The Pegasus nightmare

Source: The Hindu, Indian Express, Livemint Relevance: Understanding the potential negative impact of cyberthreats and ways to counter them. Synopsis: Cyberthreats need to be countered with a deeper understanding of cyber technologies. Short term remedies won’t work. Background Pegasus spyware issue has compelled nations to realize the threat posed by such new age weapons. Must… Continue reading The Pegasus nightmare

What the Pegasus surveillance scandal means for Indian democracy?

Source: Indian Express, Indian Express 2, Livemint Relevance: Implication of the Pegasus spyware issue Synopsis: The Pegasus scandal is a matter of grave concern for Indian democracy. Implications and future course of action. Implications of Pegasus spyware issue Allegations against Supreme Court: There are allegations that the phones of the woman who had complained of sexual harassment… Continue reading What the Pegasus surveillance scandal means for Indian democracy?

Pegasus spyware issue – concerns and way forward

Source: The Hindu 1, The Hindu 2 Relevance: Possible future course of action for India after the recent revelations under Pegasus spyware issue. Synopsis: Dealing with the implications of the Pegasus spyware issue and the policy challenges involved in existing laws. Background Under the revelations made in the Pegasus spyware issue, it is clear that… Continue reading Pegasus spyware issue – concerns and way forward

How cryptocurrency turbocharged the cybercrime racket: Explained

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Cryptocurrency is an emerging sector. As a UPSC aspirant one needs have knowledge about its pros and cons. Synopsis: Use of cryptocurrencies for ransomware attacks by hackers and related challenges. Must Read: What is a ransomware? How is crypto used in cybercrime? A typical ransomware attack on a company or organization… Continue reading How cryptocurrency turbocharged the cybercrime racket: Explained

India and Japan sign Memorandum of Cooperation in field of cybersecurity

News: Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing a Memorandum of Cooperation(MoC) in the field of cybersecurity between India and Japan. Facts: Aim: The Memorandum of Cooperation(MoC) will enhance cooperation in areas of mutual interest which in­clude:  Capacity building in the area of cyberspace Protection of critical infrastructure Cooperation in emerging technologies Sharing information… Continue reading India and Japan sign Memorandum of Cooperation in field of cybersecurity

CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team)

News:CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team) has decided to conduct a security audit of COVID-19 data in the wake of Cyber security threats. Facts: CERT-In was established in 2004 as a functional organisation of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Objectives: Preventing cyber attacks against the country’s cyber space. Responding to cyber attacks and… Continue reading CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team)

Steps Taken to Deal with Cyber Crime and Cyber Security

Minister of State for Home Affairs has informed the Parliament about the steps taken by the Government to deal with Cyber Crime and Cyber Security. The Government has launched the online cybercrime reporting portal to enable complainants to report complaints pertaining to Child Pornography or sexually explicit content.  The Central Government has also rolled out… Continue reading Steps Taken to Deal with Cyber Crime and Cyber Security

Cyber Coordination Centre

Minister of State for Home Affairs has informed the Rajya Sabha about the Cyber Coordination Centre(CyCord) portal. Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) portal was launched by Prime Minister in 2018 at DGPs/IGPs Conference. It as a one-stop platform for sharing all cyber related matters amongst Law Enforcement Agencies(LEAs),government organizations and other stakeholders. The primary objective of… Continue reading Cyber Coordination Centre

A policy on AI, cyber security on the cards

A member of NITI Aayog has said that it has come up with a policy on artificial intelligence (AI) and cyber security. The policy would be taken up in the Union Cabinet soon. AI refers to the ability of machines to perform cognitive tasks like thinking, perceiving, learning, problem solving and decision making. Cyber security… Continue reading A policy on AI, cyber security on the cards