The Indian Government has issued a 15-days notice to Google, Skype and RIM (BlackBerry) over making their data readable. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) of Government has issued a notice stating that these internet companies should make all their data available to the security agencies and the format should be readable.
This deadline comes from the DoT to improve the security situation in India due to increasing threats of terrorism. Skype provides terrorists a perfect platform to communicate at long distances clandestinely – since their data is encrypted.
“DoT will call the representatives of Research In Motion (manufacturer of Blackberry devices) and Skype and ask them to ensure that the content going through the telecom service providers is in readable format. They have to ensure that this is implemented within 15 days failing which services that do not allow lawful interception on a real-time basis would be blocked/banned.”
– Government of India Notice
It is important to take note that RIM (Research In Motion) denied requests from the Government of India to track data from the 26/11 terrorists Blackberry. This seems an action to improve internet security, which I wonder- it will help or not.
If Govt. of India bans Google for even 5 minutes I expect a huge uproar from the masses, so I doubt if the companies would bend to work with the new procedures of the Government.
If you browse the internet a lot, then you may have seen a lot of ads invading ad slots that promise stunning sparkling teeth and a super-flat abdomen – Not Any More. Google has stuck to its Do No Evil policy and banned all advertisers who violate Google’s Terms and Conditions to display such ads on the biggest advertising network on the internet.
Most of these sites that “guarantee” whiter teeth and flatter abs dupe you into giving your credit card numbers – charge exorbitant money and never return your calls when you want to cancel. People are fooled into trusting these scammers when they click on the ads to reach their homepage.
Earlier Google simply banned the “advertisement” – in a first, Google is taking stringent action against the root of the cause – banning the advertiser itself. The crackdown is meant to focus on all scams—malware, get-rich-quick sites, getting users to pay for otherwise free software, etc.
Although it is true that these ads generated a high click-through rate for the publisher as well. Either ways, it is a good example as a market leader from Google to react heavily against scammers and internet malware.
One of the world’s biggest internet security firm McAfee has claimed that Cyber warfare between nations has become a reality with time progressing. Soon we will see geeky hackers fighting alongside muscular ground troops.
Many nations have begun to arm themselves in order to defend a possible Cyber war and also readying forces to conduct their own attacks. Real wars can cost a nation billions of dollars whereas, a Cyber war is a much more convenient mode of attacking enemy territories. But what will these net-based attackers aim at?
The answer is that an internet attack can severely damage a nation’s infrastructure.
McAfee’s analysis were to discover the motive behind these attacks -BBC reported that McAfee has showed that many were internet attacks were mounted with a explicitly political aim. Greg Day, a Primary Security Analyst at McAfee (Europe) said that there are five known nations who are hard at work to defend themselves from cyber warfare. The five nations are UK, Germany, France, China and North Korea.
I think the new generation of warfare has gone to a whole new level of crazy. One of the most obvious advantages of Internet warfare is that it will be incredibly difficult to even trace from who/which nation a particular attack came from!