ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s intelligence agencies identified a major cyberattack launched by Indian spy network, said an official statement released in Rawalpindi on Tuesday, adding that government departments were asked to strengthen their cybersecurity measures.
The military’s media wing, ISPR, said in its statement that the cyberattack involved a “range of cybercrimes including deceitful fabrication by hacking personal mobiles and technical gadgets of government officials and military personnel.”
“Various targets of hostile intelligence agencies are being investigated,” it said.
The Pakistan Army has enhanced necessary measures to thwart such activities, including action against the violators of standing operating procedures (SOPs) related to cybersecurity, the statement added.
The Indian High Commission in Islamabad did not comment on Pakistan’s claim even after it was contacted by Arab News.
Tensions have remained high between the two South Asian nuclear-armed neighbors since February 2019 after a suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy killed about 50 soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Since then, the two countries have fought aerial dogfights, downgraded their diplomatic relations, and challenged each other on various international forums over the status of the disputed Kashmir region.
The two countries also altered their national maps, claiming territories under each other’s political control, and witnessed a significant increase in the number of skirmishes along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary.