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India was the most cyber-attacked country in the world for three months

Rise in ransomware hacking makes India the second most attacked country globally. After COVID infections, here’s another dubious rise to the No.2 spot for India—ransomware attacks. … “Ransomware is breaking records in 2020,” quipped Lotem Finkelsteen, Check Point’s head of threat intelligence.

India was the most cyber-attacked country in the world for three months

The rising cyber attacks has resulted in more and more companies opting for cyber insurance policies to mitigate the cyber-breach risk.  About 350 cyber insurance policies have been sold in India till 2018, which is a 40% increase from that in 2017.

While IT, banking and financial services were early adopters of cyber insurance, a new demand has arisen among manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, hospitality, R&D and IP-based organisations.

Number of hacking attempts using credential stuffing across the world stands strong at 30 billion in 2018. These hackers use proxy servers located across the globe to mask their identity and attempt to breach databases.

In the video media sector alone, three of the largest credential stuffing attacks in 2018 increased from 133 million to nearly 200 million, the study said. “Credential stuffing attempts can advance to full-blown account takeovers and compromises because people tend to use the same password across multiple websites — or the passwords they are using are easily guessed, and they generated credentials,” the report said.

The market for stolen media and entertainment accounts is thriving. “The media, gaming, and entertainment industries are prized targets for cyber criminals who are looking to trade in stolen information and access. The accounts are sold in bulk, and the goal of hackers is to move their goods by volume, rather than single account sales,” the report said.

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Google to pay publishers in 5 nations $1 bn over 3 years for news content

News Showcase product launches in Germany, Brazil Thursday. News publishers have pressured Google for years over payment

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Google’s to pay $1 billion to publishers globally for their content over the next three years, its CEO said on Thursday, a move that could help it win over a powerful group amid heightened regulatory scrutiny worldwide.

CEO sunder pichai said the new product called Google News Showcase will launch first in Germany, where it has signed up German newspapers including Der Spiegel, Stern, Die Zeit, and in Brazil with Folha de S.Paulo, Band and Infobae.

The product will be rolled out in Belgium, India, the Netherlands and other countries. About 200 publishers in Argentina, Australia, Britain, Brazil, Canada and Germany have signed up to the product

Licensing fees will be structured as a flat fee over a period of time and will be negotiated depending on the amount of content the publisher provides, Google said

The search engine giant has been accused of cashing in on hard work and journalistic efforts put in by media companies to publish content that’s in the public interest

European Publishers Council said it’s an attempt by Google to stave off legislation and government action to get them to negotiate.

Many are quite cynical about Google’s perceived strategy, said Angela Mills Wade, executive director of the council. By launching a product, they can dictate terms and conditions, undermine legislation designed to create conditions for a fair negotiation, while claiming they are helping to fund news production.

Zomato, Swiggy get notices from Google for violating Play Store norms

Google’s funding for news organisations has frustrated other internet publishers, such as weather websites and recipe tools, which say Google has hurt their revenue

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Zomato, Swiggy get notices from Google for violating Play Store norms

Food delivery apps Zomato and Swiggy have received notices from Google for their in-app gamification features that allegedly violate the tech giant’s Play Store guidelines

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Google recently removed Paytm from the Play Store as it violated the guidelines. Now, it looks like both popular food delivery apps, Zomato and Swiggy are under the radar. The apps have been reportedly given a noticed by the search giant for violating the Play Store guidelines. This is regarding the gamification techniques that are used by both platforms.

MUMBAI | BENGALURU: Food delivery apps Swiggy and Zomato have received notices from Google stating that the in-app gamification feature used by both platforms violate its Play Store guidelines, multiple sources told. Zomato confirmed the development and termed the notice “unfair”

The in-app gamification feature was withdrawn by Swiggy after the notice, but the company has declined to comment further on the issue. A separate query sent to Google remains unanswered. We will update the story as and when it responds.

Of late, Google has been facing backlash from Indian startup ecosystem for a new policy that requires apps with subscription bundling in education, health and fitness and other digital products and services to share 30% revenue. 

Various companies are trying to cash in on the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and have added gamification features to woo customers, enhance engagement and boost sales

Many Indian startups have raised concerns around this move, saying Google cannot force Indian app developers / owners to sell digital services by compulsorily using its billing system, and giving the US-based company a 30 per cent fee on each transaction.

Many founders also believe that India needs a local app store to provide more choice to consumers.

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Google removes 17 Android apps caught engaging in WAP billing fraud

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Android apps: Tech giant Google last week removed as many as 17 apps from its Play Store, after they were found to be infected with malware. Security researchers from Zscaler found that the 17 apps were infected by Joker or Bread malware.

  • Google has deleted 17 apps in total from Google Play Store.
  • The removed 17 Android apps were infected with Joker malware.
  • As per reports, there were around 120,000 downloads for these malicious apps.

As soon as Google was notified about the 17 malicious apps that intend to gain unauthorised access to the users’ data, the company’s Android Security team took prompt action to remove the apps from the Play Store.

In that time, Google has removed more than 1700 apps that have been plagued by the Joker malware. These 17 apps were downloaded 120,000 times before being detected. The list of 17 apps is as follows. 

  • All Good PDF Scanner
  • Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message
  • Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons
  • Tangram App Lock
  • Direct Messenger
  • Private SMS
  • One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator
  • Style Photo Collage
  • Meticulous Scanner
  • Desire Translate
  • Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus
  • Care Message
  • Part Message
  • Paper Doc Scanner
  • Blue Scanner
  • Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF
  • All Good PDF Scanner

Following its internal procedures, Google removed the apps from the Play Store, used the Play Protect service to disable the apps on infected devices, but users still need to manually intervene and remove the apps from their devices.

The Joker malware has remained a persistent threat for the Android security theme. Despite Google’s efforts, the malware has been popping up on various apps on the Play Store at regular intervals.

Earlier this month, Google had removed six apps containing the malware that were spotted by cybersecurity firm Pradeo and accounted for nearly 2 lakh installs.

Zscaler, giving its word of caution, told users to keep an eye on the permissions that any apps were seeking, and look out for suspicious permissions like SMS messages, contacts or call logs, as it could be an indicator of a malicious app

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Google maps adds COVID-19 layer for safe travel in 220 nations

Google maps adds COVID-19 layer to display number of cases

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  • Google Maps already features pandemic-related tools
  • Public transit crowdedness predictions is one such feature
  • The COVID-19 layer is rolling out this week worldwide

Google is introducing a feature for its Maps platform on mobile phones that will provide essential information about COVID-19, which has now become a regular part of daily lives, at least of the people travelling and commuting. The new layer will give provide essential information about the rate of infections

Data featured in the Covid layer comes from multiple authoritative sources, including Johns Hopkins, the New York Times, and Wikipedia who, in turn, get data from public health organisations like the World Health Organisation, government health ministries, along with state and local health agencies and hospitals.

When you open Google Maps, tap on the layers button on the top right hand corner of the screen and click on “Covid-19 info”.

More than one billion people turn to Google Maps for essential information about how to get from place to place – especially during the pandemic when safety concerns are top of mind.

Features like popular times and live busyness, Covid-19 alerts in transit, and Covid checkpoints in driving navigation were all designed to help you stay safe when you’re out and about,” Sujoy Banerjee Product Manager, Google Maps, said in a statement on Wednesday.

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The Galaxy phone Samsung fans have been waiting for will launch TODAY

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SAMSUNG will hold a major launch event later today where the company is expected to take the wraps off a new smartphone that fans have been waiting for.

Fans answered and Samsung says it will deliver a Galaxy for every fanLaunching today at 7:30PM, the brand-new Galaxy promises to leave compromise behind giving the fans industry-leading innovations in a variety of colors

  • Samsung is hosting a Galaxy Unpacked event on September 23.
  • The event could see the launch of the Galaxy S20 FE.
  • The S20 FE will be the successor to the Galaxy S10 Lite.

Interested viewers can watch the online-only launch event on the Samsung global newsroom website, its official YouTube channel, and other social media accounts.

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Samsung  may have only just announced its new Note 20 but now it seems it’s back with another phone and Galaxy fans could be in for a real treat. The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition has been rumoured for a while but with the Korean firm announcing its “Unpacked for every Fan” event, speculation is rife that this device is just days from an official release

Samsung later confirmed the existence of the Galaxy S20 FE series in what seems to be yet another accidental reveal. The device was spotted in a listing on a Samsung Bulgaria’s YouTube Premium offer pages , which confirmed its name. The listing also confirmed that Samsung is preparing 4G and 5G variants of the Galaxy S20 FE.

The listing on the Samsung Philippines site also suggested dual-SIM support as well as at least 128GB of onboard storage on the Galaxy S20 FE. The phone is also likely to come in both 4G and 5G options — just like the Galaxy S20 series.

Previously leaked renders also suggest that the overall size of the device will be the same as the Galaxy S20+ because of the bezels around the screen. The final measurement thus for the device is tipped to be 161 x 73 x 8 mm. The phone is also said to bring the same battery capacity as the Galaxy S20+ with a 4,500 mAh pack.

Much like the S10 Lite that was launched earlier in the year, the Galaxy S20 Lite could come as a slightly watered-down version of the Galaxy S20. The phone is currently tipped to be made available in both a global and a US variant, with possibly different chipsets and support for either 4G or 5G basebands.

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Sony apologizes for botched Playstation 5 pre order

Sony promises more PS5 pre-orders ‘over the next few days’ and apologizes

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Sony effectively surprise-launched pre-orders for the console. They were supposed to be available on September 17th, but many retailers started pre-orders soon after the . Ps5 showcase event ended — many gamers were caught unprepared and missed out on a system

Gizmodo additionally famous that particular person retailers had their very own complications, Amazon warned customers that they might not receive their PS5 devices on launch day. We’ve also seen reports from retailers who have canceled orders.

Microsoft seems to have organized a more coordinated campaign. Xbox Series X and S pre-orders will begin at a specific time on September 22nd (11:00 a.m. East) and stores are following that schedule.

This is a problem console makers want to have, to some degree — it makes clear that PS5 demand is high. Still, it’s not the greatest start to sales for one of Sony’s most important products.

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Tiktok and WeChat will be banned from US

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TikTok and WeChat will be banned from US app stores from Sunday, unless President Donald Trump agrees to a last-minute deal.

The actions follow an Aug. 6 executive order in which President Trump argued that TikTok and WeChat collect data from American users that could be retrieved by the Chinese government. The administration has threatened fines of up to $1 million and up to 20 years in prison for violations of the order

In a series of moves designed to render WeChat essentially useless within the United States, the government will also ban American companies from processing transactions for WeChat or hosting its internet traffic

ByteDance has been in talks with Oracle Corp and others to create a new company, TikTok Global, that aims to address US concerns about the security of its users’ data. ByteDance still needs Trump’s approval to stave off a US ban.

TikTok has 100 million users in the US, while WeChat has 19 million daily active users, according to Reuters. The order doesn’t prevent companies from hosting WeChat and TikTok outside the US, not does it affect other Tencent games and apps.

We disagree with the decision from the Commerce Department, and are disappointed that it stands to block new app downloads from Sunday and ban use of the TikTok app in the US from November 12,” a TikTok spokesperson explained to Engadget. “Our community of 100 million US users love TikTok because it’s a home for entertainment, self-expression, and connection, and we’re committed to protecting their privacy and safety as we continue working to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform.”

The Trump administration has ramped up efforts to purge “untrusted” Chinese apps from US digital networks and has called TikTok and WeChat “significant threats”.

WeChat is popular among Chinese students, Chinese immigrants and some Americans who have personal or business relationships in China.

WeChat is an all-in-one mobile app that combines services similar to Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Venmo. The app is an essential part of daily life for many in China and boasts more than 1 billion users.

The best way to make TikTok safe is you make it like a read-only type account where you’re the viewer of posts versus a participating player,” said Check Point researcher Mark Ostrowski. “But then you’re turning off the exact thing that’s making TikTok so popular.

After Mr. Trump’s August executive orders, Tencent hired Edward Royce, former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and four other lobbyists from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, according to a disclosure filing.

With a market value of over $645 billion, Hong Kong-listed Tencent is one of the biggest companies in China and works closely with the government. Chairman, and CEO Pony Ma has been a member of the rubber-stamp National People’s Congress since 2013.

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Paytm says your money is safe and the app will be back soon on play store

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Paytm and Paytm First Games apps have been removed from the Google Play Store. This has left many in shock and people are currently not able to understand what it means for them as a consumer. Paytm has ensured that the app will be soon available on the Google Play Store. Additionally, the company has also ensured that all the money is safe and people should be able to use their Paytm app normally. 

  1. Paytm’s tweet comes in the wake of Google pulling down the app from its Play Store for alleged violation of online gambling policies
  2. Paytm First Games has recently roped in cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as its brand ambassador

Paytm will not be available for download now but there will be no impact on existing users of the app, PTI reported.

We have these policies to protect users from potential harm. When an app violates these policies, we notify the developer of the violation and remove the app from Google Play until the developer brings the app into compliance. And in the case where there are repeated policy violations, we may take more serious action which may include terminating Google Play Developer accounts. Our policies are applied and enforced on all developers consistently,” Google added

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Paytm app users can still use their app if it is installed on their phones. It is the 6th most downloaded fintech app, according to the Sensor Tower – a website that provides “enterprise-level data on mobile apps and publishers.”

Paytm has 450 million users and apart from being a payment app, it provides features like online shopping, gaming and banking along with other services.

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Apple Event September 2020s: At the special ‘Time Flies’ event Tuesday, Apple announced Watch SE, Watch Series 6, iPad Air, 8th generation iPad and a few new services.

Watch Series 6iPad Air, 8th generation iPad, and a few new services. In India, the Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS) is priced at Rs 40,900 while the Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular) is priced at Rs 49,900.

  • Apple Watch Series 6 price in India starts at Rs. 40,900
  • iPad Air (2020) gets the A14 Bionic SoC before iPhone 12 series
  • ‘Affordable’ iPad 8th Gen, Apple Watch SE launched

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The India prices of the Apple One plan are also quite affordable in comparison to the US pricing. The individual plan with Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage is priced Rs 195 per month. The family plan with Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Arcade, and 200GB of iCloud storage costs Rs 365 per month and can be shared with up to six family members. 

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The Apple Watch Series 6 is the first product Apple announced. The headline feature of this product is its ability to measure blood oxygen saturation. It’s a measure of how well your cardiovascular system is functioning. If you have the Series 6, you may not need to use a dedicated pulse oximeter. 

The India price of the Apple Watch SE (GPS) version is set at Rs 29,900 while the Watch SE (GPS + Cellular) is priced at Rs 33,900. Apple is yet to announce the availability details of Watch SE. The new Watch Series 6 is definitely expensive and starts at a price of Rs 40,900 for the GPS model. The Watch Series 6 (GPS + Cellular) has been priced at Rs 49,900.

New iPad (8th generation)

The new iPad (8th generation) will have a starting price in India of Rs 29,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 41,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model in 32GB and 128GB configurations. The device will be compatible with Apple Pencil (1st generation) priced at Rs 8,500 and the Smart Keyboard priced Rs 13,900. Smart covers for iPad can be purchased at Rs 4,500

The new iPad Air will be available in October at Apple Authorised Resellers. The Wi-Fi models of iPad Air will be available with a starting price of Rs 54900 and Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at Rs 66900. The compatible Apple Pencil (2nd generation) is priced Rs 10,900, while the Magic Keyboard is sold separately at Rs 27,900 and Smart Keyboard Folio at Rs 15,900.

Apple hasn’t revealed the exact release dates for these products, but we expect some of them to go on sale by the end of the month or early October. Note that the Apple Watch SE and Series 6 come in 40mm and 44mm sizes and the company is yet to reveal the full set of prices for all the variants.