Monday, September 29, 2008

Cyber Law Update September 2008 - Issue no. 9


Perils of wireless Internet

Recent blasts expose the safety gaps in cyberspace and underscore the need for smart vigilance.


It is the same old story again. As in the case of a few past blasts, such as the series of UP explosions (November 2007) and Ahmedabad (August 2008), terrorists involved in the five explosions of Delhi on September 13 sent e-mails to the media just a few minutes before the bombs took off, warning the authorities of their action. There are, however, several unexplained issues here. Published in The Hindu Businessline

Centre to issue guidelines to internet service providers (Article published in Hindu)

The Winds of Cyber War

The computer attacks Russia allegedly orchestrated against Georgia in August have raised the cyber warfare bar to a new threat level. The cyber assault that accompanied Russia's armed maneuver into its former territory of Georgia escalated to an international event.
The concept of hurting a nation's technological infrastructure as part of a wider conflict is not new. The extent to which the digital warfare was waged, however, clearly added to a growing concern that has already led U.S. officials to prepare for the next wave of computer warfare. Published in TechNewWorld

Homeland Security found to be unprepared for 'cyber' threats

WASHINGTON--When politicians got together six years ago and decided to glue together a medley of federal agencies to create the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, one of the justifications was a better focus on cybersecurity.

….Now, Homeland Security is weathering a deluge of criticism of its lackluster cybersecurity efforts on grounds that they have proven to be inefficient, bureaucratic, and not even able to do a decent job of monitoring federal computer networks. Published in CNET News

Experts call for united global action against cyber attacks

The world has to unite against the growing menace of cyber terrorism, IT experts said Thursday, evoking a recent "cyber war" against Georgia as the latest example of the threat.
"The world has finally woken up and understood that cyber security needs a global approach and is a very serious matter," Estonian politician Mart Laar told a cyber security forum in the Estonian capital Tallinn. Published in Pak Tribune

Cyber-crooks sting South Africa for A$26m

A cyber-crime syndicate is believed to have defrauded the South African government of more than £12.8m (A$26m) in a series of spyware frauds. Published in Secure Computing

Cyber-Ark Highlights the Seriousness of Data Security

Security firm Cyber-Ark has slammed a data breach in the UK that has seen the personal details of 5,000 Ministry of Justice staff go missing, saying that the situation highlights the need for EU controls on data security. Published in IDM

Cyber attack launched on Shiite websites: Iran report

Sunni Muslim computer hackers have attacked hundreds of Shiite websites including Shia Islam's most popular site linked to the community's leader in Iraq, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Friday (19 September 2008). Published in AFP

Anti cyber crime measures are 'a threat to privacy'

The world's leading international telecommunications organisation thas been slammed by privacy advocates for trying to stem the number of DoS attacks by limiting the amount of anonymity on the web. Published in ComputerWorldUK

Cyber attacks cripple opposition Myanmar media

The Internet sites of three Myanmar opposition media groups in exile suffered widespread cyber attacks, the anniversary of last year's failed uprising against the Southeast Asia country's military dictatorship. Published in eTaiwan

Cyber Attack Data Sharing Is Lacking, Congress Told

U.S. intelligence agencies are unable to share information about foreign cyber attacks against companies for fear of jeopardizing intelligence-gathering sources and methods, cyber security expert Paul B. Kurtz told lawmakers yesterday. Published in Washington Post

The Generals Go Cyber?

Burma's military junta has so successfully suppressed the media that Internet sites based outside the country are one of the few remaining sources of reliable news for Burmese people. Now it appears not even those sites are safe. Shortly before yesterday's anniversary of the 1988 pro-democracy uprising and last year's Buddhist-monk-led Saffron Revolution, the Web sites of my newspaper, The Irrawaddy, and other Burmese news portals came under cyber attack. I am not alone in believing that the junta is behind the attack, just as it was behind the shutdown of Internet access in Burma during last year's uprising. Published in Wall Street Journal

Hacker tool can watch you through webcam

Cover your webcams and unplug your microphones, because the latest freely-available hacker tools could use your own hardware against you without your knowledge.
Security specialist Prevx showed us some of the latest scary techniques being used to take unsuspecting web users' credit card details, passwords and personal information, as well as turn on your webcam and watch you. Published in

Cops identify cyber cafe from where email threat to Advani was sent

Police have claimed to have identified the cyber cafe from which the email, purportedly sent by Indian Mujahideen terrorists, to eliminate BJP leader L K Advani during his Shillong visit on September 29, was sent. Published in Times of India

Teenage cyber terrorist sent to jail

Hammaad Munshi, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England, was 15 when he was recruited into a worldwide plot to wipe out non-Muslims.
He was arrested in 2006 after police found material promoting "murder and destruction", including a guide to making napalm, on his computer and under his bed. Now 18, he has been convicted of making a record of information likely to be used for terrorist purposes. Published in Irish Independent

Senate moves to criminalise ATM, mobile phone, cyber offences

A bill for an Act to provide for the prohibition of electronic fraud in all electronic transactions in Nigeria and for other related matters

The bill, which is being sponsored by Senator Ayo Arise (PDP, Ekiti), has passed through first reading.
Violators of provisions of the law are liable on conviction, to jail terms ranging from five to 14 years. Published in The Punch

Cyber security top priority for UAE government

Dubai: Cyber security of the UAE government's information and ensuring that its own citizens protect it has become a priority, said Dubai eGovernment eServices Director Salem Al Shair…Published in Gulf News

Nigeria: EFCC Develops Software to Combat Cyber Crime

The Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) says it is developing computer softwares that would monitor internet services in the country as a way to combat cyber crimes.
Spokesman of the Commission, Mr. Femi Babafemi, who disclosed this to IT World, said the Commission is partnering with Information and Communication experts to develop the software. He said already, the report of the technical committee on the development of the software has been submitted to the chairman, adding that so far, over 136 cyber crime suspects have been arrested since Mrs. Farida Waziri took over as chairman of the Commission. Published in All Africa

Improved Site Teaches Cyber-Safety to the Average Person

One of the better places for the average person to learn about the sometimes murky waters of the Internet is free and sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission. Although and, its Spanish-language counterpart, have been around for awhile, some new and exciting improvements have been made to the site with a just released Web 2.0 redesign. Published in Blogcritics

Banking crisis: Cyber squatters cash in

It is not just hedge funds and short-sellers that are looking to cash-in on the global financial meltdown. Cyber-speculators have got in on the act too, snapping up online domain names in a game of guess the brand and the hope of selling their piece of internet property to the highest bidder.
Yesterday (September 16 2008) the rather long-winded domain name went up for sale on auction site eBay with an asking price of $1500 (£832). Published in Guardian

Cyber sleaze hits city’s top business family

A well-known builder’s family was hounded out of its wits recently when all its members, including four women, started receiving phone calls from unknown persons propositioning them to provide ‘female escorts’ as advertised in an internet-based agency. The ‘escort agency’ advertised Punjabi women available as escorts in Nagpur and listed the phone numbers of all the members of the family. Shocked by the flurry of calls, the angry and embarrassed family approached the cyber crime cell of crime branch in July. The cyber cell team, cracking the case, exposed the role of a disgruntled relative who wanted to avenge the fact that he was distanced from the family business as a sub-contractor around a year ago over a dispute. Published in Times of India

Comments: Disgruntled employees, friends and even lovers had restored to e-revenge in past. Hence, you are advise not to sharing your personal details and photo online.

OPINION: Cyber-Bullying - A Dark Side of the Internet

The Internet places a profound and staggering degree of information and knowledge at our fingertips. The Internet is the ultimate library and encyclopedia. It enables an army of telecommuting working men and women to work at home. It facilitates instant back and forth communication by e-mail. Online, we read newspapers and listen to music. The Internet is where we can advertise goods for sale on e-bay and purchase all sorts of items at retail stores. However, there is a dark aspect to the Internet. Published in Southern Maryland Online

Cyber sex can cause depression

People who frequently indulge in online sex, fetish and swinging sites have “alarmingly high” rates of depression, anxiety and stress, says a shocking new research. What’s more, people who seek out cyber sex typically devote hours a day to the covert activity, the study found. The Australian research also revealed that overwhelmingly male, well-educated, and aged anywhere from 18 to 80 indulge in such kind of ‘pleasure’. Published in Times of India




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Event in Bangalore on October 17, 2008
Sept 26: As in the previous years, Digital Society Foundation (Trust promoted by Naavi and others) will celebrate October 17, 2008 as the Digital Society Day of India in recognition of the fact that on October 17, 2000, ITA 2000 was given effect to bringing in the legal recognition for electronic documents for the first time in India. The theme for the current year is "Privacy and Data Protection in Cyber Space". The event will consist of a day long programme to be held at KLE Law College, Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore in association with KILPAR (Karnataka Institute of Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs) and KLE Society's Law College. The seminar will discuss the issues in balancing the demand for Privacy Rights Protection by Human Rights Activists with the Law Enforcement needs in the light of Cyber Terrorism and Cyber Wars. It is intended to collect the views of Legal Experts on the "Essential Features of a Suggested Data Protection Act of India" to be consolidated and presented to Nasscom and Ministry of Communications and Information Technology for further action.
(Law Students wishing to present a paper on the occasion may kindly submit the paper before October 10th to naavi , through e-mail ( and print copy. The best paper presenter may be invited to briefly present his views during the seminar)
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