86959 websites hacked in 3 years

hacked86959- This is not just a number. This in fact is the number of Indian websites that have been hacked between 2011 and 2014. Overall an indicator that the problem of cyber crime in India is a very serious one and with terrorist groups dancing around on the internet the issue becomes even bigger.

While there are incidents reported on the border each day, there is an all out war that India fights on a daily basis against the various cyber terrorists based across the world. Our biggest fight is against the Chinese and the Pakistanis who have chosen to target Indian websites in a bid to either seek out information or just to embarrass.

High crime rate, low on convictions:                       

The worrying part of the above mentioned number is that these are hacks not committed just on private sites. There are a good number of government sites as well part of the attack. In the past three years we have seen sites of the defense forces, the CBI among other important sites being hacked. The Indian security agencies have booked nearly 1487 cases in the past three years. The worrying part of this entire issue is the conviction rate which according to statistics is at 10 per cent. Speaking to several officers in the cyber crime wings in the country, one gets the picture as to why this rate of conviction is so low. Most of the servers are based out of the United States of America and getting information has been extremely slow. In fact in some cases of social media accounts or emails being hacked the information that India has sought has been pending for nearly 10 years and this hurts the prosecution a great deal as a result of which the conviction rate is also so low.

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The importance of ethical hacking

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In the past 12 months at least 42 million Indians were hit by cyber crimes and the recorded loss of the same was a staggering 8 billion dollar loss. In such an event and while conducting an estimate, it becomes clear that in order to stem this rot, India needs at least 4 lakh more ethical hackers.
Mohan Gandhi, who passed out of IIM Ahmedabad provides anti piracy solutions through his company Entersoft Information Systems. In this interview with rediff.com, Gandhi speaks about the challenges while dealing with cyber security and also what it is to be an ethical hacker.

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