India-ITU Joint Cyberdrill 2021 commences

What is the News? The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched the India-ITU Joint Cyberdrill 2021. What is India-ITU Joint Cyberdrill 2021? The ITU aims to improve the cybersecurity readiness, protection and incident response capabilities of Member States by conducting CyberDrills at the national and regional levels. India-ITU Cyberdrill… Continue reading India-ITU Joint Cyberdrill 2021 commences

Cybercrime went up by 500% during pandemic: Chief of Defence Staff

What is the News? The Chief of Defence Staff has delivered an inaugural address of the 14th edition of c0c0n, the annual cyber security and hacking conference. What are the key highlights of his address? Increased cybercrime Incidents: Cybercrimes have gone up by almost 500% in India during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dependence on Technology: During… Continue reading Cybercrime went up by 500% during pandemic: Chief of Defence Staff

Creating safe digital spaces

News: It is imperative that digital and social media platforms are free of cyberbullying. Govt must step up its efforts to counter this menace. Recently, UNESCO Member States declared the first Thursday of November as the International Day against Violence and Bullying at School, including cyberbullying. It has recognized that school-related violence is an infringement… Continue reading Creating safe digital spaces

The” yes or a no” the court must ask about Pegasus

Synopsis: Given the seriousness of the matter and the right to privacy of citizens, the judiciary must hold the executive accountable in the matter. Introduction Earlier this year, a global coalition of media organisations revealed that the Pegasus was being used in a number of countries to surveil journalists, activists, dissidents, and political leaders. Pegasus… Continue reading The” yes or a no” the court must ask about Pegasus

India should invest in ever more sophisticated cyber armaments

Synopsis: India’s offensive cyber capability appears to have increased but we should aim to achieve deterrence. Introduction The advent of the Cold War, nuclear weapons and proxy wars of the 20th century put an end to the custom of formal war declarations. In recent times, an incoming missile or fighter aircraft announces war. What is… Continue reading India should invest in ever more sophisticated cyber armaments

Supreme Court move to set up a panel to probe Pegasus is a vital and welcome step

What is the News? The Supreme Court has observed orally that it will set up a technical expert committee to inquire into the Pegasus snooping matter and pass an interim order next week. Background A collaborative journalism enterprise reported by The Wire in India has revealed that pegasus spyware developed by Israeli firm NSO Group… Continue reading Supreme Court move to set up a panel to probe Pegasus is a vital and welcome step

Cybersecurity can be made agile with zero-shot AI

Synopsis: Zero shot AI model can help to develop a robust and adaptive cybersecurity defence against new attacks. What makes AI a reliable tool in cybersecurity? The ability to learn from large volumes of data and find patterns of abnormal behaviour makes AI and particularly machine learning (ML) attractive in cybersecurity. ML algorithms can be… Continue reading Cybersecurity can be made agile with zero-shot AI

Pegasus scandal points to the making of a surveillance state in India

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Understanding increasing state surveillance in India, measures to safeguard privacy. Synopsis: There seems to be a concerted effort to create a surveillance state, monitor free flow of information and use technology to control instead of empowering citizens. Increasing rate of surveillance in India and measures that must be taken to counter… Continue reading Pegasus scandal points to the making of a surveillance state in India

What Pegasus says about cyber power and our national security?

Source: Livemint Syllabus: GS3 – Security Relevance: Implications of the Pegasus issue Synopsis: Pegasus issue has crucial national security and geopolitical dimensions that must enter the national debate. Conflict b/w liberty & national security Information governance (the way in which information is used and managed) in liberal democracies has two key goals: First, to protect… Continue reading What Pegasus says about cyber power and our national security?

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