Thursday, May 26, 2011

ALLAHABAD: Three fresh cases of internet fraudwere registered in Colonelganj and Civil Lines police stations in last five days. 

With an increase in the number of cyber crime cases, police have asked net lovers to be cautious, while accessing their mails, especially if they get a mail or SMS declaring that they have won a cash prize through national/international lottery. 

DIG/SSP, Ram Kumar while speaking to TOI said, "People should be aware and cautious about such fictitious offer. No doubt, people have become aware against cyber crime, but most people especially women or youngsters are still not aware about the facts related to cyber crime." 

The police claim that last year, as many as 23 such complaints were reported, in which internet users have complained of being cheated and deprived of their cash. 

"If you receive such mail or SMS, verify all the facts and documents before applying, otherwise you may lose your money," alerted the cops. 

According to police, there are three cases wherein interested candidates without consulting the experts or police officials had deposited amounts worth lakhs of rupees with the lottery authorities and then found it to be a big fraud. 

Kusum, a resident of Georgetown had deposited Rs 14 lakh in the given account numbers without inquiring about the authenticity of the email within a gap of three months. The police, while investigating the cases found that most of the cases registered or reported are linked to online lottery frauds. 

Pointedly, if a computer system has been tampered with, it amounts to cyber fraud, but sending a lottery mail to somebody does not amount to tampering and hence, it is not covered under IT Act. It is only punishable under the relevant section of the IPC, officials said. They also pointed out that awareness is increasing among the people. Many of those who get such mails are approaching police officials to know the authenticity of such mails. 

One can even be duped by an email sent in the name of somebody known to the victim. 

Lottery fraud begins with sending the target a declaration email, which says that the receiver of the mail is the lottery winner. In return, those mails seek some basic details. In the subsequent mail, the sender asks about a courier agent, who has been assigned the job of getting the cash transferred, asking a nominal payment of the winning cash (amount).

Social networking site Facebook is all set to use PhotoDNA to scan account holders’ photos in order to prevent child abuse. This news was announced by Facebook on last Friday.

Chris Sonderby, Facebook assistant general counsel stated that they are planning to use this technology against 2 and 3 hundred million photo images which are uploaded every day.
This will enable them to block users upload, prevent the re-victimisation of children who are represented in those photos and help them to take immediate action.
The technology of PhotoDNA was created by Microsoft and Dartmouth College in the year 2009. It helps to trace digital signatures, and identify matches of pictures that are altered and resized.
This is an efficient technology which will not decrease the use of the network.
 Mozilla has announced to launch a beta version of Firefox. At present Mozilla have three versions of Firefox—beta version with latest features under testing, release version for mainstream users, and the Aurora, a version to launch these new features.

These three versions corresponds to Chrome’s stable, beta, and dev releases. While announcing the release of the Firefox 5 beta, Mozilla posted a blog stating that the latest development will offer users faster performance enhancements, stability improvements and security updates.
The latest version of Firefox was tested for 5 weeks on the Aurora channel before being finally announced.
The new beta will also enable users to switch between the different versions of Firefox by just clicking on change in About Firefox box.
By Ankita Mishra

New Delhi- 
India based IT expert Rishi Narang has accused social networking site LinkedIn on charges of slack security. According to the reports, Narang has discovered two cookie managing problems.

Cookies are available at the termination of authenticated sessions and an SSL cookie is being utilized without its secure flag set.
Session expiration is indeed a serious issue. As the cookies stay on the machine, post termination of a session a malicious user may use somebody else’s cookies in order to restore a connection to their account.
Narang discovered this flaw at a time, when the cookies were kept on for more than a year rather than being deleted post termination of a particular session.
He also added that a cookie can expire only if a user changes their LinkedIn password, logs in and logs out with a new password.
In the mean time, LinkedIn officials declined to respond to Narang’s critique of the company’s use of a cookie with a one-year expiration.

By Nikita Agarwal

 With cyber crime on the rise these days, cyber crooks in order to target users, have started using Hindi, while drafting mails.

Security firm Symantec has claimed that there is likely to be an increase in spam among regional languages.
India has been a constant target of cyber crimes over the past few years. These included spam attacks and phishing during Diwali to the most recent Cricket World Cup, where users in India were fooled to part with their information and money by India-specific events.
It is indeed very difficult to get hold of these cyber criminals as they are spread everywhere.
Cybercrime like that of the internet knows no boundaries. Presently cyber criminals are specially targeting inhabitants of tier I and tier II cities.
Cyber criminals are also targeting other Hindi-speaking countries including Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh with spam mails in Hindi.


How do I access my chat history?

If you’re online and chatting with someone, your recent conversation history is available by scrolling up within the chat window. Clicking “Clear Window” will remove this history from your chat window.
A history of all your chats is also included as part of your conversations within Facebook Messages along with all your messages, texts and emails.
If you’d like to delete specific chat messages from a conversation:
  1. Open the conversation.
  2. Open the Actions menu.
  3. Select “Delete Messages…”
  4. Check boxes will appear next to each message in the conversation. You can check off the individual messages that you’d like to delete.
  5. Click the “Delete Selected” button at the bottom of the conversation.
Note that clicking “Delete All” will delete all messages in the conversation thread.
Unfortunately, this feature is not currently available globally. Only few members of the facebook who have got their facebook email id can use this option. Users who have not got their facebook email id they can use Facebook Chat History Manager to save and view your chat history with friends onFacebook.

Facebook Chat History Manager

Chat history manager Firefox extension which can save your Facebook chat messages in your local environment.
You can view your chat history anytime either online or offline.
Your messages are securely stored and only person passed the security check can view saved messages.Note that all messages are stored in your client, this application won’t store your chat history on server.
Installation and usages are pretty simple.

Chat History For Facebook
*1.Create your account.(Required!)
After extension installed, from Firefox menubar, select Tools, find Facebook Chat History Manager menu, and select Create Account. You’re required to login to facebook. Once login and see “You may now close this window and return to the application.” click “Close login window” on the bottom. Then the create account dialog should open. The chat history manager will save your chat message automatically and silencely.
2.View chat history.
There are two ways:
a: Press Ctrl+Alt+F to open chat history window. This need you login.
b. From Firefox menubar, select Tools, find Facebook Chat History Manager menu, and select View History
3.Delete chat history.
To delete messages, you can select the messages to be deleted then click delete button on the top of view history messages page.
4.Set Preference.
Set messages per page: From Firefox Tools menu, select Add-ons, find Facebook Chat History Manager and select Options.
5.Export chat history.
From Firefox Menubar, select Tools, find Facebook Chat History Manager menu, and select Export History.