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Coronavirus Outbreak: Govt cyber watchdog CERT-In warns public of large-scale phishing attacks using COVID-19 as bait
India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Govt cyber watchdog CERT-In warns public of large-scale phishing attacks using COVID-19 as bait

The government has warned against a large-scale cyber attack against individuals and businesses, where attackers may use COVID-19 as a bait to steal personal and financial information.

BHIM app vulnerability reportedly exposed financial data of millions of users; NPCI denies data compromise
News & Analysis

BHIM app vulnerability reportedly exposed financial data of millions of users; NPCI denies data compromise

According to Vpnmentor, the 409 GB of data suspected to be breached has over 70 lakh records.

CERT-In issues advisory for Android users, says those not on latest version are at risk of being spied on
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CERT-In issues advisory for Android users, says those not on latest version are at risk of being spied on

CERT-In says successful exploitation of the vulnerability could allow attackers to gain access to a user's login credentials, SMS, photos, and phone conversations.

Coronavirus Outbreak: BSE cautions market intermediaries against malicious cyber attacks
Business

Coronavirus Outbreak: BSE cautions market intermediaries against malicious cyber attacks

Leading stock exchange BSE has cautioned market intermediaries against malicious cyber attacks amid increased usage of mobile phones and tabs in the wake of lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic

Govt bans foreign firms from conducting IT security audits of critical sectors for fear of sensitive data being leaked
India

Govt bans foreign firms from conducting IT security audits of critical sectors for fear of sensitive data being leaked

In the wake of the cyber attack on Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, the government has directed the ministries and departments handling India's critical infrastructure to avoid hiring foreign firms to conduct IT security audits of its systems and networks

Facebook reports WhatsApp bug that could allow hackers to infect your phone via video file; update now
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Facebook reports WhatsApp bug that could allow hackers to infect your phone via video file; update now

The bug has been patched in the latest versions of WhatsApp, and was reported to India's CERT-IN.

Sonia Gandhi terms WhatsApp 'snooping' illegal, shameful; Randeep Surjewala asks Centre to reveal 'who bought' Pegasus spyware
Politics

Sonia Gandhi terms WhatsApp 'snooping' illegal, shameful; Randeep Surjewala asks Centre to reveal 'who bought' Pegasus spyware

Congress leaders slammed the government over WhatsApp spying incident with party president Sonia Gandhi dubbing the 'snooping' on activists, journalists and political persons as illegal, unconstitutional and shameful

WhatsApp's report to CERT-IN back in May about Pegasus is now gone for reasons unknown
News & Analysis

WhatsApp's report to CERT-IN back in May about Pegasus is now gone for reasons unknown

A May 2019 note published on the Government of India's cyber response team CERT-IN's website which gave a detailed explanation about the vulnerability that allowed hackers to install Israel spyware Pegasus has been deleted for reasons unknown

WhatsApp claims it informed authorities about vulnerability in May 2019; govt sources say advisory full of 'technical jargon'
India

WhatsApp claims it informed authorities about vulnerability in May 2019; govt sources say advisory full of 'technical jargon'

WhatsApp claims it informed the Government of India about hacking in May 2019, however, government sources claim it was 'pure technical jargon' and didn't mention Pegasus spyware

RBI asks Indian banks to probe alleged data leak of 1.3 million debit and credit cards
Business

RBI asks Indian banks to probe alleged data leak of 1.3 million debit and credit cards

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked banks to ensure customers’ debit and credit card data is secure and investigate reports that say data of 1.3 million accounts was available online, a notice seen by Reuters showed

Home ministry plans legislative amendments to enable covert ops by law enforcement agencies in cyberspace
India

Home ministry plans legislative amendments to enable covert ops by law enforcement agencies in cyberspace

The government is planning to extend immunity to law enforcement agencies operatives to launch covert action against criminal gangs threatening the cyber landscape

Computer malware under garb of I-T Department message circulating in Indian cyberspace, warns govt’s cybersecurity agency
Business

Computer malware under garb of I-T Department message circulating in Indian cyberspace, warns govt’s cybersecurity agency

Fraud links faking the I-T Department are often used by fraudsters as people are very concerned and serious about their tax filing, refunds and other businesses with the department.

CERT-In has developed a free bot removal tool in collaboration with QuickHeal, starts sending out awareness SMS
News & Analysis

CERT-In has developed a free bot removal tool in collaboration with QuickHeal, starts sending out awareness SMS

The SMS includes a link to the Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre where one can get information about bots and how to remove them

CERT-In could not establish that Blue Whale Challenge Game caused children to commit suicide
News & Analysis

CERT-In could not establish that Blue Whale Challenge Game caused children to commit suicide

The committee in its interim findings found that "CERT-In could not establish any involvement of Blue Whale game in any of the incidents reported to them".

DoT has directed ISPs to block over 4,000 URLs that contain material related to the sexual abuse of children
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DoT has directed ISPs to block over 4,000 URLs that contain material related to the sexual abuse of children

Manoj Sinha said ISPs implement blocking of internet websites/ URLs by using a suitable technology.

Infosec Foundation to hold conference on cyber security on 3 November in Kolkata
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Infosec Foundation to hold conference on cyber security on 3 November in Kolkata

Among those who will be attending the summit, will be cyber security experts, cyber law experts, policy makers and start-ups.

CERT-In issues medium severity alert on DoubeLocker ransomware affecting Android smartphones
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CERT-In issues medium severity alert on DoubeLocker ransomware affecting Android smartphones

The malware encrypts all the data on the smartphone, changes the PIN of the device, and demands a bitcoin payment for decryption of the files.

Indian Computer Emergency Response Team issues medium severity alert on 'Bad Rabbit' ransomware
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Indian Computer Emergency Response Team issues medium severity alert on 'Bad Rabbit' ransomware

The ransomware infects a machine by pretending to be an Adobe Flash Installer and then encrypts the files and the drive.

CERT-In issues high severity alert on Xafekopy WAP billing trojan affecting Android smartphones
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CERT-In issues high severity alert on Xafekopy WAP billing trojan affecting Android smartphones

Once installed, the trojan disables the WiFi, and carries out subscribes to WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) services without the knowledge of the user.

No incidents of Locky ransomware cases in India claims cyber security firm Trend Micro
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No incidents of Locky ransomware cases in India claims cyber security firm Trend Micro

After an alert was issued last weekend about the spread of a new ransomware Trend Micro said no incidents involving Locky have been reported in India.