The country’s internet service providers are scrambling to maintain service as it is faced with an “unprecedented” number of cyberattacks.
As the government has launched a major national campaign to combat cyberattacks, a group of experts say India is struggling to stay online.
The country is experiencing what can only be described as a massive internet outage, as internet providers in major cities are unable to provide the services they need to keep users online.
“We’re talking about a massive network outage that’s going on across the country,” said Moti Singh, an associate professor at the University of Toronto.
“The problem is there’s a whole set of services that are unable even to keep up with the traffic.
And when you’re dealing with such a massive outage, it’s very difficult to get back to normal.”
Singh told CBC News that even with a temporary outage, the government’s “very aggressive campaign” against cybercrime will not be enough to stem the tide of cybercrime.
“They’re going after people, they’re going around and around, and they’re targeting people who are using the internet to commit crimes, or to communicate,” he said.
“So they’re not going after the criminals, they are going after innocent people.”
Singhs warning comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to fight cybercrime and the cyberattack on the Indian parliament last week.
Modi has also promised to improve India’s cyber infrastructure, saying the country has “a huge and massive problem” with the problem.
Singh says it’s not just India’s government and other sectors that are affected by cybercrime, but the wider economy.
“If you look at other countries, they don’t have a lot of infrastructure issues because they don: have a strong economy, and have strong technology infrastructure, but they have a huge and huge problem,” he explained.
“They’re having to rely on other people to sort of make it happen.”
With files from The Canadian Press