Doxxing

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Doxxing, the act of publicly revealing a person’s private information online, poses significant risks to victims, including physical, digital, and emotional harm. Perpetrators often share personal data such as addresses, phone numbers, and financial information obtained through illegal means like hacking. Victims may face harassment, threats, and …

Zircon hypersonic missile

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: The Print    Context: Russian President confirmed that the 3M22 Zircon hypersonic missile had been used in combat, presenting a new challenge to Ukrainian air defense systems in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The Zircon missile, capable of reaching eight times the speed of sound with a …

STEAG

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Business Line  Context: The Indian Army has established the “Signals Technology Evaluation and Adaptation Group” (STEAG), a specialized technology unit aimed at researching and assessing next-generation communication technologies for defence applications. This unit will focus on areas such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G and 6G networks, machine learning, and quantum …

Ammunition-missile manufacturing complex

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: Adani Defence and Aerospace inaugurated two facilities for ammunition and missile manufacturing in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, marking the first private-sector venture in this domain. The complex aims to become one of South Asia’s largest integrated ammunition manufacturing facilities, producing ammunition for the armed forces, paramilitary forces, …

Volt Typhoon

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: BBC, Reuters  Context: The U.S. government has initiated an operation against a pervasive Chinese hacking network called Volt Typhoon, compromising numerous internet-connected devices. The Justice Department and FBI have obtained legal authorization to remotely disable aspects of the hacking campaign, which has raised concerns about compromising Western critical infrastructure. …

New Generation AKASH missile

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Live Mint  Context: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully conducted a flight test of the New Generation AKASH (AKASH-NG) missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. The test involved intercepting a high-speed unmanned aerial target at a very low altitude. …

Drishti 10 Starliner

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times  Context: The Indian Navy has received its first indigenous medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) drone, the Drishti 10 Starliner, developed by Adani Defence and Aerospace.    Features: The Drishti 10 Starliner, a variant of Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 Starliner, is equipped with state-of-the-art sensors, automatic take-off and landing capabilities, …

Cyber kidnapping

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: Recently a Chinese student in Utah was cyber kidnapped. “Cyber kidnapping” refers to a crime where perpetrators convince victims to hide, then contact their loved ones for ransom. The victim may send pictures that suggest they are held captive, creating a false impression of danger. The perpetrators, …

Chameleon Trojan

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE   Context: A new version of the ‘Chameleon Trojan’ malware has been discovered by security researchers, capable of disabling biometric authentication methods such as fingerprint and face unlock to steal a phone’s PIN. The malware attaches itself to legitimate Android apps like Google Chrome to evade detection, running …

INS Imphal

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: INS Imphal, the third warship of Project 15B forming the Visakhapatnam class stealth-guided missile destroyers, is set to be commissioned into the Indian Navy. The commissioning of INS Imphal holds special significance, being the largest and most advanced destroyer named after a city from the northeast.    …

Operation Storm Makers II

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH   Context: Interpol’s “Operation Storm Makers II” has exposed a growing trend where human trafficking victims are forced to commit cyber fraud. The operation, involving Indian enforcement agencies, led to the arrest of 281 individuals across different countries on charges including human trafficking, passport forgery, corruption, telecommunications fraud, …

SURVEY VESSEL – SANDHAYAK

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB   Context: The first of four Survey Vessel (Large) ships, Sandhayak, constructed at Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, was delivered to the Indian Navy.

Near-space command

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: WION  Context: China has reportedly established the world’s first ‘near-space command,’ forming the People’s Liberation Army’s fifth force alongside the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Rocket Force. Chinese researchers see near-space as the next battleground and assert that it is a crucial zone that could determine the outcome of …

Igla-S

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI   Context: Russia has announced its plan to supply the Igla-S man-portable air defence missile system to the Indian armed forces.   About Igla-S: The Igla-S is a man-portable air defence missile system (MANPADS) developed by Russia. MANPADS are shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles designed to be operated by an …

Project Kusha

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI  Context: India is embarking on Project Kusha, a mission designed to enhance its air defence capabilities with a system rivalling the effectiveness of the renowned S-400. It includes the acquisition of three long-range Interceptor missiles with ranges of 150km, 250km, and 350km, ensuring comprehensive protection against aerial threats. …