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Pak cyber criminals deface 50 Indian websites a day

india Updated: Nov 12, 2009 17:05 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das
Hindustan Times
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India may be an IT super power but so far as cyber security is concerned, India is lagging far behind, feels Ankit Fadia, noted cyber security expert and ethical hacker.

He said that the Pakistani cyber criminals are able to deface 50 to 60 Indian websites a day, but, in retaliation only 10 to 15 Pakistani websites are defaced. And this has been going on since 2001.

Terrorists are using most advanced technologies for communication, which included VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) Chats, hiding messages inside photographs, draft emails, encrypted pen drives etc.

Cyber laws in India are quite good, but the problem is that the police who enforce those laws are ill equipped and are not trained properly. Nine out of 10 times, the police officials won't know how to book a cyber crime complaint, he said.

The biggest problem that the police worldwide face while solving cyber crime is the fact that the Internet has no boundaries. However, while investigating a cyber crime, a number of geographical, political, social and diplomatic boundaries come into the picture.

He said that the next big security threat could be from Social Networking. The latest viruses, worms, spyware and malware spread through social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook, Orkut and Myspace.

You will receive a private message from one of your friend (who is already infected) containing a link to a Youtube video. Halfway through the video, it will prompt you to download some Video Plug-in or Code. Since the message came from your friend, most people tend to trust it and get infected, said Ankit and added that anti-virus companies need to gear up to have a social networking aspect to their software.

Another next big security threat could be People Hacking, he informed. People Hacking is all about sweet talking people to get things done. People Hacking happens around us all the time. In the office, with your friends, at the check-in counters, at the airport or on the phone with the call center, he pointed out.