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The federal minister for Information and Technology, Syed Aminul Haque has revealed that Pakistan faces more than 900,000 hacking attacks daily. The recent hacking incident involved audio leaks from the PM office that features high-level conversations involving sensitive issues.

Daily 900,000 Hacking Attacks are a Question Mark on Country’s Cybersecurity

While addressing an event in Islamabad the IT minister said that his team turns down 900,000 hacking attacks every day, which indicates an alarming situation for the country as it is already at the brisk of an economic downfall. Moreover, Pakistan also lacks a reputable cyber security service providing company that can issue prompt alerts and warnings in case of any threat.

Whether it is the Sindh High Court, FBR, PTV Sports, or commercial banks, almost every department in the country has been affected over the past few months. Recently, it was revealed that an alleged Indian hacker known as Rattlesnake has targeted the official website of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) with WarHawk – A malware that was also used to target several major Pakistani government entities such as SNGPL, NADRA, FIA, Customs, National Health Desk, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Cybersecurity – A 5th Generation Warfare

On daily basis we came across the news of certain government sites being hacked, this also indicates the involvement of technology-rich countries to intervene in other countries’ official and nuclear-related data. Pakistan has also been subjected to 5th generation warfare due to nefarious motives of the adversaries as indicated in the report “Indian Chronicles”, by the Brussels-based organization EU DisinfoLab, which exposed a network of 500 fake Indian media outlets that were portraying a negative image of Pakistan in the European Union and the United Nations for fifteen years.

Also read: Federal Cabinet approves National Cybersecurity Policy 2021


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