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.
In an Op-Ed article for the newspaper ‘Economic Times’, Dr Adil Rasheed (Senior Research Scholar of the USI) has written how the Islamic State or the ISIS has developed a “hybrid form of funding” that relies on a mafia-inspired business model that feeds on extortion, looting, kidnapping, smuggling and racketeering.
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