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India now faces threat of Chinese cyber attacks

Several authorities companies, media homes, pharma corporations, telecom operators and a big tyre firm in India could also be focused by an enormous Chinese cyber attacks from hacking teams with link to the Chinese authorities, cyber intelligence agency Cyfirma has warned, citing current chatter on darkish net boards.

Around 10 days in the past, Chinese hacker boards in Mandarin and Cantonese began speaking on the darkish net—a part of the web that’s not listed by serps—about instructing India a lesson, particularly media homes which were important of the Chinese military, Cyfirma stated.

Chinese cyber attacks

“What piqued our curiosity was the listing printed on these boards. They had names of a number of Indian corporations, media homes, telecom operators and a big tyre firm. When we began attributing the handles publishing these lists again to their sources, we discovered that they belonged to Gothic Panda and Stone Panda, two well-known hacking teams with direct affiliation to the PLA (People’s Liberation Army),” stated Kumar Ritesh, chairman and CEO of Cyfirma.

Cyfirma has knowledgeable CERT-In (Computer Emergency Response Team), India’s nodal company for cyberattacks, and among the companies whose names had been on the listing. According to Cyfirma, Chinese cyber attacks on MRF Tyres, Airtel, BSNL, Sun Pharmaceutical, Cipla, Reliance Jio, Hindustan TimesTimes of India and Republic TV.

“These two hacker teams have a historical past of launching cyberattacks towards authorities companies and competing corporations in case of any geopolitical battle with China,” Ritesh stated.

Active for greater than a decade, Gothic Panda has been concerned in large-scale Chinese cyber attacks concentrating on organizations within the US and Hong Kong.

State-backed cyberattacks have turn out to be a typical weapon of retaliation for highly effective international locations that don’t wish to get into bodily wars.

In one other current incident, Chinese hacker teams are suspected to have launched a sequence of Chinese cyber attacks towards Australian organizations in retaliation towards Australia’s determination to again an investigation into the origins of covid-19.

Australian entities, together with these run by the federal government and important service suppliers, have been focused by a sequence of state-backed Chinese cyber attacks previously month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison informed the media. Australia believes there’s a robust involvement of a rival state, given the dimensions and nature of concentrating on.

India has additionally been within the line of fireside of Pakistan-backed Chinese cyber attacks. After the abrogation of Article 370, cyberattacks on Indian establishments elevated, with lots of the attackers overtly acknowledging their allegiance to Pakistan.

In 2019, CERT-In knowledgeable Parliament that over 24 web sites associated to central ministries and state governments had been hacked until May. In November, a malware was discovered on one of many methods of Nuclear Power Corporation of India’s Kudankulam plant. The malware was designed for knowledge extraction and was linked to the Lazarus Group, which is understood to have ties to North Korea.

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