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Sports platforms to be extra careful with cyber attacks, advices Kanthi D Suresh

Cyber Attacks in Sports kanthi D Suresh

What is a Cyber Attack

A cyber attack is any attempt to gain unauthorized access to a computer, computing system or computer network with the intent to cause damage. Cyber attacks aim to disable, disrupt, destroy or control computer systems or to alter, block, delete, manipulate or steal the data held within these systems

The risks associated with cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure are amplified due to the increasing use of interconnected devices used to automate processes and manage operations more efficiently

A disturbed Gaming community!

With the Indian Government laying down stringent rules for online gaming, prohibiting any games that involves wagering of any sort, the habituated betting & wagering community seem to be suffering the withdrawal symptoms!

Added to the woes, The GST Council has now proposed not to differentiate between a game of skill and a game of chance and levy 28% GST on both!– the tax will not merely be on the commission amount but on the entire face value of the bet at the entry point, slashing away the euphoria of the gamer.

So, whats the connection between the two issues ?

The move to impose 28% goods and services tax on online gaming at full face value has started shaking up the real money gaming sector even before its implementation, with layoffs, shutdowns and funding troubles. While the big sized ones may pull it off with the money power they enjoyed all these years, it’s the smaller and mid sized ones, that seems to be in a flux.

The ‘small bet community’ that got habituated to making a living out of wagering, basis transit of planets in their natal charts, seem to be in a sudden state of worry & concern.

Pure play Sports platforms need to tighten their cyber security systems. We were shocked to see suspicious activity on our cloud server before the India Pakistan match, says Kanthi D Suresh, Editor-in-Chief, Power Sportz. The hacker seems to be a professional, tracing to a Russian IP address, and we have taken this very seriously and will make sure they are traced, says, Kanthi, who feels that it could be an act of desperation to illegally stream a live match by hacking into live servers and make a fast buck. If caught, its only the server owners to blame, explains Kanthi, who has engaged experts to track the activity of all the suspicious IP addresses on the Power Sportz server.

A shortage of Live Sports OTT platforms in India

When it comes to political news channels India has easily more than 500 of them, with most of them now simulcasting their feed on youtube while many of them have their own OTT platforms. There are also  a sizeable number of General Entertainment Channels (GEC) , both in the satellite and OTT space. But, when we talk about Live OTT Sports channels, the number drops to less than perhaps even 5 for a country of 1.4 billion,

All the more reason  to enhance the security measures till the current crisis in Sports tides over!

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