By Farzana Shah
After sea, land and air warfare, traditional arch rivals India and
Pakistan are now facing each other in another arena. With evolution of
technology over the period another kind of war has been started by
Indians with Israeli help against Pakistan since last few years and that
is Cyber warfare.
Cyber warfare is complex, more penetrating and detrimental than
conventional warfare, fought on cyberspace using different tactics like
Cyber espionage, Web vandalism, Gathering data, Distributed
Denial-of-Service Attacks, Equipment disruption, attacking critical
infrastructure, Compromised Counterfeit Hardware etc. The Internet
security company McAfee stated in their 2007 annual report that
approximately 120 countries have been developing ways to use the
Internet as a weapon and target financial markets, government computer
systems and utilities.
Like any conventional threat, cyber warfare is rather new battle field
for Pakistani government and people alike. India has all the reasons to
use this as a weapon against Pakistan, but more recently Israel has
joined hands with Indians in this war against Pakistan.
Propaganda, Cyber espionage, Web vandalism and information gathering are
known cyber threats for Pakistani security institutes and government
offices. Now there are reports emerging that Indian and Israelis are
taking these known cyber threats to next level by using money, talent
and technology to defame Pakistan and its nuclear program.
How eagerly Indian wanted to gain an edge in cyber warfare technology is
evident from what Indian Naval Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta told
StartPost; "The Indian Armed Forces are increasingly investing in
networked operations, both singly and a joint fashion. We cannot,
therefore, afford to be vulnerable to cyber attacks. Information
Technology is our country's known strength and it would be in our
interest to leverage this strength in developing a formidable
'offensive' and 'defensive' cyber warfare capability. Harnessing the
gene pool available in academia, private industry and the younger
generation of talented individuals is imperative,"
Statement of Indian Naval Chief is a further endorsement of our
assessment about Indian designs against Pakistan and its security
establishment. Clearly India has offensive cyber warfare plans.
Naturally these plans will be against Pakistan (as the history of both
the countries proves), although Indian military establishment and
political leadership used Chinese threat as an excuse for introducing
new war tactics and systems in Subcontinent.
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