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Dec 16, 2019, 10.47 AM IST

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  • The Press Information Bureau had on Thursday urged people to email snapshots of any “dubious material” they came across on any platform, including social media that can be fact-checked. The team formed basically to refute “fake news on government schemes and announcements” has put in place a mechanism using 12 free software tools such as InVid and others, to send out instant posts on social media, to counter them.

    The team to check facts has been formed basically to refute “fake news on government schemes and announcements” has put in place a mechanism using 12 free software tools such as InVid and others, to send out instant posts on social media, to counter them. “The unit will not look at political conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific claims,” the official clarified.

    The government has proposed to amend the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 of the IT Act, 2000.

    Government officials, particularly of the IT and women and child development (WCD) ministries, informed the members through presentations about the steps being taken to make perusal of online crimes, such as stalking and harassment of women, easier.

    It happens when consumers seeking a solution to a problem do a Google search and call up any helpline number that it throws up; most do not bother to look up the organisation’s website or the papers they may hold to locate the official phone numbers. Mumbai resident Ruchira Damia lost Rs 40,000 when she tried to contact an HP Gas agency.

    On Thursday, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad took to Twitter to reiterate the Centre’s concern at the breach of privacy of Indians, and said his ministry had sought an explanation from the app. WhatsApp has to reply by November 4. Home ministry officials aid attempts to 'malign the govt' for reported breach were misleading.

    The Cybersecurity Policy of 2013 is open and technology neutral. But it needs upgradation. The digital economy today comprises 14-15% of India’s total economy, and is targeted to reach 20% by 2024. India has more than 120 recognised ‘data centres’ and clouds.

    Govindacharya has also written to Ravi Shankar Prasad seeking NIA investigation against FB, WhatsApp, NSO Group Technologies, and Q Cyber Technologies for compromising with public data. Govindacharya has also said that from the pleadings of WhatsApp before the US district court, it is clear that WhatsApp is not secure and that its systems were compromised.

    Online ad sites are using AI and other filters to prevent stolen vehicles from getting listed on their platforms, but their efforts are only helping partially. A large number of stolen vehicles are finding their way into online classified ad platforms.

    S Mahajan of Pune was left poorer by Rs 25,000 within five minutes after she received a text message with a link on which she had clicked. The Cybercrime police have received 50 complaint applications of such thefts in past few days.

    A protest was held in front of Chinese Huawei company office for its involvement in the hacking of around 200 Nepali websites, including some important Government websites.

    What can you do to avoid becoming a victim to cybercrime? How do you differentiate between a genuine call and a fraudster? Watch Mubina Kapa...

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