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Hostinger Warns Security Breach Might Have Affected 14 Million Customers

Author: Abeerah Hashim - Published 2019-08-27 08:02

According to a recent disclosure by the web hosting firm Hostinger, the company has faced a security breach. Some unauthorized attackers accessed the firm’s internal servers to reach customers’ information.

Link to Hostinger security breach disclosure: https://www.hostinger.com/blog/security-incident-what-you-need-to-know

Govt names its e-commerce portal Bharat Craft; plans to do what Alibaba did in China to benefit MSMEs

Author: Sandeep Soni - Published 2019-08-23 12:00

Taking a cue from e-commerce giant Alibaba’s success in China, the Ministry of MSME said that its e-commerce portal in the offing, to be known as Bharat Craft and to function on the lines of Alibaba would benefit India’s vast MSME sector. “Government is planning to launch Bharat Craft, an e-commerce portal, on the lines of Alibaba, and should soon see turnover on the platform to the tune of Rs 10 lakh crore in the next few years and this would benefit MSMEs in a big way,” MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari

RBI Allows Recurring Card Payments Upto Rs 2000 Without PIN; But These 5 Guidelines You Should Be Aware Of...

Author: Radhika Kajarekar - Published 2019-08-22 12:38

The Reserve Bank of India has given the go ahead for the e-mandate system on debit, credit or other prepaid cards for recurring payments,and this is official from September 1, 2019. Yes, this means we will no longer have to undergo the tedious two factor authentication process every time we carry out a regular transaction at our usual merchant.

The RBI has issued a set of guidelines regarding the e-mandate of recurring transactions.

Madras HC says that Aadhaar-Social Media linkage is not possible

Author: Aditi Agrawal - Published 2019-08-22 12:30

Reiterating its view that Aadhaar cannot be used to authenticate social media accounts, the Madras High Court on August 21 once again said that it had dismissed the original prayer to link Aadhaar to social media accounts — in what has become the WhatsApp traceability case — as it violated the Supreme Court’s judgement on Aadhaar.

NDHB "severely infringes" privacy principles, doesn't say patient is owner of data, no safeguards for EHR misuse: SFLC

Author: Trisha Jalan - Published 2019-08-16 11:29

In its comments to the Ministry of Health’s National Digital Health Blueprint, SFLC has submitted that the Blueprint proposes a framework that “severely infringes” upon the fundamental right to privacy; it doesn’t adhere to privacy principles recommended by the AP Shah committee or in the Justice Srikrishna Committee report, the draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2018; it falls short of the tests laid down in the Supreme Court’s privacy judgment, and ignores the SC’s Aadhaar judgment.

Youth and Privacy: It does matter

Author: Faisal Farooqui - Published 2019-08-15 11:41

I firmly believe that whatever may be the age, people want their privacy. Their data might differ based on interests and age, but their need for privacy will always remain. Right from a young age of 12, when they first create their social media accounts, to the ripe old age of 90, when they are just looking to renew old connections, people prefer a certain level of assurance that their sensitive data is protected, even from companies, because like we cannot blame an unknowing toddler for running into traffic, we cannot blame a young teenager for clicking on agree to ‘terms and condition's when they hardly understand it.

Dr Kamakoti's solution for WhatsApp traceability without breaking encryption is erroneous and not feasible

Author: Anand Venkatanarayanan - Published 2019-08-14 10:19

...the claim that WhatsApp encryption can remain unchanged and adding originator information without breaking encryption into the message is possible is unsupported by the protocol design.

The proposal by Prof. Kamakoti also contains other elementary errors. It assumes that encryption and decryption of messages are done only via public key cryptography which was invented in 1976. But as the discussion above illustrates the signal protocol used by WhatsApp is much more modern, uses a combination of symmetric and public key cryptography and also the double ratchet which continuously discards encryption keys after single use.

Pune students develop synchronous drones, bag Rs 1 lakh cash prize at Smart India Hackathon

Author: Inventiva Editor - Published 2019-08-11 09:05

Commenting on developing the drones, Siddhant Nikumbh (19), leader of Team Dronebolt, said: “All the errors were the best teachers.”

Joining him in the project were Ashwin Kotgire (19), Japjyot Gulati (20), Mohit Arora (19), Pallavi Dadape (19), and Prajakta Lanje (19), students of IT engineering at Pune Institute of Computer Technology.

Indian Startup Ecosystem: A look at India’s most popular startup apps

Author: Raviteja Vedantam - Published 2019-08-08 22:45

India, with nearly 500 million consumers and a large number of young & talented crowd, has piqued the interests of investors. Everybody wants to get a piece of the vast consumer base. The numbers show just that. According to Paganresearch, in 2017, $13.7B of fundings were raised by the Indian startups. Following that, they secured another $13B in 2018, giving them a valuation of nearly $140B.

WhatsApp can trace message origin, says IIT-M professor

Author: Megha Mandavia - Published 2019-08-08 09:50

WhatsApp can trace the origin of messages on its encrypted platform by embedding the first sender's information alongside content, according to a report submitted to the Madras High Court.

On July 31, V Kamakoti a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, proposed two options that could be adopted by the US platform. In the first, it could embed information in an open and visible format; in the second, this would be encrypted, said the report.