India has shut down software platforms for video recording, audio recording and music streaming after a hack on one of its major companies.
The decision came as the Indian government was scrambling to handle an increase in the number of cyberattacks and malware infections, which had spiked in the wake of the November 2015 assassination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The government announced a number of measures on Thursday to address the growing threats.
Among them, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will be given new powers to investigate and monitor threats, while the country’s IT ministry will be tasked with implementing the new legislation.
According to a government statement, the government has already taken the measures to combat cyberattacks, which it says have increased from around 10,000 to 20,000 attacks per day.
“We are very sensitive to any threats to our security.
This is the time when the government should consider all possible steps to protect our citizens, businesses and citizens’ personal data.
The NCSC will now be able to launch investigations into all cybercrime cases and report to the government,” the statement read.”
We also need to have the proper tools for our security personnel to deal with cybercrime,” the government said.
“As a result of the measures announced on Thursday, we will be able take the necessary steps to combat the cyberthreat posed by cybercriminals.”
The government said the government will also implement a national strategy to tackle cybercrime.