[ISN] Cyber sleuths hit babu firewall

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2012 02:02:50 -0500 (CDT)

By Josy Joseph
May 13, 2012

NEW DELHI: Can government officials claim right to privacy if their 
emails have been hacked and security agencies ask for full access to the 
contents of the accounts?

Efforts of Indian intelligence agencies to counter waves of cyber 
attacks on government networks have run into an iron wall. Although 
access to the compromised email accounts of officials is critical for 
investigations, officials are less than keen. The officials say that 
allowing the agencies to trawl contents of all their emails will breach 
their privacy: a position which is being supported by the National 
Informatics Centre (NIC), the custodian of all official electronic data.

Faced with regular attacks on government's critical infrastructure, 
agencies are discussing how much detail regarding the e-mails can be 
made available to investigators as officials are chary about private 
mails being scrutinized.

Sources said government found a clear pattern in cyber attacks targeting 
government computers, networks and other infrastructure. Almost all 
these attacks gain entry into a computer or a network via emails of 
officials. Almost all of them are official emails provided to them by 
the NIC.


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