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Security Tracker: Whatsapp flaw, Govt cyber warfare division, BSE security centre & more

On this tracker, each week we will curate a selection of stories about online security. Whatsapp flaw leaves certain personal user data open to hackers Software engineer Robert Heaton has discovered that the log where Whatsapp captures the time when an user is online and offline can be access via a simple Chrome extension with four lines of code. The data can be correlated to identify when two people are messaging each other, or even when more than two people are exchanging messages. When you go to sleep and when you wake up can also be determined via the data stored in the log. Advertisers will like this data, as it can used to target ads. Read more about this on Heaton's blog. WiFi security protocol cracked? It appears that the WPA2 ( Wi-Fi Protected Access II) security protocol, which most WiFi routers use, has "several key management vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol. The impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection, and others. Note that as protocol-level issues, most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected," an US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) advisory said. Cyber warfare division under Ministry of Defence The Ministry of Defence is expected to soon have a separate division tackling cyber warfare. It is currently waiting for requisite approvals from the Ministry of Law & Justice and other government departments. This special division will be based…

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