A cyber-espionage group in China hacked into India’s computer system and stole classified information from computers at India’s Ministry of Defence. Chinese government denies any involvement in this cyber-attack.
A report released by researchers at the University of Toronto on Monday said hackers traced to China’s Sichuan province may have stolen highly classified information from the Defence Ministry, and had also obtained information from embassies on India’s relationships with countries in Africa, West Asia and Russia. The attack was linked to an underground cyberespionage organization in south China.
The report, titled Shadows in the Clouds, indicated that Chinese cyber-attackers took advantage of social networks such as Twitter, Google Groups and Yahoo Mail to propel a botnet designed to infiltrate and infect Indian computers with malware and connect them into Chinese command and control centers. (A botnet is a number of Internet computers that, although their owners are unaware of it, have been set up to forward transmissions (including spam or viruses) to other computers on the Internet.)
The massive data breach include Shakti, the Indian Army’s artillery combat and control system, as well as India’s mobile missile defense system known as Iron Dome, according to Indianexpress.com.
A year ago, the same University of Toronto researchers authored another report describing a cyber attack on the Tibetan government, called GhostNet, which was used to create a botnet that had infected 1,295 computers in 103 countries. Similarly, that investigation was launched at the behest of the Dalai Lama.
Chinese government doesn’t accept any involvement. The country’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told the BBC that the country was “firmly opposed to hacking.” She said the authors of the report had not given “any relevant representation” for Chinese authorities to launch an investigation.
Well, no one knows the truth. If Chinese government is getting benefits from this cyberespionage organization then, why will they go against it? Who knows?! Perhaps, they’re getting the information from this or these cyber-attackers are selling the classified information to other countries.
Chinese government should take action against these cyber-attackers. This is very important for a government to control the crimes happening in their country and take strict actions against it.
Cyber-attacks are increasing day by day. The July 2009 cyber attacks were a series of coordinated cyber-attack against major government, news media, and financial websites in South Korea and the United States. Cyber-attacks has led to various problems such as: wrecking large numbers of big electric generators, blowing up oil refineries and pipelines, crashing trains in tunnels and on bridges, causing leakages of toxic substances from chemical plants, and so on. It is one of the major issues these days. Government should take actions against it and create a good security system to avoid cyber-attacks.