More than 55% millennials in India have experienced cybercrime: Report

More than 55% millennials in India have experienced cybercrime: Report

New Delhi: Over 55 per cent of millennials (born between 1980-2000) in India have experienced cybercrime in the past year and globally, millennials are the most commonly affected victims, with 40 per cent experiencing it last year, a report revealed on Saturday.

According to the `Norton Cyber Security Insights` report by security software firm Norton by Symantec, “39 per cent Indian millennials have either experienced ransomware themselves or know someone who has”.

“Millennials emerged as the password sharing generation in India with 34 per cent of them admitting to sharing passwords of various accounts,” said Ritesh Chopra, Country Manager, Norton by Symantec, in a statement.

Of those who have experienced ransomware, 80 per cent of the millennial victims did so in the past one year alone.

Further, 18 per cent of millennial victims paid the ransom, yet, did not gain access to their files, the findings showed.

When it comes to Wi-Fi usage, 30 per cent millennials agreed to have used their neighbour`s Wi-Fi network without their permissions, compared to 22 per cent of the overall respondents.

While overall, one in four consumers regularly use public Wi-Fi connections available at airports, coffee and shops, this rises to 33 per cent among millennials.

Putting their cyber security at risk, 60 per cent of these millennials are willing to give into actions such as answering a survey question, install a third-party app (43 per cent), provide access to files while online (25 per cent) and turn off their security software (24 per cent) to gain access to free public Wi-Fi.

In order to protect your information, Norton recommends these practices — avoid password promiscuity, do not pay the ransom and backup, be in control when online, know the ins and outs of public Wi-Fi networks — to millennials.

The Norton report is an online survey of 20,907 device users ages 18+ across 21 markets, commissioned by Norton by Symantec and produced by research firm Edelman Intelligence.


Apple China to offer free battery replacements for faulty iPhone 6s

Apple China to offer free battery replacements for faulty iPhone 6s

Beijing: Apple China will offer free battery replacements for faulty iPhone 6s that shut down unexpectedly.

Consumers across China have filed complaints on China`s microblog service Weibo, claiming their mobile phones unexpectedly switch off despite displaying battery levels over 50 per cent, Xinhua news agency reported.

China Consumer Association earlier last week sent a letter to Apple, requesting that it clarify the reason.

Stressing the issue is not safety-related, Apple China said in a statement on Monday that the unexpected power-off only affects handsets with certain serial numbers.

It agreed to replace the batteries of faulty iPhone 6s manufactured between September and October 2015 free of charge.

Other models with the same problem were not included in the current replacement plan.

Know how many seconds it takes to hack a credit card

Know how many seconds it takes to hack a credit card

New Delhi: Hackers can take as less as six seconds to hack a laptop and an internet connection to access an individual’s Visa credit or debit card data.

As per a new research published in the journal “IEEE Security and Privacy”, “distributed guessing attack” can succeed in breaching all the security features put in place to protect online payments from fraud.

IANS report based on the research published in the journals said that neither the network, nor the banks are able to detect attackers making multiple, invalid attempts to get payment card data.

The current online payment system does not detect multiple invalid payment requests from different websites.

This allows unlimited guesses on each card data field, using up to the allowed number of attempts – typically 10 or 20 guesses – on each website, explained Mohammed Ali, a PhD student in Newcastle University.

“Different websites ask for different variations in the card data fields to validate an online purchase, enabling hackers to build up the information and piece it together like a jigsaw.

The combination of these two factors — unlimited guesses and variation in the payment data fields — makes it easy for attackers to hack all the card details.

Each generated card field can be used in succession to generate the next field and so on.

The researchers explained that even starting with no details at all other than the first six digits — which tell you the bank and card type — a hacker can obtain essential pieces of information.

These are — card number, expiry date and security code — to make an online purchase within as little as six seconds.

Researchers believe this `guessing attack` method could have been used in the recent Tesco cyber attack where the hackers defrauded customers of 2.5 million pounds.

The risk is higher at this time of the year as many people are making online purchases ahead of Christmas.

However, researchers found that unlike Visa cards, MasterCard`s centralised network was able to detect the guessing attack after less than 10 attempts – even when those payments were distributed across multiple networks.

The researchers suggested that to minimise the chances of hacking, debit or credit card-holders should use just one card for online payments and keep the spending limit on that account as low as possible.


2017 Hyundai Grandi10 spotted on test

2017 Hyundai Grandi10 spotted on test

Earlier this year, Hyundai unveiled a facelifted version of its i10 hatchback. This vehicle revealed the updates that we would get on our Grand model in India. Now ahead of official debut early next year, the test vehicle has been spotted doing the rounds outside Chennai.

Despite the camouflage, the hatchback sports a bigger hexagonal grille integrated with LED DRLs and a reworked bumper. New 14-inch alloy wheels, a redesigned rear bumper and tail gate are other changes that the Indian model might also get as a mid-life makeover.

The interior of the upcoming Grandi10 is also expected to be refreshed with new upholstery and features. The overall layout and design will remain the same, but Hyundai might add in an updated infotainment system and automatic climate control amongst other features.

The powertrain options for the new Grandi10 are expected to be the same from the existing model. This includes the 1.2-litre Kappa petrol and 1.1-litre iRDE diesel units. Transmission options are also expected to be carried over with a five-speed manual as standard and the option of a four-speed automatic in the petrol trim.

We are expecting Hyundai to launch this latest iteration of the Grandi10 in India in early 2017. It will continue to face competition from the Maruti Suzuki Swift, whose next-gen model is also expected to be launched in the latter half of 2017.


2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Picture Gallery

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Picture Gallery

Mercedes-Benz has launched the facelifted version of the CLA within two years of its launch and apart from the regulation nips and tucks, there are a few more add-ons. So here then is an up close look at new Mercedes-Benz CLA.

Yes, Mercedes has finally added the pristine Blue to the CLA and its looks fabulous and so does the ‘Road and Track’ package that is seen in the picture above. The air dam has been reworked with the centre grille growing wider. The headlamps internals are new but carry the same old signature DRLs.

The hood gets thick chequered flag stripe in the centre with a red highlight stripe flanking on each side and it gets number 1 splashed across the face like a race car. The bumper lip gets chrome treatment for the Road and Track package and is black for the standard car.

The decals are spread on the profile as well with the race number pasted on the front doors on either side. The twin-slat five-spoke alloys on this car are in addition to the package but the red hub-caps are a part of it. The standard car gets the petal shaped alloy wheels which look classy.

The stripes extend across the roof to the boot-lid which gets a carbon-fibre lid-spoiler for style as well as aerodynamics. As you can see, while the tail lamp shape has been retained, the internals have been reworked. The CLA still has one of the best looking rears amongst Mercedes cars.

The interior has been carried over and the soft touch plastics on the top of the dashboard feel quite premium. The tablet infotainment screen, a grid of buttons for telephony and the old COMAND unit do remind you of the older car. The R&T package gets sporty pedals.

The cabin is a plush place to be with all the leather upholstery and luxury features. It gets an electrically operated sunroof as standard, electric seats with memory function and electric mirrors along with steering mounted audio controls and cruise control.

The CLA is compact and if there are large people in the front, the space in the back is going to be cramped. The boot size is decent thought and can carry quite a good amount of luggage. The CLA interiors are offered in beige or black in contrast to the exterior colour you choose.

It gets the same engine options as before, the 136bhp 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine and the 156bhp 1.6-litre turbo-petrol. Both the engines are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission that powers the front wheels. The performance variant, CLA 45 AMG


Here are 4 new things on Mercedes-Benz CLA facelift

Here are 4 new things on Mercedes-Benz CLA facelift

Mercedes-Benz India has just launched a facelifted version of the CLA. To be sold as the 2017 CLA, this new offering features minor design changes, updated interiors and a sporty new package. The powertrain remains unchanged though – a 2-litre, four-cylinder petrol with 184bhp/300Nm and a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel with 134bhp and 300Nm. That said, there are plenty of new bits as well.

Here are 4 new things on the Mercedes CLA facelift.

Upgraded design

Despite being around for a long time, the CLA still has its charm and manages to look good with its low-slung nose and coupe-like styling. For 2017, Mercedes has given the CLA a quick nip and tuck with new LED headlights, redesigned bumpers and a slightly revised taillight cluster. The rest, including the wheel options, remain the same.

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

Inside, the biggest change is to be found on the dash which now houses an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, up from the 7-inch unit in the old car. The highlight though is the fact that this new system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for smartphones.

Road and Track package

With the 2017 CLA, Mercedes is also offering something called as the ‘Road and Track’ package. This racier trim adds white interior upholstery, carbon wing mirrors and a rear spoiler, red hub caps and some stickers. The Road and Track package comes in at Rs 1.78lakh over the price of the standard car.

Variants and prices

The CLA facelift is available in three variants (one petrol and two diesel) and five colour options including a new blue shade. The ex-showroom prices range between Rs 31.40 lakh and Rs 34.68 lakh. The car mainly competes with the Audi A3 which is due for a thorough update.


Ford reveals all-new generation of the Fiesta

Ford reveals all-new generation of the Fiesta

An all-new generation of the Fiesta hatch has made its debut at a special event by Ford in Cologne, Germany. Ford, in fact, has revealed four production variants in the form of Fiesta Titanium, Fiesta ST-Line, the upscale Fiesta Vignale and a crossover called Fiesta Active.

Featuring revised exteriors, a more ergonomically laid out interior including a floating touchscreen display and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, the new Fiesta is here to take on existing mid-size hatchbacks in the US and Europe.

Underneath the revised exterior is Ford’s Global B platform from the old car. Ford has soldiered on with the platform to keep R&D costs in check. As for the powertrain, the big change comes with the 1-litre EcoBoost engine. Ford has introduced cylinder deactivation technology to improve fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. The new tech can disengage or re-engage the cylinder in 14 milliseconds.

The new Fiesta is set to go on sale in European markets during the first half of next year.


Maruti Suzuki and Gujarat government initiative teaches driving to 10,000 tribal youths

Maruti Suzuki and Gujarat government initiative teaches driving to 10,000 tribal youths

Maruti Suzuki India and the government of Gujarat state together took an initiative called ‘All Gujarat Institute of Driving, Technical Training and Research (AGIDTTR)’. The objective of this public-private-partnership was to provide lucrative employment opportunities to the tribal youth through comprehensive driver training program. And now this initiative has achieved a milestone of training 10,000 tribal youths in professional driving.

Set up in 2009, under the Gujarat Government’s Vanbandhu Welfare Scheme, the AGIDTTR is coaching the tribal students in a 45-day residential training program, imparting the students with driving skills as well as soft skills such as basic English-speaking, table manners, workplace etiquette, yoga, crafts, map reading and entrepreneurship. The institute is spread over 20 acres and comprises of a driving track, classrooms along with four driving simulators and 18 vehicles for the training purposes.

Maruti Suzuki has also introduced a new course in the program for Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) which will be carried out on the recently launched Super Carry. At present, the driving training is offered for light motor vehicles, heavy motor vehicles, HMV trucks and forklifts.

The programme has provided placement opportunities to 73 per cent of the students, with employers including large scale companies from pharmaceuticals, food & beverage, auto manufacturers and telecom industries.

R S Kalsi, executive director of marketing and sales, Maruti Suzuki India, commenting on this milestone said, “Our objective is to make the students employment-ready through driving training and soft skills and help them get suitable employment. These youth have shown tremendous enthusiasm in improving their quality of life. With support from the state government, the institute has witnessed an increase in enrollment as compared to same time last year. We are optimistic on sustaining the momentum and providing the youth with opportunities through more such establishments.”


Did you know Malware can turn your laptop into an eavesdropping device?

Did you know Malware can turn your laptop into an eavesdropping device?

New Delhi: Laptops have become an essential part of our everyday live – work, entertainment, fund, etc. It’s almost impossible to imagine a day without them.

And as much important they are, did you know that laptops can be turned into an eavesdropping device?

A new study has warned that Malware can covertly transform headphones into a pair of microphones can turn your personal computer into a perpetual eavesdropping device.

Using the malware SPEAKE(a)R, the researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel demonstrated how most PCs and laptops today are susceptible to this type of attack.

“The fact that headphones, earphones and speakers are physically built like microphones and that an audio port`s role in the PC can be reprogrammed from output to input creates a vulnerability that can be abused by hackers,” said Professor Yuval Elovici, Director, BGU Cyber Security Research Center.

A typical computer chassis contains a number of audio jacks, either in the front panel, rear panel or both.

Each jack is used either for input (line-in), or for output (line-out). The audio chipsets in modern motherboards and sound cards include an option for changing the function of an audio port with software — a type of audio port programming referred to as jack retasking or jack remapping.

Malware can stealthily reconfigure the headphone jack from a line-out jack to a microphone jack, making the connected headphones function as a pair of recording microphones and turning the computer into an eavesdropping device.

This works even when the computer does not have a connected microphone, said the study published in the journal arxriv.

The researchers studied several attack scenarios to evaluate the signal quality of simple off-the-shelf headphones.

“We demonstrated it is possible to acquire intelligible audio through earphones up to several metres away,” Yosef Solewicz, an acoustic researcher at the BGU Cyber Security Research Center (CSRC) said.

“This is the reason people like Facebook Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg tape up their mic and webcam,” lead researcher Mordechai Guri, Head of Research and Development at the CSRC, noted.

“You might tape the mic, but would be unlikely to tape the headphones or speakers,” Guri added.

Potential software countermeasures include completely disabling audio hardware, using an HD audio driver to alert users when microphones are being accessed, and developing and enforcing a strict rejacking policy within the industry.

Anti-malware and intrusion detection systems could also be developed to monitor and detect unauthorised speaker-to-mic retasking operations and block them, the researchers said.


Demonetisation: Short of cash? Here’s how you can pay your utility bills with mobile wallet Apps

Demonetisation: Short of cash? Here's how you can pay your utility bills with mobile wallet Apps

New Delhi: The use of ‘mobile wallet’ is likely to increase in India, especially after the Narendra Modi government’s bold demonetisation move, throwing enough signals that the country is heading towards cashless economy.

With the increasing rate of smart phone and internet penetration in the country, the concept of mobile wallet is no longer naïve to an average customer. In view of the initial cash crunch triggered by the government’s demonetisation move, ‘mobile wallet apps’ have provided big help to people in paying their utility bills and much more.

While the mobile wallet apps are easy to use, safe and fully protected, they also spare the user from unnecessary hassles like travelling and standing in long queues to pay utility bills on time.

For those who are still ignorant about how to use mobile wallet here are few simple steps that will guide them through:

1- Download the mobile wallet apps from Google Play Store or Apple I-Store. The wallets like Paytm, PayU, MobiKwik, Vodafone M-pesa, Citrus Pay, Oxigen Wallet etc can be downloaded from iOS or Android smartphones.

2- Once the app is downloaded or installed in the smartphone, it is ready to use. Choose from any of the options- credit card, debit card or internet banking to fill the wallet with some cash.

3- The wallets have tie up with merchants like Zomato, BookMyShow, Uber, Goibibo, Makemytrip, Grofers, Pepperfry, Jabong etc. Any kind of online product purchase, booking tickets or payment of utility bills can be done with the help of these wallets.

Go to payment section and choose ‘wallet’ from the payment options. Enter phone number and email id for the transaction. Then the pre-stored cash from the wallet will automatically get deducted.

4- Once the cash from the wallet gets deducted, you will get a notification in your mobile. Within minutes, that cash will get delivered to the merchant from where you have done the actual purchase.

Step 5- Once the merchant receives the cash, you will get a notification too. And then your payment for online shopping or bill paying is done. Within days, you might also get a reminder about the remaining account balance of your mobile wallet. If required, you can recharge it again.

Your money and bank details are safe with the mobile wallet apps. Some of them like Paytm are also RBI approved and some can be used in offline stores too.