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Trojans pose one of the biggest threats to consumers this year, with them accounting for 90 per cent of all pandemic-related malware, a report said on Monday.
With most of the world still anxious about Covid-19 and demand for vaccines high, McAfee's latest Mobile Threat ReportAsheds light on how hackers are targeting these fears with bogus apps, text messages and social media invitations.
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According to the report, the researchers found evidence of an SMS worm targeting Indian consumers, forming one of the earliest vaccine fraud campaigns.
Both SMS and WhatsApp messages encouraged users to download a vaccine app and once downloaded, malware sent itself to everyone in the user's contact list via SMS or WhatsApp.
"As people increasingly spend more time online owing to the pandemic and staying connected on their mobile devices, hackers are cashing into target unsuspecting consumers," Venkat Krishnapur, vice-president of engineering and managing director, McAfee Enterprise, India, said in a statement.
"With the dramatic increase in threats and cyber criminals exploiting mobile devices, our ongoing effort is to ensure that we protect what is of paramount importance to consumers -- their data," Krishnapur added.
Hackers are using mobile malware dubbed Etinu to read SMS messages and extract the information needed to confirm subscriptions to premium-rate services, unknown to the user. Over 700K downloads were reported before being detected and removed.
Once an app harbouring this malware is installed via the Google Play Store, the malware steals incoming SMS messages using a Notification Listener function, the report said.
It can then make purchases and sign up for premium services and subscriptions that get charged to the user's account, it added.
The report also said that hackers are using banking Trojans to target hundreds of financial institutions around the world.
McAfee Mobile Security detected a 141 per cent increase in Banking Trojan activity between Q3 and Q4 in 2020. Most Banking Trojans are distributed via mechanisms such as phishing SMS messages to avoid Google's screening process.
As per the report, at the end of 2020 (Q4), the total mobile malware detected by McAfee reached 43 million, with over three million of these detections being new. (IANS/AD)
The MHRA states that its surveillance data does not support a link between changes to menstrual periods and Covid-19 vaccines, since the number of reports is low in relation to both the number of people vaccinated and the prevalence of menstrual disorders generally. However, the way in which data is collected makes firm conclusions difficult, Male noted.
She argued that approaches better equipped to compare rates of menstrual changes in vaccinated versus unvaccinated populations are needed, and pointed to the study that the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has undertaken. Indeed, the menstrual cycle may be affected by the body's immune response to the virus itself, with one study showing menstrual disruption in around a quarter of women infected with SARS-CoV2.
If a link between vaccination and menstrual changes is confirmed, this will allow individuals seeking vaccination to plan in advance for potentially altered cycles, Male contended. In the meantime, clinicians must encourage their patients to report any changes to periods or unexpected vaginal bleeding after vaccination. And anyone reporting a change in periods persisting over a number of cycles, or new vaginal bleeding after the menopause, should be managed according to the usual clinical guidelines for these conditions, she suggested. (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: vaccine, menstrual cycle, period, covid, women, health
It began expanding outside of the United States in Canada in May 2019 and has now launched in India. So its become simple and easy for anyone to sell items from their closet, enabled by a full suite of end-to-end seller tools and services, including seamless listing, merchandising, promotion, pricing, and shipping. Indian consumers will be able to join Social marketplace Poshmark, Inc. (Nasdaq: POSH), a booming community of more than 80 million users and a vibrant network of millions of shoppable closets to make money, save money, connect with others, and foster entrepreneurship.
(Article originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe)
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Beak-shaped masks worn during the Great Plague of London Image source: wikimedia commons
Children are often seen forming circles by holding hands and reciting loudly,
Pockets full of posies
We all fall down"
An illustration of the Great Plague of London, 1665 Image source: wikimedia commons
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