Centre for Internet & Society

Chinese state media says U.S. should take some blame for cyber attack

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:12 AM

"WannaCry is far and away the most severe malware attack so far in 2017, and the spread of this troubling ransomware is far from over". Since the global attack was launched on Friday, several thousand more computers were discovered to be infected, particularly in Asia as the work day began on Monday. "We've seen that the slowdown of the infection rate over Friday night, after a temporary fix around it, has now been overcome by a second variation the criminals have released".

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Noida cyber cell gives tips on preventing WannaCry attack

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:18 AM

The attackers targeted a weakness found in older versions of Microsoft Windows.

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Consilience 2017 - A Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Law

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:47 AM

The Law and Technology Society, NLSIU organized their annual conference, Consilience, on the theme 'Artificial Intelligence and the Law' on May 20, 2017 in Bengaluru. Vidushi Marda took part in the event as a panelist.

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Microsoft says WannaCry ransomware must be a wake-up call for governments

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 12:55 AM

Computer security experts said the current attack could have been much worse but for the quick action of a young researcher in Britain who discovered a vulnerability in the ransomware itself, known as WanaCryptor 2.0. It has, however, retweeted a blog post by Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer at Microsoft, who directs much of the blame toward the USA government, arguing that it should have alerted the $524 billion tech titan about the problem.

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4th National Standards Conclave Evolving a Comprehensive National Strategy for Standards Sectoral and Regional Inclusiveness

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 08:06 AM

Udbhav Tiwari represented CIS in the 4th National Standards Conclave held on the May 1 and 2, 2017 at The Lalit, New Delhi. The event was organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Confederation of Indian Industry.

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Will Aadhaar leaks be used as an excuse to shut out scrutiny of welfare schemes?

by Anumeha Yadav last modified May 20, 2017 07:09 AM

Aadhaar data of all 23 crore beneficiaries of Direct Benefit Transfer schemes could be publicly available, says a report by Centre for Internet and Society.

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Aadhaar assurances fail to assuage privacy concerns

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 06:23 AM

While Aadhaar may be secure from external attacks, a failsafe system hasn’t been developed to protect it from Edward Snowden-style leakages and hacks.

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UIDAI goes after org that disclosed government departments were releasing Aadhaar data

by Nikhil Pahwa last modified May 20, 2017 10:46 AM

If there was ever a case of shoot the messenger, it is this.

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Hacker steals 17 million Zomato users’ data, briefly puts it on dark web

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 05:57 AM

Records of 17 million users were stolen from online restaurant search platform Zomato, the company said in a blog post on Thursday.

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Suicide videos: Facebook beefs up team to monitor content

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 02:59 AM

Responding to the spate of suicides being livestreamed, social media giant Facebook has announced it will add another 3,000 people to its 4,500-strong review team that moderates content. The review team will also work in tandem with law enforcement agencies on this issue.

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World Press Freedom Day 2017

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 02:52 AM

Udbhav Tiwari represented the Centre for Internet & Society at the World Press Day event organised by UNESCO and the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) at UNESCO House, New Delhi on May 3, 2017.

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Developer releases WannaCry key-recovery tool for Windows XP

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:02 AM

However, a cyber security expert working with the Centre for Internet and Society, Udbhav Tiwari working on vulnerabilities such as these, said as most ATMs in the country especially of the public-sector banks run on outdated operating systems, or are not updated regularly, they can be easily compromised. Unfortunately, however, a new variant of the program is already in the wild.

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Debate over #Aadhaar Turns Nasty as Critics Accuse Supporters of Online Trolling

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jun 07, 2017 01:09 PM

Internet Freedom Foundation’s Kiran Jonnalagadda has alleged that iSPIRT and its co-founder Sharad Sharma set up fake Twitter profiles to harass, intimidate Aadhaar critics.

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Experts stress on need for enhanced security

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 06:13 AM

With more and more people falling prey to phishing scams, experts believe that lack of adequate security features in online payment systems will only increase the number of such cases in the coming days. While admitting that the rise in such crimes would be hard to stop or control, cyber security consultants also blame the lack of preparedness before taking the digital economy route as a cause for such problems.

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Aadhaar data leak: Take precautions while sharing info on websites, MEITy tells all depts

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 19, 2017 02:59 PM

‘Publishing identity info is in clear contravention of the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, 2016’

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Taking Cognisance of the Deeply Flawed System That Is Aadhaar

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 19, 2017 02:52 PM

Aadhaar and its many connotations have grown to be among the most burning issues on the Indian fore today, that every citizen aware of their rights should be taking note of.

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Revisiting Aadhaar: Law, Tech and Beyond

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 19, 2017 02:47 PM

Udbhav Tiwari attended a panel on "Revisiting Aadhaar: Law, Tech and Beyond" held at the India International Centre Annexe on May 9, 2017 in New Delhi, organised by the Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC.in) in collaboration with Digital Empowerment Foundation and IT for Change.

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Faking it on WhatsApp: How India's favourite messaging app is turning into a rumour mill

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 19, 2017 02:44 PM

Spreading fast and wild on WhatsApp fake news about riots, ‘miracle’ currency

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A 13-year-old's rape in TN highlights the major threat online sexual grooming poses to children

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 19, 2017 10:16 AM

Predatory paedophiles online pose a major threat to children who form 7% of internet users in India.

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Aadhaar security: Here's how your private information can be protected

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 19, 2017 10:05 AM

Lock Aadhaar, and notify UIDAI if you get a one-time-password for a transaction you did not initiate

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