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Growing cyber attacks push India to sign Budapest Convention

Stung by an alarming number of 8,000 cyber attacks targeting government institutions foiled since the Commonwealth Games, India has been pushed into signing the Budapest Convention - the only existing international treaty to fight the growing menace and also join hands with the US and UK to strengthen this international legal framework against cyber crime.

While New Delhi's close ally Moscow, and Beijing have been campaigning for a new treaty to deal with cyber crimes, India is unwilling to join that framework as most cyber attacks targeting India have originated in China.

Governments world-wide have complained about their networks being targeted from Chinese soil. But last March, the Chinese government denied allegations of supporting hackers to launch cyber attacks against other countries.

But a report by US Northrop Grumman for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, accused Beijing of funding research to bolster cyber attacks against US military commands and the contractors that serve them, particularly telecommunications systems.

While India will have its own cyber-security architecture soon, it is also studying the Budapest Convention that was adopted in 2001. Sources said India will take final call soon on signing the Budapest Convention.