Synopsis: Cyber-attacks are increasing on civilian targets and infrastructure around the globe. Thus, there is a critical need to strengthen the Cyber resilience of civilian infrastructure. Background Cyber, which is regarded as the fifth dimension of warfare, is now largely being employed against civilian targets. For instance, several high-profile cyberattacks were reported from the United… Continue reading Need of Strengthening Cyber Resilience of Civilian infrastructure
Need of Global Rules to protect the Cyberspace
Synopsis: The 21st century is going to be an era of data revolution wherein almost all the activities would be carried on in cyberspace. This calls for creating some global rules to protect cyberspace as their absence has failed to prevent cyberattacks even on powerful countries like the U.S. Background: The US created cyberspace as… Continue reading Need of Global Rules to protect the Cyberspace
“Cybercrime Volunteer Programme” – No Centralised list of Volunteers Maintained
What is the News? Union Home Ministry has said that it does not maintain a centralised list of volunteers enrolled under the cybercrime volunteer programme. The ministry also said that it is because the police is a “State subject” under the 7th Schedule of the Constitution. What is the issue? A Right to Information Act(RTI)… Continue reading “Cybercrime Volunteer Programme” – No Centralised list of Volunteers Maintained
“Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace” – Microsoft Urges India to Join in
What is the News? The Microsoft president urged India and the U.S. to join the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace. The Paris call for Trust and Security now has 75 countries on board. It deals with the new cybersecurity threats faced in the world. About Paris Call for Trust and Security in… Continue reading “Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace” – Microsoft Urges India to Join in
Increasing cyber threat and need for Cyber strategy
Synopsis: As per the reports, China is increasing cyber-attacks. India needs to prepare a cyber strategy to tackle cyber warfare effectively. Background Recently, the Recorded Future (a U.S.-based cybersecurity firm) revealed an increase in suspected targeted intrusions against India from Chinese state-sponsored groups. Also, according to State authorities in Maharashtra, the October 2020 blackout in… Continue reading Increasing cyber threat and need for Cyber strategy
Cyber attacks on critical Infrastructure
Synopsis: At present Critical infrastructure of India is vulnerable to cyberattacks. The government have to strengthen its cybersecurity initiatives. Introduction: Recently Massachusetts-based firm Recorded Future released a study. It mentioned that Mumbai power outages can be a cyber attack aimed at critical infrastructure. The report also mentioned few important things such as, The Cyberattack was… Continue reading Cyber attacks on critical Infrastructure
“Cyber Volunteer programme” for Citizens
What is News? The Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) informs the Lok Sabha that a “Cyber Volunteer programme” has been rolled out. The Ministry also informed that the services of Cyber volunteers will be utilized by the State police as per requirement. About Cyber Crime Volunteers Program: Launched by: Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) Aim… Continue reading “Cyber Volunteer programme” for Citizens
Rise of Lateral Surveillance in India
Synopsis: The notification on the IT rules 2021 promotes lateral surveillance. It has given a new meaning to ‘Citizen watch’. Introduction: The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), launched the Cyber Crime Volunteers Program. It aims to allow citizens to register themselves as “Cyber Crime Volunteers’’ in the… Continue reading Rise of Lateral Surveillance in India
Cyber Attacks in India and Institutional arrangements for Cybersecurity
Synopsis: India’s Critical Infrastructure is vulnerable to Cyberattacks from foreign countries. India needs to upgrade its Institutional arrangements for Cybersecurity. Background Recently, The New York Times reported that China is threatening India through Cyber-attacks. It raised the possibility that the power outage in Mumbai (on October 13 2020) could have been an attack by a… Continue reading Cyber Attacks in India and Institutional arrangements for Cybersecurity
Cyber attacks and Cyber Security in India – Explained Pointwise
Introduction Recently there were many instances of Chinese led cyber-attacks on Indians and India based companies. A US-based cyber group has informed about Chinese hackers targeting Indian companies that developed Covid-19 vaccines (Covaxin and Covishield). Similarly, another US report informed about a Chinese firm (Red Echo) that was using malware called ShadowPad to target India’s… Continue reading Cyber attacks and Cyber Security in India – Explained Pointwise
Possible evidence of China’s “Cyber Warfare” against India
What is the News? A recent report has claimed that Chinese hackers had targeted Indians and Indian based companies. These cyber-attacks have raised concerns over whether China is engaged in cyber warfare with India. What is Cyber Warfare? Cyber Warfare refers to the use of digital attacks (like computer viruses and hacking) by one country… Continue reading Possible evidence of China’s “Cyber Warfare” against India
“Cyber security” training to Railway staffs.
What is the News? To provide Cyber security training to staffs Ministry of Railways has joined hands with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). The training will educate its officials on Internet ethics, cyber hygiene and best practices in the use of IT equipment, including mobile phones. This is a part of C-DAC’s… Continue reading “Cyber security” training to Railway staffs.
Threat of Deepfakes in India
Synopsis: Deepfakes are becoming a huge threat. This AI-based technology has been used to incite violence and disrepute people. Recently, it was used allegedly used to incite violence in the US. What are Deepfakes? Deepfakes are modified images, text, audio, and video or synthetic media, created with the help of Artificial Intelligence. It generates a fake… Continue reading Threat of Deepfakes in India
Issue of privacy and Personal Data Protection Bill 2019
Synopsis– Present data-based technological development and Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 presents a unique challenge to the privacy of individuals. Introduction Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 – By Puttaswamy v India (2017) case, privacy was established as a fundamental right. In other cases, MP Sharma v. Satish Chandra (1954) and Kharak Singh v. Uttar Pradesh (1962), as well, Privacy rights were upheld by SC. However,… Continue reading Issue of privacy and Personal Data Protection Bill 2019
What is Solar Winds Hack?
News: The ‘Solar Winds hack’, a cyberattack discovered in the United States, has emerged as one of the biggest ever targeted against the US government.In fact, it is likely a global cyberattack. Facts: SolarWinds Hack also called the Supply Chain attack is a cyberattack discovered in the United States. Instead of directly attacking the federal government or… Continue reading What is Solar Winds Hack?
Draft Data Centre Policy,2020
News: Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has released the Draft Data Centre Policy,2020. Facts: Aim: Making India a Global Data Centre hub, promote investment in the sector, propel digital economy growth, enable provisioning of trusted hosting infrastructure to fulfil the growing demand of the country and facilitate state of the art service delivery… Continue reading Draft Data Centre Policy,2020