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India's Cybersecurity Still Ineffective and Futile

Thursday, 04 April 2013, 00:34 Hrs
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New Delhi: In early March, suspected Chinese hackers breached the computers of India's top military organization, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), in what was touted to be amongst the biggest such security breaches in the country's history.

Defence minister AK Antony ordered a probe into the matter, though an official statement denied any sensitive file had been compromised.

India has seen many such attacks on its critical installations and the misuse of social media and internet has brought home the threat of cyberterrorism, which cybersecurity experts say the country is poorly equipped to handle.

Experts believe the country is vulnerable to such cyberterrorism attacks with some countries and vested interest groups bent on espionage and destruction.

According to Supreme Court lawyer and leading cyberlaw expert Pavan Duggal, while the threat of cyberattacks remains "imminent," the country lacks an institutionalized mechanism of a cyberarmy to deal with the threat.

"The recent DRDO breach was a classical case of cyberwar attack rather than mere hacking. It was an attack on India's critical information infrastructure. Cyberwarfare as a phenomenon is not covered under the Indian cyberlaw. Clearly, the country's cybersecurity is not in sync with the requirements of the times," Duggal told IANS.

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Source: IANS
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