In a sinister plot, hackers originating from mainland China have wormed their way into obtaining sensitive information on India, her borders, the personal affairs of the Dalai Lama and Indian foreign policy – all sensitive information between the two neighbors. Having spent billions on monitoring their own systems with a hawk-eye, China, who now boasts of the largest number of internet users is now taking spying cyber!
On Tuesday, Researchers at the University of Toronto released a report “Shadows in the Cloud” in which they claimed they had observed the hacking and could trace it to core servers located in the southwestern city of Chengdu, Sichuan province. The researchers said they have been monitoring the hacking for the past eight months.
India a growing super power in the region and as China’s neighbor, has seen several spark points flare between the two nations. Documents that the report claims as hacked into cover three major spark points between India and China – firstly, the disputed north-east, which both nations claim within their geographical territory, secondly, India’s growing influence in the west, its close relations with other commonwealth nations, its growing influence in Africa, and America’s fondness for India and thirdly personal information on the Dalai Lama, a man who India revers and China condemns.
India which was officially told of the hacking in February, has however decided not to take an official stance on it. Foreign Minister S M Krishna will not bring up the issue during his ongoing visit to Beijing, marking 60 years of bilateral ties. Neither India nor China have definitive, specific laws against cyber crime, and since hacking is difficult to pin point the Indian government has decided not to bring it up. Officially, the Chinese government denies it has nothing to do with the cyber intrusion.
National security documents marked “secret” and “confidential,” , visa applications and diplomatic correspondence from the highest levels of the Indian defense Ministry, Indian foreign service offices in Belgium, Serbia, Germany, Italy, Kuwait, the United States, Zimbabwe and High Commissions in Cyprus and the United Kingdom have been “thoroughly compromised.” In addition information about India’s disputed North-East border with China, including information concerning secret assessments of the security situation in Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura, as well as concerning Maoists has also been sought. The Dalai Lama’s personal e-mail account has also been hacked into and 1,500 e-mails taken, additionally, intruders pilfered classified information from strategic experts and journalists following the two nations, according to reputed sources.
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