Sudden spurt in cyber crime

After a brief lull, the cyber crime branch has once again registered a substantial rise in the number of cases since the beginning of the year. The special unit registered over 45 cases while it has received about 279 complaints since January 1. The year 2015 was relatively calmer with 117 FIRs registered under the…

The cyberthreat is very real

Despite having a national cybersecurity policy, risks to our critical infrastructure remain. The Aadhaar concerns are valid, but India needs both offensive cyber operations and strengthened cybersecurity to deal with new onslaughts. The debate in Parliament on the Aadhaar Bill, 2016, is quite revealing. Concerns expressed that the Bill contained certain provisions [Section 29(iv) and…

A Formless Form

History and hypocrisy are the helixed hobgoblins of democracy. The first one claims to be the motherboard that rewired the circuitry of a previous dark time by turning it to an enlightened one. The other excuses acts of aggrandisement and appeasement by bestowing a cheap certificate of faux freedom—of freedoms of civilised society, like freedom…

It’s about time India gets more active on countering military cyber espionage

The recent media revelations of the Pakistan Army snooping on Indian army personnel’s phones and computers, reportedly through a malware called SmeshApp, is the latest instance of the challenges faced by the Indian military in guarding sensitive and classified information such as the deployment and movement of troops and details of counter-terrorism operations like the…