Sunday, 23 October 2016

Yahoo Hacked: What to Do If Your Account Has Been Compromised

In recent weeks Yahoo has been prompting users to change their passwords and to add a phone number as an extra layer of security and on Thursday the reason for these requests became clear. The tech company announced that a hack could have compromised 500 million users' details.

Change Now
Whether you're one of the 500 million or not, the first step to take should be to change your password and to activate Two Factor Authentication (2FA) and to do both now.
2FA sends a code to a smartphone or cell phone every time you attempt to log into your account and unless said code is entered, along with the password, entry will be denied. It's the simplest, but one of the most effective ways of adding an extra layer of security. If it sounds like a pain, you can set the service to remember a specific computer for up to 30 days without asking for a code.

Microsoft sets up cyber security centre in Gurgaon

The Gurgaon centre, one of the only seven such centres across the world, will serve as a dedicated hub for Microsoft in India and brings together Microsoft`s Digital Crime Unit experts comprising attorneys, investigators and security response experts

As part of the Microsoft Consultancy Services (MCS), an India-based response team will offer cyber monitoring, use machine learning-based detection technology and ensure rapid response to cyber threats to customers in the country. 
Using a proprietary algorithm, Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics works round the clock, constantly learning from the behaviour of organisational entities (users, devices and resources) and helps customers adapt to the changing nature of cyber security attacks. 
Additionally, Microsoft`s Advanced Threat Protection in Exchange Online Protection helps prevent malware attacks in an email environment, strengthening security and protection against the growing threat of identity frauds and business email frauds.

FBI Software, Web Training: How Delhi Police Will Tackle Online Stalking

According to a study released by UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), one of the greatest gaps in fighting online child abuse is lack of skilled and dedicated personnel among law enforcement agencies in key investigative areas.

Sundari Nanda, Special Commissioner of Police, Women Safety, Airport and Modernisation, made a similar point and stressed that police personnel need to know about online mediums since they are approached by people in distress.

"Many of the crimes against women and children are happening in the online space. We have to up our game when we are dealing with such criminals. It is essential for our officers to know about online platforms and social media and the threats posed by them," she said.

Bearing this in mind, a three-day training programme was organised by Delhi Police's Special Police Unit for Women and Children (SPUWAC) in collaboration with Data Security Council of India (DSCI) and International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) to train police officers about how the Internet is being used to target children.

At the programme, police officers were told that they might be given access to software used by the FBI and other premier investigative agencies.

"During the three-day training programme, we were told that ICMEC has developed software in collaboration with the FBI, other law enforcement agencies in the US and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that might be made available to us.


"These softwares are quite advanced and can track online predators, how they are accessing child pornographic images, where all the images have been circulated, from where these were uploaded. They can lead you to the IP address from where the abuse might be happening," said a senior police officer who attended the programme.

While there are laws to tackle child abuse in India, there are not sufficient figures on the issue, a fact pointed out by UNICEF India in its report titled 'Child Online Protection in India' that was released last month.

According to the report, despite the presence of close to 400 million Internet users in India, a majority of them being the youth, there are no reliable figures on child online abuse and exploitation.

The report also stated that even though cyber crimes against children, have various forms like sexting, online grooming, child pornography and cyber bullying, they are under-reported and not included in the National Crime Records Bureau statistics as a separate category.

Last month, a 29-year-old man was arrested in the national capital for harassing more than 50 minor girls in the age group of 9-16, by sending them their morphed photos and abusive messages through WhatsApp and Facebook.