India must firewall all strategic establishments: Shourie

PTI Posted online: Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 at 0000 hrs
Kolkata : Stressing that India is lagging behind in defending itself in cyber warfare, senior BJP leader and former union minister Arun Shourie today said India must firewall all its strategic establishments.

"The sad part is that the government's initiative to firewall important establishments is still lingering where it was ten years ago," Shourie said at a programme here.

He said Chinese hackers had intruded upon the personal computer of the Dalai Lama and there have been cyber attacks targeted upon the US and European countries besides India.

"Their confidence was shaken. But in India it didn't even create a ripple," Shourie said.

He said that with the click of a button our enemies can paralyse our important and strategic establishments or even the country.

"Besides foreign countries, we also need to be on our guard against terrorist organisations who are known to be highly proficient in technology," Shourie said, adding that China has been very explicit and has listed out 15-20 points where they want to strike and paralyse and disorient another country.