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Think Twice before Clicking Casually! A set of Precautions to avoid Cyber Fraud in Card Transaction

To secure the POS system, any Wi-Fi systems should be password-protected, and each Internet connection with a firewall

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New Delhi, November 18, 2016: With a spurt in card transaction after demonetisation in India, Russia-based software security company Kaspersky Lab has asked people to remain vigilant, listing a set of precautions to avoid any cyber fraud.

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Attacks on point-of-sale (POS) systems have been growing over the past few years, as physical POS contains the all-important information found on the magnetic strip of a credit card, meaning it can be cloned and used for fraudulent purchases.

“Make sure your employees think twice about their behavior around your POS systems and ensure that they understand that casually clicking on social media links and email attachments in the workplace, especially on any POS-equipped machines, is unacceptable,” suggested Altaf Halde, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab (South Asia).

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Halde advised that once a POS system is installed, password should be changed from the default system and ensure that each employee has their own login to the machine, so that individual passwords are not shared.

“These passwords are changed regularly. If an employee ceases to work for the business, make sure their password is removed from the system,” Halde added.

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To secure the POS system, any Wi-Fi systems should be password-protected, and each Internet connection with a firewall.

Halde also recommended encrypting sensitive payment data of customers. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?