15 March 2013

Chinese hackers breach DRDO systems; steal cabinet committee on security files

Saikat Datta l @saikatd

New Delhi: A successful Chinese hacking attack has caused what is arguably the biggest security breach in India with systems of hundreds of key DRDO and other security officials being compromised and leading to the leak of sensitive files related to the cabinet committee on security (CCS), the highest decision-making body for security issues of the government of India. 
The other stolen files recovered so far belong to the governments of the United States, Russia, and South Korea.

As they continued to trace the breach, they discovered thousands of top secret CCS files, and other documents related to surface-to-air missile and radar programmes from DRDL, a DRDO laboratory based in Hyderabad, among many other establishments. 
Even the e-tickets of the scientists who had travelled to Delhi in February were found on the server. 
The intelligence officials also discovered documents of deals struck between DRDO and Bharat Dynamics Ltd, a defence PSU which manufactures strategic missiles and components. Some other recovered files were related to price negotiations with MBDA, a French missile manufacturing company.
But the shocking part was the extent of the hacking by the Chinese, believed to be officially sponsored. 

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