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Chennai: Domestic flights from Chennai airport and train services started on Sunday after four days of shutdown due to heavy flooding of its runway, an official said.

“The airport is now open for domestic day flights. We are hoping that international flights will be operational from Monday,” an official told news agencies.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will review the situation for night operations.

Budget airline IndiGo on Sunday said it will resume partial flight operations to Chennai on the Bengaluru-Chennai-Mumbai-Delhi sectors.

Regular train services also resumed on Sunday from Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore stations after days of disruption due to floods, the Southern Railway said.

The trains which will ply on Sunday include the Chennai-New Delhi Grand Trunk Express, Chennai-Mysore Kaveri Express and Chennai-New Delhi Tamil Nadu Express.

Meanwhile, popular Telugu actors Rana Daggubati, Nani and Allari Naresh have joined hands to help the people of Tamil Nadu now reeling under the worst floods in a century to hit the state.

While most stars have already contributed through donations, Rana and his team are appealing to people of Hyderabad to come forward and help the victims of rain-affected city and other parts of the state.

“In solidarity with the people of Chennai and TN affected by the floods, a few of Telugu cinema’s actors have come together and formed an initiative called ‘Mana Madras Kosam’. We would contribute financially, raise funds and ensure proper relief work is being carried on ground,” Rana posted on his Twitter page.

Rana’s family-owned Ramanaidu Studios has become the drop point for relief essentials which are packed and trucked to the city.

On Sunday, these stars – including Lakshmi Manchu, Allu Sirish, Madhu Shalini and Nikhil Siddhartha among others – will visit various malls in Hyderabad to collect money.

“We have networked with several NGOs and volunteers on ground to help us in this effort. In this regard, some of us would visit various malls to create awareness and raise funds. Please be there and contribute generously to help us with this initiative,” he said.

Movie Artists Association (MAA), which is headed by veteran actor Rajendra Prasad, has announced an aid of Rs.5 lakh to the flood victims.

(IANS)

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Chennai-Based Security Researcher Wins $30,000 after He Spotted Flaw in Instagram

He discovered it was possible to take over someone's Instagram account by triggering a password reset

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Muthiyah said the vulnerability allowed him to to "hack any Instagram account without consent permission." Pixabay

Chennai-based security researcher Laxman Muthiyah has won $30,000 as a part of a bug bounty programme after he spotted a flaw in Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram.

Muthiyah said the vulnerability allowed him to to “hack any Instagram account without consent permission.”

He discovered it was possible to take over someone’s Instagram account by triggering a password reset, requesting a recovery code, or quickly trying out possible recovery codes against the account.

“I reported the vulnerability to the Facebook security team and they were unable to reproduce it initially due to lack of information in my report. After a few email and proof of concept video, I could convince them the attack is feasible,” Muthiyah wrote in a blog post this week.

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Chennai-based security researcher Laxman Muthiyah has won $30,000 as a part of a bug bounty programme after he spotted a flaw in Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram. Pixabay

Facebook and Instagram security teams fixed the issue and rewarded me $30,000 as a part of their bounty programme, he added.

Paul Ducklin, Senior Technologist at cyber security major Sophos, however, warned while the vulnerability found by Muthiyah no longer existed, users should familiarise themselves with the process of getting back control of their social media accounts, in case they get hacked.

“In case any of your accounts do get taken over, familiarise yourself with the process you’d follow to win them back. In particular, if there are documents or usage history that might help your case, get them ready before you get hacked, not afterwards,” Ducklin said in a statement.

Muthiyah earlier identified not only a data deletion flaw, but also a data disclosure bug on Facebook.

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The first bug could have zapped all your photos without knowing your password; the second meant tricking you to install an innocent-looking mobile app that could riffle through all your Facebook pictures without being given access to your account.

“To be clear: he found those holes in compliance with Facebook’s Bug Bounty programme, and he disclosed them responsibly to Facebook,” Ducklin said.

“As a result, Facebook was able to fix the problems before the bugs became public, and (as far as anyone knows) these bugs were patched before anyone else found them,” he remarked. (IANS)