Security news and updates from the last week

Major security flaw found in Samsung devices, Samsung working on solution
Samsung manufactures the Exynos 4 quad-core and dual-core chips for its flagship products like Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note II. However, a security flaw has been discovered in these SoC (system on a chip) processors that makes the devices vulnerable to remote bricking and malicious applications. Samsung has subsequently announced that they are working on a solution for this flaw and will release a security update as soon as possible. Other solutions can also be found within the Android community.

Maharashtra Governor’s website the latest hacking target
The latest Indian Government website to be targeted belongs to the Governor of Maharashtra. The feedback section of the website was compromised though no major damage was incurred. The website is up and running normally now but the source of the attack is yet unknown. The Union Government revealed some disturbing facts after this incident. 14,000 websites were hacked from January 2012 to October 2012.

India has a grand 5 year plan for cybersecurity
The Indian Government is taking cybersecurity very seriously and has designed a 5 year plan to connect all major infrastructure agencies. This will help the nation monitor attacks and react in a synchronized manner. This responsibility has been handed over to the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Center (NCIIPC). It is hoped that the plan will integrate agencies like power, water, defense, telecommunications and transportation to prepare them to combat hackers.

Indian DRDO developing exclusive OS for India
The Indian DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization) is apparently developing an OS exclusively for India. The rationale behind this is that international operating systems contain several security risks and also open the nation to cyber espionage applications. In the unlikely event that nations adopt their own exclusive operating systems, freedom of choice and global Internet access could be severely hampered.

Rahul Thadani

Rahul Thadani

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  1. Thanks Rahul for weekly update