China capable of launching cyber-attacks on India. 

This has been stated by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat. 

CDS General Bipin Rawat said that China is ahead of India in regards technological advancement and capable of launching cyber-attacks against India. 

“We know China is capable of launching cyber-attacks on us. And that it (China) can disrupt a large amount of our systems,” General Bipin Rawat said. 

Terming the matter serious, General Bipin Rawat said that the biggest gap between the two countries was in the cyber domain. 

Rawat said that India is trying to create systems for cyber defence to deal with such attacks. 

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“We should be able to overcome cyber-attacks and continue with our systems either through an alternative or preventive means through firewalls. So, while we are trying to create firewalls for cyber-attacks, yet we are quite sure they (China) will be able to break through the firewalls…But then what we are trying to do is how long will your system be down, and how will you be able to operate through that phase of cyber-attack you have been put through. That is one thing we are looking at and addressing in a serious manner,” he said. 

“We may not be able to fully catch up with China. So, we are trying to develop some kind of relationship with western nations and see how better we can get some support from them, during peacetime at least, which will help us to overcome this deficiency.” Rawat added. 

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Notably, there was nearly a 300 per cent spike in cyber-attacks last year in comparison to 2019, according to official government data given in Parliament. 

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