China tried hacking into our computers: Narayanan

China tried hacking into our computers: Narayanan
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First Published: Tue, Jan 19 2010. 12 48 AM IST

Cyber threat: National security adviser M.K. Narayanan. PIB
Cyber threat: National security adviser M.K. Narayanan. PIB
Updated: Tue, Jan 19 2010. 12 48 AM IST
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’.
Cyber threat: National security adviser M.K. Narayanan. PIB
“This was not the first instance of an attempt to hack into our computers,” the London newspaper quoted Narayanan as saying.
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.
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