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India Plans to Cut Internet Services in Case of Cyber Attacks

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Credit: The Economic Times

Indian law enforcement and national security officials are drawing up plans that will give them technology capabilities to cut off all Internet services during emergencies.

After a series of recent meetings on cyber security held at the Prime Minister's Office, all government departments have been asked to jointly work on developing technologies and also invest in enhancing R&D capabilities to enhance controls on Internet services within the country, officials aware of the development said.

Officially, these steps are aimed at protecting Indian infrastructure from cyber attacks, but analysts fear that this may lead to greater government controls over Internet as in China.

As the first step, the government wants to control national gateways, the points at which all data and Internet connects to the outside world. Currently, many of these points are under the control of telecom and Internet companies.

From The Economic Times
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