Chinese hackers targeted Indian power stations near Ladakh, claims private intelligence agency

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Chinese hackers targeted Indian power stations near Ladakh, claims private intelligence agency- India TV

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Chinese hackers targeted Indian power stations near Ladakh, claims private intelligence agency

Highlights

  • Big disclosure in the report of private intelligence agency Recorded Future
  • ‘Chinese hackers were trying to gather information about critical infrastructure systems’
  • There have been talks between India and China many times regarding Ladakh

new Delhi: According to a report by private intelligence agency Recorded Future, Chinese state-sponsored hackers have targeted Indian electricity distribution centers near Ladakh in recent months. Recorded Future said they had alerted the government of their information before publishing the report. However, the government is yet to respond to a request for comment. According to the intelligence firm, the Chinese attackers were trying to gather information about critical infrastructure systems.

Revealing a report by private intelligence firm Recorded Future, it has been said that in recent months, we have seen the possibility of infiltration targeting the potential network of at least 7 Indian State Load Despatch Centers (SLDCs), these The centers are responsible for real-time operations for grid control and power dispersion.

Sources said that these cyber attacks took place between August and March last year. He said the investigation found that data was being sent from Indian load dispatch centers to Chinese state-sponsored command and control servers spread across the world. “In addition to targeting power grid assets, we have tied up with a national emergency response system and an Indian subsidiary of a multinational logistics company,” Recorded Future said.

Let us tell you that in the last 18 months, State and Regional Load Despatch Centers in India were first targeted by RedEcho. More recently, TAG-38 has been involved in this mode of activity. According to the report, all this could be part of a long-term strategy for a select few Chinese-sponsored hackers inside India. It has also been said in the report that some such groups associated with China are looking for opportunities to gather intelligence through such actions.

Significantly, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the Chinese Foreign Minister who visited India recently discussed the geopolitical consequences of Ladakh standoff and Ukraine dispute. Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. Some important issues were discussed in which emphasis was laid on completing the disengagement in the remaining areas in Ladakh and finishing the remaining work to normalize bilateral relations.

High profile cyber attacks are on the rise around the world. Last year millions of people on the east coast of the US were affected by a ransomware attack on a major gas pipeline, while a large part of Australia was moments away from losing power after a major energy network was hit. In February, it had reported the agreement of 10 different Indian power sector organizations, which includes five regional load dispatch centers (RLDCs), two ports, a large generation operator and four of the other operational assets.



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