Kerala Gold Smuggling: Senior IAS officer to be quizzed by NIA today

msivasankarNew Delhi, July 28: Former principal secretary to Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan and senior IAS officer, M Sivasankar will be questioned against by the National Investigation Agency today in connection with the Kerala Gold Smuggling case.

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Agencies continue to thwart China cyber attacks on India

cybersecurityNew Delhi, June 23: Amidst the tensions at the border, Indian agencies have warned that China would look to unleash a series of cyber attacks.

Attempts are being made every minute to carry out cyber attacks and so far the Indian agencies have been successful in thwarting most of them.

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Banking trojan Cerberus, the new headache for cyber security officials

cybersecurityNew Delhi, May 20: The Central Bureau of Investigation has issued a nationwide alert on the banking trojan Cerberus. The CBI said that this tricks the smartphone users into downloading a malicious link relating to COVID-19.

The advisory was issued by the CBI, following an input from the Interpol. The trojan presents itself as an update related to COVID-19. The trojan primarily focuses on stealing financial data such as credit card numbers. It can use overlay attacks to trick victims into providing personal information and can capture two-factor authentication details, the agency also said.

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Taking control: Why the Personal Data Protection Bill is a game changer

cybersecurityNew Delhi, Dec 05: The WhatsApp breach, the misuse of data among other related incidents have given us all the need to ponder over one fact and that is why we need to have control over our data.

With India leaning towards data localisation, it become extremely important to move towards the Personal Data Protection Bill that is set to be tabled in the Parliament. The overall aim of the Bill is to protect and regulate data privacy.

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Whatsapp breach: Time to inculcate and adopt cyber security as way of life

Pavan Duggal
Pavan Duggal

MyNation caught up with Pavan Duggal, one of the nation’s top cyber law experts, to discuss the National Cyber Security Policy of 2020, and how this would be an enhancement to the 2013 policy. However, there are key parameters that one should be mindful of.

In the wake of the WhatsApp breach, there has been talk once again on the issue of cyber security. Come 2020, there would be a tremendous enhancement over the National Cyber Security Policy of 2013.

The Cyber Security Strategy Policy would be released in January. This would be a major step forward in securing our cyber space and also realising the $ 5 trillion economy. While it would be a great leap forward, there would be several challenges as well.

MyNation caught up with Pavan Duggal, one of the nation’s top cyber law experts to discuss this issue. He says that the policy of 2020 would be a major enhancement over the National Cyber Security Policy of 2013. When we come up with a strategy as a nation, we must also be mindful of certain key parameters.

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India’s cyber security challenge: It is time to protect the great firewall

cybersecurityConsidering how large cyber security threat is, there is a dire need to show urgency and tackle the problem and counter such threats

The threats today are contemporary and new. The marriage between the internet and crime and terror has led to various security agencies stating that the future would be all about fighting cybercrime.

The latest WhatsApp breach is a clear indicator of how serious the threat is. Several persons were targeted for surveillance, using Israeli spyware Pegasus via WhatsApp. The government has demanded strict action and even sought an explanation from WhatsApp. Although WhatsApp stated that it had warned India about the same, the agencies said that it was vague.

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Think before you click or don’t click at all: Pegasus explained

While Whatsapp spyware row has been grabbing national headlines, it’s important to know what is Pegasus, how it functions and how one users can secure themselves from it.

The Indian government has sought an explanation from WhatsApp on the alleged surveillance of phones of some persons. The Facebook-owned messaging service said that it had shared information with the Indian government about the technical breach.

In a statement, WhatsApp said, “Our highest priority is the privacy and security of WhatsApp users. In May, we quickly resolved a security issue and notified relevant Indian and international government authorities. Since then we have worked to identify target users to ask the courts to hold the international spyware firm known as the NSO Group accountable.”

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WhatsApp breach: Remember, right to privacy became a fundamental right under Narendra Modi government

As complaints about hacking of WhatsApp data by the Pegasus spyware developed by an Israeli firm NSO group came up, Amit Malviya, IT Cell chief of the BJP, questioned the timing of their complaints also asked if they were contacted by WhatsApp earlier, why didn’t they come and say it earlier. In a tweet, while replying to Rahul Gandhi, Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that privacy became a fundamental right under the Narendra Modi government.

The Union government was quick to spring into action as complaints about hacking of WhatsApp data by the Pegasus spyware developed by an Israeli firm NSO group came up. 

Even as the government sought an explanation, some decided to make it a political slugfest after it was said that around 12 lawyers, journalists and activists had been targeted. 

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Government’s new snoop order on computers: SC issues notice

New Delhi, Jan 14: The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Union Government among others on a petition that challenged the decision authorising 10 agencies to monitor, decrypt any computer.

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Cambridge Analytica row: India needs to wake up on cyber laws, says Pavan Duggal

New Delhi: The BJP has accused the Congress of hiring the services of Cambridge Analytica, a data mining firm accused of illegally harvesting Facebook user details to influence elections in several countries.

Union minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad launched a scathing attack on the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi as he cited several media reports, which claimed that the New York-based company would work for Gandhi ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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