[Any guesses which classified international intelligence agency
Ankit Fadia is working with? I'll place my bets its listed below...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Fictional_intelligence_agencies - WK]
The Times of India
22 August 2009
KOLKATA: In June, Praveen Rai in Mumbai saw his coffers swell by Rs
90,000 while Akhilesh Bagla a Kolkata businessman sat baffled as the
same amount exited his bank account overnight. Though Bagla had done
nothing apart from some e-banking, Rai sitting on India's other coast
had successfully hacked into the businessman's account, to commit
possibly the first e-fraud in the city.
Although the rise in online presence and transactions pose a potential
risk to users, there are ways to safeguard your identity and information
on the internet, ethical hacker and cyber security expert Ankit Fadia
explained in the city on Friday.
"There are solutions that can substantially reduce the risk. Installing
a firewall for your personal computer, as well as installing a good
anti-virus and anti-spyware can provide significant protection," Fadia
said. He was speaking at a seminar at the Heritage Institute of
"It is a misconception that firewalls are only for corporate use. Using
them on your personal computer can mean that criminals have a harder
time trying to access your personal information," he revealed, while
adding that regular updates for operating systems, anti-virus and
anti-spyware softwares were essential.
Fadia also recommended the use of strong individual passwords for each
website or online service by using a combination of alphabets, numbers
and special characters. "It's not good having your name followed by your
birthday as a password for protecting vital information. You should also
instal and use a key scrambler, so that your typing patterns cannot be
copied or tracked," he said.
On the cyber terrorism front, Fadia who had worked with international
intelligence agencies in the aftermath of 9/11 said terror organisations
were now improvising email accounts to exchange information.
"Terrorists can sign into a single email account from different parts of
the world and save their messages in the draft form, which the others
can then access. As the email never leaves the server, it becomes
increasingly difficult for security agencies to track these
conversations," he said.
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