Bot-tle lines are drawn

As Rus­sian bots med­dle in the US elec­tions yet again, and In­dia wit­nesses re­peated cy­ber at­tacks from other na­tions, it may be time to ask: will the next war be fought on the In­ter­net?

Mid Day - - BREAKING IT DOWN - TEXT/DEBJANI PAUL and GRAPHIC/RAVI JADHAV

IT’S scary to think that a bunch of hack­ers sit­ting hun­dreds of miles away in a for­eign coun­try could kill the lights across In­dia, or even bring air­crafts hurtling down on our cities, all with the flick of a switch. And yet, we’ve been forced to ad­mit that cy­ber war­fare is a re­al­ity ever since Rus­sia’s in­fa­mous in­ter­fer­ence in the US pres­i­den­tial race in 2016 through dis­in­for­ma­tion and hack­ing, which is al­legedly be­ing re­peated yet again in the 2018 mid-terms. Closer home, af­ter re­cent se­ri­ous breaches, In­dia is num­ber four among tar­get na­tions for Web Ap­pli­ca­tion At­tacks, ac­cord­ing to the US-based Aka­mai Tech­nolo­gies. But how big is the threat, re­ally, and are we pre­pared to fight it?

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