New Delhi/Mumbai: India was considering setting up a cyber command, a senior Indian intelligence officer said on Monday, after Reuters quoted cybersecurity company Symantec Corp. as saying it had identified a sustained cyber spying campaign, likely state-sponsored, against Indian and Pakistani entities involved in regional security.
Symantec said in a threat intelligence report that was sent to clients in July that the online espionage effort dated back to October 2016.
The campaign appeared to be the work of several groups, but tactics and techniques used suggested that the groups were operating with “similar goals or under the same sponsor", probably a nation state, as per the report, which was reviewed by Reuters. It did not name a state.
“Symantec did not identify the likely sponsor of the attack. But it said that governments and militaries with operations in South Asia and interests in regional security issues would likely be at risk from the malware. The malware utilizes the so-called “Ehdoor" back door to access files on computers," said the Reuters report.
An email sent by Mint to Symantec remained unanswered at press time.
The intelligence officer, who spoke to Mint on condition of anonymity, said: “India had been thinking of setting up a cyber command, which would require the operations and skills of ethical hackers. This is primarily to keep apace with the likes of China and Russia whose military and cyber intelligence is infallible."
Shaswati Das in New Delhi contributed to this story.