Chinese hacked PMO computers, says Narayanan

M K Narayanan

Confirming everyone's suspicions, outgoing National Security Advisor M K Narayanan has said the cyber attacks on computers in the Prime Minister's Office, including his own, last month had indeed been directed from China.

"People seem to be fairly sure it was the Chinese. It is difficult to find the exact source but this is the main suspicion. It seems well founded," said Narayanan in an interview with The Times of London.

Narayanan, who has been assigned the job of Governor of West Bengal, said the cyber attacks had been made on December 15, the same day when computer systems of some American companies, including Google, were also targeted from locations in China.

He said the email virus had been detected by the Indian system and the attacks were thwarted.

This is not the first time that New Delhi has accused Chinese hackers of trying to break into India's computer systems. In February last year, the Ministry of External Affairs had reported that several of its computers had been infected by a spyware that had originated from a server located in China.

A year earlier, MEA's internal communication network was reported to have been broken into by Chinese hackers. In fact, at that time, a series of attempted intrusions into secure systems of MEA were traced to China.

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