Zeba Siddiqui
For Zeba Siddiqui's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
While online influence campaigns are increasingly common as powerful people and governments around the world seek to manipulate public opinion, experts tracking such operations say China is one of the biggest sources of such drives alongside Russia and Iran.
Feb 8, 2024
Chinese firm behind ‘news’ sites pushes pro-Beijing content globally, report says
Spread over websites in 30 countries, the propaganda material is interspersed with news aggregated from local news outlets and Chinese state media.
ICBC Financial Services said in a statement a ransomware attack resulted in disruption to certain systems and it was conducting an investigation and "progressing its recovery efforts."
Nov 10, 2023
China's biggest lender ICBC hit by ransomware attack
The lender said it was investigating the attack that disrupted some of its systems, and making progress toward recovering from it.
 FBI Director Christopher Wray
WORLD / Politics
Oct 18, 2023
Five Eyes chiefs warn on China's 'theft' of intellectual property
From quantum technology and robotics to biotechnology and artificial intelligence, China was stealing secrets in various sectors, officials said.
An exterior view of MGM Grand hotel and casino, after MGM Resorts shut down some computer systems due to a cyberattack earlier this month, in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sep 25, 2023
'Power, influence, notoriety': The Gen-Z hackers who struck MGM and Caesars
Experts say they appear to be more sophisticated, disciplined and organized than many cybercriminal actors, and probably between 17 and 22 years old.
Japan Times
Jun 16, 2021
Experts say India missed early alarm and let deadly coronavirus variant spread
Despite warnings that the variant was taking hold, the federal government allowed election rallies, religious festivals and other mass gatherings to proceed.
Feb 17, 2020
India's use of facial recognition tech during protests stirs criticism
When artist Rachita Taneja heads out to protest in New Delhi, she covers her face with a pollution mask, a hoodie or a scarf to reduce the risk of being identified by police facial recognition software.
Japan Times
Dec 22, 2019
From housewives to hijab-clad students, women take center stage in Indian protests
As a crowd of protesters swelled around them under the watchful eyes of dozens of policemen in riot gear, a cluster of young female students in burqas stood outside their university in New Delhi shouting anti-government slogans.
Japan Times
Mar 25, 2019
The making of militants in India's 'paradise on Earth' of Kashmir
Kashmiri farmer Yusuf Malik learned that his son Owais, a 22-year old arts student and apple picker, had become an armed militant via a Facebook post.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on