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HACKERS MAY HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR SMART DEVICE

Focus: GS-III Science and Technology

Why in news?

iPhone, iPad, Amazon Echo or Kindle or certain handsets from Google, Samsung or Xiaomi, is exposed to have a vulnerable  WiFi chips that allowed hackers to access data from the handset.

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The device is prone to 
threats when it faces 
disconnection with network.
  • Once a hacker gets access to any device for even a short period of time, they can do anything, including planting a malware or intercepting sensitive information that is being sent or received via the Internet.
  • Indian cybercrime agencies are currently trying to gauge the number of devices featuring these two chips in circulation in the country to get a sense of the magnitude of the problem.

Related Indian Cybercrime Agency in the news recently: I4C

  • The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) was recently inaugurated by the government.
  • The scheme to set up I4C was approved in October 2018, to deal with all types of cybercrimes in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.
  • It will be set up under the newly created Cyber and Information Security (CIS) division of the MHA.
  • The I4C will assist in centralising cyber security investigations, prioritise the development of response tools and bring together private companies to contain the menace.
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