SOME OF THE WORST ATTACKS
India, submarine plans:
India’s $3.5-billion plans for the next-generation Scorpene submarines were leaked from French shipbuilder DCNS in 2016. National security: Pakistani hackers struck 10 websites of National Aeronautics ands military institutions in 2017.
Military emails: In the worst attack on this nation, Chinese hackers struck over 10,000 email accounts belonging to top government and military officials in 2012.
Singapore, health records:
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was among 1.5 million patients whose medical files were stolen in a suspected statesponsored attack in July.
Iran, nuclear facility:
In one of the first and most notorious acts of cyber warfare, allegedly carried out by the US and Israel to impede Iran’s nuclear development, a Stuxnet worm attack destroyed 984 centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility in 2010.
Ukraine, electrical grids:
Russian hackers allegedly took out a fifth of the nation’s power capacity for an hour in December 2016. A year earlier, they caused a six-hour power failure in certain regions.
UK, healthcare: North Korea’s WannaCry ransomware attack crippled the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) last year, resulting in the cancellation of 19,000 appointments and costing around £90 million.
‘There was a news report in September-end, about India seriously planning to set up a defence cyber agency (DCA). We have been hearing about this for the last three to four years. This will not be the same as the cyber command in the US, in which the offensive element is overt. The DCA will focus on defence’ Munish Sharma, consultant, IDSA