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New Delhi: India called for a truly global convention to fight cyber crime and to ensure cyber security.

India’s Electronics and Information Technology Secretary JS Deepak told a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that various stakeholders have to be involved to face the challenges of cyber security.

Emphasising the role of “governments, which bear ultimate responsibility for essential services and for public safety”, he said there was a need to “create a global convention to address issues of cybersecurity and cybercrime”.

He said that many of the cyber security challenges were “not well understood, much less addressed” and that a “multi-stakeholder approach” across geographies and societies was required to remedy this.

The General Assembly was holding a high-level review of developments in the decade since the Tunis 2005 World Summit on Information Society (WSIS+10).

Because the next billion Internet users will come from the developing countries, policies to enable access to the internet should be formulated with full involvement of those nations, Deepak said. Of them, 500 million would be from India, he added.

While a European-initiated convention against cybercrime came into being in 2001 and has been signed by 50 countries, India has stayed away because it and most other non-Western countries were excluded.

India has not been spared cyber attacks. For example, a Silicon Valley cybersecurity company, FireEye reported in April that for over a decade a cyber operation with likely ties to China spied on Indian defence, business and media operations.

Deepak spoke of “the huge digital opportunity that lies before us, from health and education to agriculture and disaster management, from human resource development to financial inclusion and reiterated India’s commitment to sharing its expertise in information technology to help other countries. As examples of New Delhi’s efforts, he cited the Pan-African e-Network Project was undertaken by India to connect 53 nations and India using fiber-optic and satellite networks for e-education and telemedicine and the Central Asian telemedicine project.”

Extolling India’s digital prowess, Deepak said its start-up sector is the third largest start-up ecosystem in the world. “Four new technology start-ups are coming up every day and because of their speed, agility and low costs these are fast becoming preferred models of global research and development in ICT (information and communication technology)” he said.(IANS)

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Norwegians Are Now Favourite Targets of Cyber Crime: Report

Norwegians are also very high placed on the list when it comes to getting spam e-mails and "ransomeware" on mobile phones, when criminals lock mobile phones and then require ransom

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Norwegians have become one of the favourite targets of cyber crime and are easier to be cheated than Swedes and Danes, newspaper Aftenposten reported on Thursday.

Mapping of over 120 million users in 45 countries, conducted by software company Symantec, showed that the only nation that is more exposed than rich Norwegian citizens are Saudi Arabians, the report said.

Norwegians are exposed four times higher than Swedes and six times high than Danish citizens to so-called “phishing” attempts, reports Xinhua news agency.

“Norway must have been far up the list for many criminal groups last year when it is so highly exposed. I do not think Norway has been so high on the list before,” Snorre Fagerland, security analyst in Symantec, told Aftenposten.

The reason for Norway being targeted is because it is one of the richest countries in the world and criminals can earn more money if they get hold of Norwegian data, said Fagerland, who together with his colleagues analysed 2.4 billion emails daily in 45 different countries.

On the “black market”, where stolen data is purchased and sold, a stolen Norwegian credit number with personal information may be worth $45.

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“The criminals are primarily concerned with profitability. When they enter a country like Norway, it requires investment. They must translate texts, reconnaissance and customize the attacks,” Fagerland said.

The way the “phishing” attacks are designed shows that the computer criminals have learned to master Norwegian language.

At Symantec’s list of 45 countries, Norway comes in third place among countries with the highest proportion of malicious links in the emails.

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The survey showed that 12.8 per cent of the malicious e-mails contained such fake links in 2018, which is more than twice as much as, for example, Denmark.

Norwegians are also very high placed on the list when it comes to getting spam e-mails and “ransomeware” on mobile phones, when criminals lock mobile phones and then require ransom. (IANS)