Chinese may have targeted power systems, ports, says U.S. firm
2nd March, 2021 Internal Security
- Chinese state-sponsored actors may have deployed malware into Indian power grids and seaports as border tensions between India and China began escalating last May, culminating in a deadly clash along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in mid-June.
- The alleged cyber-intrusion was discovered and revealed byS. cyber security and intelligence firm, Recorded Future, according to The New York Times , which broke the story. An October 12 grid failure in Mumbai may have been caused by the Chinese malware, as per the report.
- The Massachusetts-based firm found that in the lead-up to the clashes, they noticed an increase in malware targeting the government, defence organisations and the public sector.
- The Power Ministry confirmed that while attempts to breach systems were made, the sector had not been impacted.
- There is evidence that some of the intrusions remain ongoing; however, a significant proportion of the activity appeared to cease in early to mid-February following notification.
- The intrusions, which began in May 2020 continued throughout the year.
- The report links the malware attacks to a massive power outage in Mumbai and its suburbs last October which impacted hospitals, businesses, the stock market, homes and transport systems.