Two serving Union Ministers, Three opposition leaders, 40 Journalists, and others tapped by Pegasus: Report

Two serving Union Ministers, Three opposition leaders, 40 Journalists, and others tapped by Pegasus: Report

Phones of two serving union ministers, three opposition leaders, one constitutional authority, current and former heads of security organisations, administrators, and 40 senior journalists and activists from India were allegedly bugged using an Israeli spy software called Pegasus and put on surveillance, according to an expose by a global consortium of media organisations, including India’s The Wire. The first reports published late Sunday only released names of journalists allegedly targeted in India. The list includes Sushant Singh when he worked with The Indian Express, Hindustan Times group executive editor Shishir…

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GoI denies involvement in Israeli spyware Pegasus to snoop on Imran Khan, Rahul Gandhi & Kashmiri leaders

GoI denies involvement in Israeli spyware Pegasus to snoop on Imran Khan, Rahul Gandhi & Kashmiri leaders

Apart from the journalists, activists, and lawyers, the hacking software Pegasus sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, was also used to access the information of Congress leader Rahul Kashmiri leaders, Pakistani diplomats, Sikh activists, businesspeople known to be the subject of police investigations and two numbers registered to or once known to have been used by the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan. As per a report by The Guardian, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most prominent political rival, the opposition figure Rahul Gandhi, was twice selected as…

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This Password Manager just put users in a fix; You may need to take this action

This Password Manager just put users in a fix; You may need to take this action

The Password Manager was generating weak passwords putting you at risk; so, if you have been using it, you might want to change some of your passwords. A recent report has revealed that Kaspersky Password Manager was using an insecure method of generating passwords for many years that could be brute-forced by hackers in just a few minutes. Some of the people who were using its services now need to change their passwords. Passwords should ideally be easy to remember while being difficult for a computer to guess, but in…

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WhatsApp sues GoI, says new media rules mean an end to privacy

WhatsApp sues GoI, says new media rules mean an end to privacy

The lawsuit escalates a growing struggle between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and tech giants including Facebook, Google parent Alphabet and Twitter in one of their key global growth markets. WhatsApp has filed a legal complaint in Delhi against the Indian government seeking to block regulations coming into force on Wednesday that experts say would compel the California-based Facebook unit to break privacy protections. The lawsuit, described to Reuters by people familiar with it, asks the Delhi high court to declare that one of the new rules is a violation…

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Why Facebook, Twitter, Instagram could be banned in India?

Facebook Twitter Instagram could be banned in India

Social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram may face ban in India if they fail to comply with the new intermediary guidelines for social media platforms. The three-month deadline given by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITy) to accept these guidelines ends today i.e. May 25 but none of the giants have so far accepted the new regulations. The rules will be effective from tomorrow despite these companies seeking a total six-month delay in their implementation. Homegrown social media platform Koo, which is the Indian version…

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Avoid Internet Bans by Using a Free VPN that works in Kashmir

On the first week of February 2021, the Indian authorities agreed to finally restore nationwide internet access by temporarily lifting the 18-month ban, the longest internet blackout in a democratic country. With this move, schools, banks, and other essential online services are now free to operate without restrictions. Additionally, the lifting of the internet ban can help in the improvement of the healthcare system in the country, especially in an era where proper healthcare is needed the most. But given the previous incidents, it will probably take just enough time…

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Data of 25 lakh Airtel customers in J&K allegedly leaked; telco claims no breach in server

A sample of the leaked database was shared on Twitter by cyber-security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia which shows masked details of the subscribers. Data of around 25 lakh Bharti Airtel subscribers of the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) circle, including Aadhaar numbers, address, and date of birth, has reportedly been leaked by hackers, even as the telecom operator denied any breach in its servers. A sample of the leaked database was shared on Twitter by cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia which shows masked details of the subscribers. Rajaharia also shared a video of…

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4G: Govt extends ban on high-speed internet till September 30

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday decided to continue high-speed internet services in Udhampur and Ganderbal districts till September 30 while extending 4G internet ban in all 18 other districts of the Union Territory. According to an order issued by Principal Secretary, J&K home department, Shaleen Kabra, the directions were reviewed by the review committee on August 21 and September 1. “The committee, while taking note of the assessment made by the law enforcement agencies that no reports of misuse of high speed internet services in the districts of…

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Supreme Court seeks centre’s response on plea seeking contempt charges over Internet curbs in J&K

The Supreme Court had said in its May 11 order that indefinite suspension of the internet is not permissible and that these curbs will have to follow principles of proportionality. The Supreme Court has sought response from the Centre on a petition filed by a group of media persons. The petition accuses Centre of contempt for not conducting periodic review of its orders suspending telecom services in Jammu and Kashmir. The apex court has given the Centre a week’s time to file its response. Appearing for the Centre, Attorney General…

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High-speed internet ban extended till July 8

Yet again, the Jammu-Kashmir administration on Wednesday, extended its ban on the high-speed internet till 8 July 2020, limiting it to 2G speed only. Moreover, it stated that 2G speed internet has been provided to post-paid sim cards and provided to pre-paid sim cards after verification of norms. The government has maintained that the continued ban was in place to prevent infiltration attempts and curbing fake news, adding that neither education or COVID-related activities have been hampered. J&K: High-speed internet ban extended till July 8 SC asks Centre to examine…

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