The recent rivalry between Pakistan and India has gone to the next level. Times of India today reported that Indian pilots at the time of landing jets at airport close to Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu are being trapped to listen ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ courtesy Pakistani hackers.
As soon as the pilots approach to land, the hackers somehow manage to tap the frequency which is usually reserved between Indian fighter jets and Air Traffic Control (ATC) for the sole purpose of communication. However, the result is that the communication is replaced with patriotic Pakistan song ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ being played in the cockpit.
The move is irritating Indian pilots to the core. One of the pilots while expressing his frustration stated:
“We are made to hear songs like ‘Dil Dil Pakistan, Jaan Jaan Pakistan. This is a big irritant as we are in final stage of landing”
As the tension between the two rivals continue to augment, cyber hackers from either sides of the border are coming with different tactics to dismantle each other.
Did the issue get solved?
According to a senior Indian pilot, this is not something new since they have been experiencing this issue for quite a while now. To combat this problem, Indian pilots contact Northern Control in Udhampur. Subsequently, they get in touch with Jammu tower through a landline later where they ask for alternative frequencies. This plan provides pilots ample time to coordinate with ground staff and land their planes.
By applying this strategy, they cease the songs from playing and getting irritated. It has been reported that Jammu ATC’s default frequency keeps on getting changed largely due to defacement of frequencies.
Keeping in mind the ongoing tension between two countries, do you think Indian hackers would also try to discover vulnerabilities in different online projects of Pakistan?