Cyber Cafe Regulation to be Replaced in Kerala
March 29: The IT Secretary of Kerala has indicated that the Central Government has issued a circular that the state's Cyber Cafe regulation needs to be scrapped and probably replaced. Details are awaited. Report in IE
Kodagu Police Go Virtual
March 29: Kodagu Police has taken a significant step to go virtual with the opening of a website. What is commendable is the announcement that the police would accept complaints over e-mail. More such ventures are welcome. The website is available at www.kodagupolice.blogspot.com Online complaint can be made at http://geocities.com/kodagupolice/complaint.html . What is noticeable is that the webpage is hosted on a combination of blogspot.com, geocities.com and googlepages.com.
We may recall here that the Cyber Crime Police Station of Karnataka which had announced at the time of its starting that complaints would be accepted through e-mail has long stopped acceptance of e-mail complaints where as Kodagu Police have shown the inclination to try this extremely user friendly system. Hope other Police stations will follow suit soon. Probably the Government of Karnataka should encourage Kodagu Police to maintain the website under their own domain name and provide the funds for the maintenance.
Karnataka Gets a New Adjudicator
March 28: A new adjudicator has been appointed for Karnataka under ITA 2000 consequent to the change of the IT & BT Secretary. Mr Ashok Kumar C Manoli has been appointed as Principal Secretary IT &BT in the place of Sri M N Vidyashankar who has been posted as the Chief Electoral officer for the State.
CERT-IN to develop an Early Warning System for website security
March 28: Cert-In, DIT’s cyber security arm, has tied up with the national cyber security centre of the Republic of Korea and the national computer board of Mauritius to develop advanced warnings and alerts on cyber attacks by analysing internet traffic patterns. Report in ET
US Court Assumes Jurisdiction on Foreign Domain Name Registrants
March 26, 2008: A recent decision by the United States District Court for the District of Virginia held it had 'In Rem Jurisdiction' over domain name registrants that were located in a foreign country and had been accused of Cyber squatting in Virginia. Even though this was not a contested case and the plaintiff was granted summary judgment, this decision is a great precedent on the interpretation of the US Anti-cybersquatting Act and US Courts" jurisdiction on foreign cybersquatters. Article at ibls.com
Cyber Crimes Threat Increases in 2008
March 22, 2008: Some 2.5 million new types of malicious programme have been launched in the past two months alone – more than the previous 15 years put together, according to the latest data from the security firm Trend Micro.
According to the yet to be released report of which a preview was made available, it is reported that to circumvent security measures in signing up free email accounts, a criminal group set up a high-tech sweat shop in India to process the part of the application that cannot be done automatically.
Another alarming observation is that hardware is starting to become infected in the manufacturing process, before it has even left the factory. It is reported that there have been recorded problems with Apple iPods, TomTom satnavs and, most recently, digital picture frames.
Google Loses Trademark Battle
March 22, 2008: The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), the body which is responsible for European community trademarks, rejected Google's appeal after a stiff battle with German-born venture capitalist Daniel Giersch. who has held his trademark for six years.The German entrepreneur founded a same-day mail delivery service called GMail designed to offer a swifter alternative to the Deutsche Post. Google has always argued the two names are not confusingly similar. The company even offered to buy the trademark rights from Giersch for $250,000, but the German entrepreneur declined. He called Google's behaviour "very threatening, very aggressive and very unfaithful".
The decision highlights the inevitability of co-existence of trademarks and domain names and the use of services such as lookalikes.in to resolve consumer confusion.
Global Cyber Crime Cooperation
March 21, 2008: A Strategic Alliance Cyber Crime Working Group has been formed by law enforcement in USA, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The group will fight cyber crime in a synergistic way by sharing intelligence, swapping tools and best practices, and strengthening and even synchronizing their respective laws. Report
Blackberry Issue raises concerns on Security dilution
This is, perhaps, the first time that the government is admitting to intercepting electronic communication. Blanket power to intercept emails will probably end up diluting the legal validity of encrypted communication in an age when privacy is of utmost importance to corporate and individuals. ...More in BS
Phishing on the Increase
Phishing is no longer what it used to be. While the objective has now bent towards financial gain, the methods or techniques have become even more deadly. Phishers now are extensively using this technique to install spyware, Trojans, worms and viruses..A report in Express Computers
Superiors can be pulled up for staff's illegal activities
Any cyber crimes committed with the company’s computer resource,” says Na Vijayashankar, a Bangalore-based e-business consultant and cyber law expert. ... Artilce in ET
Was the You Tube attack a Cyber Terrorist attack?
A few days back You Tube site was temporarily disabled in what was then thought to be a mistake by an ISP. It is however speculated now that it was in deed a planned DOS attack launched in retaliation of You Tube hosting a Video of the trailer to a Dutch documentary that claimed that Islamic doctrine is an "inspiration for intolerance, murder and terror." which was considered objectionable by some terror outfit. It is now reported that You Tube has removed the video under dispute. If so, this would go down as a major Cyber terror strike which even a giant company like You Tube was unable to resist. Article in newsbusters.org
PR Syndicate honours 'Cyber Law Guru of India', Na.Vijayashankar
PR Syndicate, (an organization of Corporate PR Professionals in Chennai,) celebrated its First Anniversary on 20th January 2007 at Russian Cultural Centre. On the occassion, "Award of Excellence in Public Life" was presented to 'Cyber Law Guru of India' Na.Vijayashankar...More
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