About the Pegasus Project

About the Pegasus Project

Context: The Supreme Court has said its technical committee had so far received and tested 29 mobile devices suspected to be infected by Pegasus malware. Relevance: GS-III: Internal Security Challenges (Basics of Cyber Security; Role of media and social-networking sites in internal security challenges; Internal security challenges through communication networks), GS-II: Polity and Constitution (Constitutional […]

Europe’s Digital Services Act

Context: Recently, The European Parliament and European Union (EU) Member States announced that they had reached a political agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA), a landmark legislation to force big Internet companies to act against disinformation and illegal and harmful content, and to “provide better protection for Internet users and their fundamental rights”. Relevance: GS III- Cyber Security Dimensions […]

Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

Focus: GS-II: International Relations (International Groupings or Agreements affecting India’s Interests, India’s neighbors), GS-III: Internal Security Challenges (Terrorism in Hinterland & Border Areas) Why in News? Recently, Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs attended the FATF Ministerial Meeting in Washington D.C., conducted along-side the 2022 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International […]

What laws govern tapping a phone; what are the checks in place?

Context A lady IPS officer is facing an FIR in Mumbai for allegedly tapping the phones of a Rajya Sabha MP in Maharashtra. Relevance GS-II: Important Aspects of Governance, Transparency and Accountability, E-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; Citizens Charters, Transparency & Accountability and institutional and other measures. Dimensions of the Article How are phones tapped […]

Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)

Context: A committee constituted by the Union Home Ministry in December to study the withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, or AFSPA, from Nagaland, slated to submit a report within 45 days as claimed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, is yet to conclude its findings. The panel was formed in the wake of […]


Focus: GS III- Security Challenges Why in News? Recently, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has conducted the 8th edition of two-day National Level Pollution Response Exercise, ‘NATPOLREX-VIII’, off Mormugao harbour, Goa. Aboutt NATPOLREX-VIII The exercise was a two-day event that included a table-top exercise, a pollution response workshop on marine oil and HNS (Hazardous and Noxious Substances) spill, and […]

Towards a peaceful, stable North East

Context Progress in settling border disputes, removal of AFSPA herald positive changes in the region. Relevance GS-III: Role of External State and Non-state Actors in creating challenges to Internal Security Dimensions of the Article Significant development for restoring normalcy in the region Progress on the border disputes Significance of notification on AFSPA Way Forward Significant […]

National Cyber Security Incident Response Exercise 

Focus: GS III- Security Challenges Why in News? Recently, National Security Advisor inaugurated the National Cyber Security Incident Response Exercise. About National Cyber Security Incident Response Exercise (NCX India)  The National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) of the Government of India, in collaboration with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI), is implementing the programme, which […]

National Cyber Security Strategy

Context: Amid a surge in cyberattacks on India’s networks, the Centre is yet to implement the National Cyber Security Strategy which has been in the works since 2020. Relevance: GS III- Security Challenges Dimensions of the Article: About National Cyber Security Strategy Why does India need a cybersecurity strategy? What steps does the report suggest? […]

Status of India’s National Cyber Security Strategy

Context Recently, Chinese state-sponsored hackers targeted Indian electricity distribution centers near Ladakh. Amid a surge in cyberattacks on India’s networks, the Centre is yet to implement the National Cyber Security Strategy which has been in the works since 2020. Relevance GS-III: Challenges to Internal Security through Communication Networks, Role of Media and Social Networking Sites […]