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  • Pemra seeks ARY News response to IB complaint against 'fake news'

    The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Saturday directed ARY News to respond to a complaint filed by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) against its report on a list of lawmakers suspected of links with banned militant groups allegedly compiled by the IB...

    The list first came to light when ARY News programme 'Power Play' aired a report on Sept 25 claiming that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had directed the IB on...

  • Pemra serves notices to ARY, Bol News over 'fake' news regarding cabinet reshuffle

    The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued show-cause notices to ARY News and Bol News for airing news items regarding a reshuffle in the federal cabinet and change in the portfolios of some federal ministers, it emerged on Tuesday...

    The two media outlets had aired the news on Monday morning about a possible reshuffle in the posts for Minister for Finance and Minister of State for Interior held by Asad Umar...

  • Cyber attacks against govt expose fatal cracks in Pakistan’s digital fence

    ISLAMABAD: While the government focuses on fighting terrorism and extremism under the National Action Plan (NAP), another threat seems to be looming on the horizon: cyber warfare...

    The threat of cyber attacks really raised the hackles of the country’s security establishment when, just before the recent visit of Chinese president XI Jinping, computers at the country’s Foreign Office (FO) were hit by a cyber attack...

  • Qatar seeks Pakistan Army's cooperation in cyber security, defence production: ISPR

    Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday assured Qatar that Pakistan will cooperate with country on cyber security, defence production and ease of travel, said the Inter-Services Public Relations in a statement...

    The army chief, who is on an official visit to Qatar, thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar for appreciating Pakistan Army's role in the ongoing fight against terrorism and...

  • Pakistan's 'first cyber harassment hotline' goes live Dec 1

    Pakistan’s first cyber harassment helpline is set to be launched on December 1, announced the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) on Monday, at their ‘Hamara Internet- Ending Online Violence Against Women’ conference in Islamabad...

    “We travelled across Pakistan and spoke to girls at universities in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and other cities and provinces to create awareness about online harassment,” she said... ...

  • Cyber armies, misplaced judicial activism threaten internet landscape in Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD: Threats to the internet landscape, including arbitrary administrative shutdowns, misplaced judicial activism against internet freedoms, the rise of cyber-armies, enforced disappearances of activists and the abuse of cybercrime legislation have been on the rise across the country, according to a report titled Internet Landscape of Pakistan 2017...

    The annual report is an “indigenous effort” to regularly monitor and document...

  • Cyber crimes in Pakistan hit a record high in 2018: FIA

    Cyber crimes, especially the harassment and blackmailing of women, have increased sharply in Pakistan in the last three years, DawnNewsTV reported citing figures released by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)...

    The agency said that its cyber crime circle has so far conducted 2,295 inquiries, registered 255 cases and made 209 arrests in 2018 — all highest since the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca), 2016 was enforced... ...

  • Before massive Bangladesh heist, New York Fed feared such cyber attacks

    The Fed managers worried that lax security procedures and outdated technology at some foreign central banks could allow cyber-criminals to commandeer local computers and breach foreign accounts at the US central bank, according to interviews with seven current and former New York Fed officials and a former US government official familiar with the discussions...

    February’s theft from the Bangladesh Bank fit that definition — a bold...

  • Cyber cooperation

    In Pakistan, the enactment of the Prevention of Electronics Crime Act (Peca), 2016, despite many reservations, was a step in the right direction due to the emerging cyber threats and the need to provide protection to citizens vulnerable to the misuse of technology...

    Similarly, judges designated to preside over cyber-related cases have not received the requisite training and have difficulty in comprehending technology-related...

  • ‘Regulators need to develop global cyber security standards’

    WASHINGTON: Governments need to develop global cyber security standards and increase information sharing on cyber threats, Daniel Pinto, chief executive of JPMorgan’s corporate and investment bank, said on Saturday...

    Pinto, speaking during a panel at the Institute of International Finance meeting in Washington, said global banks have to comply with a hodgepodge of cyber security standards across different countries, increasing costs...

  • 'Advanced' cyber attack targets Saudi Arabia

    Saudi authorities said on Monday they had detected an “advanced” cyber attack targeting the kingdom, in a fresh attempt by hackers to disrupt government computers...

    The government's National Cyber Security Centre said the attack involved the use of “Powershell” malware, but it did not comment on the source of the attack or which government bodies were targeted...

  • PMDC approaches FIA’s Cyber Crime Wing in fake notification case

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has approached the Cyber Crime Cell of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in regards to a fake notification circulating on social media saying a ban has been imposed on house jobs and internships for foreign graduates...

    The council has also suggested that parents and students check the PMDC’s website when they hear such news before reaching conclusions and panicking... ...

  • Rights groups call for overhaul of cyber-crime bill

    Read more: New cybercrime bill to criminalise spam mail, text messages?Although the bill was portrayed as a response to cyber-terrorism, the latest draft of the PEC falls short of protecting users against cyber-attacks and instead undermines civil liberties...

    "This bill poses a real danger to democracy in Pakistan,” said Head Asia-Pacific desk RSF Benjamin Ismail...

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