Sanjeev Relia writes: On 9 May 2015, Russia and China signed a pledge of non-aggression in cyber warfare. This is the first ever bilateral treaty on cyber warfare signed between two nations who themselves are known to have undertaken large scale cyberattacks in the past. In the absence of an international law governing the use of cyberspace for waging a war, nations need to work on bilateral treaties to prevent cyberspace from threatening national security.
Sanjeev Relia writes: The Times of India newspaper recently reported that the Controller of Defence Accounts (officers) website at Pune had been hacked into and sensitive data about Indian Army officers had been stolen. A quick check of the web page shows that the hacker had defaced the website too. This instance highlights India’s poor preparedness poorly in protecting sensitive information against new methods of surveillance and espionage, particularly in the cyber domain.
The President of USA signed an executive order establishing the first sanctions program to allow the administration to impose penalties on individuals overseas who engage in destructive attacks or commercial espionage in cyberspace. India too needs to put more teeth to the IT Act in order to deal with cyber crime, writes Sanjeev Relia