Tech espionage: Defence experts can be foiled by Even better cyber-hygiene
On the contrary, better schooling and education in social media usage, higher stress on shifting to home improvement software and hardware, and adoption of best practices in cyber-hygiene, in accordance with advanced militaries throughout the planet, can go a long way in thwarting attempts at hacking to steal sensitive info, experts told IANS.
In addition, defence forces also face challenges of security vulnerabilities from spyware like Pegasus, which can track calls and read messages, if physically installed on smartphones, aside from malicious and efforts of’honeytrapping’.
Before this month, the two soldiers of the Army were held at a case of’honeytrapping’ by the intelligence of Rajasthan Police supposedly for sharing sensitive data with Facebook user’Sheerat’.
“Social media has become so embedded into our lives it is difficult to restrain anyone from its usage. In prohibiting using WhatsApp and Facebook alone, the answer does not lie. The soldiers may shift like Telegram to other networking platforms that are social. There are hundreds and hundreds of apps out there for use. These apps have the threat capacity to be used for hacking to your smartphone. The solution lies in greater practice in cybe- hygiene and data privacy that could enable an individual to take a forecast on what not to post, the things to post and also prevent phishing,” former Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen D.S. Hooda (retd) told IANS.
Experts also believe that China poses the most imminent threat to India in hacking sensitive data facing defence forces through the use of spyware and malware installed on cheap smartphones. “There needs to be more focus on usage of indigenously developed hardware and software,” added Hooda.
“The software intends to filter all’unhealthy and negative messages’ which may damage the army’s political nature and morale, curb access to sensitive information that might lead to leaking of army intelligence,” the People’s Daily report said.
However, the choice to prohibit the use of social networking to share”official data” was viewed as a step in the perfect direction by defence specialists.
“It is possible for inimical elements to open untrue accounts to communicate with people agreeing to sensitive official advice. It’s possible for data to be pulled from telephones that are Chinese.