New Delhi, April 3
India’s cybersecurity network is now facing new challenges from countries in the Middle East, especially Iran, as hackers in that country have attempted to breach the strategic online architecture of government departments in the country, according to experts.
According to sources from Indian Cyber Security Network, until a few months ago “we were facing challenges from Pakistan and China based hackers but now a new phenomenon has emerged where hackers who are based in the countries in the Middle East, especially in Iran, are found trying to hack into the computers of strategic government departments”.
They said that over the past few weeks, several ministries including defence, banking, police, education and telecommunications, as well as private IT companies, have been attacked by the hackers.
The sources claimed that peak attacks were noticed in Kerala as Delhi witnessed fewer cases than the southern state.
Cyberattacks have also been reported in Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra, they added.
In light of the emerging threats, Union Home Office (MHA) officials have confirmed that the government has brought in experts from both the public and private sectors to deal with attacks whose sources can be traced back to the Middle East. , including Iran.
Experts working with the Indian government’s cybersecurity cell have labeled the attacks as “lock-and-leak” operations by the hackers. In these attacks, hackers completely lock down an online system using ransomware, download sensitive information from the system, and then blackmail victims, they added.
Max attacks in Kerala
- Experts working with the Indian government call cyberattacks a ‘lock-and-leak’ operation by hackers
- Hackers lock down an online system using ransomware, download sensitive information, then blackmail victims
- Maximum attacks in Kerala; Delhi, Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have also witnessed cyberattacks