A year and a half of electronic warfare against public and private network resources in India has been traced back to a variety of attacks and antagonists in China.
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Botnets, keyloggers, and network mapping all plague India on a regular basis, as its gigantic rival in Asia seeks weaknesses within the country’s information infrastructure.
Unnamed government officials told the Times of India of the continued incursions. Worse, governmental efforts to stop those attacks, or to retaliate, appear ineffective.
“Dedicated teams of officials – all underpaid, of course – are involved in a daily deflection of attacks. But the real gap is that a retaliatory offensive system is yet to be created,” the report said.
Publicly, blame for such attacks tends to be spread around by government types. Hackers of undisclosed origins stand at the end of the finger-pointing of guilt.
Privately, everyone knows exactly who is to blame. In India, research into attacks routinely found their origins in China. India fears a scenario similar to the Russian attacks on Estonia that crippled that country’s infrastructure.
What surprises us, given the continued drumbeat by major tech companies demanding more foreign worker visas from India and other countries, is that India isn’t able to combat the Chinese, as the Times admits.
Microsoft, Intel, and others in the tech industry push for Indian workers, but judging by the Times it seems not enough know how to set up a firewall or a router to deny even the network mapping taking place, let alone the penetrations into the country.
Maybe as long-time H-1B observer Norm Matloff noted, these companies may want to be aware of an article in Nature magazine. The piece by two researchers debunks the myth of superior math and science talent coming from India and other countries.
That could explain why China continues to routinely abuse India on the network front. Not enough people with the skills needed to fight a cyberwar are really available.