People would sacrifice photos on their phones for just 10.37 EUR: Kaspersky

People would sacrifice photos on their phones for just 10.37 EUR: Kaspersky

New Delhi [India], Apr 20 : While people claim to value their memories more than any other form of data stored on their digital devices, they are happy to sell them for little money, research by Kaspersky Lab shows.

A survey has shown that for 49 percent of people, private and sensitive photos of themselves are the most precious data they have on their devices, followed by photos of their children and spouses.

The thought of losing these precious memories is considered more distressing for them than the prospect of a car accident, breaking up with a partner, or a quarrel with a friend or family member.

However, when confronted with the decision to delete this data for money, people nevertheless gave their digital data such as photos away for as little as 10.37EUR.

Organizations around globe becoming better at detecting breaches: Report

Organizations around globe becoming better at detecting breaches: Report

New Delhi [India], Mar. 15 : FireEye, Inc., the leader at stopping today's advanced cyber attacks, recently released the Mandiant M-Trends 2017 report.

The report shares statistics and insights gleaned from Mandiant investigations around the globe in 2016, as well as specific to the EMEA and APAC regions.

Additionally, they have included insights from their FireEye as a Service (FaaS) teams for the second consecutive year.

Some of the key points include:

•Organizations around the globe are becoming better at identifying breaches. The global median time from compromise to discovery has dropped significantly from 146 days in 2015 to 79.5 days in 2016.

CompTIA unveils groundbreaking certification after global Cyber Security challenge

CompTIA unveils groundbreaking certification after global Cyber Security challen

New Delhi [India], Feb 24 : World's leading information technology (IT) association CompTIA has unveiled a groundbreaking, vendor-neutral certification, CompTIA Cyber security Analyst (CSA+), the first of its kind to bring behavioral analytics to the forefront of assessing cyber threats.

The CompTIA CSA+ certification will offer broad-spectrum validation of knowledge and skills required to configure and use cyber-threat detection tools, perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risks to an organization. It certifies knowledge of a data-driven approach to information security.

1,400 passengers grounded at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin Airport after cyber attack

1,400 passengers grounded at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin Airport after cyber attack

On Sunday, over 1,400 passengers were grounded at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin Airport as a result of a cyber-attack against Polish flagship carrier.

According to an airline spokesman, it is the ‘first attack of its kind’. The carrier said in a statement, the incident took place at around 4:00 pm (1500 GMT), in which the airline's ground operations system was attacked.

The incident was resolved by 9:00 pm. It caused the cancellation of 10 flights departing from Warsaw.

LOT spokesman Adrian Kubicki also said, “We’re using state-of-the-art computer systems, so this could potentially be a threat to others in the industry. The attack is now being investigated by the authorities”.

Microsoft, Google team up to Make Internet Searches more Mobile-friendly

Microsoft, Google team up to Make Internet Searches more Mobile-friendly

Technologies companies like Microsoft and Google are rivals, but now they have decided to join hands to improve experience for mobile and handheld device users. According to reports, the Redmond, Washington-headquartered Microsoft and Mountain View, California-headquartered Google have been joining forces to make mobile-friendly web browsing.

According to Microsoft, it is going to launch a new feature for Bing. Bing will make changes in its search algorithm pattern. In addition, it will search and rank mobile-friendly websites better compared to websites with desktop only version.

FCC approves net neutrality rules

Tom Wheeler

London, Feb 27 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reportedly approved net neutrality rules that will prohibit paid prioritisation, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services in the United States, a report said.

The changes proposed by Chairman Tom Wheeler got the commission's nod after three commissioners voted in favour as opposed to two who voted against it, reported the BBC.

The U. S. Telecommunications Industry Association has asked broadband providers to "immediately" take legal action over the rule changes.

High speed 5G internet may be available by 2020

High speed 5G internet may be available by 2020

London, Feb 26 : Scientists are testing the speed for 5G service for the first time, and it may available sooner than you thought.

By 2020, it may just be possible have recording-breaking speeds to mobiles, where you can download 100 movies in just 3 seconds, the Daily Star reported.

Researchers at the University of Surrey managed to record an incredible one terabit per second speed during a recent test, and this service is around 65,000 times faster than current 4G speeds.

5GIC director Professor Rahim Tafazolli, said that they had developed 10 more breakthrough technologies and one of them means we can exceed 1Tbps wirelessly.

FCC chief proposes slew of 'stringent measures' to ensure net neutrality for US internet users

FCC chief proposes slew of 'stringent measures' to ensure net neutrality for US

London, Feb 05 - The chairman of the U. S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reportedly proposed a slew of "strong" measures to ensure that the principles of net neutrality are upheld.

Describing his vision as the "strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC," Tom Wheeler said in an article that he intended to impose new restrictions on how fixed line and mobile broadband providers handle data, reported the BBC.

Wheeler explained that he wanted to reclassify internet service providers (ISPs) to make them like any other public utility, in order to ensure that they can be regulated by the watchdog.

He proposed a series of enforceable, bright-line rules that will prohibit paid prioritisation, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.

List Of 2014's 'worst passwords' revealed

worst passwordsWashington, Jan 21 : The list of 2014's worst passwords is out and occupying the top slot among the most commonly used passwords in the category is "123456".

According to Tech Crunch, SplashData's yearly list of the worst passwords on the internet (as compiled by more than 3 million leaked passwords from 2014) shows that people have a laid back attitude when it comes to securing their accounts on the internet with a strong password.

Last year's worst list of passwords revealed that more number of people were simply using "password" to log into their accounts.

Below is this year's list of 25 worst passwords:

1. 123456

2. password

3. 12345

4. 12345678

5. qwerty

David Cameron wants Whatsapp, Snapchat banned in Britain under new internet anti-terror laws

David CameronLondon, Jan 13 : Online messaging services like Whatsapp and Snapchat may face a ban in Britain as Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to introduce a slew of legislations that would deny terrorists a "safe space" to communicate online in the aftermath of a series of terror attacks in France.

The proposed legislation would provide a new legal framework that will authorize British intelligence agencies to crack the communications of terror suspects if there was specific intelligence of an imminent attack.

Cameron asked, "Are we going to allow a means of communications where it simply is not possible to do that?" He responded by saying: "no, we must not," reported The Guardian."

FinMin to use Facebook, Twitter to push disinvestment

New Delhi - Government is looking at using the social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, in a big-way to generate interest in its disinvestment programme among investors, high networth individuals and opinion makers.

The Department of Disinvestment in the Finance Ministry will hire an advertising or public relation agency for the purpose.

DoD said the agency will carry out advertising/PR work for sale of government holdings in state-owned firms through market instruments like, Initial Public Offers (IPOs), Further Public Offers (FPOs) and Offer for Sale (OFSs).

Sony's `The Interview` rakes-in over $15m beating theatre receipts

Washington, Dec 29 - Sony's ' The Interview' has raked-in over 15 million dollars from online purchases and rentals alone in the US and Canada beating the business of their limited theatres releases.

The studio has also announced that the film has already been rented or purchased over 2 million times, the Verge reported.

Sources said that that the vast majority of the film's sales came through YouTube and Google Play Movies. The film was also available on Xbox Video and a dedicated Sony website, and Apple's iTunes Store.

In a statement, the studio notes that in the four days since its release, the film already "ranks as Sony Pictures number 1 online film of all time." (ANI)

Xbox, PlayStation online services crash after alleged hack

London, Dec 26 - Xbox and PlayStation online services have crashed due to technical glitches after allegedly being attacked by a hacking group.

The companies that make the game consoles, Microsoft and Sony, said that they are aware of the issues that are affecting their online services, reported BBC.

A hacking group called Lizard Squad has claimed that they caused the problems.

However, neither Sony nor Microsoft commented on the hack ing group's claim but said that they were working towards fixing the problem.

There was a message on Xbox's website and PlayStation's official Twitter account that they are working to get the glitches "figure out the right away". (ANI)

Pay extra for making calls using Airtel's mobile internet

Airtel's mobile internetNew Delhi: Bharti Airtel customers will now have to pay extra if they are making calls on Skype, Viber or other apps using their mobile data packs as the operator has decided to charge standard data rates for making voice calls over Internet (VoIP).

The VoIP data will be charged separately and would not be part of the existing data packs.

"All internet/data packs or plans (through which customer can avail discounted rate) shall only be valid for internet browsing and will exclude VoIP (both incoming/ outgoing). VoIP over data connectivity would be charged at standard data rates of 4p/10 KB (3G service) and 10p/10 KB (2G service)," Airtel said on its website.

'Web is designed without an attitude of what it should be used for': Tim Berners

Tim Berners-LeeDubai, Dec 08 - The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners Lee has said, at the first Knowledge Conference on Sunday, that the web is "designed without any attitude of what it should be used for".

According to Gulf News, he said that the internet should be used to promote language, culture, knowledge and help break down the boundaries between nations and people around the globe.

A man who has the access to the web is more resourceful than one who does not, said the man behind the internet revolution.

Lee said that he spent the last 25 years inventing the web, promoting it and most recently defending it.

Twitter introducing changes to make reporting abuse, blocking easier in coming weeks

London, Dec 03 - In a bid to tackle increasing cases of online abuse, Twitter is making changes that will allow users to report abuse or offensive content "more easily."

The social media platform is set to introduce changes that will include a new reporting procedure, change in the way users block others and novel ways of dealing with reported tweets, reported the BBC.

Remarking that users' safety is always a priority, Twitter said that the changes are aimed at giving users "greater control over their experience."

The changes will take effect "in the coming weeks." (ANI)

'Indian organisations lack skills to combat cybercrime'

New Delhi - Even as the threat landscape for cyber attacks is expanding on a rapid scale, about one-third organisations in India have no real-time insight on cyber risks necessary to combat these threats, a survey by global consultancy firm EY has found.

According to the EY Global Information Security survey, companies are lacking agility, budget and skills to mitigate known vulnerabilities and successfully prepare for and address cybersecurity.

About 32.14 per cent of the respondents in India said their organisation's total information security budget will stay approximately the same in the coming 12 months despite increasing threats.

Whatsapp introduces new 'double blue tick' feature that lets users know when messages are read

London, Nov 07 - Mobile messaging service WhatsApp has reportedly come up with a new " double blue tick" feature that allows users to know when their texts have been delivered and read.

The blue tick appears as soon as the person at the receiving end has read the message.

According to Daily Express, one grey tick means a message has been successfully sent, two grey ticks show it has been delivered and a blue tick means the message has been read.

The app now also shows the exact time a text was sent. Users need to press and hold down on a particular post to know the accurate time the message was sent to them.

Xiaomi phones a security risk, don't use it: Indian Air Force

New Delhi - IAF personnel and their families have been asked not to use Chinese 'Xiaomi Redmi 1s' phones on the grounds that data was allegedly transferred to their servers in China and it could be a security risk, a charge denied by the company.

"F-secure, a leading security solution company, recently carried out a test of Xiaomi Redmi 1s, the company's budget smartphone, and found that the phone was forwarding carrier name, phone number, IMEI (the device identifier) plus numbers from address book and text messages back to Beijing," says an advisory issued by the IAF to its personnel.

Google revamps Gmail app, now supports Yahoo, Outlook

GoogleWashington, Oct 21 : Google has revamp ed its Gmail app for Android, and it will now support Yahoo, and Outlook accounts.

Gmail for Android has traditionally supported just Google's own mail service, but now the search giant wants to help Android users manage all of their mail from within its Gmail app, The Verge reported.

A leaked video demonstrates the new Gmail app, and Google notes within it that more than just Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook. com accounts are supported.

It appears that Exchange ActiveSync is supported, as in the Android mail client, which could spell the end of switching between mail clients on Android for most users.

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