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New Delhi: Stressing on the need for enhanced cyber security, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday that the Indian Army must be vigilant against information manipulations by militant outfits like ISIS.

Apprehending that cyberspace will be the next war zone, Parrikar underscored the need for acquiring enhanced competencies to thwart attacks from terrorist outfits.

Parrikar mentioned that ISIS was using the social media platforms extensively to spread their ideology, and said, a counter-strategy must be formulated to curb the virulent attack.

“The world that we as a nation will be interacting with is increasingly fraught with turbulence and will call for dominant military might. We need to develop technology and system appropriate to evolving military doctrine,” Parrikar said addressing the DEFCOM seminar here organised by the Corps of Signal of the Indian Army and the CII.

He, however, stated that conventional defence forces could never be substituted and the process of honing them will continue to combat growing threats.

Speaking about the need for proper use of the developing internet technology, Parrikar said, “One can take the example of terrorist organisations like Daish or ISIS. They use the Internet to ensure a lot of recruitment or support, and they are one of the best users of Internet technology for promoting their cause.”

Warning of a possible information blackout triggered by ultra-bodies, Parrikar said, developing internet technology has become of utmost important in the backdrop of rapid global development in the cyberspace.

Handling of information via internet could be both sensitive and tricky, as there was always the threat of data overload, said Parrikar, adding, finding vital information might become like searching a needle in a stack of hay.

Digitalisation of the forces would equip them to foil cyber-attacks by the adversaries, Parrikar added.

The defence minister expressed firm belief that India will become a dominant force in the cyber world in recent times.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Facebook Violated Cyber Security Law: Vietnam

In November, Vietnam said it wanted half of social media users on domestic social networks by 2020 and plans to prevent "toxic information" on Facebook and Google.

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

Facebook has violated Vietnam’s new cybersecurity law by allowing users to post anti-government comments on the platform, state media said on Wednesday, days after the controversial legislation took effect in the communist-ruled country.

Despite economic reforms and increasing openness to social change, Vietnam’s Communist Party retains tight media censorship and does not tolerate dissent.

“Facebook had reportedly not responded to a request to remove fan pages provoking activities against the state,” the official Vietnam News Agency said, citing the Ministry of Information and Communication.

In a statement, a Facebook spokeswoman said, “We have a clear process for governments to report illegal content to us, and we review all these requests against our terms of service and local law.”

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A smartphone user displays a Facebook newsfeed .VOA

She did not elaborate.

The ministry said Facebook also allowed personal accounts to upload posts containing “slanderous” content, anti-government sentiment and defamation of individuals and organizations, the agency added.

“This content had been found to seriously violate Vietnam’s Law on cybersecurity” and government regulations on the management, provision and use of internet services, it quoted the ministry as saying.

Global technology companies and rights groups have earlier said the cybersecurity law, which took effect on Jan. 1 and includes requirements for technology firms to set up local offices and store data locally, could undermine development and stifle innovation in Vietnam.

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A Facebook panel is seen during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, in Cannes, France. VOA

Company officials have privately expressed concerns that the new law could make it easier for the authorities to seize customer data and expose local employees to arrest.

Facebook had refused to provide information on “fraudulent accounts” to Vietnamese security agencies, the agency said in Wednesday’s report.

The information ministry is also considering taxing Facebook for advertising revenue from the platform.

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The report cited a market research company as saying $235 million was spent on advertising on Facebook in Vietnam in 2018, but that Facebook was ignoring its tax obligations there.

In November, Vietnam said it wanted half of social media users on domestic social networks by 2020 and plans to prevent “toxic information” on Facebook and Google. (VOA)