Over 8,000 Facebook links closed this year

Technology is increasing. Along with this, the challenge increases. Meanwhile, Bangladesh is threatened by cybersecurity. According to the recently published report by the cybersecurity research institute Comparitech, Bangladesh is among the 10 most vulnerable countries when it comes to cybersecurity. The report was prepared by conducting a survey of 60 countries around the world. It has been said that Bangladesh ranks sixth among the least safe countries in terms of cyber security.

Smartphone users are most at risk. According to them, around 36% of smartphone users are infected with malware. Other than that, the malware infection rate among computer users is 19.1%. According to the report, Algeria is the most vulnerable country in terms of cybersecurity. The list is followed respectively by Indonesia, Vietnam, Tanzania and Uzbekistan.

Pakistan is next to Bangladesh in terms of security. China is at number 13 and India at number 15 in terms of risk.

Regarding cybersecurity, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Mustafa Jabbar, said that in the digital age, new digital technologies will continue to emerge every day. Security threats continue to emerge every day. Meanwhile, new challenges will come. New challenges must be met. We do everything we can. We work for a safe Internet. The issue of cyber security is quite new in the context of Bangladesh and there is a lack of awareness among the people. Ensuring the security of the cyber world is very difficult if the individual is not aware of it. Sumon Ahmed Sabir, who is known as the country’s information technician, made much the same comment.

He told Manzamin, it can be said that we are at considerable risk in terms of cybersecurity. Over the past 10 years, there have been many cybersecurity conferences, seminars, symposiums. Some organizations have prepared well for this. Expanded scope of work. But security is sorely lacking. He said it’s an ongoing process. This is not about suddenly creating cybersecurity. All of this requires investment in software and hardware. These need qualified people to maintain them. Again, some need to be outsourced. For that, we need institutions. In our country, this total ecosystem is not yet well developed. For this reason, our cyber risk is much higher than in other countries.

In an effort to raise awareness about cybersecurity, the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) recently held a one-day youth workshop and town hall meeting in collaboration with the Cybercrime Awareness Foundation. The vice-chairman of the commission, Subrata Roy Maitra, said that the issue of cybersecurity is widely discussed and every country in the world faces various problems related to cybercrime. He insisted on organizing more awareness campaigns and workshops to educate the fledgling society on cyber security.

The BTRC reported that in 2021 the rate of sexual harassment on social media was 7.69%, offensive images 5.85%, cyberbullying 50.16% and in 2022 the rate of sexual harassment on social media was 9.34%, offensive posts 6.90%, and cyberbullying rate. bullying is 50.27 percent. In 2021, out of 1235 site/domain link removal requests, 1235 were removed, a removal rate of 100%.

In 2022, out of 645 site/domain link removal requests, 645 were removed, a removal rate of 100%. According to BTRC, 8 thousand 916 links were deleted from Facebook in 2021 and 8 thousand 228 in 2022. 1 thousand 13 links were deleted from YouTube in 2021 and 222 in 2022. 1159 links were deleted from TikTok in 2022, 67 links were removed from Bigo, Lahik and Imo in 2022 and 29 links were removed from Twitter. Director (Operation) of the Digital Security Agency, Tarek M. Barkatullah, said research and development related to its own technology and technology is being emphasized to build a capable and smart Bangladesh in the future .

He also said that it is very important for cybersecurity to increase its own capabilities by reducing imitation of foreign technologies. Mentioning that the risk of cyberattacks is increasing due to the high use of pirated software in Bangladesh, he said work is underway to expand the reach of the Cyber ​​Incident Response Team (CIRT) across all sectors of the cybersecurity. BTRC Chairman Shyam Sundar Sikder said that a large number of mobile phone and internet users in Bangladesh fall victim to cybercrime because they are not very tech savvy.

Stating that awareness should be increased on telecommunication services and cyber security from district to district level, he said that if every educational institution conducted an awareness campaign on cyber issues in one week, it would be fruitful and the Ministry of Education should come forward for it. He focused on these three issues – cybersecurity, cyberawareness and cybersecurity.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Mobile Phone Consumers Association of Bangladesh, Mohiuddin Ahmed told Manavzamin that in the digital age, people use prominent browsers such as Crom, Firefox, Mozilla, Mini Opera, Beta, VPN and other browsers to manage their daily activities. And millions of billions of porn video links match the search for all those needs.

So far, we have not observed any effective measures to control these browsers. Besides, the porn video business runs by loading or sharing the memory card in exchange for 10 to 20 rupees in computer shops built in the name of computer operator, post-editing in Para Mohalla. We did not notice many initiatives to take the activities of the control commission, the ministry and even the law enforcement agencies to monitor them. In fact, controlling pornography requires bringing major browsers, including Google, under control and accountability. In addition, operations should be carried out in neighboring neighborhoods. In addition, all parties must take effective measures to raise public awareness. Meanwhile, technical experts in the country say that when the app is downloaded on the mobile, many users do not read its terms and conditions properly. As a result, the client unknowingly gives access to phone messages, call recordings, personal photos or videos to the app owner. Smartphone users are also at risk from there.

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