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Security shaman Bruce Schneier did what he does best earlier this month—raise the alarm about the systematic probing of critical pieces of the internet. Some motivated actors launched carefully...
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The majority of the cyber-espionage cases we had profiled at the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) have still not been neutralized. The theft of sensitive information is happening right under our noses. More than that, the impact of numerous product backdoors and state-sponsored attacks coming to light in recent years haven't even been locally accounted for. Once the vulnerability is known, it's only a matter of time others exploit it. So it's criminal to leave it unaddressed.
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A landmark cyber assistance framework has been sought from the US. It would be incorrect to call it a deal as it's unclear what India has to offer in return. Yet, more alarming is the blinding ignorance of the diplomatic advisers nudging the Prime Minister into a national security quagmire.
The story is how a government agency, in its quest to attain god-like sentience, has put the security, economic stability and sovereignty of many developing nations into jeopardy. The story is how India's growth has been irreparably sabotaged by a spate of cyber-espionage attacks, an enormous loss that its institutions are not even equipped to quantify.