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Mumbai, Jan 2 : Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday launched the Haj Committee of India’s mobile app here.

The app would bring all Haj related information to the fingertips of users.

People can apply for Haj, seek relevant information, news and updates and can make e-payment through the app, the Minister said.

The app can be downloaded from Google Playstore.

“The central government has been encouraging online applications to ensure fair opportunity for the pilgrimage with complete transparency and comfort. For the first time, Haj application process is going to be digital,” Naqvi said.

“Applying for Haj, enquiry and information, news and updates and e-payment are the main features of this mobile app. Five adults and two infants can apply together as a group. A PDF copy of the form will go to the applicant’s email,” he added.

However, after online application, the printout with documents is to be sent to the state Haj committees.

Last month, the Ministry had launched a new trilingual website of Haj.

During Haj 2016, as many as 45,843 people had applied online for Haj which was about 11 per cent of the total applications from across the country.

Naqvi said that efforts are on to make the process of online application simple and easy so that more and more people can apply online for the next Haj pilgrimage.

Maharashtra topped in online applications for Haj 2016 with a total of 10,960 people applying online followed by Kerala with 9,257 online applications and Uttar Pradesh with 5,407.

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India 7th most targeted nation for Web Application Attacks: Report

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Bengaluru, Feb 21: Nearly 40 per cent of over 53,000 cyber attacks in India occurred in the financial services sector during 2017, placing it at the seventh spot in the list of targeted countries for Web Application Attacks (WAA), a new report said on Wednesday.

Security incidents like phishing, website intrusions and defacements, virus and ransomware targeted the rapidly growing of the Banking, Financial services and Insurance (BFSI) sector in India, warranting a robust infrastructure and planned roadmap for cybersecurity, said the report from content delivery network services Akamai Technologies.

“A key motive of attackers has always been financial profit. In the past few years, we have seen adversaries move to more direct methods to achieve that goal such as ransomware,” noted Martin McKeay, Senior Security Advocate at Akamai.

“Crypto-mining offers attackers the most direct avenue to monetise efforts by putting money immediately into their cryptowallets,” McKeay added.

The report, titled “Akamai State of the Internet Security Q4 2017,” also stated that the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack frequency in the BFSI sector increased by 50 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017 over the last quarter.

It also placed India seventh in the list of the top source countries for WAA.

“While India maintained the same position in the third quarter last year, it is interesting to note that the attacks sourced have seen a drop of approximately four million in number as compared to last quarter,” the report said.

The newly-released data that analysed more than 7.3 trillion bot requests per month found a sharp increase in the threat of credential abuse, with more than 40 per cent of login attempts being malicious.

This indicates that DDoS attacks remain a consistent threat and the Mirai botnet is still capable of strong bursts of activity.

Akamai’s findings also confirmed that the total number of DDoS attacks last quarter increased 14 per cent from the same time last year.

“The hospitality industry suffered as the biggest target of fraudulent credential attacks, with 82 per cent of their login attempts being from malicious botnets, the report said.

The financial industry saw a sharp increase in the number of DDoS attacks, experiencing 298 DDoS attacks against 37 distinct organisations last quarter.

There was a 31 per cent increase in DDoS attacks sourcing from the US last quarter compared to the same timeframe in 2017, the report said.

With Inputs from IANS

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Google reveals security flaw in Microsoft Edge

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San Francisco, Feb 20: Google has made public the details of a medium-level security flaw in Microsoft Edge browser whose patch is still not produced.

The vulnerability was first discovered in November 2017, by the search giant’s Project Zero.

According to Engadget, taking advantage of the flaw, hackers could bypass Microsoft Edge’s existing security measures to inject malicious code into a victim’s computer.

Google, through its Project Zero, notified Microsoft about a bug in November, giving the company the usual 90-day disclosure deadline.

With the three-month deadline over, the team of security analysts employed by Google tasked with finding zero-day vulnerabilities — Project Zero –went public with the details of the security flaw.

The search giant granted a 14-day extension to Microsoft after it said that the problem was complex and it needed more time to fix it.

But, Microsoft even missed the second deadline to produce the patch of the vulnerability. However, given Edge’s small market share, the security issue was unlikely to affect too many people though it is still embarrassing for the company.

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M-tech launches 4G smartphone at Rs 4,499

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New Delhi, Feb 19: Domestic mobile manufacturer M-tech on Monday launched a new 4G VoLTE smartphone “Foto 3” at Rs 4,499.

The device comes with 5-inch FVWGA LCD display and is powered by 1.3 GHz quad core processor paired with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, which is expandable upto 32 GB.

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“With ‘Foto 3’, Internet-savvy users can now avail super-fast data connectivity and superior voice call quality. We are positive that the ‘Foto 3’ will certainly appeal to our customers,” Goutam Kumar Jain, Co-Founder, M-tech Informatics Ltd, said in a statement.

The device runs Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS) and houses 2400 mAh Li-Ion battery. It also sports 2+ VGA dual rear camera and a VGA front camera.

The product is available on both online and offline platforms.

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