Chinese hackers are believed to have infiltrated and stolen data from an Indian government agency responsible for a national identification database and one of that country’s largest media conglomerates, according to the US-based private cybersecurity company’s report.

The Insikt Group, the threat research division of Massachusetts-based Recorded Future, named the Chinese hackers ‘TAG-28’.

In its report, the cybersecurity company claimed that the cyberattack could be related to those border tensions.

“As of early August 2021, Recorded Future data shows a 261% increase in the number of suspected state-sponsored Chinese cyber operations targeting Indian organizations and companies already in 2021 compared to 2020,” the company said.

The company further claimed to have detected four IP addresses assigned to the Bennett Coleman And Co. Ltd. media company in “sustained and substantial network communications” with two Winnti servers between February and August this year.

The Insikt Group also said that it observed approximately 500 megabytes of data being extracted from the network of the privately-owned Mumbai company, whose publications include The Times of India.

Insikt said it could not identify the content of that data, but noted that the company frequently publishes reports on China-India tensions.

It also claimed to have observed about 5 megabytes of data transferred from the police department of Madhya Pradesh state, whose chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, called to boycott Chinese products after the June 2020 border clashes.

The group further claimed to have identified a compromise of the data from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency that oversees the national identification database.

However, the Chinese authorities have consistently denied any form of state-sponsored hacking.

(With inputs from AP)

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Chinese hackers are believed to have infiltrated and stolen data from an Indian government agency responsible for a national identification database and one of that country’s largest media conglomerates, according to the US-based private cybersecurity company’s report.

(With inputs from AP)

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