Video: Cyber crime case in Hyderabad

Software expert tried to take revenge against a women, who turned down his marriage proposal, falls into cyber crime cell net. Engineer had put obscene profiles of the victim on various networking sites like Facebook and Orkut and also sent letter through post containing morphed pictures of the girl, with written message in Telgu, which formed the basic evidence and led to his arrest by Hyderabad Police.

He would be punished under various provisions of Information Technology Act, especially section 67, which provides for publishing of obscene material in electronic form and Indian Penal Code !

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TCS website hacked

On Sunday, visitors to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) website were taken for a hacker’s surprize as the HomePage of the website greeted visitors with a ‘For Sale’ message. It has been reported that the problem was at Domain Registrar as no servers were compromised but it was a case of DNS hijacking.

According to the wikipedia: DNS hijacking or DNS redirection is the practice of redirecting the resolution of Domain name system (DNS) names to IP addresses to rogue DNS servers, particularly for the practice of phishing, or the practice of some ISPs resolving otherwise non-existent domains to the ISPs own servers.

DNS hijacking is a kind of hacking, and is punishable under section 66 (read with section 43) of Information Technology Act, 2008.

Basically, there are two aspects to a hosted website, one is the Domain name and other is the Hosting space. It is necessary for the Domain name name – servers to point to the correct Hosting company servers by providing the required information, which is normally in the form of ns1.servername.com, etc. Such information is secured with a username and password, which is different than the normal Hosting user account information.

In many cases in India, the Domain Owners do not realize that they havn’t been provided with the access to such other Domain Control Panel but only the Hosting Cpanel by the Registrars, which leads to a kind of blackmail by the local Domain service providers in most of the cases, as such companies can later deny the transfer of Domain name to other registrars in the absence of the Secret Key, which is compulsorily required for such transfers (which is available within the Domain Control Panel).

If you have been victim of such blackmail by your Domain name registrar, please contact here for legal help !

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CBI arrests software company owner for piracy of Microsoft Products

The Managing Director of K.K.Solutions, Kamlesh Jha, has been arrested by CBI on a complaint by Microsoft on the grounds of piracy and manipulation of genuine Microsoft Products.

The accused was a gold certified partner of Microsft. He was obtaining Pirated software CDs, packaging material and fake certificate of Authencity (COAs) from China, which were used for packing of manipulated genuine softwares obtained locally and for further sale. The accused has been also alleged to have abusing the “Microsoft Activation Downgrade Programme”, by obtaining WIN XP keys from Microsoft in the name of downgrading of VISTA to XP but instead used these keys on counterfieted software and sell them in the market.

The case has been registered under Indian Penal Code, Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008 and Copyright Act 1957.

And ofcourse these kind of action from Microsoft Company are not something new. Microsoft has actively implementing various measures in India since the last 3-4 years to curb piracy, which includes making calls/visits at various software company offices to check upon the genuinity of Microsoft Products. And in some cases conducting raids with the help of Police / Special organizations like  BSA.

Many such cases have come up in various courts in India but mostly they end up in settlement (where ever allowed), as the accused have no way out but to pay up 4-5 times of the cost of softwares as penalty. Though, recently Microsoft was fined for filing of piracy cases without jurisdiction. Details below…

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Internet Censorship

Turkey is in news again for continuing with the website censorship, as there seems to be no limit to the censorship. Any complaint to a lower court can get the website blocked in the country, websites including YouTube, DailyMotion, Alibaba, Slide.com, and some WordPress blogs have already been banned.  All started with ban on YouTube in March 2007 due to a particular video that insulted founder of the Turkish republic. The number has grown to nearly 6,000 websites as estimated in September 2009. 
 
Asian countries facing such censorship includes Singapore, Thailand, China and few others. China has been the most affected by net censorship starting with legislation (State Council Order No. 292) in September 2000, which created the first content restrictions for Internet content providers. It said that China-based Web sites cannot link to overseas news Web sites or carry news from overseas media without separate approval. Since then, many of the famous websites like Wikipedia, BBC, Yahoo, Google, Hotmail, Blogspot, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, webshots, imageshack, Technorati, Flickr, Tripod, etc have been blocked on various grounds (though only 3-4 of these sites have now been unblocked)… total of 18,000 sites are inaccessible/blocked from within the China. Online censorship has taken new means with the time.
 
And now it’s India’s turn…

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