India’s answer to US cyber snooping?
June 21, 2013
Maoists attack passenger train in Bihar
Over 150 armed Maoists attacked a
Patna-bound train, killing three persons,
including a Railway Protection Force
trooper, and injuring five others in Bihar’s
Jamui district before looting passengers
and fleeing with weapons of the RPF personnel. The police said over a dozen of the
armed Maoist cadre who attacked the train
JD(U)-BJP rift widens
Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar is set
to snap his party’s 17-year-old ties with the
Bharatiya Janata Party over the deemed
projection of his Gujarat counterpart
Narendra Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. The decision, taken in the
wake of Modi’s appointment as the chief of
BJP’s campaign committee for the 2014
general elections, was likely to be
announced over the weekend.
Even as the United States battled to
make amends following global outrage
over the secret Internet spying program
codenamed PRISM — leaked to the
media by whistle-blower Edward
Snowden — India is getting ready to roll
out its own cyber snooping agency called
the National Cyber Coordination Centre.
New Delhi has been concerned over
reports on PRISM, which gives the US
agencies access to almost everything that
anyone is doing online. Worse, India fig-
ures fifth in the list of most-snooped
India’s NCCC is similar in nature, but
officials said there will be no invasion of
privacy and the necessary safeguards will
The NCCC’s primary job is to carry out
real-time assessment of cyber security
threats and also provide actionable
An officer working with the program
told India Abroad that the nature of
India’s program is largely to do with the
analysis of meta data; it will not involve
But, based on the analysis and also the
large manpower monitoring the
Internet, any suspicious flow of activity
will be flagged.
The program, which falls under the
Central Monitoring System, will also
have access to phone calls and text mes-
sages. The government will be able
access all such data without the approval
of the service provider.
Hackers from Pakistan and China,
pointed out an Indian intelligence offi-
cial, have hacked into 294 very impor-
tant government Web sites and this has
led to data being compromised.
There have also been over 800 inci-
dents in which Web sites have been
defaced, and about the 8,000 e-mails of
government employees have been
India’s biggest threat comes from
Pakistan and China in the form of the
Pakistan Cyber Army, Mission Luckycat
and the H4TR ck.
While Pakistan has been more destruc-
tive in nature by defacing Web sites,
Chinese hackers have snooped on crucial
information in the defense space.
Meanwhile, the Press Trust of India
quoted top American officials defending
the US secret surveillance program, say-
ing that such efforts helped them to
abort terrorist attacks and nab terrorists
like David Headley, who plotted the
2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Minister calls Mayawati ugly
Uttar Pradesh Tourism Minister Om
Prakash Singh triggered outrage June 13
after he took a dig at former chief minister
and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati
while addressing his party workers.
10 die in Mumbai building collapse
Manna Dey in hospital
Legendary singer Manna Dey, 94, was
admitted to a hospital in Bangalore June 8
with chest infection. His condition was
reportedly critical, as the infection had led
to other complications.
Ten people were killed and many injured after a
five-storey building collapsed in Mahim, central
Mumbai, June 11.
Locals blamed it on structural changes made to
a car showroom on the ground floor.
Congress party leader injured in Maoist attack dies
Coal scam: Navin Jindal booked
No more telegrams. Stop.
Congress party lawmaker Naveen Jindal
was named an accused in the coal allocation scam. A first information report was
filed against him June 11 by India’s Central
Bureau of Investigation.