Some security experts say India's government isn't doing enough to ensure the security of the Lok Sabha elections being held through May 23. They express worries that a nation-state, such as China or Pakistan, could attempt to tamper with the results.
In a case of business email compromise, Chinese hackers stole $18.6 million from the Indian arm of Tecnimont SpA, an Italian engineering company, through an elaborate cyber fraud scheme that included impersonating the firm's chief executive.
Privacy and security practitioners wonder if Aadhaar data collected by private firms can actually be deleted in the next six months as directed by the Supreme Court of India, which recently determined that it's unconstitutional for companies to collect or ask for Aadhaar data from consumers.
Recent data leaks, including the SBI incident that affected millions of customers, have once again stirred up a debate on the role of auditors in cybersecurity. But a bigger issue is the need to invest in appropriate security technologies and implement stronger policies and awareness programs.
The Reserve Bank of India's new guidelines on interoperability of prepaid payment instruments will lead to better management of cybersecurity and security audits. But many questions are yet to be answered.
French cybersecurity researcher Baptiste Robert, who goes by the name Elliot Alderson on Twitter, has once again exposed an apparent Aadhaar leak. The latest leak, which occurred on state-owned gas company Indane's website, exposed data of as many as 6.7 million customers, the researcher claims.
With the general election approaching this spring to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha, cybersecurity leaders say India must be prepared to thwart foreign cyberthreats and protect electronic voting machines against hacking by using appropriate security measures.
Although CERT-In says the hacking of Indian websites declined dramatically this year, based on reports it has received, some security experts argue that many hacking and other cybercrime incidents are never reported.
In the wake of a cyberattack against BankIslami Pakistan, the State Bank of Pakistan, the nation's central bank, is asking all banks to step up their security efforts and make sure that security measures on all IT systems are continuously updated.