The Telecom Department (DoT) has directed Internet carrier suppliers (ISPs) to block four,694 URLs that contained subject material similar to kid sexual abuse, Parliament was once knowledgeable on Wednesday.
Besides, directions for blocking off 1,791 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) together with Facebook pages and YouTube movies had been issued by means of the DoT to ISPs in 2016 and 2017 (until November 30), Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha mentioned in a written answer to Lok Sabha.
“DoT has directed ISPs to block the list of 4,694 URLs of child sexual abuse material as provided by Central Bureau of Investigation,” Sinha mentioned.
Also, a complete of two,133 URLs have been blocked so as to conform to the instructions of more than a few courts in 2016 and 2017 (until November 30), he added.
Sinha mentioned ISPs put into effect blocking off of Internet internet sites/URLs by means of the usage of appropriate era.
“However, at present, technically it is not feasible to block specific items or content contained in a particular URL/webpage,” he famous.
In reaction to a separate question, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Alphons Kannanthanam mentioned a complete of 587, 964, and 1,329 URLs of social media internet sites/explicit webpages have been blocked in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (up to November 30), respectively.
“Further, a total of 632, 100 and 83 URLs of social media websites/web pages were blocked in compliance with the directions of the competent courts of India in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (up to November 30), respectively,” Kannanthanam mentioned.
The govt does now not keep watch over content material showing on social networking websites, Kannanthanam mentioned including that legislation enforcement and safety businesses make searches at the Internet on explicit case-to-case foundation or as suitable.
“As per the data maintained by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 2,423 persons in 2014, and 3,137 persons in 2015 were arrested under combined sections of 66 and 66A of IT Act,” he mentioned.
Kannanthanam mentioned there were makes an attempt from time to time to penetrate methods/units of cyber networks running in govt and its team of workers. “These attacks have been observed to be originating from the cyberspace of a number of countries including China and Pakistan,” he mentioned.
Citing knowledge from Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the minister mentioned 44,679, 49,455, 50,362, and 40,054 cyber safety incidents have been seen throughout 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (until November), respectively.
The sorts of cyber-security incidents come with phishing, scanning/probing, web site intrusions and defacements, virus/malicious code, ransomware, denial of carrier assault and so forth, Kannanthanam added.
CERT-In problems signals and advisories relating to newest cyber threats/vulnerabilities and countermeasures to give protection to computer systems on common foundation.
Kannanthanam mentioned 15 drills have thus far been performed by means of CERT-In to assess cyber-security preparedness of organisations. About 148 organisations from other states and sectors corresponding to finance, defence, energy, telecom, delivery, power, house, IT/ITeS and so forth participated in those drills.
A 24/7 safety tracking centre together with NIC-CERT may be in position at NIC (National Informatics Centre) for detecting and responding to safety incidents, he mentioned.