A year after an Indian government website was hacked and a trove of sensitive documents leaked online, the country’s cybersecurity ministry is struggling to respond.
India is now facing a cyber-assault on its sovereignty, says the head of the countrys national cybersecurity council, as the country is trying to find out how to contain the impact of a cyberattack.
The government has been the target of a series of cyberattacks in the past two years, but a cyber attack on the government website is the latest in a string of attacks that have rocked the country.
A new cyberattack on a government website this week has led to the resignation of the home minister, who was forced to resign over the incident.
The government has blamed a group calling itself the “Black Dragon Cyber Army,” which the U.S. National Security Agency has described as a Russian-backed group.
The ministry is now grappling with how to react to a cyber assault on its government website, said the council’s head, Sanjeev Bhattacharya.
The website is home to a large number of sensitive data and data related to public affairs and the Indian economy, including a large database of social welfare programs, the council said in a statement.
India needs to take a more proactive approach to dealing with cyber-attacks, he said.