01 August, 2021

Lan Sakes!

Sensitive organisations prove easy meat for Pakistani hackers

illustration by Jayachandran
Lan Sakes!
This is Kargil on the Net. In what seems to be a serious intelligence lapse, hackers on the payroll of Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI, have successfully gained access to sensitive information from at least two nuclear laboratories in India. So serious has been the intrusion through the Net that the defence and home ministries and intelligence agencies have sought the help of Mumbai- and Bangalore-based cyber security firms. Besides, the government also discussed the issue with a Microsoft delegation that was in Delhi to launch its Strategic Technology Protection Programme that helps customers address network security issues.

Says Howard A. Schmidt, chief security officer of Microsoft who had a series of meetings with officials last fortnight: "India, along with a number of Asian nations, needs to have a better understanding of cyber security, especially for educational, nuclear and atomic institutions because of their sensitive nature."

Senior home ministry officials admitted that hackers have repeatedly defaced the sites of the Trombay-based Bhabha Atomic...

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