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Nato eyes Delhi as ally in securing computers from hackers

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  1. SpArK

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    Nato eyes Delhi as ally in securing computers from hackers


    BRUSSELS Faced with a common cyber security threat from Chinese hackers, Nato is eyeing India as an ally in securing its computers that hold sensitive information and data against malwares and Trojan viruses.

    With US already signing a cyber security collaboration pact with India this July, the 28-nation American-led political and military alliance is of the view that it can collaborate with the South Asian information technology superpower in protecting the cyber world, one of the global commons.

    “You have one of the most advanced cyber industries in the world and information technology industries. The issue of cyber security is one that affects the United States, Nato and India no matter whether we are aligned or non-aligned,†a senior Nato official said at the alliance’s headquarters.

    “The cyber world doesn’t recognise alignments. It only recognises switches and servers. As a result, we are in this cyber world together, whether we like it or not.

    “We better figure out a way to cooperate, particularly since it does matter that you have a neighbour (country) next door, which is pretty much involved in cyber issues, even far away. Because in the cyber world, we are equally close,†the official, who did not want to be identified because of the organisation’s rules, said.

    Although he did not name any of India’s neighbours, it was clear he was referring to China, which is suspected of being behind spy software attacks on American, Nato, Indian and Tibetan computers in the last half-a-decade, stealing highly classified military and security data.

    In 2009, an investigation by Information Warfare Monitor (IWM) comprising researchers from Ottawa-based think-tank, SecDev Group, and the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, had blamed a spy network of Chinese hackers, called GhostNet, to have breached the firewalls of computers of Nato and other countries, including that of Tibetan leader Dalai Lama.

    Their 2010 report claimed that major Indian defence establishments, including the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, National Security Council Secretariat, National Maritime Foundation, and armed forces units were targeted and secret presentations on weapons systems stolen by Chinese hackers.

    A cyber security report earlier this year had suggested that the worldwide web-based attacks in 2010 were up 93 per cent from 2009.

    As recently as July this year, ‘anonymous’ hackers had targeted Nato in a cyber attack.

    Just a month ahead of the latest attack, Nato had decided to create a special task force to detect and respond to such attacks by beefing up its cyber defence capabilities.

    Its 2010 summit in Lisbon too recognised the growing sophistication of cyber attacks and set policies for the alliance to cooperation with partner countries.

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    Help counter cyber threats from China: NATO to India



    US-led NATO has sought stronger cooperation with India to counter growing cyber threats, particularly emanating from China. Top NATO officials listed cyber security very high on the list of possible areas of cooperation, which included counter-terrorism, missile defence and anti-piracy operations.

    "The cyber world does not recognise alignments. It only understands switches," said a top NATO official during a briefing to visiting Indian journalists, while making a strong pitch for joint efforts to combat cyber threats.

    The NATO official made this remark in context of India's sensitivity against military alliances and its commitment to non-alignment. He suggested this could be a functional alignment in which both sides could give and take.

    "India has an advanced cyber and IT industry and is very strong in cyber issues", he said, hinting that India and NATO can cooperate in this field.

    "Democracies face challenges that are common. As democracies we can have a dialogue, as we deal with issues differently... We need to work together, because individually we cannot. It is better to deal with such issues commonly than deal with them individually."

    He added that even though the threats were different, the nature of our responses could be similar, while seeing India as a strong partner with NATO on various issues.

    Though he did not mention any of India's neighbours from where the cyber attack challenge came, he hinted at China from where such threats had come in the recent past.

    Help counter cyber threats from China: NATO to India - Hindustan Times
     
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  3. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Join hands with NATO and US for cyber warfare, is an interesting offer
    we must think about it seriously
     
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    Shikari 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    It sounds to me like they have more to gain from this than ourselves. They (NATO) have more computers, more technologies that they're worried will be leaked etc. We on the other hand have superior expertise when it comes to defense from computer hackers. It makes sense that they want this partnership but I'm not sure if we do.... Now if it's going to be our policy to work closely with NATO on a variety of different sectors (many of which we lack experience in), then we can do it. But as a singular operation, I see no real benifit for us. Atleast we can look for a good deal.
     
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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Its the good deal, that i am after,
    dont care much further
     
  6. Optimist

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    So, NATO want to get this huge job done free, in the name of cooperation?
     
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    Shikari 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    I'm not sure Optimist... They have offered to improve our BMD shield with their technology (or atleast I think they have - no way to know for sure EXACTLY what they've offered yet). If that is really true then I guess they are looking for a little bit of giving and a little bit of taking. That's fine by me. But if they want to get this done and want us to moon over the fact thinking "We're working with NATO... SO COOOOL!! We are SUPERPOWER." then they have another thing coming.
     
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    nothing wrong with joining hands with NATO on this as well other areas of concern to both. India has skilled manpower, wont comment on whether superior or at par, but NATO does have superior technology. India itself has been attacked by the hackers from different countries and was not able to defend itself, perhaps not even aware of those attacks. With this partnership, its possibly win-win for both, and this can be used as a bedrock of sorts for future collaborations.
     
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    Interaction, why not. But no major paradigm shift - they want to use India against China.It's better to stay out of this thing.
     
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    I don't see any necessity India being a part of NATO's back office staff but if it declares cyber terrorism as an act of war, I think India should take side otherwise choose the highway.
     
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    because of china ..i m sure we will get full support n technologies from usa n allied parties .,.............russian"s are thing of the past .........slowly n gradually pakistani loosing support from usa ...............
     
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