The geopolitical battle in Asia—what Via Meadia has been calling the Game of Thrones—doesn’t always take place on the high seas, on land, or in diplomatic meeting rooms. A true 21st -century conflict, the Great Game of Thrones also takes place in cyberspace. BBC:
The Indian Navy is investigating a suspected hack attack.A spokesman confirmed to the BBC that computers at its Eastern Naval Command had been infected with malware.The announcement follows a report in The Indian Express saying that a virus had collected data from computers not linked to the internet and had sent it to IP addresses in China.But security firm Sophos said it did not necessarily mean the hackers were based in China.
Whether based in China or elsewhere, India has enemies who are looking for sensitive military information and know how to get it. With computer networks so important in protecting military technology and information, not to mention civil infrastructure, cyberspace is becoming an increasingly active battleground.Cyberspace is not just a battleground between nations and governments. It’s also attractive to non-state groups or individuals who have the capability to steal information off computers and the desire to use it for attacks on, for example, railway networks, power stations, or military bases.Cyber terror, cyber espionage and cyberwar are new and serious threats. All the more reason to safely protect our most sensitive information and infrastructure — and all the more urgency there is to figuring out how to balance national and corporate security with individual privacy and liberty.