Proxy war in cyberspace?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 19/07/2016

The central government's effort to counter the theory of  home grown militancy being behind the unrest in Kashmir by saying that Pakistan is waging a proxy war in the state,  is bolstered by a story  in the  Times of India,  attributed to the Ministry of information and broadcasting. This one says Pakistan may be waging a proxy war in cyberspace because 45 per cent of the social media comments analysed are from "unknown geographical locations." Forty two per cent were found to be from India and 8 per cent from Pakistan. This was for the week July 8-14.


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