Cyber Security News (20th March 2018)

  1. Chinese hackers targeting WhatsApp to extract personal information: Indian Army

The Indian Army has warned WhatsApp users to stay alert on the social media platform as the Army alleged that Chinese hackers are targeting Indian users to extract personal data. According to the Indian army research, Chinese are using many platforms to penetrate your digital world. WhatsApp groups are a new way of hacking into your system. Chinese numbers barge into your groups and start extracting all the data.

Cyber Security Tips:  Users are strongly recommended that stay safe while using WhatsApp, do click on any links without verifying, never share your detail with unknown peoples, avoid clicking any app links, do not install apps from unknown sources, and keep using good antivirus.

  1. Precautions must while sharing Aadhaar number online: UIDAI

Aadhaar card, which is constantly becoming mandatory for a various number of services in India including bank accounts, phones, PAN cards among many other things. We are also hearing various news related to Aadhaar data breach from last few days. According to report published by UIDAI, users are strongly advised to take precautions while sharing Aadhaar number online. Playing down reports of Aadhaar pdf being allegedly available through Google search query of Mera Aadhaar, Meri Pehchan, and UIDAI claimed that the issue had “nothing to do with the security of Aadhaar and its database. Peoples are sharing their personal information, including Aadhaar on the Internet, to some or other service provider or vendor to get the services and when they put their details. If anybody unauthorized publishes someone’s personal information such as Aadhaar card, mobile number, bank account, photograph, etc., he can be sued for civil damages by the person whose privacy right is infringed.

Cyber Security Tips: Users are strongly recommended that never share your Aadhaar with anyone without verifying, avoid linking your Aadhaar with any unknown application, check your Aadhaar status on UIDAI website, and monitor your Aadhaar to check if your Aadhaar registered or linked on any website.

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