India should prepare cyber warfare army to counter hackers: Analyst
New Delhi, Mar 13 : In the wake of the Chinese hacking attack, which is also being termed as the biggest security breach in India, security analyst Captain (retired) Bharat Verma believes that if Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) websites and e-mails can be hacked so easily, then the total security architecture is under threat.
Verma also provided solutions when he said, "India has to prepare a cyber warfare army, which can instead go and hunt the enemy, before conventional warfare breaks out."
The other stolen files recovered so far belong to the governments of the United States, Russia, and South Korea.
The leak was detected in the first week of March as officials from India's technical intelligence wing, National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), working with private Indian cyber security experts cracked open a file called "army cyber policy".
The file had been attached to hacked email accounts of senior DRDO officials that quickly spread through the system in a matter of seconds.
As Indian security experts began to track its origin they discovered, for the first time, that all the sensitive files stolen from the infected systems were being uploaded on a server in the Guangdong province of China.
So far, Indian intelligence has never been able to pinpoint a hacking attack with such accuracy.
As they continued to trace the breach, they discovered thousands of top-secret CCS files, and other documents related to surface-to-air missile and radar programmes from DRDL, a DRDO laboratory based in Hyderabad, among many other establishments.
Even the e-tickets of the scientists who had travelled to Delhi in the last week of February were found on the server.
The intelligence officials also discovered documents of deals struck between DRDO and Bharat Dynamics Ltd, a defence PSU which manufactures strategic missiles and components. Some other recovered files were related to price negotiations with MBDA, a French missile manufacturing company.
The hacking by the Chinese is also believed to be officially sponsored.