US-Russia cyber rivalry places India in quandary

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 11

After Moscow emerged as a reliable ally throughout India’s standoff with China, all eyes are actually on New Delhi’s stand on responding to cyber-attacks on the United Nations.

Given the present tensions with China, India’s pure reflex could be to ally with the US our on-line world technique that advocates using power when confronted with debilitating cyber-attacks.


Russia and the US are ranged in opposition to one another with two competing proposals on cyber-attacks earlier than two separate our bodies at UN. Considering each are reliable allies, it received’t be straightforward to seek out the center floor

Russia and the US, nonetheless, are ranged in opposition to one another with two competing proposals earlier than two separate our bodies. Interestingly, UN member states accredited each the Russia-approved OEWG (Open Ended Working Group) and US-backed Governmental Group on Experts. The situation at stake is when will a cyber-attack result in battle in opposition to the alleged perpetrator? There have been a number of incidents of a grave provocative nature such because the focusing on of an Indian nuclear plant, Stuxnet and Russian cyber-activity over the past US presidential polls. While all nations share the expectations of accountable on-line behaviour, they differ on who ought to outline the situations underneath which a state can take aggressive motion in opposition to the perpetrator of an on-line assault.

At this juncture, whereas the US desires to retain the suitable to reply because it needs to cyber-attacks, this isn’t an opinion shared by the opposite massive powers Russia and China which need the UN to be within the centre of the image. With the scenario in a flux, it stays to be seen how India can affect opinion in the direction of UN-mandated standards for responding to a cyber-attack.

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