SCIENCE & TECH

Hike rolls out payment wallet within platform

Hike messaging app rolled out an in-app electronic payments wallet recently in a bid to cash in on rising digital transactions. After demonetisation, e-payments have surged in India and wallets such as Paytm have grown rapidly. Hike’s wallet is the first such service by a messaging platform in the country and comes ahead of a possible launch of a payment facility by WhatsApp later this year and the messaging app

Older fathers have 'geekier' sons: study

London: Children of older fathers are likely to be more intelligent, focused on their interests and less concerned about fitting in the society, all characteristics typically seen in ‘geeks’, a research suggests. While previous research has shown that children of older fathers are at higher risk of some adverse outcomes, including autism and schizophrenia, the new study found that these children may also have certain advantages over their peers in

Privacy at peril for Mexican journos, lawyers

  There is no privacy any more. This is not just a statement but a fact. With the emergence of digital era, privacy has become major concern for those in the media, and law professionals. A recent report revealed by Citizen Lab Security Researchers has shocked the world. According to the report, which was out yesterday, the Mexican government had used NSO hacking tools and exploits to spy on journalists, lawyers and even

File-less ransomware spreads its tentacles

Security researchers have found a new ransomware ‘Sorebrect‘, which had breached a large number of computers in eastern countries. Researchers at Trend Micro recently found this file-less malware that could infect vulnerable computers with RANSOM_SOREBRECT.A and RANSOM_SOREBRECT.B. Found in middle-eastern countries, it is now spreading across the states of Canada, China, Croatia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan and the United States. According to the researchers, the ransomware encrypts the files

Where is the ware?

What do you think about online advertisements? Are they safe? The activities we do in cyber world are paid. Especially, if you’re a regular internet user, you have to know that, you’re the one, who generate revenue to online advertising agencies and some cyber crooks. If you’re a regular reader of cyber-security news, you might have heard about the term ‘Adware’. Adware is type of malware designed by cyber criminals

New malware targets Linux, Unix-based machines

None can forget the havoc WannaCry ransomware created on Windows machines last month. Followed by this attack, researchers across the globe tried to fix and find other vulnerable flaws. A few weeks back, researchers found vulnerable SMB (short message block) flaw in Samba networking software of Linux and Unix-based machines. News Today, too, reported this fl aw (CVE-2017-7494), which could allow actors to remotely control Linux machines. Security researcher Omri

TCS partners with Intel

Chennai: Country’s largest software exporter TCS announced a tie-up with American tech major Intel to drive digital transformations for customers. “The collaboration with Intel will enable us to create market-ready solutions for digital transformations, while reducing time and cost,” TCS global head of alliances and technology unit, Raman Venkatraman, said. The partnership will seek to create a future ready reference architecture for Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, network, 5G, Artificial

Indian corporate honchos careless over cyber security

Chennai: Recent reports and researchers’ findings say that India may face cyber war, which may result in losses running into millions and billions due to insecure firewall and industrialists carelessness. This comes in the wake of the global threat, WannaCry, and its effect on Indian cyber security. It is not mandatory for a CEO or an industrialist to look at cyber security. But it was this mentality that made many

Malware that spreads through PowerPoint files

Last week, security researchers of SentinelOne lab discovered a new malware, which has been spreading as PowerPoint files through emails. Earlier this month, there were large number of cyber attacks made through phishing mails and social media. Similar to those attacks, two researchers named Caleb Fenton and Itai Liba found this malware called ‘Zusy‘, which is a banking Trojan, spotted in 2012 infecting a large number of personal computers across

Lenovo unveils GST advantage notebooks

Chennai: Lenovo has announced the roll out of new range of GST ready solutions across its notebook, desktop, and all in one PC. A press note said that the PCs start at Rs 19,999. The release said that the company aims to enable small businesses and entrepreneurs with a choice of attractive offers from GST, compliant accounting, ERP and POS solutions along with the purchase of select Lenovo PCs. Commenting

Ransomware gets closer to heart

Researchers have found over 8,000 vulnerabilities in pacemakers that are used on heart patients. They said if these flaws are not patched immediately, actors may exploit them and be capable of killing the patient, if the victim fails to fulfil the actor’s request. Across the world, millions of heart patients relying on pacemakers to stabilise their heart beat. This research report has created fear among these patients. Pacemaker is a small electrical battery-operated device, which is surgically implanted