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Cybterterms in News

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 Source: TH, Times Now

  Context: Recently various cyber terms have been in the news. We have tried to cover them briefly



  • Spamouflage is a Chinese influence campaign that has been active on over 50 platforms and forums, including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and X (formerly Twitter).
  • The accounts in the campaign have a tendency to intersperse political posts.
  • The campaign has pushed positive narratives about China and negative commentary about the United States, Western foreign policies, and critics of the Chinese government.


Smishing Scam:   The Indian government has warned against a new scam called ‘Smishing’.

  • Smishing is a phishing cybersecurity attack carried out over mobile text messaging, also known as SMS phishing.
  • As a variant of phishing, victims are deceived into giving sensitive information to a disguised attacke SMS phishing can be assisted by malware or fraudulent websites.