Some Countries Have Built Armies of Cyber Experts That Target A Wide Range Of Entities, Including Government Agencies: CyberProof

Some Countries Have Built Armies of Cyber Experts That Target A Wide Range Of Entities, Including Government Agencies: CyberProof

The Cyber Safety Review Board's (CSRB) latest report has brought to light a recent Chinese hack that targeted and compromised the email accounts of prominent U.S. government officials. This breach underscores the ongoing challenges posed by cyber threats to national security and the integrity of sensitive government communications. The CSRB's findings emphasize the need for robust cybersecurity measures and heightened vigilance to protect against such malicious activities.

Commenting on the cybersecurity landscape, Anand Trivedi, Director, CyberProof said, “Cybercrime is no longer the fantasy of the geeks. It has evolved into a well-organized global crime which has spared none, be it governments, global banking systems, individuals and small businesses. One of the primary factors driving this surge is digital connectivity, may it be critical infrastructure, or corporates in banking, retail, manufacturing. There are over 15 billion devices connected worldwide and this number is expected to double by 2030*. In the post covid era, not only are we much more digitalized, but also, geopolitically polarized. This has led to various measures being taken by nations such as banning products from hostile nations which could be threat to their security and privacy. Cyber espionage has become a critical weapon used in active war like the Russia-Ukraine or the cold war between countries.”

He further added, “Some countries have built armies of cyber experts that target a wide range of entities, including government agencies, military organizations, corporations, research institutions, and individuals with access to valuable information. The anonymity provided by the internet makes it difficult to attribute cyber-attacks to specific actors, providing cover for these criminal activities. With the advent of AI, deepfake images and videos and voice cloning has provided new tools to these attackers to carry out cyber-attacks. “

“In such a scenario, the Indian political system and political leaders are also not immune to cyber-attacks. Political parties and individuals have been targeted with Phishing, Social Engineering, Data Breaches, Disinformation Campaigns and Sabotage their own campaigns. The Indian government has taken strong measures to protect systems. In June 2023, CERT-In has also issued “Guidelines on Information Security Practices” for Government Entities for Safe & Trusted Internet. In additions strong regulatory framework and governance has been set-up to ensure that social media platforms take responsibility to identify fake accounts, take down false information, and share information with investigating agencies, regarding accounts that are involved in such activities. Only a strong coupling between the government, legal system and the corporates will minimize the cyber espionage attempts and their impact to ensure a fair and just democracy prevails,” he concluded.

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