unstarred question No. 1840 RajyaSabha

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO-1840 ANSWERED ON-11.08.2010
HACKING OF DOCUMENTS BY CHINESE HACKERS .
1840. SHRI KAPTAN SINGH SOLANKI
Madhya Pradesh, BJP
140, South Avenue, New Delhi -11 9868181804

(a) whether it is a fact that documents of Indian Defence Ministry have been hacked by Chinese hackers;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether decision has been taken by Government to take any concrete action in this regard; and

(d) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER: MINISTER OF DEFENCE (SHRI A.K. ANTONY)

(a) & (b): It was ascertained that only certain internet facing computers were compromised by the hackers which had no sensitive defence data;

(c) & (d): To mitigate such incidents from recurring in the future, organizations under Ministry of Defence have worked out a Crisis Management Plan for measured response in case of any untoward incident. Defence Information Assurance and research Agency (DIARA), a nodal agency mandated to deal with all cyber security related issues of Tri Services and Ministry of Defence is having a close coordination with national agencies like Computer Emergency Response Team – India (CERT-In) and National Training Research Organisation (NTRO). Services Headquarters have an Information Security Policy and their networks are audited as per the guidelines.