Monday, May 05, 2008

Indian Government Systems Are Being Mapped and Probed from China

The Times of India is reporting on cyber attacks they believe originate from China. While technical detail is limited, the attacks appear to follow the same pattern as reported in the U.S. and Europe:
"The sustained assault almost coincides with the history of the present political disquiet between the two countries.

"According to senior government officials, these attacks are not isolated incidents of something so generic or basic as "hacking" — they are far more sophisticated and complete — and there is a method behind the madness.

"Publicly, senior government officials, when questioned, take refuge under the argument that "hacking" is a routine activity and happens from many areas around the world. But privately, they acknowledge that the cyber warfare threat from China is more real than from other countries.

"The core of the assault is that the Chinese are constantly scanning and mapping India’s official networks. This gives them a very good idea of not only the content but also of how to disable the networks or distract them during a conflict."

China mounts cyber attacks on Indian sites

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