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India's ISPs show they have good MANRS, sign up to Internet Society's routing security scheme

India's ISPs have agreed as a bloc to join The Internet Society's MANRS route integrity programme. MANRS stands for Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security, and was launched in 2014 to try and solve some of the Border Gateway Protocol's most pressing problems. In essence, the programme asks its members to play their part in …
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US tech circles wagons as India reviews data protection proposals

America's major tech companies are pushing back against India's proposed data protection laws, with a lobby group led by ex-Cisco CEO John Chambers emerging as the protest organiser. The move came a week after the proposals, first published at the end of July, were opened for comment by the Ministry of IT. The draft copped …
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India mulls ban on probes into anonymized data use – with GDPR-style privacy laws

India is following Europe down the data protection path, with draft legislation criticized as a mixed bag of good and bad laws being proposed on Friday. Under the proposals, there will be a data protection authority with the ability to impose fines; individuals get some new rights over how their data is handled, but not as …
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India tells WhatsApp to add filters, ASAP

India has warned Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp to do something about abuse of its service that has led to murders. A July 3rd statement from the nation’s Ministry of Electronics & IT says “Instances of lynching of innocent people have been noticed recently because of large number of irresponsible and explosive …

India tells its banks to get Windows XP off ATMs – in 2019!

The Reserve Bank of India has given that country's banking sector a hard deadline to get Windows XP out of its ATMs: June 2019. That's more than five years beyond the May 2014 end of support for the OS. In a notice to the nation's banks, issued last on June 21st, 2018, the Reserve Bank makes it clear that XP “and other …
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India completes its GPS alternative, for the second time

India has successfully conducted the satellite launch needed to re-construct its Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). The Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C41 ascended on Thursday, April 12th. Atop the craft was a satellite designated IRNSS-1L, the last of seven …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Apr 2018
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India's prime minister accused of privacy breaches

India's ruling party is scrambling to defend its use of followers' data after a pseudonymous security researcher accused PM Narendra Modi of snooping on citizens with his personal app, which has been installed by around five million users. As a result of the row, parliamentarian Shri Husain Dalwai has asked the country's …
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India: Yeah, we would like to 3D-print igloos on the Moon

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to build igloos on the Moon with a view to creating an Antarctica-like outpost. Dr Jitendra Singh of the Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space gave the response to a question (PDF) asked in the Indian Parliament by Shri Suman Balka last week, a member of …
Richard Speed, 26 Mar 2018
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Crims pull another SWIFT-ie, Indian bank stung for nearly US$2m

A year after the SWIFT international bank transfer system enhanced its security, another breach has emerged: an Indian bank has confirmed that criminals gained access to its systems and made transfers totalling US$1.8 million. The Kumbakonam-based City Union Bank issued a statement [PDF] on Sunday February 18, in response to …
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India signals ban on cryptocurrencies, embraces blockchain

Updated India has vowed to ban the use of cryptocurrencies within its borders, it appears. News of the clampdown was delivered by finance minister Arun Jaitley in his annual budget speech (PDF) delivered on Thursday. “The government does not consider crypto-currencies legal tender or coin and will take all measures to eliminate use …
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Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

India has successfully tested a surface-to-surface ballistic missile. The nation was kind enough to announce the test on Thursday, revealing that its Agni-5 “was successfully flight tested for its full range … from Dr Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. This was the fifth test of the Missile and the third consecutive one from a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2018
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Indian data leak looks to have been an inside job

The government authority in charge of India's billion-records-and-counting Aadhaar biometric identity database, the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI), has suspended 5,000 officials from accessing the system. As we reported yesterday, a journalist for the country's Tribune newspaper wrote of her ability to access …
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India sets up second new CERT in a year, this time for government

India has decided it needs a third computer emergency response team, to protect government digital services. The nation already has two CERTs, in the form of CERTin which has a familiar mission to serve as a national agency for detecting and advising of new threats and Fin-CERT, added earlier this year, for its financial …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2017
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The search for the 'next billion' users also targets the first billion

Google's efforts to find its “next billion” users has been revealed to also be an effort to build services for the first billion. The Chocolate Factory's revealed this in a few ways of late. Last week it announced that it's taken a mobile-data-number-crunching app called “Datally” from the Philippines to the world. The …
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No 'Pai-day' for India: nation to adopt strict network neutrality

India has decided to implement a formal Internet neutrality regime. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) responded to a lively year-long debate with a statement opposing any “discriminatory treatment” of Internet data. TRAI said its recommendations were designed to prevent ISPs in the country from either …
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Lock them up and throw away the (don)key

Eight donkeys were released from an Indian jail yesterday after the law proved itself to be, well, an ass, and imprisoned them for eating the prison officers' plants. The jail in Urai, Uttar Pradesh, freed the beasts of burden after four days due to an unnamed local politician paying their bail on the owner's behalf. The …
Richard Priday, 28 Nov 2017
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India to launch moon mission in March 2018

India's space agency ISRO has announced its intention to launch a mission to the moon in 2018. News of the planned lunar mission came courtesy of a Tweet from northeast region development minister Jitendra Singh last week: "#ISRO to launch Chandrayaan-II mission to Moon in 2018". pic.twitter.com/00FlPKcqsr — Dr Jitendra Singh …

Google India must pay back-taxes on $225m after cheekily funneling cash through Ireland

Google has been ordered to pay business taxes on 14,570m rupees ($224m) of profit to the Indian government after losing a six-year legal battle. The nation's Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) decided this week that Google India had engaged in a "clear and conspicuous" case of tax evasion when it sent all of its pay dirt to …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Oct 2017

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