Cyber Security Matters

In 2009 and again in 2010, researchers from Information Warfare Monitor (is public-private venture between two Canadian institutions: the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and The SecDev Group, an operational think tank based in a Ottawa, Canada). It is an independent research activity tracking the emergence of cyberspace as a strategic domain.

In 2009 the researchers released the report Tracking GhostNet: Investigating a Cyber Espionage Network. In 2010 the researchers released Shadows in the Cloud: Investigating Cyber Espionage 2.0. In both of these reports it was revealed that hackers from China hacked into Indian computers and picked sensitive information. The Shadow Report, reported that there have been exfilteration of sensitive and secret data by a spy network targeting government networks in India and other countries. The report traced this complex ecosystem of cyber espionage to the Chengdu Province of China. The shadow report revealed that in 31 countries, 139 IP addresses of compromised computers were found, of which the highest 62 were from India.

Using the Right to Information we found that no investigation has been launched by the Indian Government into this cyber espionage (referring to the revelations made in the Shadow Report), nor efforts made to close the security holes exploited by them. For an attack on India that was no less serious than Kargil, this lapse is shocking. Go through our conversation with various ministries of the government through RTIs.

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