Govt issues alert for email-based Locky ransomware

New Delhi: The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) on Saturday issued an alert on its website about an email-based ransomware, Locky, which is in circulation through over 23 million messages. The ransomware, which spreads through spam mails, scrambles the contents of a computer or server and demands payment in bitcoins to unlock it. According […]

India, Pakistan targets of cyber spy attack, says Symantec

New Delhi/Mumbai: India was considering setting up a cyber command, a senior Indian intelligence officer said on Monday, after Reuters quoted cybersecurity company Symantec Corp. as saying it had identified a sustained cyber spying campaign, likely state-sponsored, against Indian and Pakistani entities involved in regional security. Symantec said in a threat intelligence report that was sent to clients […]

A new hope for personal privacy

We’ve gotten so accustomed to leaning on technology for every aspect of our day-to-day lives that we sometimes forget to marvel at the magic that lies behind many wonders that we now treat as commonplace. Being late for a meeting is a thing of the past—our mobile devices use our calendars to determine where we […]

Privacy laws: Alternatives to consent

On 1 August, the government set in motion the process of drafting a new data protection law by setting up a panel under the guidance of former Supreme Court judge B.N. Srikrishna. The panel has been asked to suggest the principles to be considered while framing a data protection law. Most lawmakers around the world […]

Cybercrime spiked after demonetisation, say experts

Cybercrime has increased drastically in the country after demonetisation and has been under-reported, cyber experts said at a fintech conference organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry on Friday. “I have begun to see a landscape which is believe me, very scary. The last eight months have been the most fertile months in the history […]