Amazon Family, Baby Wish List Programmes for New Parents Launched in India


Amazon India on Friday announced an expansion of its Prime subscription’s benefits, with the introduction of Amazon Family global programme in India. The company claims it will help Amazon Prime members find what they are looking for at the best price, while also guiding them through the trials of new parenthood. Also unveiled was the Amazon Baby Wish List, for all customers.

With Amazon Family, Prime members will get exclusive discount coupons pm daily household items, baby products, toys, personal care products, groceries, and more. The company chooses to highlight 15 percent discount on diaper subscriptions from leading brands. Amazon Family members can also get personalised recommendations based on their child’s age. It has a dedicated storefront.

On the other hand, Amazon Baby Wish List is open to all customers, and is said to help expecting and new parents create a list of items they’ll need for their baby. The Baby Wish List store has curated and recommended checklists and buying guides that could be used by the new parents to make an informed decision on the required products for their little one, the company says, adding that parents can create lists from products across relevant categories such as baby care, toys, strollers, cribs baby apparel, maternity wear, among others.Amazon Family, Baby Wish List Programmes for New Parents Launched in India

The company adds that the Amazon Baby Wish List provides savings thanks to a 10 percent Amazon Pay Balance cashback if customers shop for products above Rs. 5,000 from their Baby Wish List. Prime members will get an additional benefit of 15 percent cashback. The company notes that both Amazon Family and Baby Wish List come with guides that help navigating new parenthood.

Commenting on the launch, Saurabh Srivastava, Director, Category Management, Amazon India said “We are constantly trying to improve our shopping experience and work backwards from customer needs. With the launch of Amazon Family and Baby Wish List, we want to cater to the new and expecting parents. Customers are going to be delighted by the convenience and ease of access to such a vast selection of baby products, apart from the hassle free shopping experience. We have curated the store with the best products across well-known brands to help expand selection for customers.”


More Android apps from dangerous Ztorg family sneak into Google Play


For the second time this month, Google has removed Android apps from its Google Play marketplace. Google did so after a security researcher found the apps contained code that laid the groundwork for attackers to take administrative “root” control of infected devices.

“Magic Browser,” as one app was called, was uploaded to Google’s official Android App bazaar on May 15 and gained more than 50,000 downloads by the time it was removed, Kaspersky Lab Senior Research Analyst Roman Unuchek said in a blog post published Tuesday. Magic Browser was disguised as a knock-off to the Chrome browser. The other app, “Noise Detector,” purported to measure the decibel level of sounds, and it had been downloaded more than 10,000 times. Both apps belong to a family of Android malware known as Ztorg, which has managed to sneak past Google’s automated malware checks almost 100 times since last September.

Most Ztorg apps are notable for their ability to use well-known exploits to root infected phones. This status allows the apps to have finer-grain control and makes them harder to be removed. Ztorg apps are also concerning for their large number of downloads. A Ztorg app known as Privacy Lock, for instance, received one million installations before Google removed it last month, while an infected Pokémon Go guide racked up 500,000 downloads before its removal in September.

Earlier this month, Google removed a game called colourblock after Kaspersky Lab’s Unuchek found it contained code dubbed DVmap that attempted to gain root. To evade detection by Google, DVmap developers initially uploaded a clean version of the game to Play and later updated it to add malicious functions. Unuchek has warned that the rooting processes used by malicious rooting apps can often harm the phones because the apps can overwrite crucial files and folders.

Magic Browser and Noise Detector didn’t actually root the phones, but the Ztorg digital fingerprints in both apps led Unuchek to theorize that the app developers were in the process of adding the capability to one or both of the apps gradually in an attempt to evade detection. In the meantime, the researcher said, the developers were using Magic Browser to either test or actively use malicious text-messaging functions. The app had the ability to send premium text messages to attacker-controlled numbers. To keep users in the dark, the app could also delete incoming texts and turn off the device sound.

“So I think that the authors are still testing this malware, because they use some techniques which can break the infected devices,” Unuchek wrote. “But they already have a lot of infected users on whom to test their methods. I hope that by uncovering this malware at such an early stage, we will be able to prevent a massive and dangerous attack when the attackers are ready to actively use their methods.”