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Govt agency warns Google Chrome users of malicious attacks: Here’s how to stay safe

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has issued a warning to Google Chrome users, who are still using an older version of the Google-owned browser. CERT-In works under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of the Government of India.

According to the government-operated agency, users running a Chrome version older than the 97.0.4692.71 version could be at risk of a malicious attack. In the recent past, there have been malicious attacks on the desktops and laptops of such users by attackers who are reportedly executing arbitrary code on targeted systems.

In its advisory, CERT-In explained that users should update to the latest version of Google Chrome which comes with several security fixes including fixes for “vulnerabilities like Use a/fter free, Heap buffer overflow, Type Confusion, Inappropriate implementation, Incorrect security UI, Out of bounds memory access, Policy bypass etc.”

“Google has updated the stable channel for Chrome to 97.0.4692.71 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system,” CERT-In said in its advisory.

“Google has updated the stable channel for Chrome to 97.0.4692.71 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system,” CERT-In added.

Meanwhile, Google, in its blog said that the Chrome 97.0.4692.71 version contains a number of fixes and improvements — a list of changes is available in the log. The new version will be rolled out over the coming days/weeks, the tech giant said in a blog dated January 4, 2022.

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BSF constable injured in encounter with smugglers; huge cache of drugs, arms seized

A BSF jawan was injured in an exchange of fire with Pakistani smugglers along the Indo-Pak border in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district on Friday, and the force recovered 47 kg heroin, two pistols and some ammunition, police said.
Gurdaspur Senior Superintendent of Police, Nanak Singh, told over the phone that 47 kg of heroin, two pistols, some live ammunition and seven packets of opium have been recovered.
The incident took place at 5:15 am in an area falling under border outpost Chandu Wadala.
“At about 5.15 am today, BSF jawan observed movement near the fence and fired on the Pakistan smugglers. Pakistan smugglers also retaliated and in the firing, one jawan got injured and is stable now,” said BSF in a statement.
The jawan suffered a bullet injury in his head during the exchange of fire between the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and Pakistani smugglers, the SSP said, adding that he has been rushed to a hospital
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Centre likely to issue advisory on reopening schools soon

The Union health ministry is likely to issue an advisory to states on reopening schools with Covid appropriate norms, sources in the government told. “The government is working on some model to open the schools due to increasing demands by parents. The health ministry has already asked its expert team to look into all the options for opening schools,” the sources said.

There has been increased pressure on the government from parents and schools to reopen education facilities as the number of Covid-19 cases in India declines.

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A few states and Union territories have already announced the reopening of schools for classes 10 to 12 with the condition that students between the age group 15 to 18 can attend offline classes only if they had had at least one dose of vaccination. In addition, all staff and students above 18 must be vaccinated with both doses.

Despite being among the worst-affected states, Maharashtra has reopened school for all classes. Haryana and Chandigarh have announced the reopening of schools for classes 10 to 12. Delhi government has recommended the same to Lt Governor. Tamil Nadu government is also expected to make a similar announcement soon.

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Covid-19: India reports over 2.51 lakh new cases with positivity rate at 15.88%; 627 deaths

India recorded 2,51,209 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 627 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Friday (January 28), the country saw 3,47,443 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 93.60 per cent, and total recoveries data reached 3,80,24,771.

The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have declined to 21,05,611 (5.18 per cent), the ministry data showed today.

The total death toll in the country is now at 4,92,327. The first death due to the COVID pandemic in India was reported in March 2020.

The daily positivity rate is at 15.88 per cent today. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 72,37,48,555 samples have been tested up to January 27 for COVID-19. Of these, 15,82,307 samples were tested on Thursday.

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Meanwhile, according to data released by the health department, Delhi reported 4,291 fresh Covid-19 cases on Thursday and 34 deaths. As a result, the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) in the national capital dropped to 9.56 per cent.

On Wednesday, the national capital reported 7,498 fresh COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths in a day as the positivity rate rose marginally to 10.59 per cent.

In view of the decline in fresh Covid cases, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority decided to lift weekend curfew and the odd-even system of opening non-essential shops in the city besides allowing restaurants, bars, cinema halls and theatres to reopen with 50 per cent capacity.

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Covid-19 Stats

29 Jan 2022, 1:03 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

40,854,851 Total Cases
493,218 Death Cases
38,346,367 Recovered Cases

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