Hacking all of us know is an offense punishable by law, since by the very definition and meaning is involved accessing the computer resources of somebody else, then how can there be something called ethical hacking?
My views about the Supreme Court Judgement on 24 March holding the Section 66A of the IT Amendment Act 2008 as ‘unconstitutional’ is that a powerful tool in the hands of cyber crime sleuths has now been lost. Read on for the full story…
Absence of Moral Education or a session for Ethical Values in the time-table especially in Secondary or Higher Secondary Level takes its toll. Students and the educational institutions in general these days are particular about more and more marks, which alone has become the criterion. Bringing up culturally well-behaved, ethically stronger and well-behaved youth is not in the agenda of educational institutions. This was the crux of my interview on being questioned why the number of graduates (ie educated ones) is on the increase among convicts this year. Excerpts from the Indian Express dated 1 Nov 2014.
Of late, fraudsters innovate in learning about technology and finding newer techniques in committing crimes. It is difficult for the investigating agencies to keep pace with them and learn the same at the same pace and of course, equally difficult for the victims, for the legal fraternity and the judiciary who are all the other stake holders in crime investigation. Among the latest is IMEI Number faking in mobile handsets with a view to make them untraceable. Such faking (as a hardware chip-level embedded technology) is certainly an offence, no doubt. Times of India carried an interesting story on this. Click to view My interview in Times of India 7 Nov 2014.
It is heartening to read that the National Cyber Security Co-ordination Centre will be in place shortly. An apex level Monitoring Agency with all information! Oh, this has been the dream of every concerned Indian. Security professionals in India have often felt that cyber security has not been given the due place it deserves.
There are agencies, ministries, departments and government bodies (like NTRO, CBI, State Police departments, IB, RAW, Intelligence, Defence and Home Minsitries besides the PMO itself) who often acquire lots of critical information on cyber security of national importance (sometimes from across the cyber boundaries and often from within the nation itself). Cyber Criminals take advantage of the disconnect and the absence of sharing of critical information among these departments. It is already late. As top priority, at the apex level this NCSC should be in place with some sort of control at least for sharing of information among all the stake holders including the state police and all investigating agencies.14 Sep 2014.