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Attention! This Fake Loan Website is Luring Indians, App Removed From Google Play Store

New Delhi: A website by the name of ‘Pradhan Mantri Yojana Loan’, which was earlier linked to a Google Play Store app with the same name (the app has now been removed) is luring Indians in the name of providing loans, in exchange for personal identifiable information that can potentially be misused online, New Delhi-based think …

CyberPeace Foundation Concludes Global CyberPeace Challenge And ERaksha

New Delhi [India], February 9 (ANI/NewsVoir): Safer Internet Day is observed every year on the 9th of February in approximately 170 countries worldwide to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns and to promote a safer and better internet experience for all. To mark the occasion, CyberPeace Foundation, a global think tank and grassroot NGO …

Over 1 Lakh Women in India trained on Digital Literacy via “We Think Digital” (Facebook,National Commission for Women (NCW), CyberPeace Foundation and Autobot Infosec)

The internet was envisioned by its creators as a platform for redefining public spaces by making them accessible to all. Slowly and gradually, it transformed not only how interactions happen but how businesses, schools, and governments function.  It has been one of the key drivers of social evolution in the Information Age. The internet facilitates …

Police campaign to promote cyber security gets under way

SHILLONG, Feb 15: In a bid to promote cyber safety awareness, Meghalaya Police, in association with CyberPeace Foundation (CPF), launched a CyberPeace Awareness Month campaign on Monday. The social media handles of Meghalaya Police will be used to host webinars, cyber talks, volunteer workshops, surveys, jingle competition et al, for disseminating awareness on cyber security. The …

Safer Internet Day: Pro-Tips To Protect Yourself, Your Data & Privacy Online

The internet is a dark place full of tricksters, data thieves and privacy offenders. However, it is also the place we spend most of our time, energy and money. Data & Privacy are of utmost importance when it comes to using applications and browsers and most of us are either unaware of their importance or don’t care about …

Why do you need a ransomware data recovery strategy

Cyber incidents have significantly increased in the year which has been marred by the pandemic. Almost all cyber incidents create multiple challenges for organisations and Ransomware is right on the top, since it brings uncertainty along with panic across the organisation. Today, ransomware is one of the fastest-growing cyber crime threats. The malware prevents users from accessing ...

Online Safety

The risk of exposure to digital criminal activity such as identity theft, financial fraud, and fake news amongst others, is more prevalent than ever before. All of us are at risk. This Online Safety podcast is aimed at educating and providing you guidance about staying safe online, whether you are simply browsing or using online-based …

Govt joins hands with CyberPeace to skill 5 lakh students in cyber security skills

The Ministry of Education has launched a new programme to train over 5 lakh students across India in cyber skills. The initiative is a collaborative effort of AICTE, MoE, and CyberPeace Foundation – a think tank and an NGO. The programme aims to address issues that have emerged in the wake of technological advancements, including …

WhatsApp scam: Cybercriminals target WhatsApp users with the promise of a ‘part time’ job

New Delhi, January 11th, 2020: Certain messages received from differing phone numbers have been circulating on WhatsApp, promising part-time jobs that can allow one to earn money from home. These messages, which come with attached links, claim that one can earn 200 to 3000 rupees in a day in 10 to 30 minutes. CyberPeace Foundation, …

Indian e-commerce users target of new ‘year-end carnival’ scam

As New Year festivities begin, cybercriminals based in China also have their own plans. They are targeting Indian e-commerce users with a new “year-end carnival, Get free Christmas gifts” scam, an investigation has revealed. New Delhi, As New Year festivities begin, cybercriminals based in China also have their own plans. They are targeting Indian e-commerce users with …

झारखंड के छात्रों को साइबर सुरक्षा को ले जागरूक कर रहा साइबर पीस फाउंडेशन

साइबर पीस फाउंडेशन जमशेदपुर के सीबीएसई तथा सीआइएससीई स्कूलों में साइबर पीस क्लब की स्थापना कर छात्रों को साइबर सुरक्षा को लेकर जागरूक कर रहा है। स्कूलों साइबर जागरुकता को लेकर आनलाइन वेबिनार का आयोजन किया जा रहा है। जमशेदपुर : साइबर पीस फाउंडेशन सीबीएसई तथा सीआइएससीई स्कूलों में साइबर पीस क्लब की स्थापना कर …

Schools form CyberPeace Clubs to educate students on cyber safety

The clubs have been founded as part of a joint initiative involving Whatsapp and the CyberPeace Foundation   Dayanand Public School and Gulmohur High School have become the first two schools in Jamshedpur to form a CyberPeace Club that aims to make children involved in cyber safety activities. The CyberPeace Clubs are handheld by the …

Cyberspace will make human life inclusive rather than displacing people: Vineet Kumar, Cyber Peace Foundation

Vineet Kumar, Chairman and Founder of the Cyber Peace Foundation, believes that the world must come together to make life secure in the digital era. People may think of social entrepreneurs as people who make an impact in the real world. However, they make an impact in the digital world as well. Vineet Kumar, a …

SANS Institute to Support the Global CyberPeace Challenge with Capture the Flag Tournament

Thousands of cybersecurity professionals around the world are competing for an opportunity to participate in the grand finale GRID NetWars Tournament BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SANS is excited to announce its support of the Global CyberPeace Challenge, a competition that encourages youth innovators from around the world to promote peace in cyberspace by solving crucial techno-social …

Surge in cyber attacks on India vaccine makers in Oct-Nov: Report

According to latest research by New Delhi-based think tank CyberPeace Foundation, nearly 80 lakh attacks were recorded between October 1 and November 25 observed on the healthcare sector-based ‘Threat Intelligence Sensors’ network specifically simulated in India. New Delhi: There has been a massive surge in cyber attacks against the India vaccine makers and hospitals in the …

Indian vaccine makers, healthcare institutions targeted by cyber attackers: Report

According to the report, more than 7 million attacks have been recorded between Oct 1 and Nov 25 on the Healthcare sector-based Threat Intelligence Sensors network. The healthcare space including vaccine makers and hospitals have continued to be prime targets for cyber attackers. More than 7 million attacks were recorded between October 1 and November …

Surge in cyber attacks on Indian vaccine makers in Oct-Nov: Report

There has been a massive surge in cyber attacks against the India vaccine makers and hospitals in the month of October and December, a new report warned on Friday. New Delhi: There has been a massive surge in cyber attacks against the India vaccine makers and hospitals in the month of October and December, a new report …

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 ...