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Chinese state hackers targeted power grid near Ladakh: report


Chinese state-backed hackers have targeted Indian electricity distribution centers near Ladakh. (Representative)

Chinese state-sponsored hackers have targeted Indian power distribution centers near Ladakh in recent months, according to a report by private intelligence firm Recorded Future on Wednesday, in a potential new flashpoint after a standoff months between the two countries of the region.

“In recent months, we have observed probable network intrusions targeting at least seven Indian State Charge Dispatch Centers (SLDCs) tasked with performing real-time operations for network control and dispatching. electricity in those respective states. Notably, this targeting has been geographically concentrated, with identified SLDCs located in northern India, close to the disputed India-China border in Ladakh,” the group said.

“In addition to the targeting of power grid assets, we have also identified the compromise of a national emergency response system and the Indian subsidiary of a multinational logistics company by the same group of threat activities,” said he declared.

Recorded Future said it alerted the government to its findings before releasing the report.

According to the intelligence firm, considered one of the largest in the world and specializing in identifying threats from state-sponsored hackers, the Chinese attackers were trying to gather information on critical infrastructure systems.

“Given the continued targeting of state and regional load dispatch centers in India over the past 18 months, first from RedEcho and now in this latest TAG-38 activity, this targeting is likely a strategic priority. long-term for some Chinese state-sponsored. active threat actors in India,” he said.

“The prolonged targeting of Indian power grid assets by Chinese state-linked groups offers limited opportunities for economic espionage or traditional intelligence gathering. Rather, we believe this targeting is intended to enable the collection of information about critical infrastructure systems or prepositions itself for future activity,” he added.

“The goal of intrusions may include gaining a better understanding of these complex systems to facilitate the development of capabilities for future use or to gain sufficient access through the system for future emergency operations,” Recorded said. Future.

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