800 Google Play Store apps infected by ‘Xavier’ that leaks user information

Malware’s stealing and leaking capabilities are difficult to detect due to a self-protect mechanism

Companies News : Global cybersecurity firm Trend Micro on Friday announced that it has detected more than 800 applications in Google Play Store embedded with a Trojan Android malware “Xavier”. This malware has been downloaded millions of times till date.

“Xavier” steals and leaks a user’s information silently.

“These applications range from utility apps such as photo manipulators to wallpaper and ringtone changers. We also provide multi-layered mobile security solutions to protect users from this threat,” Trend Micro said in a statement.

Based on data from its “Mobile App Reputation Service”, the team found that Xavier’s stealing and leaking capabilities are difficult to detect because of a self-protect mechanism through the use of methods such as string encryption, internet data encryption and emulator detection.

It also has the capability to download and execute other malicious codes from a remote server, which might be an even more dangerous aspect of the malware.

“The easiest way to avoid a cunning malware like ‘Xavier’ is to not download and install applications from an unknown source even if they are from legitimate app stores like Google Play Store,” said Nilesh Jain, Country Manager (India and Saarc), Trend Micro.

ISB placements up 39% this year, average salary offered is Rs 22 lakh

Offers come with an average salary of Rs 22 lakh; ISB says visible increase in leadership roles

Companies News :

Over 400 domestic and international companies made 1,113 offers to post graduate programme students belonging to the class of 2017 at the Indian School of Business (ISB). The Hyderabad-based business school claims it registered a 39 per cent jump in the number of campus recruiters this year.

These offers come with an average salary of Rs 22 lakh.

The Andhra Pradesh government continued recruiting from ISB for the second consecutive year with 21 offer letters to the varsity’s students. Some of the offers are for the post of executive assistant to district magistrates of select districts. Other roles offered are in areas such as financial technology, textiles, tourism, and infrastructure.

The state government has also recruited a similar number of ISB students and engaged them in the chief minister’s office to work on specific projects.

Besides regular recruiters such as McKinsey & Co, BCG, Parthenon, AT Kearney, Apple, and Microsoft, there were several new companies such as JLL, Havells, Revigo, P&G, Lending Kart, Reliance Jio, and L’Oreal, among others, looking to hire talent at the business school.

ISB said that there was also a visible increase in leadership roles this year. Over 70 offers were made to ISB students for leadership roles by corporates, including Aditya Birla Group, Citibank, Yes Bank, Philips India Limited, Tech Mahindra, Max, Mytrah Energy, and Genpact.

The consulting and information technology/information technology-enabled services sectors continued to be the largest recruiters, constituting 20 per cent and 21 per cent of the total number of offers, respectively. They were followed by the banking, financial services and insurance sector and the healthcare & pharma sector, according to the Institute.

ICC Champions Trophy: 5 reasons why India lost to Pakistan in the final tie

The beginning of the end for India came right with the call to field first after winning the toss

Companies News : The hopes of more than a billion Indian seemed to have come a cropper on Sunday when their national team was handed a humiliating defeat by arch-rivals Pakistan in the final match of Champions Trophy, 2017. Played at the Oval in London, the match saw India crumbling in their chase of 339 runs and getting bundled out for a lowly 158.

Worse, the debacle for India – their biggest margin of defeat in an ICC tournament yet – came in their first clash with Pakistan in a summit match since 2007. Before this, India’s 125-run loss to Australia in the 2003 World Cup final, at Johannesburg’s New Wanderers Stadium in South Africa, had been their most crushing defeat.

While it was embarrassing for India, the emotions on Pakistan side were those of jubilation that comes with unexpected triumph. At the 8th spot in ODI rankings, Pakistan were the lowest-ranked team at the beginning of Champions Trophy 2017. But the way they downed the favourites like South Africa, Sri Lanka and England, and finally India, will be remembered by cricket enthusiasts for a very long time.

Among the most spectacular takeaways from Sunday’s game were the phenomenal opening spell by left-arm Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir and the brilliant maiden century by Fakhar Zaman, besides sublime field performance by Sarfraz Ahmed’s boys.

Here are five turning points in the match that took the game away from India:

1. The toss: Banking on India’s recent record of successfully chasing down big targets, India skipper Virat Kohli opted to put Pakistan in to bat first. This, it turns out, would have been a good toss to lose for India, as Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed also said he, too, would have elected to field if he had won the toss.(more)

Planning to buy a car? Get up to Rs 90,000 in discounts before GST rollout

GST rate fixed for automobiles is 28% plus cess-1% for small petrol cars, 3% cess for diesel cars

Company News : If you were prolonging your car-buying decision, it might be a good time to go ahead with your decision now as carmakers are currently offering hefty discounts between Rs 25,000 to Rs 250,000. This is because, after the goods and service tax (GST) implementation, the automotive market will see a significant difference in prices.

The GST rate fixed for automobiles is under the 28 per cent tax bracket, plus cess (1 per cent for small petrol cars, 3 per cent cess for diesel cars and 15 per cent for luxury cars. Due to this change in the tax structure, the on-road price of small diesel cars and mid-sized cars will increase by 1.6 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectively.

Here is a list of options for you:


While Hyundai Eon price in New Delhi starts at Rs 3.62 lakhs and goes up to Rs 4.97 lakhs, you can avail a discount of up to Rs 45,000.

Similarly, the Grand i10 starting at Rs 4.69 lakhs can be bought at a discount of Rs 62,000 for the petrol variant and Rs 73,000 for the diesel one.

The Hyundai i20 and the new xCent attracts a discount of Rs 25,000 on petrol and diesel variants.

The biggest discount — Rs 2,5 lakh — is on Hyundai Santa Fe, whereas, the popular Verna’s price is slashed by Rs 80,000 (petrol) and Rs 90,000 (diesel).

Additionally, Hyundai is offering 100 per cent road finance along with exchange benefits across its entire collection.

Mahindra & Mahindra

If you want to hold the steering of a Mahindra car, then here are various offers for Delhi-NCR region:

Mahindra KUV100: Prices reduced by Rs 40,000 to Rs 42,000

Mahindra TUV300: Rs 36,000 discount

Mahindra XUV500: The maximum discount is on this model with Rs 65,000 price cut.

The exchange bonus is available with Mahindra too, however, only on selected items.


The American auto giant was one of the first to give discounts to lure customers. EcoSport, the subcompact SUV gets cheaper by Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000.

Ford’s Figo and Aspire are being offered with a price reduction of Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000.

At present, hybrid vehicles attract excise duty of 12.5 per cent, similar to the ones for entry level small cars such as Tata Nano or Maruti Alto. Even though they are exempt from infrastructure cess, there is a 1 per cent National Calamity Contingent Duty, 2 per cent central sales tax and 12.5 per cent VAT, which takes the total incident of tax to 30.3 per cent. (Read more)

The auto industry has said that the increased tax incidence is against the government’s long-term goal of promoting green vehicles in the country.

Paytm GST clearance sale offers discount up to 80%, here are the best deals

You could win an Apple iPhone 7 on minimum purchase worth Rs 1,000 as well; sale ends on Thursday

Companies News :Paytm is running a pre-GST clearance sale on its e-commerce platform Paytm Mall. The three-day sale — June 13 to June 15 – offers discounts, cashbacks and a chance to win Apple iPhone 7 in a bid to clear the stock before the final roll-out of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the country on July 1.

Under the Paytm Mall pre-GST clearance sale, the e-commerce portal is offering up to 80 per cent off on products including TVs, laptops, phones, cameras, air-conditioners and refrigerators. The clearance sale also offers a cashback of up to Rs 20,000 on DSLRs, televisions, laptops and air conditioners.

Apart from all the discounts and cashbacks, the e-commerce portal is offering a chance to win Apple iPhone 7 on a minimum purchase amount of Rs 1,000.

Here are some of the best deals that the Paytm Mall is offering under pre-GST clearance sale:

Apple iPhone 7

maximum retail price of Rs 60,000, is currently going on sale at a discount of 24 per cent for Rs 45,366. Also, the e-commerce portal is offering a cashback of Rs 5,750 that brings down the overall selling price of the smartphone to Rs 39,616. At this price, the iPhone 7 is a great deal.

Also Read : Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Apple MacBook Air 13, HP OMEN Gaming Laptop, Canon EOS 1300D DSLR camera, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Kit (EF 24 – 105 IS II USM)

Planning to buy a smartphone? Here are the best ones priced under Rs 10,000

From Coolpad Cool 1 to Xiaomi Redmi 4 — five power-packed smartphones that do not burn a hole in your pocket

Companies News : In the price-conscious Indian smartphone market, budget smartphones are one of the most sought-after devices. The offerings in this league offer great value for money, without cutting corners on major features like a decent camera, quality display, ample RAM and long-lasting battery.

The budget smartphone segment is inundated with devices manufactured by Chinese and home-grown handset makers. While being spoilt for choice is a happy situation, too many options sometimes confuses us — which of the many should you buy? Which smartphone is the best bet if you want a bang for your buck?

Business Standard lists out 5 feature-rich budget smartphones that can be a good choice if your budget is Rs 10,000 or less:

Coolpad Cool 1

Coolpad Cool 1 is a powerful device co-created by LeEco and Coolpad. The phone has a lot of features offered by LeEco and the cool quotient of Coolpad. It ticks nearly all the right boxes, and that makes the smartphone one of the best in the league. This

smartphone sports dual rear cameras with several great features, besides a powerful manual mode. The cameras in Coolpad Cool 1 deliver better results than other smartphones in the price segment .

After launching a variant with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB storage at the price point of Rs 13,999, the company recently brought another variant with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. The latter version is currently selling on Amazon India for Rs 9,999. At this price point, the smartphone is a steal for people looking for a great camera phone without compromising on other specs.

ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Moto G4, Micromax Yu Yureka Black, Xiaomi Redmi 4

Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 launched in India; know the price and specs here

Nokia 6 to be available on Amazon from July 14, offline-exclusive Nokia 3 and 4 from June 16 and July 7

Company News : Finnish telecom firm HMD Global, which manufactures and markets Nokia handests, on Tuesday launched the much-awaited Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones in India, priced at Rs 9,499, Rs 12,899 and Rs 14,999, respectively. While the Nokia 6 is going to be available from July 14, exclusively on Amazon, the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, labelled ‘offline exclusive’ by the company could be purchased from offline retail stores starting June 16 and July 7, respectively.

Nokia 6

The Nokia 6 features a 5.5-inch full-HD screen and is crafted from a single block of 6,000 series aluminium. The device comes in four colours options — matte black, silver, tempered blue and copper. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor that features Adreno 505 graphics processor.

The smartphone comes with two storage and RAM options — 32GB/3GB and 64GB/4GB. The storage can further be expanded to up to 256 GB using microSD card. In terms of camera, the device sport a 16MP rear camera with phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) and flash and an 8MP selfie camera. The smartphone sports a fingerprint sensor, 4G LTE capabilities, a 3,000 mAh battery, dual speakers and near field communication (NFC).

Nokia 5

Nokia 5 is another mid-range smartphone that sports a 5.2-inch HD 720p IPS LCD display. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled. The device features 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 256 GB using microSD card, and 2 GB of RAM.

Nokia 5 sports a 13MP rear snapper and an 8 MP front facing selfie camera. The smartphone is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery. It supports NFC and USB OTG as well.

Nokia 3

Nokia 3 is youngest in the trio of Nokia smartphone’s current line-up. The smartphone sports 5-inch HD 720p screen protected with Gorilla Glass. It is powered by MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor that features Mali-T720MP2 graphic processor. The device features 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 256 GB using microSD card, and 2 GB of RAM.

Nokia 3 sports an 8MP snapper both at front and at rear. The smartphone is powered by a 2,650 mAh battery. It supports USB OTG as well.

Recently, HMD Global launched refreshed version of iconic Nokia 3310 in India priced at Rs 3,310. The feature phone saw huge interest from the Nokia fans who were desperately waiting to get their hands-on the latest Nokia smartphones.