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Social Media Main News Source For Young Indians: Report

More than half of the respondents said they fear openly expressing their political views online could get them into trouble with authorities

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The social media giant may face similar questions from lawmakers in other countries in the coming days. Pixabay

Online news generally and social media specifically have outpaced print as the main source of news among English-speaking young Indian news users, showed a new report.

People over 35 still mix online and offline media to a great extent, according to the Oxford University’s Reuters Institute India Digital News Report.

While more than half of respondents in the study reported getting news from social media, a quarter identified social media as their main source of online news.

Facebook and WhatsApp are particularly widely used, with 75 per cent of respondents using Facebook (and 52 per centsaying they get news there), and 82 per cent using WhatsApp (with 52 per cent getting news there).

Other social media widely used for news include Instagram, Twitter and Facebook’s Messenger – whereas Snapchat is much less widely used.

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Social media platforms such as Facebook, its unit WhatsApp and Twitter are extensively being used by Indian politicians for campaigning ahead of the election: Facebook’s 300 million users and WhatsApp’s 200 million have made India their largest market in the world, while Twitter too has millions of users. Pixabay

Based on data from a survey of English-speaking online news users in India, the study also showed that India has emerging as an overwhelmingly mobile-first, and for many mobile-only, media market.

Nearly 70 per cent of the respondents identified smartphones as their main device for online news.

The research showed that people in India have low trust in news overall (36 per cent). But they have higher levels of trust in news in search (45 per cent) and social media (34 per cent) than respondents in many other countries.

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Nearly 60 per cent of users are worried whether online news they come across is real or fake.

More than half of the respondents said they fear openly expressing their political views online could get them into trouble with authorities, the study showed. (IANS)

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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)