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November 18, 2017

How This Millennial Went From A High School Dropout To Cyber Security Expert

A high school dropout and former hacker, Shah had to overcome run-ins with the police and the disappointment his parents expressed, in order to rise above and find himself, and then eventually success on the other side of the fence. Here are the four pillars of success that Shah credits to his successful journey thus-far.

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Feb 18, 2019

Meet Manan Shah, an ethical hacker who dropped out of school to strengthen India’s cybersecurity

Everybody dreams of making a name for themselves, but very few take the risks required to do so. At a young age, Manan Shah decided that the education system in India wasn't fit for him. He dropped out of school and decided to charter a path that would eventually lead him to becoming the CEO and founder of Avalance Global Solutions, an internationally recognized cyber security firm, based out of Vadodara.

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July 29, 2017

The Silent War: when cyber security companies get hacked

On a cold winter night in December 2015, Manan Shah, founder of Vadodara based cyber security firm Avalance Global Solutions, woke up to an alarming text message from a prospective customer. "Your competition says you can be hacked. Why should we use your services?".

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March 31, 2018

If data is the new oil, how much does an Indian citizen lose?

"We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about." That was the former executive chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, trying to convince users that the tech giants did care about their privacy, ironically enough.

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May 16, 2017

Ransomware 'WannaCry' fails to unnerve guarded India

India's cyber security unit CERT-In said it has received formal reports of just five "incidents" across locations like Delhi and Tamil Nadu.

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September 18, 2017

Here's how scamsters hijack Facebook pages to extort money

Ruchita Sitlani, along with her sister Reeva, had just stepped out for coffee on August 30 when her phone rang. “This is a call from the cyber crime department. Your Instagram account has been reported for abuse by 948 people and will be deleted in a day’s time. If you don't want your account to be suspended, please link your personal email id to the account instead of your official business ID” the caller said in a brusque voice. The Sitlanis run Love At First Sight, an online gift shop for women in Mumbai, which has 12,000 followers on Instagram and 1,000 on Facebook.

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July 27, 2017

How data brokers track your digital footprint, and profit from it

"I get pissed off with the number of calls that I am getting, because this DND registration has not worked at all. They don’t give a damn. I have DND on my phone, but still I get calls. So it’s not working at all," says a livid Anil Raina, on a phone call discussing how much phone spam he gets.

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June 7, 2017

Save Your Computers From Being Gutted by Chinese Malware Fireball

There are many types of malware that can make the systems vulnerable to their attack. Malware attack seems to make headline every month for all the wrong reasons. A few weeks back it was WannaCry ransomware attack that was in the news because it had infected over 150 countries and 200,000 computer systems worldwide. Recently, a security firm Check Point discovered that a high volume Chinese threat operation has infected over 250 million computers worldwide and 20 % of corporate networks.

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May 03, 2019

Social media influencers lose their millions when scammers come phishing

A growing number of online scamsters have gained access to their page admin rights over the past few months, leading to these users losing followers.

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March 08, 2019

Anti-piracy services firms are a big hit at the box office

People tracking the sector said that the primary reason for the increased spends among Bollywood production houses is due to the exclusive deals that they sign with over-the-top players like Netflix and Amazon after the run time of movies in multiplexes.

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April 04, 2019

Rogue websites are turning into a costly menace for e-tailers

As online retail starts spreading to shoppers beyond the top cities, cases of fake websites, trademark squatting and counterfeit products are on the up, say cybersecurity experts, causing a headache to both niche as well as big players in the India e-commerce market. Added to the mix are ‘rogue websites’ and social media impersonation, compounding the woes of companies.

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November 18, 2017

How This Millennial Went From A High School Dropout To Cyber Security Expert

A high school dropout and former hacker, Shah had to overcome run-ins with the police and the disappointment his parents expressed, in order to rise above and find himself, and then eventually success on the other side of the fence. Here are the four pillars of success that Shah credits to his successful journey thus-far.

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July 29, 2017

The Silent War: when cyber security companies get hacked

On a cold winter night in December 2015, Manan Shah, founder of Vadodara based cyber security firm Avalance Global Solutions, woke up to an alarming text message from a prospective customer. "Your competition says you can be hacked. Why should we use your services?".

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May 16, 2017

Ransomware 'WannaCry' fails to unnerve guarded India

India's cyber security unit CERT-In said it has received formal reports of just five "incidents" across locations like Delhi and Tamil Nadu.

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September 18, 2017

Here's how scamsters hijack Facebook pages to extort money

Ruchita Sitlani, along with her sister Reeva, had just stepped out for coffee on August 30 when her phone rang. “This is a call from the cyber crime department. Your Instagram account has been reported for abuse by 948 people and will be deleted in a day’s time. If you don't want your account to be suspended, please link your personal email id to the account instead of your official business ID” the caller said in a brusque voice. The Sitlanis run Love At First Sight, an online gift shop for women in Mumbai, which has 12,000 followers on Instagram and 1,000 on Facebook.

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July 27, 2017

How data brokers track your digital footprint, and profit from it

"I get pissed off with the number of calls that I am getting, because this DND registration has not worked at all. They don’t give a damn. I have DND on my phone, but still I get calls. So it’s not working at all," says a livid Anil Raina, on a phone call discussing how much phone spam he gets.

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June 7, 2017

Save Your Computers From Being Gutted by Chinese Malware Fireball

There are many types of malware that can make the systems vulnerable to their attack. Malware attack seems to make headline every month for all the wrong reasons. A few weeks back it was WannaCry ransomware attack that was in the news because it had infected over 150 countries and 200,000 computer systems worldwide. Recently, a security firm Check Point discovered that a high volume Chinese threat operation has infected over 250 million computers worldwide and 20 % of corporate networks.

image

March 31, 2018

If data is the new oil, how much does an Indian citizen lose?

"We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about." That was the former executive chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, trying to convince users that the tech giants did care about their privacy, ironically enough.

image

Feb 18, 2019

Meet Manan Shah, an ethical hacker who dropped out of school to strengthen India’s cybersecurity

Everybody dreams of making a name for themselves, but very few take the risks required to do so. At a young age, Manan Shah decided that the education system in India wasn't fit for him. He dropped out of school and decided to charter a path that would eventually lead him to becoming the CEO and founder of Avalance Global Solutions, an internationally recognized cyber security firm, based out of Vadodara.

image

May 03, 2019

Social media influencers lose their millions when scammers come phishing

A growing number of online scamsters have gained access to their page admin rights over the past few months, leading to these users losing followers.

image

March 08, 2019

Anti-piracy services firms are a big hit at the box office

People tracking the sector said that the primary reason for the increased spends among Bollywood production houses is due to the exclusive deals that they sign with over-the-top players like Netflix and Amazon after the run time of movies in multiplexes.

image

April 04, 2019

Rogue websites are turning into a costly menace for e-tailers

As online retail starts spreading to shoppers beyond the top cities, cases of fake websites, trademark squatting and counterfeit products are on the up, say cybersecurity experts, causing a headache to both niche as well as big players in the India e-commerce market. Added to the mix are ‘rogue websites’ and social media impersonation, compounding the woes of companies.