Cyber-criminals target UPI payment system

Sanjay Kumar is a Delhi-based professional who does not consider himself very tech-savvy. But when he wanted to put up a refrigerator for sale, he turned to a classifieds site advertises heavily on TV, urging people to get rid of their superfluous goods. Within hours of putting up the ad, he was contacted by an […]

How WhatsApp can easily fix the Fake News problem

WhatsApp, India’s largest communication platform used by an estimated 65% of the country’s online population, has come under scrutiny for providing a conduit to distribute ‘fake news’ after multiple cases of lynchings came to light. While the company has urged ‘society and companies’ to help tackle the menace, the messaging application has some more to […]

Not impacted by hacking attempt – Idea Cellular, Aditya Birla Cap

Two companies belonging to the Aditya Birla Group issued clarifications that they were not impacted by an attempted hacking of computers as reported in media reports. Telecom services provider Idea Cellular and financial services firm Aditya Birla Capital said they were not impacted. However, a third firm, Ultratech Cement, said there was an attempt “to […]

As criminals switch to ‘digital India’, Govt forms committee to tackle phone fraud

The government of India has set up a “Committee on Phone Frauds” to deal rising instances of theft of money using phone calls and one time passwords. India has seen a sharp increase in the number of ‘phishing calls’ made on phones in recent years for several reasons, including new laws that require people to […]

Make bitcoins illegal – Government of India Committee

Bitcoin users and investors in India could be in for tough times ahead as a high-level, interdepartmental committee set up by the government of India has urged it to crack down on such virtual currencies. The contents of the committee’s report, submitted in August, have not been officially announced yet, but highly placed sources reveal […]

No, India’s AADHAAR database has not been compromised

Social and mainstream media is abuzz with headlines that scream that the Aadhaar database has been ‘leaked’ or ‘breached’ by miscreants and that the UID Authority of India has been caught napping. “Personal data of a billion Indians sold online for £6”, screams the Guardian. “Local Indian newspaper was able to access the private data […]

Kerala businessman offers life-time job to accused in actress cyber-bullying case

Joby George of Kerala-based Goodwill Entertainments has offered a ‘lifetime’ job in the UK, Australia, Dubai or India to the person who was arrested by the Kerala police yesterday for cyber-bullying an actress who criticized super star Mammootty. “If u can give u r no or u can come to my home or office till […]

Indian Govt & Courts block close to 4,000 internet urls in 2016 & 2017

The central government blocked 1,791 urls — websites or pages — and the courts blocked another 2,133 urls in 2016 and 2017, the department of telecom said. This was in addition to around 4,700 child pornography websites that were blocked as part of a CBI investigation. All content blocks on the internet are put in […]

Andhra Bank, Syndicate Bank customers lose lakhs to Aadhaar fraud

Five customer accounts belonging to Andhra Bank and Syndicate Bank were subjected to fraudulent withdrawals using the customer’s Aadhaar data, government data indicated. Four of the five Aadhaar fraud cases took place in Andhra Bank, while the remaining one took place in Syndicate bank. The four account holders of Andhra Bank lost a total of […]

SBI warns against fraudsters luring customers with fake deposit schemes

India’s biggest bank, State Bank of India, has been forced to issue warning letters to its customers after fraudsters targeted the banks’ customers with fake schemes and offers. An email message has been sent to customers warning them against depositing money on the advice of such people. “The recent spate of fictitious offers of cheap […]

39 government websites hacked in India in 2 months

An increasing number of government department websites get hacked every year, according to data obtained from the Department of Information Technology. A total of 39 websites belonging to central government ministries and state governments were hacked in the first two months of this year. The number does not include data for government-linked sites, such as […]

Credit, debit card fraud down sharply this year in India

Incidents of fraud and theft involving credit and debit cards have fallen sharply in the current financial year, according to data for the first nine months provided by the Reserve Bank of India. While the exact reasons for the sharp decrease is not known, banks in India have been putting in more and more precautions after […]

PayTM hit by Rs 6.15 lakh fraud

PayTM, India’s largest wallet company, has been cheated to the extent over Rs 6.15 lakh by 48 customers claiming illegal refunds for goods they already received. A case has been registered with the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is currently looking into the matter. Besides PayTM, others such as Freecharge and MobiKwik are also present […]

PM Modi’s official Twitter account gets ambushed by AAP

For long, the Bharatiya Janata Party held the upper hand on Twitter — which — along with comment boards on news websites — forms the ‘wild west’ of political online campaigning in India with large-scale manipulation, ‘fake’ accounts, bullying and targeted attacks. Not to be outdone, the Aam Aadmi Party — or some of its […]

Flipkart warns users about fake offers ahead of Big Billion Day Sale 2016

Flipkart, one of India’s top online shopping sites, has warned users not to click on suspicious links or otherwise give credence to purported offers from the website seen on social media platforms. “With the Flipkart Big Billion Days just round the corner, a host of fake offers and discounts are being offered on various fraudulent […]

Cyber crime up four-fold in three years in India – report

In India, there has been a surge of approximately 350% in cybercrime cases registered under the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 from the year of 2011 to 2014, a ASSOCHAM-PwC joint study said. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has also reported a surge in the number of incidents handled by it, with close […]