'Cyber sabotage' attempt, says Anil Deshmukh on Mumbai's October 2020 power outage
By ANI | Published: March 1, 2021 08:34 PM2021-03-01T20:34:43+5:302021-03-01T20:45:03+5:30
"On October 12 electricity failure, Maharashtra Cyber Cell report says, 8GB unaccounted data must have been transferred to Maharashtra ...
"On October 12 electricity failure, Maharashtra Cyber Cell report says, 8GB unaccounted data must have been transferred to Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) data. Protocol Data which means the server of MSEB was logged in on October 12."
According to the Maharashtra Cyber Cell report, Deshmukh said: "there was the possibility of login attempts and 14 Trojan horses were landed on MSEB servers. There are chances of some foreign attempts."
The Massachusetts-based cybersecurity company Recorded Future's study reported that a Chinese state-sponsored has been seen systematically utilising advanced cyberintrusion techniques to gain access to nearly a dozen critical nodes across the Indian power generation and transmission infrastructure.
"Since early 2020, Recorded Future's Insikt Group observed a large increase in suspected targeted intrusion activity against Indian orgzations from Chinese statesponsored groups, the study said.
" From mid-2020 onwards, Recorded Future's midpoint collection revealed a steep rise in the use of infrastructure tracked as AXIOMATICASYMPTOTE, which encompasses ShadowPad command and control (C2) servers, to target a large swathe of India's power sector," the report said.
According to the report 10 distinct Indian power sector orgzations, including four of the five Regional Load Despatch Centres (RLDC) responsible for operation of the power grid through balancing electricity supply and demand, have been identified as targets in a concerted campaign against India's critical infrastructure. Other targets identified included two Indian seaports.
( With inputs from ANI )
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