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CERT-In had alerted network controllers to China-backed cyberattacks in November | India News


NEW DELHI: A stitch in time saved India from a major power outage and disruption of economic activities. Government experts said additional safeguards were put in place as early as November to protect the national power grid from hacking, possibly by Chinese state-backed hackers.
A New York Times report on Sunday cited a study by Recorded Future, a Massachusetts-based team that studies Internet use by state actors, to raise doubts that Chinese state-backed hackers may have caused the October 12 blackout in Mumbai as a problem. warning against India’s strong rejection of PLA border transgressions in Ladakh. The report, however, said that the study did not have enough evidence to support this question.
Government experts said India’s cybersecurity agency CERT-In (India’s Computer Emergency Response Team) had detected ShadowPad malware, one of the largest supply chain attacks, in November. The national network operator and its regional units were alerted on November 19 to malware and threats from other hacking attempts.
On February 12, another government cybersecurity agency, NCIIPC (National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Center) sounded the alarm about Red Echo, a Chinese state-sponsored group of actors, attempting to break into the control systems of the net. Said the IP addresses on the ShadowPad and Red Echo instances match. The agency sent a list of IP addresses and “hot” domains.
Between these two alerts, IT groups with the network activated additional security protocols. All IP addresses and domains listed by NCIIP were blocked by firewalls in all control centers. Firewall logs are being monitored more closely at all control centers. In addition, all the systems of the control centers were analyzed and cleaned by antivirus.
Reports from network controllers indicated that there was no impact on any operation and there was no leakage or loss of data.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday that it was “very irresponsible” to accuse a particular party when there is insufficient evidence. “” China firmly opposes and cracks down on all parties. forms of cyberattacks. Speculation and manufacturing have no role to play in the cyber attack issue, as it is very difficult to trace the origin of a cyber attack. ”

Times of India