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Daily Current Affairs Answer & Explanation : 17 Dec 2019
The Union Home Ministry has recently sent an alert to all States warning them about the vulnerability of the Android operating system to a bug called ‘StrandHogg’ that allows real-time malware applications to pose as genuine applications and access user data of all kind.
While all versions of Android, including Android 10, are vulnerable to this bug, it may not be apparent to the affected users that malware applications are already on board their device.
These malware can then potentially listen to their conversations, access photo album, read/send messages, make calls, record conversations and get login credentials to various accounts.
This apart, things that such malware can access include private images, files, contact details, call logs, and location information.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently chaired the first meeting of the National Ganga Council in Kanpur.
The council was constituted in 2016 to oversee the cleaning of the Ganga and is supposed to meet at least once a year with the Prime Minister chairing the session.
NASA have recently identified the target area, known as the “Nightingale site”to collect samples from an asteroid and return to Earth.
The site is just 16 metres across and sits inside a large crater in Bennu’s northern hermisphere.
The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) was launched by NASA in 2016.
Its target is Near-Earth Asteroid called Bennu.
It will be NASA’s first to collect samples from an asteroid and return to Earth.
It will help scientists investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.
The enigmatic statues seen in Rapa Nui, popularly called Easter Island, may have been built by ancient carvers with a belief that the ‘Moai’ monoliths could boost agricultural fertility and critical food supplies, according to a study.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had named Easter Island a World Heritage Site in 1995, with most of the island’s sacred sites protected within the Rapa Nui National Park.
The Virtual Police Station is an initiative by the Andhra Pradesh government.
It is to demystify the police station and acquaint the public with the functioning of a police station electronically without visiting it physically.
It will set up in the educational institutions as a pilot project and it will educate public about the functioning of police stations and how to file a FIR.