Honey traps, cyberattacks and the world of safeguarding defence capabilities in the digital age

IDSA’s Cyber Security Report reveals a staggering 130% increase in ransomware attacks in 2022. A separate report estimates that the worldwide yearly cost of cybercrime is forecast to hit USD8 trillion by 2023, with damages projected to increase to USD10.5 trillion by 2025. So what can be done to protect defence assets?

On May 3, 2023, the arrest of Pradeep Kurulkar, a respected senior scientist and director of DRDO’s Pune-based engineers lab (R&DE (Eng)) raised many eyebrows. It is alleged that Kurulkar fell into a carefully orchestrated online honey trap by Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI. As a result, he was apprehended by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad six months before his retirement. 

(Read the full article published on May 19, 2023 in The Economic Times here.)