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EC received 15 cases of damage EVMs during first phase of Lok Sabha elections

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New Delhi: While the first phase polling for the 17th Lok Sabha went peacefully “barring few stray incidents”, the Election Commission on Thursday said that they have received 15 cases of damage to electronic voting machines (EVMs).

 

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Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain said that out of the 15 incidents reported during the first phase that covered 91 Lok Sabha seats across 18 states and two Union Territories, six incidents were from Andhra Pradesh alone. Jana Sena candidate Madhusudan Gupta was arrested for breaking an EVM at Gooty in Anantapur district.

 

About 15 incidents of damaging EVMs cases reported in Phase 1 of Lok Sabha polls:

 

Another five incidents of damaging EVMs were reported from Arunachal Pradesh, two from Manipur, and one each from Bihar and West Bengal, Jain said.

 

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“We have received the complaints and appropriate legal action is being taken against those involved in damaging the EVMs,” he added.

 

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Apple App Store : Avast warns of 3 ‘fleeceware’ apps

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Avast said its researchers installed the three apps and successfully purchased subscriptions to each app. However, when they tried to use the VPNs, the apps only provided subscription options again.

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The apps are available on the Apple App Store as Beetle VPN, Buckler VPN, and Hat VPN Pro, Avast said.

These three apps have been downloaded over 420K, 271K, and 96K times, respectively, between April 2019 and May 2020, according to data from Sensor Tower, a mobile apps marketing intelligence and insights company.

“Fleeceware apps fall into a gray area, because they are not malicious per se, they simply charge users absurd amounts of money for weekly, monthly or yearly subscriptions for features that should be offered at much lower costs,” Nikolaos Chrysaidos, Head of Mobile Threats & Security at Avast, said in a statement.

The apps” all have high ratings, ranging from 4.6 to 4.8, and include enthusiastic reviews, all similarly written, which Avast considers may potentially be fake.

Avast said its researchers installed the three apps and successfully purchased subscriptions to each app. However, when they tried to use the VPNs, the apps only provided subscription options again.

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