A smartphone charging cable can steal your data too

San Francisco, Next time when you borrow a charging cable for your smartphone or iPad, think again twice…Are You Really. We Are Saying This Coz A hacker has shown that an iPhone charging cable can steal your data. Reference

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Dubbed the O.MG cable, the Apple USB lightning cable appearance traditional from the surface like all different charging cable.
Once obstructed into your device, from a close-by device and among Wi-Fi vary, a hacker will wirelessly transmit malicious payloads on your laptop, reports Motherboard.
“The cable comes with numerous payloads, or scripts associated commands that an aggressor will run on the victim’s machine. A hacker may also remotely ‘kill’ the USB implant, hopefully, concealment some proof of its use or existence,” the report aforementioned late Mon.
Once obstructed in, the associate aggressor will remotely lock a video display to gather the user’s positive identification after they log back in.
“This specific Lightning cable permits for cross-platform attack payloads, and also the implant I actually have created is definitely tailored to different USB cable varieties,” the hacker referred to as MG was quoted as saying.
“Most individuals recognize to not infix random flash drives lately, however they don’t seem to be expecting a cable to be a threat,” he added.
MG created the cables himself, modifying real Apple cables to incorporate the implant.
He currently needs to urge the cables created as a legitimate security tool.

Vendors may abandon BSNL network due to nonpayment; 2G, 3G services to hit

Telecom gear suppliers particularly Nokia may pullback network operations and maintenance services being provided to cash-strapped BSNL due to nonpayment of dues, according to the industry sources.

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NEW DELHI: Telecommunication gear suppliers notably Nokia might pullback network operations and maintenance services being provided to cash-strapped Asian nation Sanchar Nigam restricted (BSNL) because of nonpayment of dues, consistent with the industry sources.
“There is tremendous pressure on us. We have been asked to close down services we provide to BSNL by the highest management executives within the headquarters because of continuing nonpayment of our outstanding quantity,” a person privy to the matter told.

Nokia has so far not been able to recover Rs 800 crore worth of dues from the state-controlled telecom service provider.

“Not only the BSNL, but we have also been writing to the top government functionaries for the last few months. Unfortunately, the situation remained unchanged,” a Finnish company’s executive said.

In a letter to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in March this year, Nokia said that the payment had been overdue for more than three months, and has then also warned that clearance of dues was “essential to ensure service continuity” to the operator.

The company, in the letter also added that it was facing challenges in maintaining cash flow including Opex or operating spend, and it had a key role in expanding the fourth-largest telco’s wireless network and enabling new technologies.

The development has though already triggered the multinational equipment vendor to reduce its focus and workforce aligned with the state-run telecom carrier.

Nokia chose not to respond to ETTelecom’s queries.

Indo–Singaporean Rajeev Suri-headed Nokia maintains BSNL’s 2G and 3G infrastructure, and in 2017, it was tasked to replace telco’s 2G cell sites with modern sites to facilitate 3G services.

BSNL serves nearly 115 million mobile telephony subscribers in India.

Besides Nokia, Chinese ZTE, American Tower Corporation, UTStarcom and Fiberhome are among multinational companies that have been demanding their dues to be released from the state-owned telecom carrier.

“In a scenario of limited resources, one has to prioritise things. Clearing of dues is a continuous process,” BSNL chairman PK Purwar said.

On asking about Nokia’s top management’s concern involving continuity of network services, he said that not only BSNL but all service operators were facing certain financial challenges in the highly-competitive telecom marketplace.

BSNL has always honoured its liabilities and we have already taken certain steps in this direction (clearing of dues) with some vendors are in the process to receive disbursements,” Purwar added.

The telco has so far cleared Rs 1,100 crore worth of vendor dues particularly related to the ambitious Network for Spectrum (NFS) initiative this week.

BSNL’s Purwar also expects the telecom department to clear the credit worth Rs 3,300 crore within the next few days which was though approved back in March this year.

The state-driven carrier has also entered into Industry 4.0 partnership in the areas of automation, cloud computing, and Internet of Things (IoT) as well as inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for knowledge sharing on the fifth-generation (5G) technology with Nokia.