Security Breach

Last year, Saudi Aramco, which buys naphtha from ONGC, received an e-mail asking it to deposit Rs 100 crore for its latest purchase in a new bank account with Bangkok Bank Public Company Ltd instead of the usual State Bank of India account. The Saudi Arabia-based company did so in September. Same month, it deposited…

The cyberthreat is very real

Despite having a national cybersecurity policy, risks to our critical infrastructure remain. The Aadhaar concerns are valid, but India needs both offensive cyber operations and strengthened cybersecurity to deal with new onslaughts. The debate in Parliament on the Aadhaar Bill, 2016, is quite revealing. Concerns expressed that the Bill contained certain provisions [Section 29(iv) and…

It’s about time India gets more active on countering military cyber espionage

The recent media revelations of the Pakistan Army snooping on Indian army personnel’s phones and computers, reportedly through a malware called SmeshApp, is the latest instance of the challenges faced by the Indian military in guarding sensitive and classified information such as the deployment and movement of troops and details of counter-terrorism operations like the…

India to help train Thais to fight cybercrime

India has agreed to train Thai officers to tackle cybercrime as part of their broader security cooperation. Defence Ministry spokesman Khongcheep Tantravanich said on Friday the agreement was reached during the official visit to India by Thai security authorities on Thursday and Friday. The delegation included Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, deputy prime minister and defence minister; defence…

Citing international security, India wants more government control over the internet

As the internet prepares to emerge from the administrative oversight of the US government on 30 September, India proposes that in its new management by the global online community, governments should have “supreme right and control” on matters relating to international security. Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said this at…