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Doosra is Helping to Create an Alternative Digital Identity


Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and other online media platforms have been approached to verify the identity of their users — this could be either through telephone numbers or government-provided IDs like the Aadhaar card. Putting your number online isn't only a danger even with expanding government observation. It is additionally about security and online safety since personal data can have in-real-life (IRL) outcomes like being targeted by stalkers, trolls, or individuals looking to hack into your account. “Where there is personal data, there is a great risk of hackers trying to steal it,” pointed out Mozilla in a statement. 

An Indian start-up situated in Hyderabad called Doosra has a potential solution. It will provide you with a 10-digit virtual telephone number (without another SIM card) that can be shared with shopping places, stores, and more arbitrary places. Along these lines, all the spam calls and messages with offers will be coordinated to the virtual number and your own number will stay liberated from spams. You will be able to stay hidden when you choose to call back an unknown incoming number without revealing your phone number.

“The only people that will have any kind of access to your primary number would be if we got an executive order from the official authorities,” Aditya Vuchi, founder and chief executive of Doosra said. This implies that if your social media handle is discovered to be a part of any activity, which abuses Section 69 of the IT Act, the government or Supreme Court will first have to issue an order to the social media platform. If and once they find that the mobile number given is a Doosra number, they should issue another order to Doosra to access your primary number. 

The six-month-old Doosra is the first such service to be accessible in India. It isn't that other such applications don't exist — like 2ndLine, Hushed, and Burner — however, you need an American or Canadian number to sign up for them. Doosra caters to numbers based out of India. You need your real number to sign up for the service, and it isn't free with plans beginning at ₹59 each month for essential services and ₹83 for the pro package.

Hackers take advantage of Coronavirus panic, launch Cyberattacks

The whole world is in high alert with coronavirus COVID-19, as being declared a pandemic and every government is making a tremendous effort to get the virus under control and protect its citizens. The virus already has everyone in a panic with the loss of life, tumbling economy and the global shutdown but one group is seemingly using this chaos and panic to its advantage. As the virus makes headlines daily, people heed to every information they can get to beat COVID-19, and hackers are using this to their gain. Several cybersecurity firms have reported cases and attacks in various forms by hackers using COVID-19 to lure their victims into spreading malware and falling into other traps. People are staying indoors and working from home and increasingly using the internet which presents as a sweet cake for hackers.

Here is how hackers are exploiting the global panic from the virus

Phishing Mails and Malwares
FireEye a cybersecurity company, has learned about cybersecurity threats coming from China, North Korea, and Russia. Chinese hacking group attacks East Asia, the North Korean groups are targeting South Korean Non-governmental Organizations and Russian groups are attacking parts of Ukraine. These use phishing emails and spams to spread malware but they are not just limited to malware, some mails are business mails to fish out money from the receiver.

Stealing Personal Information
A Chinese group named Vicious Panda by the security firms has tricked people into sharing sensitive personal information using a document from Mongolian Health Ministry. Other hackers are using maps and dashboards for stealing personal information reports Reason Labs. The most common one is the abuse of the dashboard created by John Hopkins University. People rely on these to track the spread of the virus and know the infected number.

Fake Apps, Websites Imposters, and Misinformation 
Among other methods are - Fake Apps to track the spread of coronavirus and the infected patient, where they went, where not to go, virus hotspots. These apps are filled with malware and could be asking you to pay money. Then there are the Fake websites, where the actors imposter global organizations like the World Health Organization. Some social media campaigns and accounts are also responsible for sharing misinformation about the virus that it's a conspiracy of rival countries.

The crux is, as long as COVID-19 remains a threat, hackers will continue to take its advantage, so we need to be diligent and smart while surfing the net to avoid being scammed. A few steps like only trusting variable sources for information on the virus life

  • Use a trustable source of information on the virus. 
  • Not installing apps from unverified sources. 
  • Don't pay anything to any website or application, only trust government sources. 
  • Don't open spam emails or any attachment if it's not known.