Friday, August 8, 2008

Cyber Law Update August 2008 - Issue no. 4


Tech-savvy cyber crooks could steal your Net identity
Technology exists to prove a malicious e-mail did not originate from your PC

When several television channels received e-mails last week claiming credit for the bomb blasts in Ahmedabad on behalf of an outfit that called itself the Indian Mujahideen, the police traced the mail through an IP, or Internet Protocol, address to the e-mail account of a Navi Mumbai resident. Many of the same channels wasted no time to flash headlines that suggested that an American national was somehow involved in the “terror mail.” Reported in Hindu

Use of e-mails for cyber-crimes and terrorism

The technical aspects of cyber-law are a headache for the law enforcement agencies and judicial system in India. Very few law enforcement officers, public prosecutors and judges are aware about the technical aspects of ICT and its uses and abuses. Reported in MeriNews

Terror mail: BMC to take precaution for its WiFi project

The Ahmedabad terror e-mail, which was sent by hacking into the Internet Protocol address of a US national living in Navi Mumbai, has prompted the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to take precautionary measures before it launches its ambitious WiFi project next year. The police cyber crime cell has also asked the civic body to take help from its experts and adequate measures before launching the project. Reported in Express India

Cyber cafe owner taken in police custody

A local court today remanded a cyber cafe owner in 14 days police custody for creating city-wide panic by sending an e-mail threatening bomb explosions.Kaushik Basu, the cyber cafe owner and a resident of Salt Lake, was arrested last night and charged with waging war against the country, threat to cause death or grievous hurt and criminal intimidation by anonymous communication which, according to the police, is serious offence. Reported in SaharaSamay

Police plans to check cyber cafes turning terror hubs

HYDERABAD: As terrorists are going hi-tech and giving advance information about their strike plan using the Internet, the Hyderabad police are seriously planning to formulate rules and regulations for cyber cafes. Reported in Times of India

Delhi Police gets first batch of cyber experts

Cyber crime increasing at the rate of 100% annuallyNew Delhi: With a whopping 100 per cent increase in cyber crimes annually, the Cyber Cell of Delhi Police will require more trained personnel to fight white collar crimes. In a first-of-its-kind effort, the first batch of 100 investigating officers of Delhi Police and two officers of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) were handed certificates in ‘Cyber Crime Investigation and Computer Forensics’ on Tuesday. Reported in MSN


Beijing Braces for Olympic Cyber-War

With the world’s eyes firmly focused on Beijing, officials and IT staff are bracing themselves for a flood of cyber-attacks … Reported in Byteandswitch becomes the latest victim of cyber crime

A large Polish Internet store lost over zł.1 million in three days due to a hacker attack, and according to estimates, the European economy is losing euro 65 billion annually due to cyber-crime. Reported in WBJ
Source: Gazeta Wyborcza

International phishing gang busted

US authorities have charged 38 members of an international criminal gang that allegedly used spam e-mails to steal bank account details and passwords from thousands of customers. Reported in FINEXTRA

IBM X-Force Report: Cyber Threats Accelerate, Browser Vulnerabilities Proliferate in First Half of 2008

Mid-Year Report From IBM Internet Security Systems X-Force(R) Finds 94 Percent of Browser-Related Exploits Occurred Within 24 Hours of Vulnerability Disclosure. Published in CNN

US Senate polishes new teeth for cyber cops

The US Senate has passed a bill to strengthen the hands of federal prosecutors who fight computer crime by removing some of the more common hurdles in prosecuting online miscreants. Reported in the Register

New Guidelines Aim to Reduce Fraud

US: New guidelines for fighting fraud have been released jointly by three leading professional organizations. “Managing the Business Risk of Fraud: A Practical Guide” is sponsored by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Principles for establishing effective fraud risk management, regardless of the type or size of an organization, are outlined in the guide.

“Managing the Business Risk of Fraud: A Practical Guide” can be downloaded for free from the sponsoring organizations’ Web sites at, http//, and

U.S. government cyber-security worse than previously thought

The latest report from ZATZ Publishing highlights a surprising lack of government record-keeping oversight, along with critical cyber-security gaps that without proper records management, America won't have critical records of the operation of their government. Reported in EchannlLine

Cyber-bully advice

In her new book 101 Facts about Bullying: What Everyone Should Know, author Meline Kevorkian offers suggestions for overcoming cyber-bullying. For tips for parents and kid read an article Published in Miami Herald


Gunjan said...

Government of India please wake up

Hats off to Mr. Praveen Dalal for his awareness drive. He is undoubtedly the best in the industry. It is unfortunate for the government of India and industry players that they are not in a position to avail his expert services. He has recently come up with the first Indian cyber forensics trends-2008 that is eye opener. I hope the government will now wake up to the realities. This is available at

Some recent interesting posts about him are:



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