Asia in brief The Australian Federal Police (AFP) on Friday charged a man with creating and profiting from spyware that allowed full control of victims’ computers remotely.
The AFP claims the man wrote the spyware when he was 15 and sold the spyware to more than 14,500 people in 128 countries over the next nine years.
The spyware, called Imminent Monitor, was popular among domestic violence offenders and other criminals. It controlled webcams and microphones on devices and recorded keystrokes.
The AFP detected and shut down the software in 2019, but not before the man who charged its creation and sale made between AU$300,000 and AU$400,000 ($210,000 to $280,000) from the software.
The AFP identified 201 individuals in Australia who purchased the software. Of those who did, 12.4 percent are named as respondents to domestic violence orders, and one is named in the sex offender registry. –
– Simon Sharwood
India is open to sharing its space technology for tourism
India’s Department of Space is open to adapting the country’s manned space technology for orbital tourism.
In response to a parliamentary question released last week, Space Minister Dr Jitendra Singh noted that the nation has no laws, nor plans to legislate, regarding space tourism in the country. But Singh also pointed out that India’s Space Research Organization (ISRO) is developing technology with applications for human-rated launch vehicles, orbital modules, life support systems, crew escape systems, human-oriented products and crew recovery – which could serve as “building blocks” for space tourism. .
The aforementioned technology is being developed for the Gagaanyaan mission in India, which aims to send three astronauts into low Earth orbit for a week to conduct microgravity experiments. If successful, it will be India’s first manned spacecraft.
But while Gagaanyaan won’t get off the ground until 2024 or later, private space industry startups are already operating in India. Singh said 15 start-ups are working in satellite services and the country is building a database of private activities in the space sector. “Greater participation of non-governmental entities in conducting end-to-end activities is envisaged,” the ministry said.
Half of Australians abuse online, a quarter of Australians do the abuse
Half of Australians have experienced technology-facilitated abuse (TFA), and a quarter of them commit it, according to a survey released last week by the National Research Organization for Women’s Safety (ANROW). The organization defines such abuse as “harassment, sexual assault and image-based sexual abuse, controlling and controlling behavior, and emotional abuse and threats.”
The report, titled Technology-facilitated abuse: a national survey of the experiences of Australian adults [PDF], used a sample of 4,562 subjects and found that about one in three experiences of TFA victimization occurred “in a current or former intimate partner relationship.” Australians with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community and Indigenous Australians were more likely to have TFA than other groups. “TFA victimization was associated with higher levels of psychological distress, consistent with moderately severe mental health problems,” the report states. Anrows said the study is the first of its kind in Australia and therefore provides a basis for future studies and policy development to address the problem.
– Simon Sharwood
Infosys Skips Controversial Non-Competition Meeting Again
Salil Parekh, CEO of Infosys, said the company is cooperating with the respective authorities regarding concerns over staff non-compete, despite failing to appear at three meetings with the Ministry of Labor in New Delhi since April. and one with the government of Karnataka. “Our HR leadership, the leadership of the company, is working very closely with the respective authorities, both local and central,” Parekh said in the company’s Q1F23 press conference on July 24. He added that the purpose of the clause is to protect client confidentiality. .
“We have no restrictions within the company that prevent someone from choosing what they want to do and we have had extensive discussions and meetings with the appropriate authorities,” said the CEO.
Labor rights group Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) told: The register Parekh’s comments were “misleading.”
“Representatives of the company are using delaying tactics to avoid attending the meetings being held at the Labor Commissioner’s offices in Delhi and Bengaluru,” said NITES President Harpreet Singh Saluja.
According to Saluja, Parekh’s argument is flawed, as confidentiality is already covered in a separate clause and therefore a non-compete clause is not necessary to protect customers. The boss of the labor organization said the next meeting with the State Labor Department is scheduled for August 17. The register has asked Infosys to explain what it means by working “closely” with authorities and whether it will attend the August meeting.
Paytm denies Firefox Monitor report of 3.4 million data breach at customers
Indian mobile payment and financial services company Paytm this week denied allegations that it had a data breach involving 3.4 million customers in August 2020. .
Media falsely reported the data breach of Paytm Mall. We strongly reject such unsubstantiated reports, as the hacker and Cybel themselves had confirmed that there was no infringement. Also, the alleged data breach was reported in August 2020 and has no connection with Paytm. pic.twitter.com/6HC1npCbZp
— Paytm Mall (@PaytmMall) July 27, 2022
Firefox Monitor claimed it discovered and verified the vulnerability as provided by haveibeenpwned.com. The breach tracking site said the leak contained phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, genders, geographic locations, income levels, names and purchases.
“It can sometimes take months or years for credentials exposed in a data breach to appear on the dark web. Breaches are added to our database as soon as they are discovered and verified,” Firefox Monitor wrote.
China, Indonesia, sign infosec pact
The Cyberspace Administration of the People’s Republic of China and the National Network and Cryptography Bureau of the Republic of Indonesia have signed a joint action plan for cybersecurity cooperation.
The document was signed when Indonesian President Joko Widodo met China’s Xi Jinping. Indonesia’s English-language report of the meeting describes the joint action plan as “tailor-made information sharing and enforcement” [and] capacity building in cybersecurity.”
– Simon Sharwood®