Dec 08 2008

Now India can’t use G-mail for official communications…thanks Chinese hackers!

Published by at 5:13 pm under Other attacks

Since when is it a good idea to use G-mail for official communications? The Prime Minister says, “never!”

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has instructed its officials not to use Google mail for official communication after Chinese hackers accessed the PMO’s internal networking systems.

The Chinese also hacked the Ministry of External Affairs’ internal communications network, and the National Informatics Centre (NIC) also fell victim to an attack supposedly aimed at the National Security Council.

The Chinese hacked the communication networks of officials and accessed emails used by the officials to communicate policy and decisions to other ministries and sectors of the government. The cyber attacks are believed to have been launched from dial-up internet connections in China. Up to four cyber attacks by Chinese hackers are reported on Indian servers daily.

The NIC traced the IP addresses used for attacking the PMO’s communication networks to China. They found that Google mail or Gmail was the main target of the Chinese hackers. Following this, the PMO has instructed its officers and staff to refrain from using Gmail for official communication.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Now India can’t use G-mail for official communications…thanks Chinese hackers!”

  1. CGon 09 Dec 2008 at 12:37 pm

    nevermind what Google is doing with all that official traffic as well!

  2. cbrp1r8on 10 Dec 2008 at 10:28 am

    They probably have a back door with searches, data storage and email/gmail as it is directly to NSA, since the deal with comsec that’d be the likely candidate for all that data. Imagine the volume, no wonder the “intel” isn’t ever up to speed anymore, to much data flood not enough filters. :P

  3. SFon 20 Dec 2008 at 12:10 pm

    This is an interesting website. Like how Heike has a post addressing very serious issues pertaining to Chinese relevant Hacking.

    Rule 1: Never use Gmail (Or any non-government communications network) for any form of Official “Government” Communications. Ever. Any information provided will be disseminated to Google’s customers as they want.

    Also, 4 cyberhacks a day on Indian servers (Clear disinformation (i.e. A Lie)). Best guess would be to take 4 and multiply by 1×10^3 or 10^4 or higher for daily attacks.

    Also, post written pertaining to a backdoor directly to NSA. Question is: which NSA? American NSA, Indian NSA, Chinese NSA? The proper term is “multitude of backdoors”.

    Please note that in the many years we have been in business (a US Based OEM and custom product fabricator), we have not seen one product purchased from our company by [anyone] in or from Mainland China. Although we have seen firsthand many cyberattacks from China, Russia, Estonia,…