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Video Meeting App Zoom Prone to Hacking: Report

Zoom bug can let hackers steal your Windows password

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The video conferencing app Zoom has an unpatched bug can let hackers steal users Windows password. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Slammed for the lack of users privacy and security by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and cybersecurity experts, video meeting app Zoom is also prone to hacking, a new report has claimed, saying an unpatched bug can let hackers steal users Windows password.

The �Zoom client for Windows’ is vulnerable to the ‘UNC path injection’ vulnerability that could let remote attackers steal login credentials for victims’ Windows systems, reports TheHacckeNews.

The latest finding by cybersecurity expert @_g0dmode, has also been “confirmed by researcher Matthew Hickey and Mohamed A. Baset,’ the report said late Wednesday.

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The attack involves the “SMBRelay technique” wherein Windows automatically exposes a user’s login username and NTLM password hashes to a remote server, when attempting to connect and download a file hosted on it.

“The attack is possible only because Zoom for Windows supports remote UNC paths, which converts such potentially insecure URLs into hyperlinks for recipients in a personal or group chat,” the report claimed. Besides Windows credentials, the vulnerability can also be exploited to launch any programme present on a targeted computer.

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The Zoom client for Windows’ is vulnerable to the ‘UNC path injection’ vulnerability that could let remote attackers steal login credentials for victims’ Windows systems, reports TheHacckeNews. Pixabay

Zoom has been notified of this bug but the flaw is yet to be fixed. “Users are advised to either use an alternative video conferencing software or Zoom in your web browser instead of the dedicated client app,” said the report. Another media report claimed that Zoom doesn’t use end-to-end encryption to protect calling data of its users.

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As businesses, schools and colleges and millions of SMBs use video conferencing tool Zoom during the work-from-home scenario, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned people about porn material being popped up during the video meetings.

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The Boston branch of the law enforcement agency said it has received multiple reports of Zoom conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language.

The video conferencing app late last month updated its iOS app to remove the software development kit (SDK) that was providing users’ data to Facebook through the Login with Facebook feature. (IANS)

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Oglivy Launches Video Campaign Promoting Love of Couples in Lockdown

To celebrate the bonding of couples and blur the gender lines amid lockdown Oglivy, India has launched a video campaign

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A video campaign to promote bonding is started by Oglivy India. Pixabay

While the current situation has imposed social restrictions, caused financial uncertainty, increased stress and anxiety, it has also provided couples with extra time to spend together, helping them bond better. Capturing the moments of togetherness and companionship, W released a shot-at-home music video showcasing how the lockdown has brought many men and women closer.

The overarching theme of the video is ‘W is M, M is W’, representing Men and Women who are working together, having fun together, and empowering each other along the way. Conceptualized by Ogilvy India, the video captures how the lockdown has blurred gender lines, as men and women have found new ways to bond together by partaking in the others’ work and making it theirs. With the larger goal of surviving the unprecedented crisis, the video celebrates the loving, caring, and understanding efforts from both men and women towards shared learning and growing love and mutual respect.

The video resonates with the idea of equal stake and equal responsibilities where both parties are stepping up to fulfil daily commitments together and enabling each other.

“Today, despite all the office work at home, couples have found time and new ways to bond together, triggering a transformation where men and women are sharing and owning daily responsibilities equally. By donning each other’s hats, couples have blurred the gender lines, fostering greater understanding and mutual respect between each other.

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This video campaign promotes love and bonding. Pixabay

The W is M and M is W is all about these endearing stories of companionship. With W always resonating with the modern women and rooting for progressive culture, we feel the companionship depicted in the video is a celebration in itself,” Anant Daga, Managing Director, TCNS Clothing Co. Ltd. said.

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Ritu Sharda, Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy India (North) said, “As life turned upside down, and we found ourselves huddled together at home, we realised something beautiful that MEN & WOMEN may be different but are somewhere like two sides of the same coin. Staying in has made us realize that our roles as homemakers were not sacrosanct and when situations demanded we could step into each other’s shoes effortlessly. This role reversal has made us see each other in a new light of respect and admiration. And this is what W’s latest film W is M is all about, a tale of togetherness and companionship that helped many wade through this time with a smile on their face. Because M is W and W is M”. (IANS)

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How to Build the Ultimate Ecommerce App with Builder.ai’s Studio Store

Businesses all over the globe have gone digital during the Coronavirus pandemic

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The world of e-commerce is growing fast and businesses need to catch up. Pixabay

Not too long ago, NASDAQ predicted that by the year 2040, as much as 95% of shopping will be facilitated by ecommerce. Similarly, Shopify Plus estimates that by the year 2021, worldwide retail ecommerce sales will reach $4.9 trillion – a number that will now be amplified as a result of the recent events. The world of e-commerce is growing fast and businesses need to catch up.

For good or for bad, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns have left businesses little choice but to go digital. Gone are the days when goliaths like Walmart would build ecommerce apps just to indulge a handful of customers. Today, it is either go digital or go home.  So, for all businesses looking for an ecommerce mobile app builder, Studio Store could be an interesting option.

Launched recently by Builder.ai with the goal of helping businesses directly impacted by COVID-19, Studio Store is a new range of pre-packaged apps – beginning with e-commerce and delivery – designed to bring businesses online faster and at a fraction of the cost of building from scratch. With Studio Store, Builder.ai is furthering its mission to democratize the software market by offering pre-built software for a fraction of the price, giving more companies than ever the opportunity to use technology to grow their business.

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Here’s how you can get an ecommerce website to flourish your website. Pixabay

So, if you’ve been wondering how to build an ecommerce app, then here are the key problems Studio Store solves with features that are most noteworthy:

  • Most apps take 6-9 months to develop, depending on the complexity. 

Unlike most ecommerce app builders, Studio Store ecommerce app by Builder.ai will serve the specific needs of businesses across e-commerce – such as flower shops, grocery stores and clothiers – and be delivered to customers in eight weeks.

  • Most app development journeys are complicated and take months of back and forth to just nail down basic feature sets. 

The Studio Store’s e-commerce app makes selling to an ever-mobile customer effortless, and retailers can showcase their goods with a scrollable carousel and offer a wide range of secure payment methods. The app includes features that will handle the soup to nuts of most e-commerce experiences.

  • For most ecommerce app builders, their job ends as soon as an app is handed over to the customer, with little to no customer service after. 

Studio Store by Builder.ai offers 3 months of free aftercare that keeps the app thriving and the cloud needed to run the app and scale the business.

  • App developers charge hefty down payments even before a project begins.

Studio Store is priced at a reasonable $500 per month and Builder.ai does not take any cut of sales or transaction fees (so you’ll only pay those charged directly by a payment gateway). Builder.ai only requires a one-month deposit at the beginning of the engagement.

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Studio Store is priced at a reasonable $500 per month and Builder.ai does not take any cut of sales or transaction fees. Pixabay

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  • With SaaS app builders, each customer gets complete ownership of their code.

The biggest drawback of SaaS applications is that the source code remains the same for all customers. In cases where new features are rolled out, they’re rolled out universally. But with Studio Store, the customer gets a copy of the code after 24 months.

All in all, if you are looking to build an ecommerce app online, then Builder.ai could be the best choice. You can check out the Studio Store for yourself by clicking here.

[Disclaimer: The article published above promotes links of commercial interests.]

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Harsh Vardhan to Take Charge as Chairman of WHO’s Executive Board

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will take over 34-member WHO Executive Board as the chairman

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The Health Minister will take over as the Chairman of WHO Executive Board. Wikimedia Commons

India’s health Minister Harsh Vardhan is going to take charge as the chairman of the WHO’s Executive Board later on Friday. At a time when the credibility of the World Health Organization (WHO) has plummeted to an all time low and internationally there’s a groundswell for new leadership, this is seen as India filling up the leadership vacuum.

This all important Executive Board has 34 members who are technically qualified and represent their nations. All of the 34 are designated by their respective governments to the World Health Assembly, which in this case concluded recently. Harsh Vardhan had made a long speech there about India’s response to COVID-19 and how Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown “leadership” benefiting not just India but the world.

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The Executive Board meeting is held at least twice a year. WIkimedia Commons

“The Board meets at least twice a year; the main meeting is normally in January, with a second shorter meeting in May, immediately after the Health Assembly. The main functions of the Executive Board are to give effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, to advise it and generally to facilitate its work,” is how WHO describes the Board’s job.

The proposal to appoint India’s nominee to the executive board was signed by the 194-nation World Health Assembly.

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While it has not been a sudden decision since last year itself WHO’s South East Asia group had decided that India would be elected to the Executive Board for three years from 2020, the timing is extremely crucial.

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Trump accused WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of bias towards China. Pixabay

US President Donald Trump has threatened to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) if it fails to commit to “substantive improvements” within 30 days. In a letter, Trump also accused WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of bias towards China and alleged that the “only way forward for the WHO is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China.”

The world health body was forced to give its nod for a coronavirus probe, aimed to investigate China’s alleged role of hiding crucial details of COVID-19 from the world, after 61 countries had moved a resolution at the the WHO’s decision-making body asking for an “impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation”. (IANS)