CERT Current Affairs - 2020

India-Israel sign agreements on Cyber Security

On July 15, 2020, India and Israel signed agreements to expand their collaboration in dealing with cyber threats. The agreement was signed between Director General of Israel’s National Cyber Directorate (INCD) and India’s Ambassador to Israel Sanjeev Singla.

Highlights

The agreement also involved Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) that operates under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and INCD. The agreement will expand the scope of exchange of information between the countries on cyber threats.

The agreement lays down cooperation in capacity building and mutual exchange of best practices in the field.

Background

Cyber Security was identified as one of the important areas of cooperation by the leaders of India and Israel when PM Modi visited Israel in 2017. The countries also signed cyber security agreements in 2018. Also, Lt General Rajesh Pant, National Cyber Security Coordinator visited Israel in 2019 to attend Cyber Week.

Significance

The COVID-19 crisis is changing the work culture all over the world. Industries and Enterprises are minimizing physical presence of their employees. The Work from Home culture is increasing massively. So has the cyber threats lately.

India ranks 11th in the world wide cyber-attacks. In Q4 alone, number of local cyber threats detected in India account to 40 lakhs. Therefore, it is important for India to increase its international cooperation on cyber attacks.

 

What is Event Bolt Malware in news recently?

The Computer Emergency Response of Team (CERT) of India has issued warning against a new malware called “EventBot”. The malware according to CERT steals personal financial information from Android phone users.

Highlights

The Eventbolt malware that is spreading is a Trojan. It cheats victims secretly attacking computer or phone operating system. Currently, the malware is capable of targeting more than 200 different financial applications. The malware has already looted crypto currency wallets, bank accounts in Europe and US. It targets money-transfer services, financial applications.

Current Scenario

According to CERT, the malware has currently attacked financial applications such as Paypal, UniCredit, HSBC, Coinbase, TrasnferWise, etc.

CERT

Cert operates under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It is the nodal agency in India that deals with hacking, cyber security threats, phishing, etc. CERT represents India at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization MoU signed by India. Around 7 countries signed this MoU. This includes Australia, Korea, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, India and Uzbekistan.

Apart from International measures, CERT has been carrying out several initiatives within India. This mainly includes “Cyber Swachhta Kendra”

Cyber Swachhta Kendra

The Cyber Swachhta Kendra aims to create secure cyber space by detecting botnet infections within the country. It is operated by CERT according to the provision in Section 70B of Information Technology Act, 2000.