Beware, This Virus Could be spoofing Your E-mail ID
A virus named W32klez.eml is now prowl in India and uses E-Mail spoofing as
a part of its spreading strategy. This worm which manifests in various forms
has the ability to send out e-mails ostensibly from a e-mail address of some
innocent e-mail ID, which could very well be yours.
Detailed Story Here
Osama Bin Laden Would be happy!!!
A couple of years back, there was a big hue and cry about
copyright violations on the Internet with pictures being copied without
permission of the owners. This lead to the development of the technology
of "Steganography", the science of hiding text messages within pictures.
Now there appears to be the beginning of another chapter of
"Hiding of Messages within Digital Video Messages" being promoted by Copyright
protectionists. Perhaps Osama may be beaming with happiness in his hideout
that his next major attack can now be planned. While pictures could only carry
small text files, the Video CDs can carry perhaps the entire strategy on a
nuclear attack along with maps and tutorials.
Welcome to the era of Steganography ++
Detailed Story Here
Time for Verify4lookaliles service to be used.?
A Canadian Company doing business as Domain Name registrars has been forced
to pay back $375,000 collected by falsely inducing public to register domain
names in different TLD extensions...While the fraud has been adequately dealt
with for the time being, it is necessary to observe that the main reason why
such a fraud could be committed was because of the perception that web surfers
could be mislead with the similar names.
Naavi.com strongly recommends that the service enumerated in
www.verfy4lookalikes.com should be used in all cases where potential for
Protection Crossing Limits?
Geeks built the Net. But as the commercial importance of the Net
increased, the businessmen are taking over the net. What is unfortunate is that
in the process of this take over, the Internet society is being so stifled that
there is a danger of the system collapsing under the weight of the protective
measures that are being hoisted on the society under various regulations.
Driven to the corner, the Cyber Society has started organizing
itself to fight against the exploitation.The GeekPAC and the American Open
Technology Forum (AOTF) are the two sister organisations that have been
formed for the purpose.
Taiwan To Organize Cyber War Drill
The threat of hacker attacks from China has prompted Taiwan to
organize a Cyber War Drill to develop an organized a defense system for Taiwan's
Cyber space. With a similar threat in India from Pakistan sympathetic hackers,
it is necessary for India to consider similar measures. Perhaps the Ministry of
Information technology needs to take some strategic steps in this regard.
In the mean time, Naavi.com is looking for partnership with IT
security companies to put together a Cyber Space Protection Service for private
sector Companies. Any suggestions are welcome.
Japan may outlaw Net porn
After South Korea, increasing incidences of Cyber Porn are
emanating from Japan. A law passed in 1999 already makes it illegal to sell or
distribute child pornography in Japan but does not cover online transmission of
It is now reported that Japan will ratify the EU cyber crime treaty
within its jurisdiction which would cover action against Child Pornography on
the Internet. The revision of laws is expected to be done by January 2003.
One has to wait and see if the adoption of the EU Cyber Crime Treaty would be
restricted to the Pornographic Crimes only or whether it extends to other crimes
as well since the Treaty has other far reaching measures such as the Copyright
Violations, Hacking etc.
More about the
Treaty on Cyber Crimes
Related Article by Chetan Nagendra
How To Prevent Such Farce Patents?
It may come as a surprise to many that "Side Swinging" has
been patented by a 7 year old boy in US. While one can appreciate the ingenuity
of the boy or his advisors to have tested the Patent system for some thing which
is a play, it is obviously a wrong patent since there is enough "Prior Art" to
say that the patented method is too obvious. What we need to prove that the
patent is wrong is some pictures of some body swinging side ways with a date
stamp. (Naavi.com would welcome if some body can send such pictures to
If this Patent holds, the New Zealand Cricketer Merrillier
can patent his "Scoop" shot before Rahul Dravid starts exploiting it. or the
Tamil Hero Rajanikant can expand his "Copyright" application to prevent mimicry
artists from imitating his style in stage plays to a "Patent"
In order to prevent such farce, India should first set up its
own "Business Patent Approval Body" so that Indians can start taking patents of
their own and also provide a protective umbrella against the operation of
erroneous international patents in India.
Detailed Story in TOI
Also Read Hereo n IBM/MS Plot
Declare Cyber Cafe a place of worship?
In the context of the pending verdict from Mumbai High Court
in the case concerning protection of minors from Cyber pornography, it is
necessary to raise questions such as..Can We Declare Cyber Cafe , a Place of
Google Taking its Customers for a Ride?
Google the popular search engine is facing a patent
infringement suit from Overture on paid listing of sites. Apart from the patent
issue, the case has opened a debate on whether the system of "Sponsored Links"
being used by Google is unethical and self defeating...
Will Commercial interests kill Consumer interests in Net
If Netizens expect to reap in big benefits with the introduction of Net Telephony in India,
they may be sadly disappointed. Already commercial interests are calling on the
politicians to tweak the guidelines to disable free voice chat facilities
available in services such as Yahoo Messenger or MSN messenger services. It is being suggested that such sites are blocked or the service
vendors requested to obtain ISP license.
...in the past, "VSNL" has expressed its inability to "Block "sites
either for preventing "Pornography" or "Sedition". If the ISP s are made to use
the "Blocking" provision for protecting a few thousand rupees of income of ISP s
it would be an anti-consumer move.
The correct posture for ISP is to take steps to introduce
their own Instant Messenger services and get a better brand exposure as well as
try to provide such services within India so that their Internet access business
The Dilemma of Cyber Cafes..Phase II
Cyber Cafe's and ISP s seem to be ignoring the long term
effects of the proposed changes in law suggested by the "Expert Committee" to
the Mumbai High Court. The report which was meant for protecting Children from
Cyber Pornography has suggested several changes in law that will affect the
Cyber Cafes and ISPs.. The report will be coming up for hearing at the Mumbai
High Court on April 13th.
There is an urgent need for ISP s and Cyber Cafe owners to
re examine the effect of the recommendations on their business and take
protective action before it is too late.
Naavi.com urges legal professionals, Cyber Cafe owner's
associations and ISP s to study the details given here and act at the
April 4, 2002
Rs 2860 crores Outlay for SMART Governance ?
Working group on Convergence and E-Governance constituted by
the Planning Commission for the formulation of the strategies during the tenth
plan period (2002-2007) has submitted its report..The Ministry of Information
Technology has invited suggestions on the report to be sent by public before
10th April 2002.
Interested persons are suggested to go through the detailed
report and submit their comments.
Interception of Communication under ITA-2000, CCB-2002
(Proposed) and POTA-2002
The debate on the Prevention of
Terrorism Act in the joint sitting of the Parliament on 26th of March has caused concern amongst the
apolitical observers about the future of law enforcement in India. ..If the
arguments of the opposition are to be believed, Indian Police are
not fit enough to carry the special powers envisaged in the Act to prevent
In discussing the provisions of POTA, one of the clauses that
came for objection from the opposition was the clause on "Interception of
Communication". This argument has made it necessary to take a fresh look
at the relevant section in ITA-2000 as well as the similar provision contained
in Communication Convergence Bill and compare them with the provisions in
Detailed Story Here
RBI getting Ready to be a Certifying Authority
Reserve Bank of India which is the Central Bank of the country is reported to be
getting ready to be licensed as a Certifying authority for issue of Digital
Certificates, through its technology arem IDRBT (Institute
of Development and Research in Banking technology). IDRBT is
expected to be the preferred service provider for the Banking sector. Will RBI
use its authority to become a monopoly for the Banking industry and shut off the
private sector from this market?..We have to wait and see.
Related Article in Financial Express