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?
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?