No breach in COVID-19 tracking app, despite hacker warning: India May 07, 2020 0 142 12345 New Delhi There has been no security breach in a COVID-19-tracking app that the Indian government has made a mandatory download for anyone stepping out of their homes to go to work, officials said on Wednesday.“No personal information of any user has been proven to be at risk,” according to a statement from the creators of the app, named Aarogya Setu. They were responding to concerns raised by a French hacker, Robert Baptiste, who goes by the name Elliot Alderson on Twitter and tries to alert groups to potential problems.The app launched by the Indian government on April 2 evaluates users’ risk of infection based on their medical and travel history and their location.The app uses GPS and Bluetooth services to trace a users’ contacts.Aarogya is disease-free in Hindi and setu means bridge. There have been an estimated 90 million downloads so far.The federal Home Ministry on May 1 said the app was compulsory for all public and private sector workers. It has also been made mandatory for delivery personnel and couriers.Delhi-based digital rights organization Internet Freedom Foundation has said the app runs risks of institutionalizing mass surveillance in the absence of any robust data protection law in India.Aarogya Setu said it had contacted the hacker after he posted: “A security issue has been found in your app. The privacy of 90 million Indians is at stake.” It said the app collects user location and stores them on a server in a “secure, encrypted, anonymised manner.” Alderson indicated on Twitter that he was not convinced by the response. “I will come back to you tomorrow,” he posted. (DPA) Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Indian aviation ministry website crashes in repatriation ‘panic’ May 07, 2020 0 887 Philippines caseload tops 10,000; hundred people join clinical trial May 07, 2020 0 402 Pompeo has no evidence about virus lab leak: China May 07, 2020 0 118 Singapore’s Covid-19 cases top 20,000 as pandemic batters business DPA Kuala Lumpur Singapore confirmed 788 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the total to 20,198, the second-highest reported number in East Asia after China. The ministry stated that the “vast majority” of the .. Top militant commander killed in Kashmir, mobile internet suspended DPA Srinagar, Kashmir A top militant commander was killed by security forces in India-administered Kashmir on Wednesday, police said. Riyaz Naikoo, 35, was commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, one of the oldest .. Bangladesh starts remdesivir production for COVID-19 treatment DPA Dhaka Bangladesh has begun the production process for the anti-viral drug remdesivir, which is being closely watched as a possible effective treatment for COVID-19, pharmaceutical executives said on Wednesday. .. 6.8 magnitude quake strikes in Indonesia’s Banda Sea, no tsunami alert AFP Jakarta A 6.8 magnitude earthquake jolted a remote part of eastern Indonesia late Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning issued and no immediate reports of damage. The .. Notorious Indian bandit dies at 92, after stints in Bollywood, politics Mumbai A notorious bandit who spent years rampaging across central India’s impoverished badlands before trying his luck as a Bollywood actor and politician has died aged 92, police said Wednesday. Mohar Singh, once one .. China’s space test hits snag with capsule ‘anomaly’ A cargo capsule that was part of a key test in China’s space programme experienced an “anomaly” on Wednesday during its return trip, the space authority said. The cargo capsule was launched Tuesday aboard a new type of ..