India Internet News

Dr Kamakoti's solution for WhatsApp traceability without breaking encryption is erroneous and not feasible

Author: Anand Venkatanarayanan - Published 2019-08-14 10:19

...the claim that WhatsApp encryption can remain unchanged and adding originator information without breaking encryption into the message is possible is unsupported by the protocol design.

The proposal by Prof. Kamakoti also contains other elementary errors. It assumes that encryption and decryption of messages are done only via public key cryptography which was invented in 1976. But as the discussion above illustrates the signal protocol used by WhatsApp is much more modern, uses a combination of symmetric and public key cryptography and also the double ratchet which continuously discards encryption keys after single use.

Pune students develop synchronous drones, bag Rs 1 lakh cash prize at Smart India Hackathon

Author: Inventiva Editor - Published 2019-08-11 09:05

Commenting on developing the drones, Siddhant Nikumbh (19), leader of Team Dronebolt, said: “All the errors were the best teachers.”

Joining him in the project were Ashwin Kotgire (19), Japjyot Gulati (20), Mohit Arora (19), Pallavi Dadape (19), and Prajakta Lanje (19), students of IT engineering at Pune Institute of Computer Technology.

WhatsApp can trace message origin, says IIT-M professor

Author: Megha Mandavia - Published 2019-08-08 09:50

WhatsApp can trace the origin of messages on its encrypted platform by embedding the first sender's information alongside content, according to a report submitted to the Madras High Court.

On July 31, V Kamakoti a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, proposed two options that could be adopted by the US platform. In the first, it could embed information in an open and visible format; in the second, this would be encrypted, said the report.

People Losing Lakhs Due to UPI Scams, Here’s How You Can Avoid It

Author: S AADEETYA - Published 2019-08-03 13:04

Ways to Prevent UPI Payment Scam:

  • Download the original UPI apps, check before using/registering on them
  • Don’t allow people to access your mobile/laptop through remote sharing apps like AnyDesk to unknown person
  • Be careful of the ‘Pay’ and ‘Receive’ money sign on UPI apps like Google Pay
  • Do not share confidential PIN number with callers claiming to be from the bank or Paytm
  • Keep changing bank account password, and use special character while creating it

RS Prasad: Traceability will be WhatsApp's job; WhatsApp demurs

Author: Aditi Agrawal - Published 2019-07-30 11:04

"On the issue of traceability, I have conveyed to them that traceability shall be their job," Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said in an interaction with the media after meeting with WhatsApp’s global head Will Cathcart on July 26 to discuss issues of traceability, appointment of an India-specific grievance officer, and digital payments.

Cryptocurrency ban bill: Finance Ministry wants to ban cryptocurrency, encourage blockchain

Author: Trisha Jalan - Published 2019-07-25 11:28

Called the “Banning of Cryptocurrency & Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2019” (see below), the bill states that “cryptocurrency shall not be used as legal tender or currency at any place in India”. It also makes promotion, advertising, Andy abetment in participation of use of cryptocurrency punishable with a fine, or prison term of upto 7 years.

iTech 2015 - IoT Hackathon

Author: Niel Hirjee - Published 2015-12-07 15:10

Participation is free and open for all!

This is a team based competition. Each team should have a minimum of 2 members and maximum 4 members. Details of team members should be included as part of the entry submission.

Kolkata tops cyber crime table

Author: Dwaipayan Ghosh - Published 2015-10-29 11:23

West Bengal - Kolkata in particular - has shown one of the biggest jumps nationwide in cyber-crime, says the National Crime Records Data for 2012. Such cases have increased by 355.8 % in Bengal in just five years. The Kolkata figures are even scarier - a 1033.3 % jump between 2011 and 2015.