Sextortion & Obscenity: The case of unknown video calls in Kashmir, Modus operandi & Precautions

Sextortion & Obscenity: The case of unknown video calls in Kashmir, Modus operandi & Precautions

Sextortion or obscene video-calling scam has become a new malady for money-minting in Kashmir. Nude video call trick to extort money; fraudsters blackmail WhatsApp users in India By Bhat Yasir Aijaz Baba was sitting with his family one fall day this year when an unknown number rang his cellphone. It was a WhatsApp video call he often receives from his friends and acquaintances. He unwittingly received it and saw darkness with occasional blinking of light in the background. It seemed as if someone was calling him from a dark room. He…

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WhatsApp Without Internet: WhatsApp testing new prototype that will allow sending and receiving messages without internet

WhatsApp Without Internet: WhatsApp testing new prototype that will allow sending and receiving messages without internet

WhatsApp is testing a new feature that allows users to link their account to a second device and continue sending and receiving messages without having to connect it to the primary smartphone over the Internet. This new feature came into force for users of the WhatsApp application, after activating the latest updates of the application on phones running “iOS” or “Android”, according to the “GSM Arena” website. Previously, the user had to ensure that their primary smartphone was still connected to the Internet before any conversations could be carried out…

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Social media giants accused of ‘Silencing’ Kashmir Voices

Social media giants accused of ‘Silencing’ Kashmir Voices

Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are taking down accounts of Kashmiris, a report by a Kashmiri diaspora group says. A report by a Kashmiri diaspora group has accused social media giants Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram of silencing Kashmiri voices in the digital spaces through the frequent suspension of the accounts of artists, academics, and journalists based in and outside the disputed region, a move termed by experts as “reprehensible”. A 30-page report by the Stand With Kashmir (SWK), titled “How social media corporations enable silence on Kashmir”, claims that since 2017,…

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Two serving Union Ministers, Three opposition leaders, 40 Journalists, and others tapped by Pegasus: Report

Two serving Union Ministers, Three opposition leaders, 40 Journalists, and others tapped by Pegasus: Report

Phones of two serving union ministers, three opposition leaders, one constitutional authority, current and former heads of security organisations, administrators, and 40 senior journalists and activists from India were allegedly bugged using an Israeli spy software called Pegasus and put on surveillance, according to an expose by a global consortium of media organisations, including India’s The Wire. The first reports published late Sunday only released names of journalists allegedly targeted in India. The list includes Sushant Singh when he worked with The Indian Express, Hindustan Times group executive editor Shishir…

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GoI denies involvement in Israeli spyware Pegasus to snoop on Imran Khan, Rahul Gandhi & Kashmiri leaders

GoI denies involvement in Israeli spyware Pegasus to snoop on Imran Khan, Rahul Gandhi & Kashmiri leaders

Apart from the journalists, activists, and lawyers, the hacking software Pegasus sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, was also used to access the information of Congress leader Rahul Kashmiri leaders, Pakistani diplomats, Sikh activists, businesspeople known to be the subject of police investigations and two numbers registered to or once known to have been used by the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan. As per a report by The Guardian, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most prominent political rival, the opposition figure Rahul Gandhi, was twice selected as…

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This Password Manager just put users in a fix; You may need to take this action

This Password Manager just put users in a fix; You may need to take this action

The Password Manager was generating weak passwords putting you at risk; so, if you have been using it, you might want to change some of your passwords. A recent report has revealed that Kaspersky Password Manager was using an insecure method of generating passwords for many years that could be brute-forced by hackers in just a few minutes. Some of the people who were using its services now need to change their passwords. Passwords should ideally be easy to remember while being difficult for a computer to guess, but in…

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WhatsApp sues GoI, says new media rules mean an end to privacy

WhatsApp sues GoI, says new media rules mean an end to privacy

The lawsuit escalates a growing struggle between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and tech giants including Facebook, Google parent Alphabet and Twitter in one of their key global growth markets. WhatsApp has filed a legal complaint in Delhi against the Indian government seeking to block regulations coming into force on Wednesday that experts say would compel the California-based Facebook unit to break privacy protections. The lawsuit, described to Reuters by people familiar with it, asks the Delhi high court to declare that one of the new rules is a violation…

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Why Facebook, Twitter, Instagram could be banned in India?

Facebook Twitter Instagram could be banned in India

Social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram may face ban in India if they fail to comply with the new intermediary guidelines for social media platforms. The three-month deadline given by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITy) to accept these guidelines ends today i.e. May 25 but none of the giants have so far accepted the new regulations. The rules will be effective from tomorrow despite these companies seeking a total six-month delay in their implementation. Homegrown social media platform Koo, which is the Indian version…

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Avoid Internet Bans by Using a Free VPN that works in Kashmir

On the first week of February 2021, the Indian authorities agreed to finally restore nationwide internet access by temporarily lifting the 18-month ban, the longest internet blackout in a democratic country. With this move, schools, banks, and other essential online services are now free to operate without restrictions. Additionally, the lifting of the internet ban can help in the improvement of the healthcare system in the country, especially in an era where proper healthcare is needed the most. But given the previous incidents, it will probably take just enough time…

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Data of 25 lakh Airtel customers in J&K allegedly leaked; telco claims no breach in server

A sample of the leaked database was shared on Twitter by cyber-security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia which shows masked details of the subscribers. Data of around 25 lakh Bharti Airtel subscribers of the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) circle, including Aadhaar numbers, address, and date of birth, has reportedly been leaked by hackers, even as the telecom operator denied any breach in its servers. A sample of the leaked database was shared on Twitter by cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia which shows masked details of the subscribers. Rajaharia also shared a video of…

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