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Responsible behaviour key to cyber safety: Additional DGP Harmeet Singh

GUWAHATI: The Assam Police has asked netizens to behave responsibly as it is the key to ensure their safety in cyber space. Online fraud in Assam amounts to 60.4% of the total cases of cyber offences, followed by other crimes such as identity thefts and online sexual exploitation. In an interview with The Sentinel, Additional …

Delhi Police inaugurates month-long cyber safety awareness programme

The Delhi Police on Thursday inaugurated a month-long cyber safety awareness programme in association with an NGO, officials said. According to an official statement, the campaign being run by the Delhi Police and NGO Cyber Peace Foundation is designed to promote and bolster the levels of online safety awareness amongst the citizens. The campaign will …

Reporting of cyber crimes to police low in Assam: Survey

Guwahati, Nov 5 (PTI) Reporting of cybercrimes to the police is considerably low in Assam though a high level of awareness and understanding exists among the internet users, according to a survey report conducted by the Assam police and the Cyber Peace Foundation. The survey was conducted in the month of October to gauge the …

Training the workforce in basic cyber hygiene

Cybercrime is estimated to already cost the world $6Tn annually. In his session at People Matters TechHR India 2020, Vineet Kumar, Founder & President, Cyber Peace Foundation helped organizations understand how to build better cyber defences to secure both company data and employees. While there was a significant amount of dependence on technology in the ...

CyberPeace Foundation partners with WhatsApp to create awareness on cyber safety among students

This association aims to reach about 15,000 students in five Indian states, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra by the end of this year as the first phase of a pan-India program. CyberPeace Foundation will train teachers, parents and students using a co-created curriculum to arm them with tips and tricks to increase online …

131 percent increase in viruses targeted towards remote workers: Fortinet

Cybercriminals are unleashing a surprisingly high volume of new threats in this short period of time to take advantage of inadvertent security gaps as organizations are in a rush to ensure business continuity.” Cyber security firm Fortinet on Monday announced that over the past several weeks, it has been monitoring a significant spike in COVID-19 …

“Significant” Increase In Cyber Crimes Against Women During Lockdown: Experts

New Delhi:  There has been a significant increase in cybercrime against women, especially sextortion, during the COVID-19-induced lockdown with “caged criminals” targeting them online, say experts. The nationwide lockdown imposed from March 25 to April 14, then extended to May 3, and again extended to May 15, aims at preventing the spread of the novel …

Cybercrime Cases Against Women Spike Under Covid19 Lockdown

Amid the Covid19-prompted national lockdown, there has been a sharp surge in cybercrimes against women, with a marked increase in instances of ‘sextortion,’ or sexual exploitation through blackmail. While the National Commission for Women (NCW) has noted a small spike, NGOs in India are calling those numbers only the “tip of the iceberg.” According to the …

‘Sextortion’ on the rise as cybercriminals target women during lockdown

New Delhi: There has been a significant increase in cybercrime against women, especially ‘sextortion’, during the COVID-19-induced lockdown. Experts said ‘caged criminals’ are targeting these women online. Official data According to National Commission for Women (NCW) data, 54 cybercrime complaints were received online in April. This is a significant increase in the number of complaints …

Covid-19 has wiped out the goodnight sleep of a CISO

The stratospheric rise in phishing and identity attacks since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic is give sleepless nights to CISOs across the world making them the Digital Security Warriors Covid-19, an unprecedented global catastrophe, has had a massive impact on society as a whole. The most common observation is a sharp increase of phishing …

Digital Literacy and Women – 1

With the advent of science and technology, the need for skills have got more importance. Being a literate in the present context, is not enough. Literacy has now changed into digital literacy. Digital literacy is important both for men and women. A skilled man or a skilled woman is of utmost importance in the age …

Fake UPI accounts created to defraud those contributing to PM relief fund

Just three days after the PM’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations fund was created, the Cyber Peace Foundation found fraudulent variations of the original UPI account. As many as 68 fake Unified Payments Interface (UPI) IDs in the name of the PM CARE fund to fight coronavirus have been detected, according to cybersecurity …

Beware of the virus trap

Curious about Covid-19 updates? Follow only government websites and reliable sources to avoid falling in the trap of digital frauds, say cyber professionals. Last week, Mumbai-based Avhijit Gavali lost Rs 1 lakh after he downloaded a mobile app that claimed it would make his phone vibrate if a Covid-19 positive patient is detected nearby. The …

Cyber bullies wreak havoc even in rural government schools

HYDERABAD: As cyber bullying is becoming the biggest form of harassment on all popular social platforms, Internet companies are increasingly paying attention to the issue.  Many young people experience cyber bullying on a regular basis. Some face extreme forms of online abuse. Some have taken their own lives as a result. IT companies have a …

Why India lags in tackling online child sex abuse

CHENNAI: The content on the dark web, the part of the internet not indexed by search engines and accessed through specific software, is truly a dark world — offensive, degrading and downright horrific. Navigating through it to access child pornography in anonymity is easy. But, so too is accessing such material on the open internet. …

Future of Work 2020: Here are the speakers who will define tomorrow’s product, technology, design

Vineet Kumar’s Cyber Peace Foundation is an award-winning NGO and global think tank for cybersecurity and policy experts. Incubated out of Jharkhand, the NGO began in collaboration with senior police and defence officers to establish a peaceful and harmonious cyberspace. Previously the CTO of Jharkhand Police, Vineet is also a member of several committees set …

Rachakonda police Commissionerate observes safer Internet Day

Hyderabad: The Rachakonda Police Commissionerate observed ‘Safer Internet Day-2020’ here on Tuesday. The initiative aims to educate children about online safety and spark a conversation about the responsible use of technology. The concept was introduced in 2009 in European countries and is now observed across the nations. This year’s theme was “together for a better …

Life behind the firewall: What it’s like to be an ethical hacker today

Vineet Kumar runs the Cyber Peace Foundation, which works with governments to spread awareness about cyber crime and cyber safety, starting at the grassroot level. ( Diwakar Prasad / HT Photo ) Government agencies are slowly warming up to the work done by ethical hackers. Kothapalli’s Hackrew, set up in 2018, organised its first live …

Facebook launches ‘We Think Digital’ literacy programme for women in UP

In a bid to provide digital literacy training to 1,00,000 women across seven states, Facebook on Tuesday launched its ‘We Think Digital’ programme here in partnership with the National Commission for Women (NCW) and Cyber Peace Foundation on the occasion of Safer Internet Day. “We are focusing on trying to create digital leadership amongst women …

WhatsApp Vulnerability in Website

Whatsapp urges users to update to the latest version of WhatsApp as they discovered a vulnerability that allows spyware to be injected into a user’s phone through the WhatsApp's calling feature. According to a Financial Times Report, this spyware was developed by the Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group. By calling the user on WhatsApp …

Cyber criminals spewing links on WhatsApp to dupe users

Clicking on unknown links shared over WhatsApp may leak personal information from your phone and make you susceptible to cyber fraud, Ranchi police warned on Monday. They issued a circular asking people to be careful about which URL they follow on the smartphone messaging app as cyber frauds were now sharing links and unfinished texts …

Child Safety Hackathon organised by Facebook in partnership With CyberPeaceFoundation and IIT Delhi.

In a bid to train 3 lakh Indians in digital safety, Facebook on Monday announced the launch of the Digital Literacy Library — a collection of lessons in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. The announcement was made at Facebook’s South Asia Safety Summit here in the presence of Union Women and Child Development …

Start-Ups Step In To Plug Gaps In India’s Cyber Security Shield

At a special meeting at the DRDO that assessed India’s cyber vulnerability, experts said security agencies are now using face-recognition techniques developed by Indian start-ups. he risk of data leak and hacking by cyber criminals is increasing as smartphones become more and more complex and internet penetration widens. India saw 53,000 incidents of cyber attacks …

The dark web has become a major source of all illicit drugs now, cocaine, LSD, and MDMA, which is a growing challenge for Narco Cops.

I am sitting with a senior police officer in his office to discuss drug abuse, and he pulls out his smartphone to show me a video. The video shows a teenager sitting in front of a desktop at a government office. He is seen waiting for the person behind the smartphone to give him a …

Nitish Chandan from CyberPeace Foundation talks about the rising crisis of video sharing app

young girl, not more than 12 years old is dressed in a bright pink lehenga and a royal blue velvet blouse. She is standing in the middle of a field and swaying her body, shaking her hips, her chest heaving as she dances to a popular Hariyanvi number that goes Meri jalti jawani maange paani paani. It’s a 15-second clip on a …

Fighting fake news

Jayalakshmi from CyberPeaceFoundation interview Live on BBC News with Matthew Amroliwala

WHATSAPP HAS HIRED 20 RESEARCH TEAMS WORLDWIDE TO CURB MISINFORMATION SPREAD

Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday announced that it has selected 20 research teams worldwide – including experts from India and those of Indian origin — who will work towards how misinformation spreads and what additional steps the mobile messaging platform could take to curb fake news. Shakuntala Banaji from London School of Economics and Political Science …

First Digital Literacy and Online Safety Programme for young girls and women is launched in Imphal

“The women of the North East, particularly women of Manipur are highly talented and they deserve to be sufficiently empowered with the digital technology for a space in this highly competitive world,”said Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla while launching the first Digital Literacy and Online Safety Programme for young girls and women in Imphal on Wednesday. State social ...