London: Chinese hackers tried to break into computers in the office of India’s national security adviser and other government departments last month, India’s security chief M.K. Narayanan told ‘The Times’.
“This was not the first instance of an attempt to hack into our computers,” the London newspaper quoted Narayanan as saying.
Cyber threat: National security adviser M.K. Narayanan. PIB
Narayanan said his office and other government departments were targeted on 15 December, the same date that US companies reported cyber attacks from China.
He said the attack came in the form of an email with a portable document format file attachment containing a Trojan virus, which allows remote computer access. The virus was detected and officials were told not to log on until it was eliminated, he said.
“People seem to be fairly sure it was the Chinese. It is difficult to find the exact source but this is the main suspicion. It seems well-founded,” he said, adding that India was cooperating with the US and UK to bolster its cyber defences.