Where crime goes, so must the law. Pankaj Doval of the Times of India reports on India’s newest efforts to thwart foreign born cyber-attacks. Doval reports that 28,481 websites were hacked in 2013 alone, a near 7k increase in websites hacked over a two-year period from 2011.
Apart from the hacking incidents, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) reported 13,301 incidents of web security breach in 2011, which grew to 22,060 in 2012, and to 71,780 incidents in 2013. So far this year, 62,189 units have been reported.
Security incidents usually involve some form of malicious code, scanning, phishing, or spamming, with Pakistan, the UAE, and China topping the list of countries from where attacks most frequently originate.
To remedy these incursions, the Indian government is disseminating computer security policies and guidelines to all its departments and ministries regarding cyber security. In addition, plans for crisis management and cyber terrorism countering have been implemented, with CERTs being deployed for defense and finance departments. Already more cyber-crimes are being registered under Indian penal code, with government entities moving toward a technical infrastructure to police, detect, investigate, and prosecute these digital lawbreakers.