The Information Communication Technology Act 2006 governs the cybersecurity and data protection landscape of Bangladesh, even before the Bank of Bangladesh was hacked in 2016. The broad media law to tackle issues that range from fake news, defamation and the spread of propaganda is also under the purview of the ICT Act 2006. Although the Information Communication Technology Act 2006 covered cybersecurity, it was highly criticized and considered insufficient.

The insufficiency of the ICT Act 2006 was reflected by the fact that that it was misused. The Human Rights Watch reported that between 2013 and April 2018, police submitted a…


Africa is a challenging area to fight cybercrime. There has been an increasing cybercrime in the region, which is attributed to vulnerable systems and lax of cybersecurity practices in the region. Cybersecurity is considered to be a luxury, not a necessity in many African economies. After the Corona Crisis, this would, unfortunately, not change. In this article, we will analyse the cybersecurity and cybercrime landscape in West Africa.

To start with facts and figures on cybercrime in West Africa — the cybersecurity budget in many organizations based in the region are reported to be less than 1% and many organization…


By Sanjana Rathi

Around three years ago, powerful ransomware began spreading across the world and jeopardizing the healthcare sector. ‘WannaCry’ spread like wildfire, encrypting several computers worldwide in a matter of hours. Hospitals across the UK declared a “major incident” after they were knocked offline by the malware. Government facilities and private companies were also hit.

Now with the COVID-19 pandemic situation, we are forced to become more dependent on the Internet with desperate measures and imposition of social distancing. This dependency further creates vulnerability, and also malicious attempts to exploit this sudden, unplanned societal shift. Yet again, there is…


For the coronavirus outbreak, the wet markets in Wuhan province of China are identified as the epicenter that sold a range of exotic animals for human consumption. These wet markets also help meet demands from the dark web. Some exotic species sold in these wet markets include snakes, civet, wolf cubs, snakes, foxes, bats, and even pangolins. It is also important to note that back in 2002, after the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS) outbreak( a disease similar to Covid-19), the World Health Organisation reported that civets carried a virus from the bat that was transferred to humans in a wet…


For the coronavirus outbreak, the wet markets in Wuhan province of China are identified as the epicenter that sold a range of exotic animals for human consumption. These wet markets also help meet demands from the dark web. Some exotic species sold in these wet markets include snakes, civet, wolf cubs, snakes, foxes, bats, and even pangolins. It is also important to note that back in 2002, after the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS) outbreak( a disease similar to Covid-19), the World Health Organisation reported that civets carried a virus from the bat that was transferred to humans in a wet…


By Sanjana Rathi

“Social media rewards not morality or veracity but virality. Their design is a perfect engine for the fast and widespread of information, which makes them so wonderful. But there is a catch: unlike the truth, lies can be engineered to take advantage of that design and move faster and wider.” ~ P. W. Singer

The surge in fake news over recent years has wrought unprecedented effects on the national and international stage, and there is a heated debate between the public, governments, the media, and big tech regarding how best to handle this wave of misinformation. However…


10th February 2020

Asia Pacific

🇨🇳🇮🇳China calls India for help over cyber attacks as beijing battles coronavirus

The western countries continue to pose a cyberthreat on China. China seeks India’s help at a time when people in Beijing battle corona virus

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🇯🇵Four firms with links to Japan’s Defence Ministry hacked

Japan kicked off its second annual cyber-security month this week under a cloud, as four major companies with contracts with the Defence Ministry reported having information stolen by hackers. While the government was quick to stress that no sensitive highly classified information was leaked, the spate of cases has raised questions over Japan’s readiness to combat cyber attacks. …


Date: 2nd February 2020

Asia Pacific

‘India most cyber-attacked country’

India is the most cyber-attacked country in the world, revealed National Cyber Security (NCS) coordinator Lieutenant General Rajesh Pant while inaugurating the Cyber-security Centre of Excellence on Tuesday. On incidents of facial recognition software being used in the State through the prism of consent, he said that Personal Data Protection Bill seeks to bring about safeguards, and will define sensitive and critical data. CCTV cameras have been instrumental in solving crimes. Touching upon the ‘ongoing’ debate between security and privacy, and the Disha case, he said, “What happened in Hyderabad would not have been solved without…


Date: 26th January 2020

Asia Pacific

Chinese hacker group targets Japanese and South Korean businesses

A group of Chinese hackers has struck businesses across Japan and South Korea, employing techniques designed to evade conventional cybersecurity defenses. The latest attack was reported Monday by Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric. Cyberthieves may have gained access to more than 8,000 pieces of personal information, the company said, but reported that no highly sensitive information had been compromised. Japan has urged domestic companies to bolster cyber defenses, and the Defense Ministry is rolling out tougher security standards for contractors. The level of compliance will be similar to what is required by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Cyber security steps planned for Tokyo Games

Japan’s…


Date: 19th January 2020

Asia Pacific

Search for next Australian Cyber Security Centre chief begins

The Australian Signals Directorate has begun searching for a new chief to take charge of the country’s peak technical cyber security authority, the Australian Cyber Security Centre. The national cyber spy agency put out the call on Thursday in preparation for the departure of outgoing head Rachel Noble, who will become ASD’s new director-general next month. ASD and ACSC have taken an increasingly hands-on role towards uplifting government cyber resilience since early 2016 after being funded for a program of work that embeds experts in agencies for up to six weeks to evaluate and develop strategies…

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