Dec 08 2008
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.
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