Cyber Security News (19th July 2018)

1. 60% of Indian computers vulnerable – Avast CTO


Avast Antivirus chief technical officer and executive vice-president Ondrej Vlcek said that over 60% of the personal computers in India were vulnerable to cyber-crimes.

As many as 18% of routers, 17% phones, 14% printers, 25% network associated storages, 4% security cameras and 2% media boxes too were vulnerable to threats in India.

The percentage for Countries like Japan, China, the U.S. and Singapore are less as compare to India, He said.


   2. Government of India to give preference to cybersecurity products                         manufactured by domestic companies

Cybersecurity products in which intellectual property rights are owned by firms or start-ups organised in India will get preference in all public procurement. The aim is to increase income and employment in the country.

Earlier in July, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) mandated giving preference to locally manufactured cybersecurity products in all public procurement where intellectual property rights are owned by firms or start-ups organised in India.

With Cyber Security being a strategic sector in the country, the Ministry said that preference shall be provided by all procuring entities to domestically produced Cyber Security products.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is the nodal ministry for the implementation of the Cyber Security product order.


3. EU Fines Google Record $5 Billion in Android Antitrust Case

Google has been hit by a record-breaking $5 billion antitrust fine by the European Union regulators for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system and thwarting competitors.

That’s the largest ever antitrust penalty.

Though Android is an open-source and free operating system, device manufacturers still have to obtain a license, with certain conditions, from Google to integrate its Play Store service within their smartphones.

The European Commission levied the fine Wednesday, saying that Google has broken the law by forcing Android smartphone manufacturers to pre-install its own mobile apps and services, like Google Search, Chrome, YouTube, and Gmail, as a condition for licensing.

Google has been ordered to put an end to illegal conduct within 90 days, or the company will face additional penalties—up to 5 percent of Alphabet’s average daily worldwide turnover.


4. Oracle Releases Critical Patch Update

Oracle Releases Critical Patch Updates that contains security fixes for 334 products across all the families.

The Oracle Patch Update covers products including Oracle Database Server, Oracle Global Lifecycle Management, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle Industry Applications, Oracle Java SE, Oracle Virtualization, Oracle MySQL, and Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite.

37% of vulnerabilities fixed are with third-party components that added with the Oracle product distributions.

According to Oracle advisory, the Oracle Patch Update covers only the product that comes under the Premier Support or Extended Support phases. Products that do not come under Premier Support or Extended Support are not tested are not tested for vulnerabilities.

Cyber Security Tips:

  • Users/IT Persons on the Windows and Mac OS X platforms can use automatic updates option’s to get the latest release without delay.



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