"Shadow Network" steals sensitive Indian government data

By on April 7, 2010, 10:01 AM
North American researchers have exposed what appears to be a spy network targeting the government of India and other countries with the intention of collecting highly classified and sensitive data. Reminiscent of the "Ghost Network" found about a year ago, this so-called "Shadow Network" proves to be even more extensive, more sophisticated and focuses on the broader whole of the Indian government instead of just the Dalia Llama.

The primary vector of attack is malware -- as was with the Ghost Network -- which created a distributed network of information pilfering linking back to China. Compromised data may have included confidential documents regarding leading political opposition groups along with documents concerning Indian relationships with Russia, the Middle East and West Africa. Despite being mostly focused on the Indian Government, the Shadow Network also targeted the Dalai Llama's offices, including numerous private companies and the Pakistan Embassy in the U.S.

As typical with any cyber-criminal activity seemingly Chinese in origin, the Chinese government has denied any ties to the Shadow Network and perhaps rightfully so -- It is thought this is actually the work of a Sichuan-based Gang but few details are available at the moment.

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Puiu Puiu said:

China really needs to do something about cyber-attacks. They are loosing reputations points faster than ever and they are doing nothing to improve the situation. (unless they are the ones behind everything)

Guest said:

I wouldn't say the government is behind it, but the kind of information stolen has a very limited market. So perhaps a government is 'outsourcing' the crime, or the people behind this know that a government would pay top dollar for it.

AfricanTech said:

It's quite unnerving to see how rapidly real life is beginning to reflect the imaginings of science fiction writers.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I smell a movie plot! India / Bollywood, China with its kung fu... this would be fun to watch!

T77 T77 said:

the spelling of the Dalai Lama is wrong in the first paragraph. its written "Dalia Llama."

the Chinese government may be in a way supporting these attacks as they are doing nothing about it.

Chinese hackers have created a lot of mess in recent times which led to the scuffle between China and Google.

Guest said:

It is odd that the Chinese government isn't tearing the country apart looking for these guys (if they are indeed from China). After all, a group like this would (or should) pose a significant threat to their own cyber operations.

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