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The Antidrone system and a new platform for online voting were created in Russia

The Antidrone system will allow detecting drones that fly up to any object, said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of the Kaspersky Lab. Depending on the model of the drones, the program can either land it, send it back, or stun it.

"This is necessary at sporting events, at airports, and for private businesses. Do I want someone's drones flying around our office? I don't want. This is the case when simultaneous sales will probably go both in Russia and in Europe," said Eugene Kaspersky.

Another startup of the Kaspersky Lab is an online voting system based on blockchain. According to Eugene Kaspersky, it can only be hacked by infecting a specific device. However, it will be difficult to infect a lot of devices.

"If you infect a thousand devices, it will not affect big elections in any way, but if you infect a million devices, it will be immediately noticeable. Of course, the elections will be disrupted, but we will see it," said Eugene Kaspersky.

The development also includes a process for monitoring online voting.

"If you want to observe the elections, put the server in the blockchain. So we simultaneously increase the blockchain, that is, the number of machines that calculate all this, and give access to observers. That is, if you want to be an observer, come with your computer,” explained the expert.

Also, during the pandemic, the company created its own travel accelerator "Kaspersky Exploring Russia". The program is designed to help tourism startups overcome the crisis and create the basis for further implementation of their projects. During the selection stage, the Kaspersky Lab received more than 500 applications from 47 countries.

Mister Kaspersky also said that Russia trains the world's best programmers, but this sometimes leads to the fact that the world's best hackers also speak Russian.

Russian engineer raised $5 million for Tamagotchi for hackers

Russian techno enthusiast Pavel Zhovner raised almost $5 million for the production of Tamagotchi for hackers Flipper Zero.  The project attracted 37,987 users of the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform.

Zhovner launched the campaign in early August and expected to be able to raise at least $60,000 within a month — the minimum amount needed to start production in China. However, the enthusiast received this money within 8 minutes after the start of the collection. A day later, the project raised $500,000, and by the end of the weekend - more than $1 million. The campaign ended on 29 August with an impressive result of $4 882 784.

“I’m even a little glad that this will finally end, I can breathe out. We are called to continue the campaign on all sorts of IndieGoGo, but we decided to take a break and go into development more tightly, without being distracted by marketing,” wrote Zhovner in his Telegram channel.

Flipper Zero is an electronic multitool equipped with a built-in radio module for receiving and transmitting signals at frequencies of 300-928 MHz, as well as an infrared transmitter for controlling household appliances.

The creator describes the device as a universal tool that can turn into anything in the hands of experts — from remote control for a TV to a device for hacking a Wi-Fi router.

The developers said that Flipper Zero does not fall under the description of a special tool or device for the secret collection of information. The device does not have the ability to capture audio-visual information and is not disguised as household items. The factory firmware will not contain jamming, brute force, or other potentially malicious features.

Also, inside Flipper Zero there is a cyberdolphin that needs to be fed. This mascot is a reference to Johnny Mnemonic, the cult cyberpunk film.

Kickstarter's sponsors are expected to be able to receive their devices as early as February 2021. Later, the creator plans to release Flipper Zero for free sale through online stores and resellers at a price of $169.

Twitter Rolled-out its Latest Feature that Lets Users Limit Reply



In an attempt to make conversations more effective and meaningful, Twitter has rolled out a new feature that will allow users to have a little more control over who is showing up in their mentions, the feature will enable users to get rid of spam in their conversations by limiting who can reply to their Tweets.

Before being launched globally on 11th August for both the Android and iOS users, the feature underwent a brief run in beta. It is now available for the Twitter App on both the platforms and also for the users accessing the platform via the official website twitter.com.

How the feature works?


While posting a tweet, you will come across a small globe icon at the bottom, upon tapping on that, three options will appear to choose who can reply to your tweet. If you choose nothing, the setting will remain default – meaning anyone can reply to the tweet or you can limit replies just to those who are tagged in the tweet; or only to your followers.

After selecting the preferred option, you are all set to compose your tweet and click on the 'Tweet' tab to publish it. One important thing to note here is that once the tweet is posted, you won't be able to change the reply settings for that particular tweet.

However, users must also note that people who are restricted from replying will get a greyed-out icon, but they will still be able to view and share your tweets – they can Retweet, Retweet with Comment, and like the tweet.

The feedback received by the users has been positive so far, indicating that users have felt more comfortable and guarded against abuse, trolls, and spam.

As per a blog post by Director of Product Management, Suzanne Xie, the new feature is successfully preventing about three potentially abusive replies while adding one potentially abusive retweet with comment.

Referencing from Xie's observations, “Sometimes people are more comfortable talking about what’s happening when they can choose who can reply,”
“We’ve seen people use these settings to have conversations that weren’t really possible before. Starting today, everyone will be able to use these settings so unwanted replies don’t get in the way of meaningful conversations," the blog post read.

"Since your Tweet = your space, we've been testing new settings to give people more control over the conversations they start. Sometimes people are more comfortable talking about what's happening when they can choose who can reply. We've seen people use these settings to have conversations that weren't really possible before. Starting today, everyone will be able to use these settings so unwanted replies don't get in the way of meaningful conversations," Xie further said in a statement.

Here's All you Need to Know About Instagram Reels; Launched Globally in Over 50 Countries


As TikTok fell prey to extensive criticism and was labeled as a 'threat to security' by governments, resulting in the banning of the popular video-sharing platform, the creators have long ago started weighing what's next!

In the wake of TikTok's future succumbing to uncertainties, Instagram has rolled out a new feature 'Reels', that appear to be in direct competition with what TikTok had to offer.

Starting today, Instagram is launching "Reels" feature for its users in more than 50 countries, it is seen as a remarkable and well-timed attempt by Instagram to capitalize upon the global turmoil in the creative sphere of social media. It's also a potential opportunity for Instagram to expand its identity from a photo app to a video entertainment platform.

With the expansion, now the feature will be available in major international markets including India, the U.S., the U.K., France, Brazil, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Japan, and many others.

In a similar manner like TikTok, Instagram Reels will allow people to create mini-clips with music that they can share with their followers, these short-form videos will be discoverable while users browse the "Explore" tab on Instagram.

Reels let users record 15 seconds long video clips and add filters, effects, and popular music onto them, the feature is entirely embedded inside Instagram's original app and is not to be mistaken for being an add-on or a separate app. It is not a different world altogether like TikTok or Vine, but just 'yet another thing' one can do on Instagram.

While announcing the release of "Reels", the company said in a blog, "It's a new way to create and discover short, entertaining videos on Instagram."

"Reels invites you to create fun videos to share with your friends or anyone on Instagram. Record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos with audio, effects, and new creative tools. You can share reels with your followers on Feed, and, if you have a public account, make them available to the wider Instagram community through a new space in Explore. Reels in Explore offers anyone the chance to become a creator on Instagram and reach new audiences on a global stage."

How to Create Reels?


"Select Reels at the bottom of the Instagram camera. You'll see a variety of creative editing tools on the left side of your screen to help create your reel, including:"

"Audio: Search for a song from the Instagram music library. You can also use your own original audio by simply recording a reel with it. When you share a reel with original audio, your audio will be attributed to you, and if you have a public account, people can create reels with your audio by selecting “Use Audio” from your reel.

AR Effects: Select one of the many effects in our effect gallery, created both by Instagram and creators all over the world, to record multiple clips with different effects.

Timer and Countdown: Set the timer to record any of your clips hands-free. Once you press record, you’ll see a 3-2-1 countdown, before recording begins for the amount of time you selected.

Align: Line up objects from your previous clip before recording your next to help create seamless transitions for moments like outfit changes or adding new friends into your reel.

Speed: Choose to speed up or slow down part of the video or audio you selected. This can help you stay on a beat or make slow-motion videos." Instagram explained in the blog.

Pavel Durov called on Apple to oblige to install different application stores


Apple should allow users to install apps not only from its own App Store. This opinion was expressed by the founder of Telegram messenger Pavel Durov. According to him, Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) should be obligated to this at the legislative level.

The day before, high-ranking Telegram Manager, Vice President of the company founded by Pavel Durov, Ilya Perekopsky, spoke at a panel discussion with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and representatives of the IT industry in Innopolis. He said that Apple and Google are holding back the development of startups by charging a tax of a 30 percent Commission from app developers. Almost simultaneously with Perekopsky's speech, Durov published an article in which he called for Apple to be legally obliged to install an alternative App Store on the iPhone.

Durov is sure that if this is not done, then app developers, in particular, from Russia, will be forced to sell their startups for little money. At the same time, Apple's capitalization will only grow.
“Preventing two supranational corporations from collecting taxes from all of humanity is not an easy task. Corporations employ thousands of lobbyists, lawyers, and PR agents, and their budgets are unlimited. At the same time, app developers are scattered and scared, as the fate of their projects depends entirely on the favor of Apple and Google," wrote Pavel Durov.

The head of the TelecomDaily information and analytical agency Denis Kuskov noted that changing the market is quite difficult because these two companies are leading it. Therefore, Durov needs to accept this fact.

Durov recalled that in 2016, Apple banned the Telegram team from launching its own game platform: "We had to remove the telegram games catalog that we had already created and almost the entire platform interface, otherwise Apple threatened to remove Telegram from the AppStore." According to Durov, in a similar way the iPhone manufacturer does with many other developers.

Telegraph service was unblocked in Russia


Russia stopped blocking the popular Telegram messenger almost a month ago. However, the related Telegraph service continued to be blocked. Now Russia has also unblocked the Telegraph platform for publishing and creating articles. 

The Telegraph platform was launched by the Telegram team in November 2016. It is designed to quickly create and publish articles, notes, and other similar content, a link to which can then be easily shared. Registration is not required for publication.

The blocking of the Telegra[.]ph service in Russia began at the end of 2018, a little later than the Telegram messenger.

According to the Roskomsvoboda resource, which closely monitors the registry of blocked sites, all pages with the Telegra.ph domain, which were blocked in Russia by the decision of a particular authority, are now excluded from the blocking registry. The last two similar pages were removed from the blacklist only on July 11.

It is interesting to note, according to Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, the cancellation of restrictions on access to the Telegram messenger in Russia is perceived positively in the Kremlin, as it is in line with the course of President Vladimir Putin on the development of the high-tech industry.

The Press Secretary of the Head of State also noted as a positive fact the participation of heads of the company that owns the messenger in government events on the development of the IT industry.
Recall that in Russia since April 2018, Telegram was blocked for non-compliance with the requirements for providing encryption keys, but during the coronavirus pandemic, the government began to use the messenger to distribute official information. In this regard, the State Duma even introduced a bill to unblock Telegram.  On June 18, Roskomnadzor decided to remove restrictions on access to the messenger, the creator of which, Pavel Durov, congratulated the Russians on this event.

Google Loses Control Over Blogspot.in, Millions of Sites Inaccessible


Google-owned 'blogspot.in', a blogging website also known as "Blogger" has become inaccessible to Indian users as Google appears to have lost its ownership over the domain.

Blogger.com is a free platform used by millions of users for blogging. As it used to fall under Google's ownership, one could link it to various other Google products such as Picasa, Google AdSense, and social network, Google+. The simplicity in accessibility made blogger widely popular; users just need a Google account to activate blogger.

People who were using Blogger for posting blogs faced issues while accessing their blogs, meanwhile, a number of web pages within the Indian domain became unreachable. According to a report by the Next Web, the issue occurred because of Google losing its ownership over the URLs Blogspot.in, however, the time when Google lost its control over the domain is not clearly known.

Referencing from the Next Web's report on the matter, "Whatever the reason might be, if I host a site or blog with Google, I would expect a company of this size to keep up and know when their domain name ownership expires,"

"If you use a blog regularly, an alternative is to host it on your own domain. But everyone might not want to do that just to keep things easy. And you’d expect Google Webmaster to do better," read the report.

One of the major issues faced by a million users was that the links that they have on put on several websites with the "Blogspot.in" domain became inaccessible. However, the blogs are still there, they were visible when users changed the URLs to blogspot.com. Chances are, this is just a temporary issue and would be taken care of by Google shortly, however, users who were using "Blogspot.in" domain will have to go through the trouble for now as the tech giant has not addressed the issue yet.

Religion Biased Algorithms Continue to Depict How Facebook Doesn't Believe in Free Speech


Facebook's brand image has taken a critical hit long ago falling from the top ten global brands list, the brand value has gone down by remarkable margins as the platform fell short in living up to its own standards and promises and continued making headlines for censure. Amid big scandals like Cambridge Analytica, data leaks, congressional scrutiny, the social media giant has constantly been under the radar for preferring certain gender, ethics groups, and race over others as seen in the company's allegedly flawed ad-serving algorithm. 

Owing to its discriminatory ways, Facebook became a subject of critics' accusations in October 2019 when the social media giant faced a class-action lawsuit for charges of bias against gender and age. To substantiate, with the use of several advertising experiments, researchers from Northeastern University, the University of South California demonstrated in a study that Facebook has been discriminatory in ad targeting for years now and indeed has an automated advertising system delivering ads to selected audiences. 

It's a well-established fact that algorithms are biased and Facebook has been no exception to it. To give you an idea, in 2019, the tech giant faced legal charges by the US government for allowing advertisers to deliberately target ads on the basis of religion, race, and gender – businesses could exclude people of a certain race, age  or gender from viewing housing ads, a blatant violation of Fair Housing Act. While settling its case, the company said that it won't be allowing the businesses to targets ads in discriminating ways, however, the issues were never truly addressed given the recent biases in Facebook's actions. 

'The Enlightened souls(https://6enlightened.blogspot.com/) is a spiritual group posting content regarding enlightenment, spirituality, ancient spiritual practices, goddess worship and etc., the spiritual website became one of the latest victims of Facebook's biased ad-targeting algorithms. 
Religion bias in particular as Facebook removed one of their ads containing images of the goddess 'Kali' along with other goddesses labeling it as sexual content. 
Later, Facebook was seen to be running a Netflix ad about a show wherein the girl was almost naked. The findings are critical of Facebook's claims regarding 'changed Ad tools' wherein the tech giant promised to amend its ways of managing the advertisements and preventing discrimination against certain groups, gender, religion, or age. 

Disappointed by Facebook's never-ending bias and existing issues despite the changes made by the company, 6enlightened made the decision of cutting Facebook off and using Twitter as the only social media.

FACEBOOK SHOULD STOP SUPPRESSING FREE SPEECH 

Given a whopping 2.5 million people use at least one of the Facebook's app, the social media platform should be more responsible in its advertising ways, however, unfortunately, the platform doesn't appear to believe in free speech but in censorship that they have actively practiced – evidently so for years now.

Telegram has withdrawn its appeal against the ban on issuing Gram tokens


The company appealed the court decision in March, but then the founder of the messenger, Pavel Durov, announced the termination of work on the blockchain project

Telegram has withdrawn an appeal against a court order banning the distribution of Gram tokens as part of proceedings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The decision was supported by both parties, the withdrawal was carried out using the standard form based on rule 42.1 — "leaving without consideration".

The appeal was sent in March after a court banned Telegram from issuing Gram tokens.  The court ruled in favor of the SEC, which argued that the Gram tokens were unregistered securities. The court also ruled that Telegram cannot issue tokens even outside the United States since this will give US citizens the opportunity to buy these tokens outside the country as well.

The founder of Telegram in an American court said that people outside the US can vote for their presidents and elect their own parliaments, but they are still dependent on the US when it comes to technology and finance.

On May 12, the founder and CEO of Telegram Pavel Durov announced the termination of work on the blockchain project. He accused the US court of sentencing the TON project before it could be successfully implemented. Investors were offered to return 72% of their investment or sign a loan agreement with a return of 110% in a year.

After that, TON investor Vladimir Smerkis said that the majority of ICO participants are inclined to file a lawsuit against Durov. Smerkis allowed an option in which the Telegram team will need to make concessions to investors and reconsider the option of paying out funds.

Let's remind that on April 1, Federal Judge of the Southern District of New York, Kevin Castel, rejected Telegram's request to clarify the possibility of distributing Gram tokens bypassing American investors.

Russia puts cryptocurrency under a ban


Russian parliamentarians have developed a package of bills that assume administrative and criminal responsibility for the use of cryptocurrencies. Experts believe that such measures can lead to the destruction of the blockchain industry in Russia.

"People who currently own cryptocurrency will be forced to get rid of it before the law comes into force, or risk "going underground", and this is a loss or risk," said Dmitry Kirillov, a senior tax lawyer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Based on the amendments, mining or exchanging 3.5 bitcoins will lead to criminal liability.

Penalties are provided for any use of digital assets, from the organization of a crypto exchange and mining farm, attempts to pay with cryptocurrency on the Internet.  Fines range from 500 thousand rubles ($7,000) for individuals and up to 2 million rubles ($28,000) for legal entities.

Founder of the stable cryptocurrency platform Stasis.net Gregory Klumov called the new amendments "putting nails in the coffin of financial innovation and technological progress."
"In fact, it is proposed to build a new iron curtain in the digital economy with their own hands," said Yuri Pripachkin, president of the Russian Association of Cryptoeconomics and Blockchain.

Currently, in the Russian Federation, in addition to software, the hardware is being actively developed - means for storing tokens, cryptocurrencies. Many young specialists from the Russian Federation are already involved in this industry, and experts are worried that the adoption of this bill will put an end to the innovative economy.

Earlier, E Hacking News reported that, according to First Deputy Chairman of the Bank of Russia, Blockchain is not a panacea, and cryptocurrency is not money. So, the Central Bank of Russia is not going to change its negative attitude to these assets.

Co-founder of Qiwi Solonin provided Durov a loan of $17 million


Sergey Solonin, one of the founders of the Russian payment service Qiwi Group, decided to re-loan his investment in the blockchain project of Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram and Vk, Telegram Open Network (TON), giving him a loan. In 2018, he invested $17 million in this project.

Recall that in 2018, the co-founder of Qiwi invested $17 million in TON. At that time, 175 investors participated in the project, who invested a total of $1.7 billion. The founder of the blockchain project stated that any project based on TON developments or using this name will not be related to Telegram.

On May 12, Durov announced the closure of the TON blockchain platform project and the Gram cryptocurrency blaming the American court. The TON blockchain platform was supposed to start working in October 2019, but then the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) initiated legal proceedings, demanding to recognize that the Gram cryptocurrency is securities, and therefore could not be registered in a simplified form, according to American law. Due to litigation, the launch of TON was postponed several times.

Before closing the project, Durov offered investors based outside the United States two options for choosing: to withdraw 72% of the funds invested in TON and Gram or to receive 110% of the originally invested amount by April 30, 2021. Only one option was offered to US residents - to return 72% of investments.

"Most of the investors with whom I spoke will take 72% of the initial investment," said Durov.
"I decided to re-loan his investment. Pavel has a smart team, I hope they will come up with something," said Mr. Solonin.

Solonin expects that the Telegram founder will be able to find new sources of income or a way to finance the company further within a year.

The “Real-Time Find and Replace” Wordpress Plugin Updated To Address A High Severity Vulnerability



So as to address a high severity vulnerability, the “Real-Time Find and Replace” WordPress plugin was updated as of late in order to forestall the exploitation to infuse code into sites.

The plugin, accessible as open source and has over 100,000 installations is intended to permit WordPress site admins to dynamically supplant HTML content from themes and different plugins with the content on their personal preference before the page is served to users.

The vulnerability recognized by the name of 'Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF)' prompting Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), could have permitted an attacker to infuse malignant JavaScript code on a target site, yet just by fooling the administrator into performing explicit actions, such as clicking a link.

The core of the plugin's 'functionality' for including the find and replace rules in the function far_options_page, which didn't confirm the integrity of a request's source, since it didn't utilize nonce verification, WordPress Security Company Defiant had discovered.

 By supplanting an HTML tag like <head> with noxious JavaScript, an attacker would ensure that their code executes on about each page of the targeted site. Utilizing the infused code, the attacker could make another administrative account; steal session cookies, or direct clients to a malevolent site.

Defiant detailed the vulnerability to the plugin's developer on April 22 and the security flaw was tended to the same day.

The security company Defiant says, “Any attacker capable of tricking a site owner into executing an unwanted action could replace any content or HTML on a vulnerable site with new content or malicious code. This replacement code or content would then execute anytime a user navigated to a page that contained the original content. ”

“In the most up to date version, a nonce has been added along with a check_admin_referer nonce verification function to ensure the legitimacy of the source of a request,” Defiant explained further.

Version 4.0.2 or newer of the Real-Time Find and Replace plugin includes a patch for the bug, and users are advised to update the plugin as soon as possible to ensure their WordPress websites are protected.

Digital passes will be introduced in 21 regions of Russia


The Ministry of Communications announced on April 22 that digital passes following Moscow will be introduced in 21 regions. On April 27, the Department plans to start the same in another 14 regions of Russia.

Recall that digital passes began to operate in Moscow and Moscow region on April 15. More than 900 thousand permanent digital passes were issued, and about 400 thousand one-time passes are issued daily.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced last Saturday about additional changes in access control in Moscow due to the situation with coronavirus.

Since April 22, the rules have been tightened by introducing automated surveillance of cars and fines for their unregistered owners. Cameras for the photo-video recording of traffic violations will track the presence of a special pass. Car owners, in order not to get a fine for violation of the pass regime, must include the car's license plate in the digital pass. Cars that are not included in digital passes will automatically be considered violators.

In addition, control over travel by public transport was introduced. Trips on public transport can now only be made if you have a digital pass with a Troika transport card linked to it.
The Moscow Transport Department reported that 15% of motorists drove on the capital's roads without special passes on April 22, while more than 4 million motorists in Moscow have already linked their car numbers to a digital pass.

In addition, about 2.5 thousand people were unable to use the metro in Moscow due to the lack of a pass linked to the card.

The Ministry indicates that a specialized mobile app is used to check passes. The digital pass is valid only upon presentation of an identity document.

Earlier, E Hacking News reported that the system of electronic tracking of people is being introduced into mass use in Moscow right now. And the epidemic is a good reason for such actions.

Pavel Durov: the world will not be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic


Pavel Durov, the Creator of the social network Vkontakte and the Telegram messenger, said that the world can expect a “civilizational shift passing through generations” after the coronavirus pandemic. He wrote about this in his Telegram channel.

The entrepreneur called the spread of the coronavirus "a threat to our entire species." "When the pandemic ends, the world will not return to normal. It depends on us whether the new world will be a better place than the one that we leave behind,” wrote he.

Durov believes that isolation is a chance for everyone to create a "better version of themselves", as well as for technology to prove its value.

The messenger's founder said that this month Telegram verified and started promoting 17 channels of the Ministries of Health in different countries of the world. He also noted that Telegram is not a company that can be considered to cooperate with government agencies, but in this particular case, an exception was made to help governments spread information about coronavirus. The list of channels supported by Messenger also includes the official channel of the Russian operational headquarters for fighting the virus.

In addition to this, Telegram will later present a project that eases the problem of learning during self-isolation, Durov added. He promised to reveal more information about the project in the next few days.

In January, Durov spoke about why using the WhatsApp messenger is dangerous. He noted that users prefer to save backup copies of their conversations on cloud storage when changing their devices, which are not encrypted. Also, the source of danger can be backdoors (secret vulnerabilities intentionally built by developers).

Russia to develop a video platform similar to Zoom


The Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation will develop a similar Zoom platform for video communication by the beginning of the new school year. This was announced on Saturday by Minister of Education Sergey Kravtsov.

"Together with the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, we are developing a new domestic product Digital educational environment, which will use only domestic developments, only domestic software, including a video platform similar to Zoom and Skype," said the Minister.

The Minister stressed that such a platform is necessary in order to exclude problems related to the instability of foreign systems from the educational process. Kravtsov noted that, for example, the use of Zoom was abandoned in Singapore, because there was "unauthorized access to the education process".

Recall that on March 14, in order to prevent coronavirus, it was recommended to transfer students to distance learning.

Note that the daily audience of the Zoom app in the world in March 2020 compared to December 2019 increased by 20 times.

In addition, Moscow senator Vladimir Kozhin drew the attention of the state to threats posed by Russians in self-isolation. He was talking about a huge array of personal data that now has to be transmitted online for various purposes. The senator believes that this information can become the goal of cybercriminals and lead to serious damage to citizens and businesses.

He proposed "to develop and adopt a number of amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation in the shortest possible time, seriously toughening the responsibility for such crimes."

Earlier, E Hacking News reported that users of the Zoom video conferencing service have become targets of hackers. Scammers create Zoom-disguised websites and malware to steal their personal data.

Moreover, hackers appeared in Networks that offer to issue digital passes for moving around the city on social networks.

Google Doubling Down On Efforts to Protect Android Users


With the rise in the in-application subscription scams on Android, Google subsequently announced the introduction of new Play Store policies intended to forestall such scams in the near future.

The American multinational technology additionally pledged to provide Android users with direct assistance in the form of notifications when a trial is going to turn into a paid subscription, or a subscription is going to renew consequently.

The new policies announced that demand application developers offer clear info about the obligations associated with subscription models and free trials, and provide a simple and easy way through which users can cancel subscriptions. These latest policies are a small part of a more extensive Google campaign, aimed especially at ensuring the privacy and security of Android users.

The newly announced policies focus mostly on fleeceware, a form of application that 'manipulates' trial periods and membership models to defraud victims. This kind of application usually burdens the user with complex terms and conditions, further enshrouding unjustifiable subscription commitments.
As a component of the new prerequisites, developers must distinguish with enough clarity between features accessible free of cost and those accessible only to paying subscribers. Thus, Google will convey an admonition to users when a free trial is set to end or when a subscription longer than three months is because of turn over.

The firm will likewise give warnings if a user endeavors to uninstall an application attached to an on-going subscription.

The new policies are said to take effect on June 16, so users should take particular consideration whenever handling of in-application subscriptions on Android in the meantime.

Apart from this, the company took the initiative to remind developers that its new assessment procedure will produce results in August, which will require developers to gain approval from Google before requesting location data from the end-user.

Further Play Store 'tweaks' are likewise in the pipeline, which will reportedly address issues related to illusive content and applications.

Lithuania accused the Russian media of misinformation


Lithuania has published an annual report submitted by the Ministry of Defense, in which it accused the Russian media of misinformation.

According to Lithuanian experts, the number of complex cyberattacks in the Baltic Republic has increased, which were more advanced both in terms of technological solutions and in terms of content.

According to them, some Russian publications form a negative image of Lithuania, and its image is not true.

The Ministry noted that the image of Lithuania as a hostile and unreliable state is being created. Russian Media uses content that incites war and national hatred, as well as falsified facts, video editing, and deliberately distorted statements.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the flow of such information increases during significant events in foreign policy and within the country in order to form a negative image of Lithuania in the West.

It should be noted that Russian journalists are regularly hindered from performing their professional duties in the Baltic States. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russian media in the Baltic States are being persecuted for historical truth.

It is interesting to add that on April 16, Lithuanian Vice Minister of Defense Edwinas Kerza stated that the routers used in Lithuania to distribute wireless Internet are made not in China, but in Russia, and send user data to servers in the Russian Federation.

"They were common, and still widely distributed, because they are budget-class routers that are quite productive, that is, fast and inexpensive… And as we have established, although they were supposed to be produced in Taiwan, they are actually produced in Russia," said Kerza.

It is reported that the model that attracted such close attention to the Lithuanian military has already been removed from the sale. The security services are concerned that, according to the Vice Minister, up to 90% of routers in the country are of Russian origin, and potentially spy on Lithuanian citizens.

Best Practice Tips for Password Administration from Tech Security Insiders



Passwords have been an industry-standard as well as industry headache for a considerable length of time and their administration henceforth has become the misery of end-users and IT administrators, yet there are alternatives to take advantage of the experience and reduce their headaches.

And so here are several industry experts discussing the challenges of and solutions to passwords.


  1. Matt Davey, COO at 1Password, an online password management provider; 
  2. Daniel Smith, head of security research at Radware, a security solutions provider; 
  3. Rick McElroy, principal security strategist at VMware Carbon Black, a virtual security platform; Matt Wilson, chief information security advisor at BTB Security, a security solutions provider; 
  4. And Ben Goodman, CISSP and senior vice president of global business and corporate development at identity platform provider ForgeRock.


The first issue discussed was the current challenges faced with passwords, Matt Davey was of the view that “Even though for many years we've relied on passwords to securely access the apps and services we use daily, both at home and at work. Today, as many of these services move to the cloud and breaches become bigger and more frequent, password authentication is even more critical, particularly for enterprises.”

Whereas Matt Wilson says, “Since the dawn of the first password we've struggled with largely the same issues; selecting strong, unique, passwords, remembering and storing them, and changing them periodically. People pick bad passwords and share them across multiple accounts for a very simple reason: It's easier to remember.

As attackers have developed and refined their toolsets, they've increased their capabilities to attack our accounts. Their speed of attack, the volume of guesses, the ability to mask their location/identity, and the "intelligence" they've developed to make better guesses make protecting our accounts more difficult than ever before.”

The second topic of discussion was the remedies and as per Daniel Smith, “Password hygiene is one of the biggest problems that both organizations and individual users face today. One of the easiest ways to combat and remedy the issue with password hygiene is through the use of a password manager and the use of multi-factor authentication.

Using a password manager naturally encourages users to not reuse passwords, and there are plenty of user-friendly options available to both consumers and the enterprise. Multi-factor authentication simply creates an extra step for accessing any account, and can be the barrier needed to stopping unwanted access.”

But when the last question was addressed i.e. what will replace the password problem in the future. Rick McElroy was quick to answer by referring to the current state of pandemic observed by the world, he says, “Short term, it looks like hand and fingerprint biomarkers, two-factor authentication with a mobile device and, in a post-COVID-19 world, facial recognition will be rolled out faster than ever. At some point in the future, DNA will probably be used to verify identity in the medical field but may not be applied to say a laptop and windows login currently.

Long term, I could see a future where a combination of measurements like a heartbeat and brain waves could be used. These types of identification systems are already being beta tested on battlefields to ensure the right criminals and insurgents are being arrested and to protect innocent lives. I would not be shocked to see that deployed at some point in the future.”

And lastly, Ben Goodman was of the opinion that, “Passwords should become a thing of the past. Today, organizations can solve the challenges that come with passwords by leveraging technology that can provide a passwordless user journey.

By adopting a passwordless approach, organizations provide users with frictionless, secure digital experiences. With the use of biometrics or push notifications, organizations can bring the same effortless authentications users have experienced on their smartphones, with technologies like FaceID from Apple or Samsung's Ultrasonic Fingerprint scanner, to every digital touchpoint while ensuring security.”

And since as a feature of an intelligent authentication strategy, passwordless authentication empowers future-proof access so as to improve the customer experience and guaranteeing security by pushing suspicious users to 'additional verification'.

So it is clearly evident from this above discourse that organizations don't have to wait for any further to comprehend and solve password issues: If only they choose the correct arrangement, passwordless verification is conceivable even today.

Critical Security Vulnerability Patched By VMware


VMware Inc. a publicly-traded software company recently fixed a critical security vulnerability that permitted the malicious attackers to access sensitive data.

The vulnerability as indicated by them resides in the VMware Directory Service (vmdir) which is a part of vCenter Server version 6.7 on Windows and virtual appliances. Known and tracked as CVE-2020-3952, it is evaluated as critical and gets a CVSSv3 score of 10.

In certain conditions, the vmdir doesn't actualize appropriate security controls, which permits attackers with network access to get to the sensitive data.

By utilizing the obtained information the attacker can compromise vCenter Server or various other services that rely upon vmdir for authentication.

In March VMware tended to high severity privilege escalation and DoS in the Workstation, Fusion, VMware Remote Console and Horizon Client and furthermore published KB article 78543 for additional details if a vCenter Server 6.7 deployment is influenced in any way.

 It is recommended for the user on the off chance that they are utilizing vCenter Server version 6.7, to update with 6.7u3f to fix the aforementioned critical vulnerability.


Here is the example log to check with influenced deployments.

2020-04-06T17:50:41.860526+00:00 data vmdird t@139910871058176: leg tendon MODE: Heritage  

VMware lastly mentioned that “Clean installations of vCenter Server 6.7 (embedded or external PSC) are not affected.”

First Deputy Chairman of the Bank of Russia: Blockchain is not a panacea, and cryptocurrency is not money


First Deputy Chairman of the Bank of Russia Olga Skorobogatova said that blockchain is perfect for letters of credit and guarantees because it solves the problem of trust. However, this is not a universal technology for all occasions.

According to her, many people overestimate the advantages and prospects of blockchain technologies. As negative aspects of cryptocurrencies, the banker noted their high level of volatility, lack of guarantees for saving investments, and the possibility of their use for money laundering and terrorist financing.

This position of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation was one of the reasons for the delay in the adoption of the bill on digital financial assets, which should become the main legislative act regulating the cryptocurrency industry. Recently it became known that the adoption of the law is being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the rejection of cryptocurrencies, Olga Skorobogatova spoke positively about stablecoins.
“We believe that this is a more reliable type of crypto-assets since they are provided with real assets and give users certain guarantees,” she said, adding that in order to protect consumers, it is necessary to effectively regulate this sector at the global level.

The Central Bank is actively collaborating with other regulators regarding stablecoins and coins such as Libra. According to Skorobogatova, many Central Banks are actively studying the possibility of creating a national digital currency, and the Central Bank of the Russian Federation is no exception in this regard, but at this stage, the authorities have more questions than answers.
In particular, she does not yet see what real benefits the digital currencies of the Central Banks (CBDC) will bring to the economy, people and business.

It is worth noting that the beginning of the pandemic of coronavirus infection served as a kind of trigger for the introduction of remote voting. This was recently stated by the political party United Russia" For this purpose, an electronic voting system based on blockchain technology has been developed. Experts believe that this will reduce the negative effect of the quarantine regime, which has somehow slowed or stopped the political activities of most other parties, not only in Russia but also in the world.