Cyber Security News (26th March 2018)

  1. India’s first cyber security cluster to come up in Hyderabad

Two years after signing a Memorandum of Understanding, the ‘Hyderabad Security Cluster’ (HSC) is all set to take off next month, making it the first cyber security cluster in the country. While a search for a physical space for housing this intended cyber security ‘magnet’ is on, three institutions have readily offered ‘space’ for the same. Once launched, the HSC will bring together security agencies of national and international importance, governments, research and knowledge institutions and cyber security businesses — much on the lines of The Hague Security Delta (HSD) that is currently the largest cyber security cluster in the world. Experts said that this move to bring all stakeholders and security agencies onto one platform will help in effective collaboration to deal with cyber-crime and warfare. “Right now, the biggest challenge in cyber security is the lack of coordination, which the HSC will address.

  1. Facebook Collected Your Android Call History and SMS Data For Years           

If you have installed Facebook Messenger app on your Android device, there are chances that the company had been collecting your contacts, SMS, and call history data at least until late last year. Facebook was collecting this data on its users from last few years, which was even reported earlier in media, but the story did not get much attention at that time. A Facebook spokesperson explained, since almost all social networking sites have been designed to make it easier for users to connect with their friends and family members, Facebook also uploads its users’ contacts to offer same. Eventually, Google changed the way Android permissions worked in version 16 of its API, making them more clear and granular by informing users whenever any app tries to execute permissions.   Facebook users on Apple devices are on the safer side, as iOS has never allowed silent access to call data.

Cyber Security Tips:  You can check what data the social network has collected on you so far by going to your Facebook’s Settings→Download a copy of your Facebook data→Start My Archive. If you don’t want Facebook to store or continuously upload your contacts to its server, you can turn off the continuous uploading setting in the Messenger app. This change will also delete all your previously uploaded contacts.

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