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Lessons Learned from the Latest WhatsApp Hack

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We were once again reminded that mobile devices, the one thing most of us never leave home without, are vulnerable to attacks. And once again, private individuals were attacked.

Several news organizations reported on Monday, May 13, that attackers exploited a vulnerability in WhatsApp, the popular global messaging app installed on 1.5 billion devices worldwide, and successfully installed spyware on several victims’ devices. Unbeknownst to the victims, the attackers obtained complete access to everything on the their mobile devices:  personal and corporate information, email, contacts, camera, microphone, and the individual’s location.

WhatsApp is encouraging customers to update their apps as quickly as possible, and to keep their mobile operating system up to date.

Remarkably, the attackers used the vulnerability to insert malicious code and steal data from Android and iPhone smartphones simply by placing a WhatsApp call, even if the victim didn’t pick up the call. The spyware erases all logs of the call so that victims remain unaware that their device has been hacked.

The WhatsApp hack illustrates that despite their best efforts, Apple and Google cannot completely secure the users of mobile devices running their operating systems. In order to ensure users are properly protected, a mobile threat defense solution must be in place that can prevent spyware from gathering intelligence on their targets. The solution involves multiple steps:

  • Identifying advanced rooting and jailbreaking techniques
  • Detecting unknown malware
  • Preventing malicious outbound communications to command and control servers

All the steps above must be enabled to best prevent sophisticated attacks like the WhatsApp hack. If spyware is simply detected after infecting the device it is too late. It is paramount to ensure that the attack is prevented before it actually infects the mobile device. If, however the device becomes infected, it’s critical that no data be exfiltrated from of the device.

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Now Get 24×7 Services on Airtel Thanks App

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Airtel will continue to provide all essential services to its customers 24×7 even during the lockdown. In Telangana, the services will be available from 6 am to 10 am in Andhra Pradesh from 6 am to 12 Noon at all retail outlets and Airtel stores in compliance with Covid protocols.

Airtel has made recharging all its services distance-friendly to encourage safe social distancing and in hopes to ease your self-quarantining efforts. The Airtel Thanks App allows you to manage as well as recharge all your Airtel connections without having to step out of your home. This includes, prepaid plan, DTH connection, data card, post-paid bills etc. Here’s how you can do it

To recharge on the Airtel Thanks App, follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Install the Airtel Thanks App

Step 2: Click on the ‘Recharge’ tab. Pick the service – mobile, internet, DTH – that you want to recharge.

Step 3: Enter your registered mobile number or DTH account number


Step 4: Select your preferred pack


Step 5: Pay online with your debit or credit card, UPI account, or Amazon pay account

Airtel Thanks app also lets you make other transactions securely from your phone such as paying electricity and water bills, transferring money to someone etc. This is Airtel’s bid to make the lockdown easier for you. You can do the same for someone else who cannot do it themselves, such as your house help, watchman or even an elderly in the nerighbourhood. Stay safe. Stay connected.

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Paytm Rolls Out New Features for Its COVID-19 Vaccine Finder

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Paytm announced that over 1.5 million citizens have registered for the COVID-19 Vaccine Finder on its Mini App store. The platform helps citizens to check the availability of slots for a specific date by individually entering different PIN codes or district details along with age group (18+ or 45+). The company said that it has now launched more advanced filtering options for its Vaccine Finder that help the user to generate personalised leads including information such as the type of vaccine available and the fee charged for it.

The Vaccine Finder helps citizens research between Covishield, Covaxin & decide on the best suitable option for them. The Vaccine Finder is now available in 11 regional languages enabling almost everyone across the country to seamlessly book slots for vaccination. It has witnessed users from over 730 plus districts registering to find vaccine slots.

The company said that over the last few days the vaccine service has empowered citizens across the country to book slots, enabling maximum numbers of citizens to initiate the process of getting vaccinated in a timely manner.

Paytm spokesperson said, 
“We are extremely humbled by how our vaccine finder is helping citizens book slots in a timely manner. With the right use of technology and strategy put in place by authorities, we are optimistic about steering our country clear of the second wave of the pandemic. We believe that with the combined efforts of Government, organizations, and citizens, we are on the right track to recovery.”

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Paytm Offering Payment Gateway Services at Zero Transaction Fees to NGOs

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Paytm announced that it is offering its Payment Gateway services at 0% transaction fees to all registered NGOs across the country, in an effort to help them secure maximum resources for swift, seamless, and smooth Covid Relief work. This service would be applicable on donations of up to Rs. 10 lakh. This move will help NGOs save lakhs of rupees in transaction fees, which they would be able to use for providing more aid and relief to those affected by the pandemic.
 
To help NGOs immediately start accepting all forms of digital payments, the company is offering instant account activation and same-day settlement facility along with zero charges on setup and maintenance. During these unprecedented times, the company wants to ensure that NGOs that are tirelessly working to help those affected by the pandemic by providing food, medicines, oxygen cylinders do not have to wait for 2-3 days to receive contributions made to them by aware citizens and companies. With the Paytm Payment Gateway NGOs are able to get the funds the same day so that they can immediately put the resources to good use.
 
The company is already offering its payment gateway services to few of the largest NGOs in the country who are doing commendable work in helping people during the pandemic. It is aiding several small NGOs in tier-II, tier-III and beyond cities to start accepting contributions digitally so that they have adequate funds. Over the last several weeks, the Paytm Payment Gateway has seen a 400% increase in donations to NGOs via its payment gateway.
 
Paytm Spokesperson said, “NGOs have always been an integral part of social welfare in India. During this ongoing pandemic, they have played an important role in helping millions of citizens get access to food, healthcare, monetary support among other things. We want to do our part in helping them perform their services better by ensuring that they are able to seamlessly, smoothly and immediately get access to funds. Our aim is to help NGOs serve millions of more people and contribute in saving many more lives.”

Paytm recently announced that Paytm Foundation will be setting up oxygen plants in 12-13 cities as hospitals across pan-India face oxygen shortage amid the tumultuous second Covid-19 wave.  These oxygen plants would be directly installed at hospitals, which would serve the oxygen needs for the entire hospital. Paytm Foundation, in association with AIF, Act foundation and Elevation Capital  is sourcing Oxygen Concentrators that would be sent to government hospitals, COVID care facilities, private hospitals, nursing homes among others.

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