[ISN] Don't use Gmail, says Prime Minister's Office

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 04:19:33 -0600 (CST)

By Harsha Pramod 
December 08, 2008

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has instructed its officials not to 
use Google mail for official communication after Chinese hackers 
accessed the PMO’s internal networking systems.

The Chinese also hacked the Ministry of External Affairs’ internal 
communications network, and the National Informatics Centre (NIC) also 
fell victim to an attack supposedly aimed at the National Security 

The Chinese hacked the communication networks of officials and accessed 
emails used by the officials to communicate policy and decisions to 
other ministries and sectors of the government. The cyber attacks are 
believed to have been launched from dial-up internet connections in 
China. Up to four cyber attacks by Chinese hackers are reported on 
Indian servers daily.

The NIC traced the IP addresses used for attacking the PMO’s 
communication networks to China. They found that Google mail or Gmail 
was the main target of the Chinese hackers. Following this, the PMO has 
instructed its officers and staff to refrain from using Gmail for 
official communication.


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