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WhatsApp Surveillance by Israeli spyware firm NSO

WhatsApp, which prides itself on its encrypted messaging capabilities, has filed a complaint in a California court accusing spyware company NSO Group and its parent company Q Cyber Technologies of targeting at least 1,400 users across the world. What WhatsApp has claimed WhatsApp claims it detected the attack in May 2019 and found that NSO … Continued

Kerala’s Maoists, and how they differ from their comrades elsewhere

Thunderbolt commandos of the Kerala Police killed four alleged Maoists in back-to-back encounters in the Attappadi forests of the state’s Palakkad district. The four individuals, including a woman, belonged to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This was the third encounter between police and Maoists in Kerala in almost three years. Over the last decade or so, … Continued

Whatsapp spyware is used for snooping

What has happened? The Centre has sought an explanation from messaging platform WhatsApp after the Facebook-owned company confirmed that some Indian users of its app came under surveillance using an Israeli spyware. Most targeted in India were journalists, Dalit and human rights activists and lawyers. Response by Whatsapp WhatsApp filed a complaint in a U.S. … Continued

What’s new in India’s crime report, and the data

On Monday, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released the much delayed crime data for 2017. The NCRB has introduced more than three dozen new categories and sub-categories of crimes under various heads, as compared to the data shared in 2016 report. The report omits data on mob lynchings, khap killings, murder by influential people … Continued

NCRB data: Cyber crime jumped by 77% in 2017

The number of cyber crimes increased dramatically in 2017 as compared to 2016, and nearly every fifth cyber crime in 2017 was committed against a woman, official data for that year released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show. A total 21,796 instances of cyber crime were recorded in 2017, an increase of 77% … Continued

Is TRAI studying interception of whatsapp and other similar platforms

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is studying the possibility of bringing instant messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Skype, Signal and Telegram under the ambit of “lawful interception”. The government want such platforms to provide access to messages, calls, and their logs to law-enforcement agencies to aid them with investigations. Why is TRAI looking at … Continued

312 Sikh foreigners removed from post-militancy ‘adverse list’ (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

At least 312 Indian-origin Sikhs living in foreign countries have been removed from a Ministry of Home Affairs “adverse list”, enabling them to apply for Indian visa and visit the country. Only two persons from the list have been excluded. The official said that in future, Sikhs mentioned in the list could eventually apply for … Continued

NATGRID wants to link social media accounts to central database (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

The ambitious National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) project wants to link social media accounts to the huge database of records related to immigration entry and exit, banking and telephone details among others. About NATGRID The project, initially started in 2009 with a budget of ₹2,800 crore, is an online database for collating scattered pieces of information … Continued

UN Convention to Combat Desertification meeting nears conclusion in Greater Noida. What is causing desertification of land around the world, and what role does the Convention play in trying to combat it? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Disaster Management)

India has hosted the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Desertification is the process through which fertile and productive land turns into degraded land which is unfit for agricultural activities. The UNCCD meeting takes place every two years. The recent meet at Greater Noida was the 14th meeting. Why is desertification a concern? A variety … Continued




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