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Indian Government to open a Website to facilitate time-bound public services

To facilitate public service delivery in time, a website will soon be made functional by the government of India

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New Delhi, November 10, 2016: To facilitate public service delivery in time, a website will soon be made functional by the government of India.

The main purpose of the website will be to inform the people about various services offered by the central as well as state governments. It will also inform about the procedure for taking them and the timeline for grant of such services.

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According to PTI report, “A national portal is being developed on public service delivery. It will have information of all the services being offered by various central and state government departments.”

“People will be able to know all information like requests regarding issuance of passport to other such documents through this website,” said C Viswanath, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

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This proposal is one of the Centre’s efforts to ensure that all the public services are delivered timely.

He further said that there are about 1,700 services that are provided by various state governments in a timely manner and the number is may go up to 4,000.

“The website is being developed by National Informatics Centre and it will be made functional by May. By clicking a button, one would be able to know what services are being offered by which state,” Viswanath said.

The Secretary said regional conference are being planned in order to inform state and other stake holders to strengthen the already functioning system by putting in place an efficient public service delivery system.

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According to PTI, “A highest of 750 such services are provided by Karnataka, 497 by Goa, 369 by Maharashtra, 361 by Delhi, 324 by Odisha, 278 by Gujarat, 260 by Chhattisgarh, 200 by Jharkhand, 197 by Haryana, 164 by Madhya Pradesh, 153 by Rajasthan, 139 by Uttar Pradesh, 116 by Himachal Pradesh, 80 by Jammu and Kashmir and 50 by Bihar.”

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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7.26 Million Records of BHIM Users Data Exposed by Website: Report

The leaked data had all the primary information of users across India

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The volume of exposed data amounted to 409GB. Pixabay

Security researchers have discovered that about 7.26 million records linked to users of mobile payments app BHIM were left exposed to the public by a website.

The exposed data included sensitive information such as names, dates of birth, age, gender, home address, caste status and Aadhaar card details, among others, said the report from VPN review website vpnMentor.

“The scale of the exposed data is extraordinary, affecting millions of people all over India and exposing them to potentially devastating fraud, theft, and attack from hackers and cybercriminals,” the security researchers from vpnMentor wrote in a blog post on Sunday.

The breach was closed late last month after the researchers contacted India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) twice in a month’s time.

The BHIM website in question was developed by a company called CSC e-Governance Services LTD. in partnership with the Indian government.

“In this case, the data was stored on an unsecured Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 bucket,” the researchers said, adding that S3 buckets are a popular form of Cloud storage across the world but require developers to set up the security protocols on their accounts.

“We reached out to the website’s developers to notify them of the misconfiguration in their S3 bucket and to offer our assistance. After not receiving a reply, we contacted India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), which deals with cybersecurity in the country,” they added.

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Millions of people accross India have been affected by this attack from hackers. Pixabay

It appears CSC established the website connected to the misconfigured S3 bucket to promote BHIM usage across India and sign up new merchant businesses, such as mechanics, farmers, service providers, and store owners onto the app, according to the research led by vpnMentor’s Noam Rotem and Ran Locar.

The volume of exposed data which was first discovered by the security researchers on April 23 amounted to 409GB.

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“It’s difficult to say precisely, but the S3 bucket seemed to contain records from a short period: February 2019. However, even within such a short timeframe, over 7 million records had been uploaded and exposed,” said the report.

“The exposure of BHIM user data is akin to a hacker gaining access to the entire data infrastructure of a bank, along with millions of its users’ account information,” it added.

Offered by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the app BHIM, or Bharat Interface for Money, was launched in 2016. (IANS)

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Build an App, Create a Website – Before you Start Your 1st Year of Engineering

Online learning can be very helpful for students while pursuing their careers

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One can opt for online learning to ensure that their career stays on the right track. (Representational Image). Pixabay

You have taken the first step towards building your career and choosing your profession but how to ensure that it yields the best result. What can assure you that Engineering was the right career option for you? What if we tell you that there is a way to ensure that your career stays on the right track and you are sure about what you would like to pursue. You could do so by opting for an online learning.

To begin with, what is online learning?

Unlike the conventional learning in a classroom, online learning makes the content available for students digitally. Students can learn online, anywhere and anytime. Instead of physical copies of books, e-learning uses visual content and gamification.

It is flexible and offers you the opportunity to create your own schedule and complete as per convenience even while pursuing other things. It is also affordable, and you could make the best use of your savings so far.

To help you understand better, we have listed a few projects you could work on along with the skills that you could attain through online learning.

  1. Build an Android app

With 2Bn+ users, Android is the most commonly used mobile OS. Apps are designed to let you access different information through it and the simplicity of it makes it unique and with wide-ranging functionalities.

You could opt for an Android App Development training. It would help you understand the various features of App Development and how it can be put to use.

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One could opt for an Android App Development training and build an app. Pixabay
  1. Create a website

Web development is the work involved in developing a website. It can range from developing a single page to the most complex websites. There are two kinds of web developer specialization: front-end developer and back-end developer. Front-end developers deal with the layout and visuals of a website, while back-end developers deal with the functionality of a website.

You could opt for a Web Development training. It would help you understand the intricacies and provide an in-depth knowledge of the subject.

  1. Build a game

Python has emerged as a shining star of the coding world while providing you with an opportunity to transform your imagination of creating cool characters in games into reality. It is an open source language and can easily be used by every programmer without any qualms. Being an Interpretive and Object-oriented Programming (OOP) language it adapts itself to the real world and works on debugging the codes without the hassle of a compiler thus saving time on refining the code lines.

You could opt for a Programming with Python Training. It would help you in understanding the building blocks of Python.

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One could opt for a Programming with Python Training and create a game of their own. Pixabay
  1. Develop system applications

It is derived from the C-language and since its inception, has been a top-performing language. Java is fast and efficient and because of which it is frequently used as an enterprise-level software or in complex business problems. It consists of Java Virtual Machine (JVM), which is responsible for converting the code and Java Runtime Environment (JRE), which is used for execution.

You could opt for a Core Java Training. It would help you understand the basic concepts of Java and Object-Oriented Programming such as arrays, methods, and

inheritance, polymorphism, classes etc.

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  1. Create an IOT project

Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical objects that are accessible through the internet. The objects are assigned an IP address and have the ability to collect and transfer data over a network without manual assistance or intervention. The connection thus formed helps in providing a flawless medium with each other to interact and yield the desired outcome.

You could opt for an Internet Of Things training. It would help you in building intelligent internet-connected devices and the intricacies of it.

With 60 Lac students graduating every year and only 8-10% getting employed, it is essential to start early towards gaining an in-depth knowledge and building your resume. So, what you be learning before you begin your engineering?

Courtesy: Internshala Trainings (trainings.internshala.com) an online training platform

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COVID-19 Website by Google India to Inform About Online Security Risks

New COVID-19 website launched by Google India to inform about related scams

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COVID-19 website by Google India to reveals online scams. Pixabay

Google India on Wednesday launched a new website focused on COVID-19 related security risks which is now available in regional languages such as Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Bangla.

The website will inform about online risks and scams and help users stay safe online.

During the past couple of weeks, Google’s advanced machine-learning classifiers have globally seen 18 million daily malware and phishing attempts related to COVID-19, in addition to more than 240 million COVID-related spam messages.

“The Google Threat Analysis Group continuously monitors for sophisticated hacking activity, and their security systems have detected a range of new scams such as phishing emails posing as messages from charities and NGOs battling COVID-19, directions from “administrators” to employees working from home, and even notices spoofing healthcare providers,” the company said in a statement.

With many of the COVID-19 related scams coming in the form of phishing emails, it’s important to pause and evaluate any COVID-19 related email before clicking any links or taking other action.

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Google India’s new website will exposse COVID-19 related scams. Pixabay

According to the tech giant, users should be wary of requests for personal information such as home addresses or bank details.

Google systems have also spotted malware-laden sites that pose as sign-in pages for popular social media accounts, health organisations, and even official coronavirus maps.

To help protect you against these risks, the company has built advanced security protections into Google products to automatically identify and stop threats before they ever reach users.

Google machine learning models in Gmail already detect and block more than 99.9 per cent of spam, phishing, and malware.

Also, the security built into the Chrome browser also protects users by alerting them in case of fraudulent websites.

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Moreover, Google Play Protect scans millions of apps in Google Play to safeguard users against any such risks, the company said. (IANS)