Australia’s bushfires have razed more than 10.3 million hectares (103,300 sq km) of land — roughly the size of South Korea — since September. News agencies reported that 27 people and up to a billion animals have been killed and thousands subjected to repeat evacuations as the unpredictable fires spread over large areas in the... Continued.
On December 24, the Union Cabinet approved an outlay of over ₹3,941.35 crore for updating the National Population Register (NPR) across the country, barring Assam. A mandatory exercise, the NPR is to be conducted between April-September 2020. The NPR, first collated in 2010, already has a database of 119 crore residents. The fresh exercise will... Continued.
A confidential report by a court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) may contain answers to the question of whether there will be any significant improvement in the country’s poor record in securing justice for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom. It is a matter of shame that successful prosecutions have been few and far between,... Continued.
The ambitious National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) project will be operational by December 31, 2020. What is NATGRID? The NATGRID will enable multiple security and intelligence agencies to access a database related to immigration entry and exit, banking and telephone details, among others, from a common platform. The project, initially started in 2009 with a budget... Continued.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.