Search and seizure action by Income Tax Department in Jharkhand


A search and seizure action was initiated by the Income Tax Department on few business groups engaged in coal trading/ transportation, execution of civil contracts, extraction of iron ore and production of sponge iron, on 04.11.2022. Those searched include two politically exposed persons and their associates. The searches were carried out at more than 50 premises spread over Ranchi, Godda, Bermo, Dumka, Jamshedpur, Chaibasa, Patna, Gurugram, and Kolkata.


The search operation has led to the seizure of large number of incriminating documents and digital evidences. A preliminary analysis of these evidences indicates that these groups have resorted to various modus-operandi of tax evasion including inflation of expenses, transactions of loans in cash, payments/receipts in cash and suppression of production. During the search, it has also been found that investments have been made in immovable properties, the source of which could not be fully explained.


The search operation also revealed that one of the groups engaged in civil contracts was not maintaining regular books of account. The group has been inflating its expenses by entering into non-genuine transactions of purchase of raw material/ sub-contract expenses in lumpsum at the fag end of the year. Evidences seized also suggest that unfair payments in cash have been made to secure contracts.


In the case of the other group engaged in coal trading/ extraction of iron ore etc, unaccounted stock of iron ore of huge value has been found, which is yet be quantified. The said group has also introduced its unaccounted money in the form of unsecured loans and share capital by layering the transactions through shell companies. Professionals associated with this group have admitted that they had not verified any supporting documents and had signed the audit report prepared by the group’s accountant without due diligence.


During the search, undisclosed cash exceeding Rs 2 crore has been seized. A total of 16 bank lockers have been put under restraint. So far, the searches have revealed unaccounted transactions/ investments exceeding Rs 100 crore.


Further investigations are under progress.


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Canada – Lockdown and search at Mission Institution – Medium security unit

On March 8, 2022, a lockdown was put in place in the medium-security unit at Mission Institution, to enable staff members to conduct an exceptional search.

On March 8, 2022, a lockdown was put in place in the medium-security unit at Mission Institution, to enable staff members to conduct an exceptional search.

The search was ordered to ensure the safety and security of the institution, its staff and inmates. Normal operations will resume as soon as it is considered safe to do so. 

Visits have been suspended until the search is completed.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is committed to preventing the entry of contraband into its institutions. CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to introduce contraband into correctional institutions.

Companies Can Now Search Encrypted Data With IronCore Labs’ New Cloaked Search Product

“Cloaked Search plugs a critical hole in the market and in most organizations’ layered defense strategy,” Walsh said. “Before now, protecting data meant encrypting it, and encrypting it meant making it hard to find and use. With Cloaked Search, organizations can encrypt their data without sacrificing functionality.”

IronCore Labs, the leading provider of data security for modern cloud applications, announced today the launch of Cloaked Search, a drop-in encrypted search solution to protect sensitive data held in existing search services, and a partnership with OpenSearch, a community-driven, open-source search service.

“Encrypting data is the best way to protect data from ransomware, hackers, and curious administrators,” said Patrick Walsh, CEO of IronCore Labs. “With Cloaked Search, you can now expand your vital data security measures to cover the data in your search service using encryption you can actually search on.”

How Cloaked Search Works

Cloaked Search by IronCore Labs is a transparent encryption proxy, which means that it encrypts sensitive data before it goes to the search service and decrypts search results as they flow back from the search service. Anyone looking at the stored search data and the search indices who doesn’t have the proper key will only see random bytes instead of meaningful information.

Protecting Multi-tenant Customer Data

With native support for modern cloud applications, Cloaked Search includes features that allow separate master keys to protect different segments of data. This allows multi-tenant architectures to virtually isolate customer data and to eliminate any risk of accidentally leaking data between customers. Cloaked Search works out of the box with OpenSearch and Elasticsearch, the two most popular search services in use today. It also works with managed services that are built on top of OpenSearch or Elasticsearch.

Getting Started

To use Cloaked Search, developers simply point their code to the proxy instead of the search service. Rankings and results operate much the same as before. When indexing or searching documents, the proxy will automatically encrypt the documents and queries as needed.

Cloaked Search Features

  • Easy-to-use no-code approach allows for quick setup.

  • Encrypted search that integrates with an existing search system.

  • Supports wildcard searches, phrase searches, complex queries, phonetic matches, field boosting, and more.

  • Multi-key support allows inexpensive segmentation of data, virtual isolation of the data segments, and protection against search injection attacks.

  • Selective protection allows admins to choose which fields to secure, while other fields pass through as normal. Admins can increase the number of fields protected over time.

  • Integrates with IronCore Labs’ SaaS Shield product so SaaS customers can hold and manage their own encryption keys while getting full audit trails for all access to their data. SaaS applications can charge a premium for this Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) or Customer Managed Keys (CMK) functionality.

  • Simple deployment options integrate well with kubernetes and other cloud orchestration.

  • Self-trial means anyone can try it by downloading and running a docker container locally.

Partnership With OpenSearch

IronCore Labs is an official partner of OpenSearch, bringing strong data security functionalities to the entire OpenSearch community.

“We’re proud to partner with OpenSearch to extend the broader OpenSearch ecosystem with application-layer encryption and encrypted search,” said Riah Solomon, Marketing Director at IronCore Labs. “Our approach with Cloaked Search puts control of sensitive data into the hands of its rightful owners.”

The Importance of Cloaked Search

“Cloaked Search plugs a critical hole in the market and in most organizations’ layered defense strategy,” Walsh said. “Before now, protecting data meant encrypting it, and encrypting it meant making it hard to find and use. With Cloaked Search, organizations can encrypt their data without sacrificing functionality.”

In the broader context, laws like GDPR and CCPA mandate that the private data of consumers be well protected. GDPR requires both secure processing and security by design, which generally means encryption of personal data. When user data is encrypted at a higher layer, hackers who gain access to servers and systems will only see random bytes. Without access to the keys, those random bytes are useless to the attackers. And if no unencrypted personal information was accessed, then there is no obligation to publicly disclose the incident.

Today, search services are typically encrypted only at the lowest level with transparent disk encryption. This approach blocks data theft when hard drives are stolen but does not protect data on a running machine.

Cloaked Search brings meaningful data protection to search indices by making the search services blind to the data they hold. View the live demo of Cloaked Search on the IronCore Lab’s website and watch the webinar on Nov. 4 to learn more.

About IronCore Labs

IronCore Labs (https://ironcorelabs.com), the leading provider of data security for modern cloud applications, offers products that help software developers and businesses rapidly add data protection and application-layer encryption into the heart of their software. Whether navigating Privacy Shield challenges, GDPR mandates, customer security requests, or just handling sensitive data safely, IronCore Labs removes the traditional obstacles to keeping data private and secure, while accelerating time to market for advanced security features.

Canada – End of lockdown and search at Drumheller Institution – Medium Security unit

Drumheller, Alberta – Correctional Service Canada

The lockdown put in place at the medium security unit at Drumheller Institution on July 20, 2021, has ended and an exceptional search has been completed. The institution has resumed its normal operations.

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) is strengthening measures to prevent the entry of contraband into its institutions in order to ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone. CSC also works in partnership with the police to take action against those who attempt to have contraband brought into correctional institutions.

Visits to the institution have resumed.

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Maureen Quintal

Assistant Warden, Management Services

Drumheller Institution

403-820-6056

What is Search Engine Optimization? Explained

NY, USA, 23 May 2021, ZEXPRWIRE, Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is the true science. In short, this is the process of improving a website: increasing the quality and quantity of traffic, increasing the website’s visibility. If the visibility is high, you get more chances to attract potential customers to your business.

How does it work?

Search engines (e.g. Google and Bing) usually use bots: they collect information on hundreds of billions of pages and organize it in a search index. Then, algorithms analyze pages in the index and determine what pages have to appear in the search results for a specific query.

These algorithms display relevant pages and provide users with effective search experience. If you optimize your website using these factors, your page rank will be higher in search results.

Why is SEO important for marketing?

Search is usually the primary source of digital traffic for companies. People conduct billions of searchers every year, and a huge part of them have commercial intent – potential customers always look on the Internet for information about products or services. As a result, if your website has high visibility and ranking, you make a lot of profit.

However over the past few years the search results have changed for the better: nowadays they give people more direct answers and information, keeping users on a particular website page instead of driving them to another.

Also we’d like to draw your attention to functions such as «Rich Results» and «Knowledge panels» in the search results. They can also increase visibility of your website and give customers additional information about your company in the results.