The Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, has spent the past few days in India and Pakistan working towards increasing cooperation between those two nations and the US. Particularly, when Gates visited India earlier this week, he outlined a number of areas he hopes to develop greater cooperation, including cyber security.
India is viewed by the Obama administration as a possible countering force in Asia to Chinese influence. Following recent revelations that search engine giant Google experienced a cyber attack emanating from China, India also stated that a number of government offices were also attacked by IP addresses traced to China.
US officials hope that increased ties to India, particularly in the field of cyber security, could greatly enhance US security efforts. Both India and the US consider China to be a significant contributor to global cyber attacks. The Chinese have established a number of ‘cyber militias’ which act to conduct nationalist cyber attacks and carry out cyber espionage.