Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cyber Law Update August 2008 - Issue no. 5

Pakistan intensifies Cyber War propaganda against India

Washington, Aug.11 (ANI): Pakistan is taking steps to intensify its cyber war propaganda against India with the help of its intelligence outfit, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) by carrying reports of alleged communal fissures taking place on the Indian side of Kashmir.

Since the Amarnath land transfer controversy began, Pakistan Televisions (PTV) focus has been on the alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

On an average, PTV is beaming two hours of daily anti-India propaganda as compared to an hour a day that was the norm earlier. It is apparent that PTV is heavily focusing on promoting the communal divide between Hindu-dominant Jammu and the Muslim-dominant Kashmir Valley with the objective of pushing forward the two-nation theory.
The ISI is also setting up a TV channel in Bangladesh as a part of its war over airwaves in the region, says the US based Global Geopolitics Network. Reported in Thaindia

New cell phone connection may be required two guarantors

NEW DELHI, AUG 10 (PTI): In its efforts to check the use of mobile phones in terror activities, the Ministry of Home Affairs is likely to advice the Department of Telecommunication to direct all mobile phone operators to get two existing cellular customers as guarantors before issuing SIM card to new customers. Reported in Outlook India

Cyber Thugs March Through Georgia

August 13, 2008: Georgia is not just being invaded by Russian troops, it is also being hammered on the Internet, with the same Cyber War techniques Russia used against Estonia last year. Russia was accused of causing great financial harm to Estonia via Cyber War attacks, and Estonia wants this sort of thing declared terrorism, and dealt with. NATO agreed to discuss the issue, but never took any action against Russia. But as a result of that incident, NATO established a Cyber Defense Center in Estonia three months ago. Reported in Strategy Page

Britain under attack from cyber foreign security terrorists, report warns

"E-espionage" was identified by the Government as one of the two most likely risks facing the UK, the other being terror attacks on the transport network. Reported in MarketWatch

Feds crack largest U.S. identity theft

Federal authorities said yesterday that they had cracked the largest identity theft case in U.S. history, charging 11 people in the theft of more than 40 million credit and debit card account numbers from computer systems at major retailers such as T.J. Maxx and Barnes & Noble. Reported in Hindu

U.S. Warns Of Chinese Cyber-Spies

Overseas Travelers Warned That Personal Information Can Be Stolen; No Device Safe
(CBS) U.S. intelligence officials issued a strong warning Thursday that Americans traveling overseas, particularly visitors to the Olympics in China, face a serious risk of having sensitive information stolen, reports CBS News correspondent Bob Orr. Reported in CBS News

Cyber-security experts warn of Olympics spam

Singapore: Cyber-security experts warned Internet users of a deluge of viruses and spam during the Beijing Olympic Games, with those reading Chinese at a higher risk, news reports said Friday.
E-mail messages with headers such as "Beijing Olympics Cancelled" or "Beijing Olympics 2008 Lottery Promotion" should not be opened, the experts told The Straits Times. Reported in Bangkokpost

Beckstrom on cybersecurity

LAS VEGAS — Cybersecurity is hampered by a lack of understanding about the physics and economics of the networks we are trying to defend, according to Rod Beckstrom, director of the Homeland Security Department’s National Cyber Security Center, said Thursday at the Black Hat Briefings.

Risk management is a process of balancing security efforts against an acceptable level of risk because absolute security is not possible. But Beckstrom, speaking at the Black Hat Briefings yesterday, said we have no method for valuing our networks or measuring the effectiveness of our security. Reported in GCN

Google in a legal spot over blog post

MUMBAI: Google India, the domestic subsidiary of the high-profile Silicon Valley web search company, is facing defamation charges from a Mumbai-based firm, Gremach Infrastructure Equipments & Projects.

The company has filed a lawsuit against Google for hosting a series of articles on its blogging site, campaigning against its mines in Mozambique. In an interim order, the Bombay High Court has asked Google India to furnish information about the blogger. The case’s outcome will have far-reaching implications for the development of cyber law in India. Reported in Economic Times

Egypt demanding data from cyber cafés users: NGO

CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian NGO on Saturday accused the Egyptian authorities of forcing cyber cafés to gather personal information on Internet users, saying the measure was a violation of privacy.

"The Egyptian government imposed a new measure which increases the extent of censorship on Internet users and violates their right to privacy," the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said in a statement. Reported in AFP.Google

Funcom employee axed over cyber-sex

Age of Conan developer Funcom have sacked a moderator this week, after the employee was caught engaging in online naughtiness. Reported in Play.TM

Ex-convict indicted in cyber stalking case against woman

A former Des Plaines man has been indicted by a Cook County grand jury on charges he sent threatening e-mails to a woman whom he allegedly has pursued since 2000, prosecutors said Friday. Reported in ChicagoTribune

Man held for cyber crime; sells ex as call girl on website

CHENNAI: The cyber crime cell of the Central Crime Branch picked up a database manager of a private firm for posting a girl's photograph and mobile number on a networking site and describing her as a call girl available for service. Reported in Time of India

Cyber crime on rise; public warned on posting pics

CHENNAI: Do you share photographs with friends on social networking sites? Then beware, for chances are high that your morphed picture, obscene of course, will be doing the rounds in cyberspace. Worse, your cell will never stop ringing with calls from strangers who want sexual favours. Reported in Times of India

The Cyber Highway to Dubai

While Dubai is undergoing significant growth and business expansion, its Internet sophistication remains behind the curve, writes branding expert Naseem Javed. Companies in Dubai must harness the power of online resources to maximize their potential, he writes. Reported in E-commerce Times

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