China can carry out cyber attack, India ready to compete: CDS Bipin Rawat

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Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said that China can disrupt the system by launching a cyber attack on India and India and its mechanism are ready to counter any such move.

General Rawat said in a program on Wednesday that China is capable of cyber attacks on India and there is a difference in the capabilities of the two countries in terms of technology. 

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Speaking at the Vivekananda International Foundation on “shaping the armed forces to meet the challenges of the present and the future”, General Rawat said.

“We cannot fully get hold of China. So we We are trying to develop the kind of relationship. We look at the western countries and see how we can get some support from them, at least during peace time, which will help us to overcome this deficiency.”

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Rawat said that China has the advantage of the first movers, as India was slow to adopt cyber warfare capabilities, which made a difference. He said, “The biggest difference lies in the cyber sector. We know that China is capable of launching cyber attacks on us and it can disrupt a large number of systems.”

According to official figures tabled in Parliament, India saw an increase of nearly 300 percent in cyber attacks last year compared to 2019, which has increased from 3,94,499 cases in 2019 to 11,58,208 in 2020, which is worrying for the government.

Rawat said, “What we are trying to do is a system that will ensure cyber defense. We are able to create a cyber agency within the armed forces and each service also has its own cyber agency.” 

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General Rawat says that China is ahead in this matter, but India is also developing its own technologies. 

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“China has been investing a lot of money in the field of cyber. It has arranged a lot of funds to master this technology. Obviously it has given China an edge over us. We will also now have new technology of cyber. Are developing so that we can match them. ” 

Cyber ​​attackers are trying to attack the country’s large infrastructure, which includes power grids, important departments and government agencies. Banks and financial institutions have always been his targets. 

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