DoT asks websites to conduct security audit amid rising Chinese cyber-attacks

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The notice comes after the border clash with Chinese troops on June 15 & the ban on 59 apps linked to China.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked all websites and portals to conduct security audits amid the rise in threats of cyber-attacks by Chinese cyber attacks.

The notice comes after the border clash with Chinese troops on June 15. And the ban on 59 apps linked to China.

Following the Galwan Valley clashes, cyber-attacks by Chinese hackers have seen a massive surge in India. There has been a 300% jump in such attacks since June 18 by hackers supported by the Chinese army. (According to an official report)

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“Most of these attacks in the nature of DDOS (distributed denial of service), phishing, data exfiltration, remote access tool malware, and keylogging,” an official told the media. We observed up to 10,000 attack attempts per day. It has come down a bit but we have to be alert,” the official added.

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A spike in the intensity and aggression in these cyber-attacks noticed post-Galwan clashes which took place on June 15-16 at the Ladakh border between the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army(PLA) of China. Hence, the DoT has urged its officials to upgrade their online security and systems.

Meanwhile, a report on possible cyber-attacks and security aspects of sensitive government websites also submitted to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team(Cert-In).

The DoT has also written to ministries and departments requesting them to migrate their websites & web-portals to the domain by August 31. If they had not done so already.

The Dot had previously asked the websites and portals under it to conduct a security audit by November 2019. The latest reminder also states that websites that don’t have a valid security certificate will need to conduct an audit.

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