the maintainability of the petitions challenging the Delhi High court verdict, senior counsel K.K. Venugopal, appearing for Facebook, said: "We can file an affidavit stating that not a single piece of information has been shared with anybody. Even I cannot access the information if I want to. There is no element of human intervention in the process. Machines take care of this." 
 
He said that any fundamental right - be it of communication or choice of communication - could only be invoked against the state and not against a private entity like WhatsApp, which was not discharging public functions. He argued that petitioners challenging its 2016 new privacy policy will have to first approach the regulatory authorities - TRAI. 
 
He said that regulations framed under the Information Technology Act in 2009 and 2011 covered WhatsApp - a position contested by the petitioners who are contending that these regulations have been outpaced by the technological advancements.
 
Reiterating that it was in no position to go into the contends of the messages exchanged between its users as they were in encrypted form, senior counsel Siddharth Luthra, appearing for WhatsApp, told the bench that it was not generating meta data and all that was being shared was contact details, profile photo and status of the users of the App.
 
Lawyer Madhvi Divan, appearing for the petitioners, said that WhatsApp was using public resource like spectrum and was performing public functions. 
 
Comparing it with telephone services, Divan said while one was paying for availing telephone services, WhatsApp was free but describing its operation as "economic espionage in the name of free service", urged the bench to look at their business model. 
 
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Rahul Pande

6 months ago

Reining social media misuse may be difficult when government itself is indulging in Aadhar piracy in garb of social benefits.

Kids Place: Safeguard Your Mobile
Kids Place is an app launcher which gives you peace of mind when you give your kids your phone or tablet to play. It protects your personal data and restricts kids to run only the apps approved by you. In fact, it has its own launcher, where kids can only see the apps which you have authorised them to see. You can block the kids from making phone calls, sending SMSs or performing other actions that may cost you money. There is also a useful timer feature which can lock the phone after a pre-specified time.
 
You can block incoming calls, block wireless signals and add custom wallpaper, to enhance your kid’s experience and support multiple user profiles for each of your kids or even your teenagers. For toddlers, there is a toddler lock which auto-restarts an app if it is accidentally closed by a toddler. 
 
The premium (paid) version also has an option to reload on reboot and prevent uninstall of the app. On installing the app for the first time, you need to opt for a PIN. Every time you login or logout, you will need the PIN to operate the app. Android: https://goo.gl/kRnF7M
 

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