Chinese hackers target Indian websites

The last we heard in this respect was about how 112 government websites suffered hacks over the course of three months. We even saw a certain report reveal that various attempts were made at attacking government websites during Commonwealth Games 2010. Now, a new report by Trend Micro claims that Chinese hackers were responsible for the various attacks on Indian military research bodies and also Tibetan activists. Moreover, it points out that a former graduate student from the Chinese University was responsible for such attacks. The security firm also reveals that the hacking campaign called ‘Luckycat’ has been targeting the Indian military research institutions, and also entities of Tibetan communities and Japan.

Hack to protest (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Malicious hacks on rise (Image Credit: Getty Images)

This campaign has reportedly been around since June, last year and has since attacked about 223 computers systematically. It has been linked to about 90 attacks against Japan, India and the Tibetan community. Besides Indian military research bodies, Indian shipping companies, Japan aerospace, energy and about 30 computer systems of Tibetan importance, too have been targeted. Trend Micro managed to track the elements, which point to the hackers in China. TheLuckycat campaign has also attacked diverse targets using various malware, and also some of which were also linked to other cyber-espionage campaigns.

The report points out the attack on India's ballistic missile defence programme and also says that Tibetan advocates received e-mails about self-immolation. Victims in Japan, on the other hand, received emails asking them to open attachments with information about the country’s earthquake and nuclear disaster. There is also a campaign called 'ShadowNet', which is responsible for targeting Tibetan activists and the Indian government. Luckycat attacks are said to be similar to Shadow network, which had targeted the Indian government and the Dalai Lama’s personal email. The Shadow Network are apparently by hackers who studied in China's Sichuan Province at the University of Electronic Science and Technology. Though none of the attacks are directly linked to the Chinese government employed hackers, many security experts and researchers believe that the techniques and victims suggest it could be state sponsored.

Published Date: Apr 02, 2012 10:27 am | Updated Date: Apr 02, 2012 10:27 am