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India caught in the hackers net!

India's security agencies have pulled up their socks and are now busy protecting the country's cyberspace from new modes of infiltration from Pakistan and China.

business Updated: May 11, 2008, 16:05 IST

With hackers across the borders wagging a cyber war, India's security agencies are now busy protecting the country's cyberspace from these new modes of infiltration, and surprise checks on government computers would be carried out to check preparedness.

In the cyberspace, hackers from China and Pakistan pose a major threat to the country. Many cyber attacks in recent months were traced back to Chinese IP addresses, a security expert said.

The issue of cyber war came to the light following hackers, suspected to be from mainland China, making intrusions into secure computer systems of the Ministry of External Affairs.

Hacking groups from China and even Pakistan is very active in India, Tarun Wig from Appin Technologies said.

"Post Godhra riot, a hacker group from Pakistan--GForce-- had defaced the website of the Gujarat government to post their own message," he said.

Hackers usually wreck into a system either to prove their might or to get confidential information.

Recently, a hacker from a European country had hacked India's Ambassador to China Nirupama Rao's official email. On questioning, he had said that his intentions were only to show how weak the computer systems in India were.

Security experts feels that these kind of attacks enable hackers to map the IT infrastructure of a country and disable the networks during a conflict. For example, if any hacker can break into a system of Delhi metro service or the other critical services that runs on the internet, then they can pull down the whole system.

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