Why India needs to go extra mile to fight cyber crime

cybercrimeNew Delhi, Feb 9: With threats emerging online and Intelligence Bureau officials terming it as serious, India will need to go that extra mile to counter this problem which has been described as a bloodless war.
When it comes to fighting cyber crime, India has learnt the hard way and with enemies such as Pakistan and China who hit India on the cyber space regularly, it is now time to take the fight back to another level.

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Was ONGC a victim of identity theft? Rs 197 crore at stake

ongMumbai, Oct 14: The cyber police in Mumbai have commenced investigations into one of the biggest cases of identity theft on the cyber space concerning the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.

The sum involved in this case is to the tune of Rs 197 crore. In this case, an email id very similar to the official id of the ONGC was used to communicate with a Saudi firm which transferred money to the account of the identity thief.

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Cyber extortion cases rising in India

  New Delhi, Sept 23: In the past couple of months, cyber crime agencies have been receiving complaints of cyber extortion. A team based in the Middle East has been hacking into company profiles and extorting money failing which the companies have been threatened that information would be made public. Cyber crime officials while confirming this development informed OneIndia that four such incidents have come to light. While two involve companies the other two are relating to banks, the officer also informed.
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Govt ready to unblock sites once objectionable content removed

siteblockedThe blocking of 32 URLS by the government has come under severe criticism and several persons especially on the social media have questioned if blocking is the right approach.
The government however has clarified that once objectionable material is taken off the websites they would be unblocked. The government also said that show cause notices had been issued before blocking the websites, but only a couple of them had responded. Read more

Conviction rate in cyber crime is 0.5 per cent – Here are the reasons

To block or not block websites is the subject matter of debate here. While there has been a lot of criticism over the blocking of websites and many stating that it is not the right approach, there is also a practical problem attached to this entire problem.
cybercrimeThe ISIS alone has 23000 sympathisers on the web running handles on social networking sites for them. The moment one website is taken down another appears hence indicating that the battle is a never-ending one.
While this is one part of the problem the bigger challenge for India is getting websites to take down objectionable content. With a conviction rate of 0.5 per cent in cyber crime related cases and 90 per cent of the cases resulting in acquittal due to non-cooperation from website owners, the battle ahead is a very tough one.

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Website blocking- Is the approach right?

The decision of the government to block 32 URLs has become a subject matter of debate and the question being asked is blocking the right way to go.

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Should the government be taking down websites or web pages? Should the government be acting against the intermediaries or should it block websites as a whole? These are a few points that need to be debated and to speak with oneindia is Cyber Law expert, Pawan Duggal.
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Bangalore minor rape- Is this how you probe?

Pic: New Indian Express
Pic: New Indian Express

There is a furore across Bangalore city following the alleged rape of a 6 year old girl who was studying at a Bangalore high school. The police have their suspect who is a 30 year old skating instructor by the name Munna alias Mustafa. They claim that he has confessed to his crimes, but also add in the same breath that a confession is not admissible in a court of law.
Let us look at the investigation closely and on careful scrutiny, it would be safe to say that the Bangalore police has either been caught napping or is trying to strike a balance between the protesting parents and the influential school.

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Snowden fallout- 2014 is about protecting privacy

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The fall our of Edward Snowden’s revelations have been huge. In 2014 as a result of the Snowden story, the primary objective of every net and mobile user in the world would be to keep his or her private life under the wraps.
Kaspersky Lab which had detected the deadly Stuxnet worm says that much of what they have seen in their crystal balls is connected to the fall-out from Edward Snowden’s revelations.
Here are some predictions for the year 2014- 
Cyber criminals will look to target your privacy. After the Snowden scandal of 2013, people are determined to keep their private life under wraps despite the attentions of intelligence agencies around the world. That means protecting the information stored on their computers and devices and ensuring their online behavior remains confidential. This will lead to greater popularity for VPN services and Tor-anonymizers as well as increased demand for local encryption tools.

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500,284,715 cyber attacks

cybercrimeCyber crime is not doubt worrying and the third quarter analysis indicates that a total of 500,284,715 attacks launched from online resources around the world. Out of these 97.5 of the attacks have been on mobile platforms especially android. India is rated at 51.88% in terms of ‘risk of local infection’.

Kaspersky Lab which had detected the deadly Stuxnet worm states in this report that the majority of Android malware is designed to steal money or, as a secondary aim, steal personal data.  Cybercriminals working with mobile platforms are developing ever more sophisticated tricks. Continue reading “500,284,715 cyber attacks”

Poor, poor cyber conviction- Blame the US

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The Cyber Crime cells in India paint a poor picture. The conviction rate in the country where cyber crimes are concerned paint a very poor picture of 0.5 per cent.
Most of the cyber crime cells in India were incepted since the year 2001 and have seen an average of four complaints per day. Overall there have been around 15000 complaints which have been registered since the past ten years and unfortunately 85 per cent of these cases have resulted in acquittals or police have closed these cases for want of evidence due to non cooperation of the service providers.
Take the Bangalore cyber crime cell for instance. Located in the IT hub of the country, this cell was set up in the year 2001 and till date there has not been one single conviction. The reason being most of the service providers are based in the United States of America and very often do not respond to requests.
Most of the cases have reached a dead end for want of communication from service providers, admits Roopa, the officer heading the cyber cell in Bangalore.
A majority of complaints are pertaining hacking and tampering coming under various section of the Information Technology Act, reaches a dead end because the servers of these websites are located in US and there is no cooperation from the other side, she points out.
Sources in the cyber crime department said that though cases related to cyber crime is on the rise, the conviction and investigations in most of the cases have reached dead end. This has resulted in zero conviction in cyber crimes since its inception in 2001.
A senior police official said that nearly ¼ of the cases registered under the IT Act are charge sheeted but end up in acquittal due to either hostile or lack of evidence. “nearly ¼ of the cases registered are charge sheeted and in the other ¼ of the cases B reports are filed due to mistake of facts and the remaining half of the cases are undetected due to technical reasons. 

(story first published on rediff.com)