New Delhi: In what could be termed as glitch in the national security, over 10,000 email addresses of top government officials were hacked in a single day on July 12 this year despite warning from the cyber security agencies.

The email IDs those were hacked belonged to the officials working in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Defence Ministry, External Affairs Ministry, Home Ministry, Finance Ministry, as well as the intelligence agencies.

The sparkling revelation was made by officials of intelligence and enforcement agencies who attended a day-long conference of National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC) in the capital on Monday where Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, Nation Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and NTRO Chairman P V Kumar were present.

Ironically, country’s one of the worst cyber attacks took place despite an alert issued on July 8, i.e. four days earlier to the incident, by the cyber security agency National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC), formed under the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO).

“The advisory was issued on July 8 and the PMO, NSA and other agencies were alerted,” a top NTRO official said while adding, “The MEA and MHA were badly hit. Strategic information including those of troop deployment was compromised. Paramilitary forces especially ITBP badly suffered as information of their deployments were leaked.”

Taking serious note of the incident, the official said “This is a serious case of negligence. We are investigating the matter and stringent action will be taken against the insiders, if any, involved in it.”


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