- Posted August 9, 2013 by
Beware of China, assert defense & cyber experts
In view of the growing cyber attacks on Indian networks and recently announced Cyber Security Policy of India, Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) had organized a day-long National level Seminar cum Conference on 'Cyber Security'. The participants included Amit Sharma, Joint Director, DRDO (HQ), New Delhi; Vinayak Godse, Director- Data Protection, Data Security Council of India (DSCI), New Delhi; Dr. Arvind Tilak, Conference Convener and Chairman,DSCI, Pune chapter; Air Vice Marshal R D Limaye and Brig. S B Ghorpade (Retd.), chairman of the MCCIA's Defense Committee and Sanjay Pradhan, CEO of Max Secure Software. Maj Gen (Dr.) G S Lamba (VSM), ADGSS, Directorate General of Signals Army (HQ), New Delhi was to give a keynote address but could not made it to the event. His speech was read out later.
“One of my Israeli counterparts told me that every four months, the attacks on their networks intensify and this goes on for some days at stretch. The reason for this being the semesters in Chinese universities run for about four months and whenever there are vacations, the attacks 'allegedly' originate from these universities,” pointed out Sharma, who clarified that the origins of these attacks can never be ascertained.
Limaye said that China wants to win the information war by the middle of this century. “China has size and it has population, but it lacks the military hardware required to match US' capabilities. Hence, it is affordable for them to indulge in cyber warfare. India needs 3.5 lakh software professionals to tackle the cyber attacks,” he said.
Almost all of the speakers, including Sharma, raised questions over Chinese equipments being used by even government companies like BSNL. The BSNL provided modems and routers made in China, though that was later withheld, whereas a country like Australia has banned electronic products made in China, the experts said.
Pradhan said that China is among top 10 hacking countries with 51% hacking cases originating there. He said that government and academia and industry relations are very strong in China because of even as US has good government-academia relations but poor government-industries relations. According to Indian Cyber Emergency Response team data, the websites with .in domain are attacked most. As per available statistics, 4745 websites with .in domains have been defaces since January to May this year alone, followed by 2271 website with .com domains. But Dr. Tilak said that this was because domains with .in are mostly located in India which have relatively less capabilities to sustain attacks. “Also, this problem is mainly faced by India and Israel,” he said.
In his speech read out in his absence, Maj Gen Lamba said, “Presently, the highest levels of cyber capabilities reside in nation-states. But because our military power provides a strong deterrent, most nation-states have no more interest in conducting a destructive cyber attack than they do a conventional military attack. So even though nation-states are the most capable actors, they are the least likely to initiate a destructive attack. Terrorist groups however have no such hesitation—with few assets to strike back at, they are hard to deter. If a terrorist group gains a disruptive and destructive capability, we have to assume they will strike with little hesitation.”