3MTB # 31 - Cyber attacks on Indian orgs; An Indian microprocessor; India and internet freedom
Welcome to the next edition of the newsletter. Apologies again for the delay. I have been under extreme work pressure & personal bearings over the past few weeks.
Weekly quiz # 05
Identify the logo of the product that you use frequently. Not everyone is happy with the logo design. Post your answers in the comments below.
Answer to last edition’s quiz
Identify this element named after an European country.
Ans: Gallium. The old name of France is Gaul
ISRO plans to send Indian astronauts to space by Aug 2022. This seems to be ambitious given the pandemic related setback and the agency is still in talks with NASA to procure key technology related to astronaut safety.
China has filed complaint in WTO against India for banning Chinese Apps and tweaking the FDI policies. The Indian government replied that the ban and the FDI tweaking are within rules and asked China to look at its own transparency and rules towards foreign companies.
Pakistan reverts it decision to ban TikTok that cited indecent and immoral content. TikTok assured that the videos will be “moderated with societal norms and laws of Pakistan”.
Razorpay is now officially an Unicorn. It follows a string of other tech startups such as Zerodha, Pine Labs, Unacademy, Nyka and Postman that became unicorns since the pandemic started
Reliance Jio launches JioPages browser. Built on the Chromium engine, the new browser promises faster speed and privacy features similar to DuckDuckGo browser. The browser will also support 8 Indian languages.
IIT Madras has indigenously developed a microprocessor called ‘MOUSHIK’ that can be use in devices that are small as sensor based IoT devices to consumer electronics such as washing machines.
Cyberattacks on Dr. Reddys and Haldirams
Dr. Reddys reported an attack on 22-Oct-2020 that crippled its operations worldwide. The company had to isolate its data centers and share price fell by nearly 4%. Further impact is still yet to be ascertained.
Haldirams was also hit by ransomware attack. Though the attack happened on the night of 12 and 13 July, an FIR was filed only on 14 Oct. The hackers have encrypted all the data and have demanded $750,000 as ransom.
Are Indian entities soft targets to cyberattacks? It really seems so as most companies would not have invested sufficiently enough to protect themselves from such attacks.
India and Internet freedom
As per a report from the US based think tank, Freedom House, internet freedom in India has declined for the 3rd year with the country scoring 51/100 based on evaluation of multiple parameters such as obstacles to access, limits to content, and violations of user rights
As per the report, the key events that impacted the rating are the internet curbs in Jammu & Kashmir after the CAA act, policy that limited FDI investment to 26%, injunction mandating that websites remove allegedly discriminatory videos around the world if originated from India, alleged spyware campaigns against certain journalists/activists and lack of transparency & oversight on the Arogya Setu app.
The report also cited that many countries used the pandemic to curtail internet freedom.
Please let me know your feedback on this edition of the newsletter. Till the next edition, Stay Safe and Healthy.