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Indian People Get Most Affected By “Shlayer”, Most Widespread MacOS Threat

In order to achieve installations, the threat actor behind Shlayer sets up a malware distribution system with a number of channels leading users to download the malware

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The infection process often consists of two phases - first the user installs Shlayer, then the malware installs a selected type of adware. Device infection, however, starts with an unwitting user downloading the malicious programme. Pixabay

People from India are among those most affected by Shlayer, the most widespread macOS threat in 2019, after those in the US, says a new report from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.

A smart malware distribution system, Shlayer spreads via a partner network, entertainment websites and even Wikipedia, demonstrating that even users that only visit legal sites still need additional protection online. Top countries where users have been affected by the threat include the US (31 per cent), India (18.9 per cent), Germany (14 per cent), France (10 per cent) and the UK (10 per cent), according to the report.

“The macOS platform is a good source of revenue for cybercriminals, who are constantly looking for new ways to deceive users, and actively use social engineering techniques to spread their malware. This case demonstrates that such threats can be found even on legitimate sites,” said Anton Ivanov, Kaspersky Security Analyst.

“Luckily for macOS users, the most widespread threats that target macOS currently revolve around feeding illicit advertising rather than something more dangerous, such as stealing financial data,” Ivanov said. The malware specialises in installation of adware – programmes that terrorise users by feeding illicit ads, intercepting and gathering users’ browser queries, and modifying search results to distribute even more advertising messages.

Shlayer’s share among all attacks on macOS devices registered by Kaspersky products in January – November 2019 amounted to almost a third, with nearly all other top 10 macOS threats being the adware that Shlayer installs: AdWare.OSX.Bnodlero, AdWare. OSX.Geonei, AdWare.OSX.Pirrit and AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.

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People from India are among those most affected by Shlayer, the most widespread macOS threat in 2019, after those in the US, says a new report from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. IANS

The infection process often consists of two phases – first the user installs Shlayer, then the malware installs a selected type of adware. Device infection, however, starts with an unwitting user downloading the malicious programme.

In order to achieve installations, the threat actor behind Shlayer sets up a malware distribution system with a number of channels leading users to download the malware. Kaspersky said in 2019 it prevented attacks carried out by Shlayer at least once on every 10th device using Kaspersky Solutions for Mac.

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“A good web security solution can protect users from threats such as these, making the experience of searching the web safe and pleasant,” said Ivanov. (IANS)

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“Flexible Supply Chains Are The Key To Fight Unpredictable Situations Like Coronavirus Outbreak”, Says Top HP Executive

The report said that to tackle such a situation in the future, first step is to develop visibility to your entire supply chain -- primary, secondary, and even tertiary players and steps

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A global recession is likely if coronavirus becomes a pandemic, and the odds of that are uncomfortably high and rising with infections surging in Italy and Korea, Moody's Analytics said this week. Wikimedia Commons

Although the coronavirus outbreak has slowed down the global supply-chain for industries across the spectrum, the need of the hour is to not only have a diverse portfolio of products but also a diverse portfolio of factories so that such unpredictable situations can be tackled in an efficient way in the future, a top HP Inc executive said on Thursday.

A global recession is likely if coronavirus becomes a pandemic, and the odds of that are uncomfortably high and rising with infections surging in Italy and Korea, Moody’s Analytics said this week.

“We at HP Inc have a good plan to deal with the current situation which is very dynamic. That’s why it is important to have different portfolios. If you have a portfolio of products, you must also have a portfolio of factories. We are not dependent on one product and one factory,” Vinay Awasthi, Managing Director, HP Inc., India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, told IANS.

According to him, traditional supply chain models will slowly pave the way for more flexible mechanisms so that inventories remain at their optimum level. “I think adjustments will happen to the global supply chains. The adjustments are already happening because of the global trade war between US and China. In the future, it’s not just going to be one factory that will create one type of product and will supply all over the world,” Awasthi emphasised.

Global management consulting firm Kearney, in its report titled “Coronavirus and the impact on global supply chains,” said last week that the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the economy has ringed the bell to immediately rethink existing supply chain scenario as established strategies only work when they are not disrupted.

The report said that to tackle such a situation in the future, first step is to develop visibility to your entire supply chain — primary, secondary, and even tertiary players and steps.

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Although the coronavirus outbreak has slowed down the global supply-chain for industries across the spectrum, the need of the hour is to not only have a diverse portfolio of products but also a diverse portfolio of factories so that such unpredictable situations can be tackled in an efficient way in the future, a top HP Inc executive. Wikimedia Commons

“Next, recognise that events like the coronavirus outbreak are going to happen again and again – and determine what plans work best to mitigate the damage,” the report added.

According to Awasthi, because of the coronavirus situation, people are willing to just advance the piece on flexible supply-chain delivery models.

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“We have factories in China but we also have factories at multiple places elsewhere so we are ramping up production at those factories. Going flexible is complex as every country has different tariff structure but that is the name of the game and the future,” he added. (IANS)