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An American man has been charged with allegedly spying on thousands of people via their computers for more than a decade. The US Justice department accused Philip Durachinsky of creating malware to infiltrate victims' computers. During the campaign, Mr Durachinsky is alleged to have stolen data and secretly recorded images and audio. He has been charged with breaking US laws on fraud, computer abuse and identity theft. In addition, because some of the victims were minors, he has also been charged with producing child pornography. In total, Mr Durachinsky faces 16 separate charges.

'Schools hacked'

"Durachinsky is alleged to have utilised his sophisticated cyber-skills with ill intent, compromising numerous systems and individual computers," said FBI special agent Stephen Anthony, who led the investigation. Mr Anthony said many of the organisations that Mr Durachinsky is claimed to have compromised, shared key information with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies helping them uncover who was behind the hack attacks.

As well as individuals, Mr Durachinsky is said to have hacked into schools, companies, a police department and a subsidiary of the US Department of Energy. The malware used to penetrate machines, which were predominantly Apple Mac laptops and desktops, is called Fruitfly. It was first identified in early 2017 and left security researchers baffled because it was not clear how the software managed to infect machines. Analysis of the malware and machines it was found on suggest it was first used in 2003. Apple produced a patch to fix the vulnerabilities it exploited in late January last year. Mr Durachinsky was arrested soon after information about Fruitfly was made public.

News Source: BBCNEWS

Posted On Thursday, 11 January 2018 12:39

twitterTwitter has added zero users since the first quarter, posting $574 million in revenue in the second quarter this year which is a decrease of five percent YoY (year on year). Twitter now has 328 million monthly active users (MAUs) the same number it reported in the first quarter of 2017. On the contrary, Facebook has over two billion users, WhatsApp now reports over one billion daily users and Instagram 'Stories' has over 250 million users. The not so good results brought Twitter's stock down almost 12 per cent in trading on Thursday.

"Monthly active users (MAU) increased five percent YoY and daily active users (DAU) increased 12 percent YoY, marking the third consecutive quarter of double digit growth," said Jack Dorsey, Twitter's CEO, in a statement. Last quarter, the micro blogging platform had daily active user growth of 14 percent YoY. Twitter's net income in the second quarter was $56 million, or eight cents per share.

"We're strengthening our execution, which gives us confidence that our product improvements will continue to contribute to meaningful increases in daily active users," Dorsey added. "We continue to invest in revenue products and services that leverage Twitter's unique value proposition and are delivering more value to advertisers than ever, with double digit growth in daily active users, improvements in ad relevance and better pricing," added Anthony Noto, Twitter's COO. Twitter was now more focused towards video streaming on its platform.

"We're proud of our strong growth in video, which remained our largest and fastest growing ad format, and we received a positive response from advertisers around the live premium video content debuted at Twitter's Digital Content NewFronts," Noto said. Despite stalled user growth, Twitter was now exploring new revenue streams and ways of innovation. When it comes to "Promoted" tweets, the number of brands using Twitter for advertising has been on the rise. Globally, in the first quarter of 2017, Twitter streamed more than 800 hours of live premium video from content partners across over 450 events, reaching 45 million unique viewers an increase of 31 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2016.

Posted On Wednesday, 09 August 2017 12:25

paytmMobile payment platform Paytm has enabled payment of traffic challan on its platform. Users can simply log onto the app, tap on 'Traffic Challan', enter their vehicle number and proceed to make the payment after verifying a few other details.

"Traffic challan payments in India largely happen at select counters and in cash," says Senior Vice President at Paytm, Kiran Vasireddy, "We are glad to partner with the state traffic police departments to enable challan payments on the go," he adds.

The service will generate a digital invoice and the customer’s surrendered documents will be dispatched via postal services by the respective police department, the company said in a statement.

"This is a new stride in our vision to add convenience to every payment use-case in the country," says Vasireddy.

Currently live in Mumbai, Pune and Vijayawada, the company has stated that it will be expanded to other cities soon.

News Source: Telecom News

Posted On Thursday, 08 June 2017 05:34
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To connect more people on Facebook Live, the social network giant has announced a new feature that will let users go live with an another friend for a collaborative broadcast. "The feature was previously available to public figures, but now it is rolling out wide, allowing users to argue or chat with friends in a Live setting," technology website techcrunch.com reported on Wednesday.

The company also announced the ability for live-streaming users to start a direct message with one of their viewers so they can have a private chat during the broadcast.
Users can have conversations in landscape mode for a split-screen style or portrait for picture-in-picture mode.

Facebook earlier announced that its AR camera effects platform will be coming to Live that would change the way people interact with friends on the social network. The camera effects platform includes two products: Frames Studio and AR Studio. Frames Studio is an online creative editor, now available globally, that allows people to design frames that can be used either as profile picture frames or in the new Facebook camera.
AR Studio, now open for beta applications, can be used to create masks, scripted effects, animated frames and other AR technologies that react to movement, the environment or interactions during Live videos.

Source: News18

Posted On Thursday, 25 May 2017 06:17
indian-army

Indian Army has recently taken ‘proactive action’ against Pakistani attempts of infiltration and targeted Pakistan Army forward posts in Naushera sector across the Line of Control. In a video clip provided by Army sources, heavy artillery bombing on Pakistani bunkers can be seen which decimates the Pakistani base.

Indian Army spokesperson Major General Ashok Narula said Pakistan Army has been supporting armed infiltration in Kashmir and targeted attacks have been carried out to put an end to such activities. According to Indian Army, attempts of infiltration are likely to go up in the near future as snow has begun to melt and passes in the Valley have become more accessible. Commenting on the development, former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army General Bikram Singh said, “I am glad that Army has responded in this manner. Congrats to the Northern Command for sending Pakistan a strong message... After the beheading of Indian soldiers, the present COAS had said that the Army will be strict.” In a separate operation in Naugham, four alleged terrorists were killed by Indian Army.

When asked about the attack, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit told CNN-News18 that he had not received any reports from Pakistani side on this. “There is nothing to brag about. It reinforces Pakistan’s contention that we need to resolve the issue peacefully. We are ready to talk with India. Why can’t the two countries have a comprehensive dialogue? Terrorism is also an issue with which Pakistan has strong concerns. Pakistan is not shying away from discussions. Kashmir is the root cause of all our problems,” he said.

Source: News18

Posted On Wednesday, 24 May 2017 10:18
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