The Pakistani army on Wednesday accused India of being behind a “major cyberattack” against the country’s government officials and armed forces, before ensuring that Islamabad is investigating what happened.
“Pakistani intelligence agencies have detected a major cyber attack by Indian intelligence services that includes a range of cyber crimes,” he said in a statement posted on his website.
In it, he stressed that these crimes include “hacking” cell phones and other devices belonging to army officials and personnel. “The Pakistani Army has stepped up action to thwart this type of activity, including action against those violating operational cybersecurity procedures,” he added.
On the other hand, he stated that “communications have been sent to all government departments and institutions to identify any loopholes and improve the necessary cybersecurity measures”.
The main disputes between the two countries revolve around the Kashmir region, which has been controversial since 1947 and has resulted in two of the three wars they have waged since independence from the United Kingdom. In 1999 there was a brief but intense military confrontation between the two nuclear powers, and a fragile ceasefire has been maintained since 2003.