GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of External Affairs
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 623
TO BE ANSWERED ON 09.07.2009
Hacking of Indian Computers
623. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that Chinese hackers had allegedly infiltrated computers at the Indian Embassy in Washington recently; and
(b) If so, the steps Government has taken/proposes to take against such hacking in future?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI SHASHI THAROOR)
(a)& (b) A report appeared in ‘The Times of India’, dated March 30, 2009, which indicated that Chinese hackers had infiltrated at least 1295 PCs in 103 countries including the Indian Embassy in Washington. The report was based on the findings of research conducted by the Munk Centre for International Studies at University of Toronto over ten months. Government keeps all such developments under review and takes measures as required to ensure the security of Government’s electronic communications and files.