Cyber attack alert! Malware 'Wannacry' is spreading: Know all about it Nearly 100 countries, including India, have been hit by a massive cyber-attack, which, according to experts, was carried out with the help of "cyber weapons" stolen from the US' National Security Agency. The cyber attack was first reported from Sweden, Britain and France, US media outlets reported. Cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files. It has been reported that a new ransomware, "Wannacry", is spreading widely. Wannacry encrypts the files on infected Windows systems. The ransomware WannaCrypt or WannaCry encrypts the computer's hard disk drive and then spreads laterally among computers on the same LAN. An increase in activity of the malware was noticed on Friday, security software company Avast reported, adding that it "quickly escalated into a massive spreading". Commonly used office file extensions (.ppt, .doc, .docx, .xlsx, .sxi).
After India-Pak face-off, ICJ says ruling on Jadhav 'as soon as possible' India and Pakistan on Monday clashed at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the fate of alleged spy Kulbushan Jadhav with New Delhi invoking the court's jurisdiction to see that the death sentence against him was annulled immediately. Pakistan rejected the plea on the ground that India had no right to invoke the jurisdiction of the UN's highest court because the Vienna Convention does not provide for matters relating to spies, terrorists and those who indulge in espionage. However, Islamabad suffered a jolt when it was not allowed by the court to play the video containing a purported confession by Jadhav, a former navy official, who India says was abducted from Iran and taken to Balochistan. At the end of the day's proceedings, ICJ President Ronny Abraham announced that the verdict in the matter would be given "as soon as possible" and the date delivered in a public sitting. Salve cited three past similar cases in which the international court had intervened.
Triple talaq case: SC says will look into polygamy, nikah halala in future The Supreme Court on Monday said it was keeping open for adjudication in the future the issues of polygamy and 'nikah halala' among Muslims as the Centre insisted on deliberations on these aspects as well. "It may not be possible to deal with all the three issues in the limited time we have. We will keep them pending for future," a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said. The observation was made when Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, said that the issues of polygamy and 'nikah halala' were also part of the order of a two-judge bench which had referred to the Constitutional bench the three issues, including the practice of triple talaq among Muslims. "The scope of referring had all the three issues that was divorce, nikah halala, polygamy. All these three issues are before this court by virtue of the reference order of the two-judge bench," Rohatgi said. "It will be dealt in future," the bench clarified.
OnePlus 5 launch soon: Device to have flagship features for half the price OnePlus 5, the next flagship device from the stable of China-based smartphone manufacturer OnePlus, is making a lot of buzz over the internet. The smartphone, expected to launch in a couple of months, is making the tech community keep an eagle eye on every small information available. While big names such as Samsung and LG have already announced their flagship smartphones, the keen wait for the OnePlus 5 is understood, given that OnePlus devices are known to throw in top-tier specifications at half the price of other flagship devices. Recently, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau posted a picture on Weibo confirming the development of OnePlus 5. Soon, the smartphone features, specifications, camera samples and even the price of the smartphone surfaced online. And, as days passed, the OnePlus 5 specification sheet was leaked by an online technology-based portal Slashleaks. OnePlus 5 specification sheet Courtesy: Slashleaks Business Standard compiles the latest details of the OnePlus 5 as available online:
Nokia 3310 will start selling in India from 18 May for Rs 3,310 Finnish mobile firm HMD Global will start selling the new version of the iconic Nokia 3310 handset for Rs 3,310 in India from May 18. "The Nokia 3310 will be available across top mobile stores in India starting May 18, 2017... Will retail at a recommended best buy price of Rs 3,310," HMD Global said in a statement. The new Nokia 3310 will come in four colours -- warm red and yellow, both with a gloss finish, and dark blue and grey, both with a matte finish. HMD Global has licence to design and sell Nokia branded phones globally as well as use technologies developed by Nokia Corporation. The new Nokia 3310 is a dual SIM 2.5G feature phone with 1200 mAH battery that promises around 22 hours of talk time with one-time full charge. It has a 2.4-inch display, 2 megapixel camera with LED flash, bluetooth and USB connectivity option, 16 MB internal with external storage option of up to 32 GB. Nokia 3310, known for its robustness, was the most widely used feature phone globally during 2000-05.
Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Detail's of Pakistan's new declaration to ICJ Pakistan’s latest declaration limiting the circumstances under which it will subject itself to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will have no bearing on the Kulbhushan Jadhav consular access matter that India has raised before the world court, say legal experts. “This case is not being brought by India under the court’s compulsory jurisdiction in the ICJ Statute, Article 36(2), as recognised by both India and Pakistan. Hence the declaration has no effect whatsoever,” said Shashank Kumar, a Geneva-based public international lawyer, who was the first Indian judicial law-clerk at the ICJ, as well as a legal adviser to the Iran-US Claims Tribunal. “Pakistan’s declaration is in relation to the compulsory jurisdiction exercised by the ICJ under Article 36(2) of the ICJ Statute,” Dhruv Sharma, a Delhi based lawyer who specialises in public international law, told The Wire. Modified declaration The new declaration Previous battles on jurisdiction A precedent
NTPC masala bond available for trading on the London Stock Exchange India's state-run NTPC is among the first bonds to list on a new International Securities Market (ISM) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The NTPC masala bond is available for trading this week on ISM following the publication of its rulebook last week by the Minister of state for power, coal and renewable energy Piyush Goyal. "I am pleased that India's NTPC is one of the first companies to list their recent Masala Bond on London Stock Exchange's innovative new debt market. The ISM is an additional market for the issuance and trading of UK and international primary debt targeted at institutional and professional investors. "London Stock Exchange is delighted to announce that its new International Securities Market is now live and welcomes the first bonds to begin trading on the platform," said Nikhil Rathi, CEO of London Stock Exchange. "To NTPC and other issuers from India and across the globe, this provides an opportunity to access quality investors for meeting our financing needs.
Xiaomi launches VoLTE-ready Rs 6,999 Redmi 4 smartphone: Things to know China-based smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi on Tuesday updated its entry-level Redmi series with the launch of the Redmi 4 smartphone in India. Successor to the already famous Redmi 3S, the latest smartphone carries the legacy forward by offering a very efficient 4100mAh battery in a compact design form. The smartphone, priced at Rs 6,999, will be available from 12 noon on May 23 on Amazon India, Mi.com and Mi home. Coming to the specifications, the dual-SIM smartphone features a 5-inch HD screen enclosed in a metal body. Key features of the Redmi 4: On the camera front, the Redmi 4 sports a 13 megapixel rear camera assisted with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) for faster focusing. The Redmi 4 boots Android 6.0.1 with MIUI 8 on the top. The Redmi 4 has been launched in three variants -- 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM, 3GB + 32GB, and 4GB + 64GB. The 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM variant of the smartphone is priced at INR 6,999, and 3GB + 32GB variant will be available for INR 8,999.
Kapil Mishra expose on Arvind Kejriwal, AAP: Is there an iota of truth? Almost a week has passed and the sacked AAP leader Kapil Mishra Vs Arvind Kejriwal battle has witnessed no change, except the former throwing one charge after another at his ex-boss. Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra is on an indefinite fast against the Aam Aadmi Party and is demanding that Kejriwal must reveal the source of funding of the foreign trips of five AAP leaders - Sanjay Singh, Ashish Khetan, Satyendar Jain, Raghav Chadhha and Durgesh Pathak - in the last two years. On Sunday, moments after Mishra made 'fresh expose' on Arvind kejriwal, he fainted. While the mainstream media has devoted major chunks to the high drama, twitterati however, was amused and left in doubt. So here are accusations levelled against Arvind Kejriwal: 1. "Satyendar Jain himself told me that he managed a Rs 50 crore land deal in Chhattarpur (south Delhi) for Kejriwal's brother-in-law. 2. 3. Mishra alleged that in 2013-14, Rs 36 crore received in donations by AAP was not revealed to Election Commission. 4.
Maruti launches new Dzire, starting price Rs 5.45 lakh Maruti Suzuki today launched the new Dzire sedan, a lighter and more fuel efficient vehicle at Rs 5.45 lakh onwards (ex showroom, Delhi). The petrol variant begins at Rs 5.45 lakh and goes up to Rs 8.41 lakh. Diesel variant begins at Rs 6.45 lakh and goes up to Rs 9.41 lakh. Maruti spent Rs 1,000 crore to develop the new Dzire. First launched in 2008, Dzire happens to be Maruti’s second most sold car (after the Alto) and brings 14 per cent of the company’s domestic sales. “We have designed a fresh new car that is an authentic sedan. The many fine touches on the inside make it plush and premium, distinguishing it from everything else,” said Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director at Maruti Suzuki. With this launch, the country’s top car maker desires to position Dzire as a vehicle distinct from Swift which happened to provide cues for the initial model when it was launched in 2008. In a segment marked by the presence of more than a dozen players, Dzire commands 50 per cent of the volumes.
'IT sector to layoff up to 2 lakh engineers annually for next 3 years' Executive search firm Head Hunters India said the job cuts in IT sector will be between 1.75 lakh and 2 lakh annually for next three years due to under-preparedness in adapting to newer technologies. "Contrary to media reports of 56,000 IT professionals to lose jobs this year, the actual job cuts will be between 1.75 lakh and 2 lakh per year in next three years, due to under- preparedness in adapting to newer technologies," Head Hunters India Founder-Chairman and MD K Lakshmikanth told PTI, analysing a report submitted by McKinsey & Company at the Nasscom India Leadership Forum on February 17. McKinsey & Company report had said nearly half of the workforce in the IT services firms will be "irrelevant" over the next 3-4 years. McKinsey India Managing Director Noshir Kaka had also said the bigger challenge ahead for the industry will be to retrain 50-60 per cent of the workforce as there will be a significant shift in technologies.
Don't give in to threats and pay ransom: India advises victims of WannaCry Have you been hit by the recent WannaCry ransomware attack? If so, India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has advised victims of the recent attack, which is ravaging Windows-based computer systems globally by encrypting critical data, to not given into the cyber attackers' threats and pay the ransom. In a webcast on Monday, CERT-In advised individuals and organisations on how to protect themselves from the threat and outlined what they should do if the ransomware has made it onto their system. “Do not pay the ransom, that will encourage the attackers to do more of such attacks. The easiest way to prevent the malware from making it onto any Windows system is to install security patches provided by Microsoft, apart from deploying an up-to-date antivirus software and being cautious when opening emails and downloading attachments from unsolicited emails. “Users can run cleaning tools available on our website to remove the malware.
HTC U11: A human touch-inspired smartphone that is perfectly 'squeezable' Taiwan-based consumer electronics company HTC on Tuesday announced its ‘U11’ flagship smartphone in Taipei. The HTC U11 smartphone features top-tier specifications and seems a flagship smartphone in true sense of the word that can compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 and Apple iPhone 7 smartphones. The HTC U11 can be operated using squeeze-based interactions, a first for any smartphone. In keeping with the human touch, which inspires the phone's squeeze-based interactions, the device has been named “U”11 -- implying a focus on you, rather than it. Here are the detailed features of HTC U11 smartphone: Few things are as natural and intuitive as the sense of touch. Reflects U - Liquid Surface HTC U11 features liquid glass surface, which is crafted using Optical Spectrum Hybrid Deposition – a process in which highly refractive minerals are used to create layers that together forms the phone’s back cover. Pictures that move U – Camera Powerful U - Processor, RAM and Storage