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What are Spywares and stalkerwares? Discuss their implications of the onslaught of cyber-crimes and vulnerabilities in the cyber landscape during the pandemic. Provide measures for the same.

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5. What are Spywares and stalkerwares? Discuss their implications of the onslaught of cyber-crimes and vulnerabilities in the cyber landscape during the pandemic. Provide measures for the same. (250 words).

Reference: Indian Express 

Why this question

Global cyber-security leader Avast has in a note warned that there was a 51 per cent increase in the use of spyware and stalkerware during the lockdown period from March to June. The usage of these apps, the company had in its note said, increased during lockdown in the backdrop of heightened domestic violence cases.

With this, the onslaught of cyber-crimes and vulnerabilities in the cyber landscape are increasing by the day. Security flaws in videoconferencing tools, along with malware, ransomware attacks on digital payments systems have already surfaced. The sudden thrust towards digitisation involving the new internet users particularly from rural and semi-urban population are most susceptible to data breaches and frauds like phishing and skimming. Levels of online activity that challenge the confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) of network traffic are accelerating.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to explain the concepts of Spyware and stalkerware. One must discuss the increasing implications of the same at cybersecurity during the pandemic. Provide the measures to safeguard people from such dangers.

Directive word

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

In brief narrate the recent attack by the spywares during the pandemic.

Body:

Explain the terms spyware and stalkerware.

Discuss the threats such cyber-attacks pose to people.

Explain the associated risk factors in detail and methods to tackle them.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.