China’s Hackers Target India’s Power Supply, claims New York Times

Mumbai Blackout
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NEW DELHI: The government on Monday said that there is no impact on operations of Power System Operation Cooperation (POSOCO) due to the malware attack.

Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut on Monday, March 1, confirmed the claims by New York Times to be true.

Validating the claims made by NYT, Raut said that the state government had “formed three committees to inquire into the matter and we will receive a detailed report this evening from the cyber department.”

The power disruption halted trains and shut down stock exchanges and hospitals for hours.

A Chinese government-linked group of hackers targeted India’s power grid system through malware as per Recorded Future, a Massachusetts-based company, through their latest study

They also found China-linked threat activity group RedEcho as the suspect behind the malware attack.

As per the claims by NYT the malware was being infused into the Power grid of India during the India-China confrontation in LAC at eastern Ladakh.

As per reports, only a small proportion of malware led to the Mumbai electricity outage and the rest were never activated.

A total of 21 IP addresses linked to 12 Indian organizations in the power generation and transmission sector – classified as critical – were targeted.

Chinese embassy denied the statement on Monday and said that they doesn’t support cyber attacks.

“China firmly opposes and cracks down on all forms of cyber attacks. Speculations and fabrications have no role to play in the issue of cyber attacks. Highly irresponsible to accuse a party with no sufficient evidence around,” said Chinese Embassy spokesperson.

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