Cryptography

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A Digital India with no interest in fixing serious security flaws

The government of India doesn’t seem to be interested in getting security vulnerabilities fixed. A CS engineer, Bhavyanshu Parasher, has been spending his time understanding the current security standards deployed by the government of India in most of its data-critical apps and websites. Last year, in September, he disclosed a security flaw in Prime Minster …

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Illustration of how a file or document is sent using Public key encryption by Johannes Landin

DEITY National Encryption Policy is as good as forbidding encryption

First of all, what is National Encryption Policy? “Under Section 84A of Information Technology Act, 2000 Rules are to be framed to prescribe modes or methods for encryption”. So DeitY has framed a draft of such rules which will decide the future of how encrypted services are to be used or provided to users in …

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Indian Air Force tricolour flag formation flying

The government’s thirst for Internet Control

“While governments can impose curfew to bring ‘offline’ life to a halt in times of emergency, why is it unacceptable to do so ‘online’?” asked @pragmatic_d This obviously refers to the government’s increasing inclination to police internet use in India in the name of security. The question was the trigger for months and months of …

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Ethics of war

As I read the Wikileaks and newspapers on Kashmir and a hundred other places, one big thing stands out. Where the human rights suffer, the wars are exercises in frustration. An Army hurting civilians is an Army actively creating enemies and making its own job harder. It seems tempting to ignore abuses. Who would know …

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