No breach in computer security system: PMO

No breach in computer security system: PMO
No breach in computer security system: PMO 

Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi
January 15, 2010

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has said there was "no breach" in the 
security systems of its computers or those in other central government 

Asked about a media report that hackers from China have targeted 
computers in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), an official in the PMO 
denied the report.

"Attempts have always been there to hack our computers, but we have our 
security systems in place," a PMO official told IANS.

"There has been no breach on our security system, we are absolutely 
safe," PMO media adviser Harish Khare told IANS.

According to a Headlines Today TV channel report, hackers from China had 
targeted computers in the PMO around Dec 15 last year and "investigators 
are still coming to terms with the depth of the damage".

It said the hackers had aimed at the "cream of India's national security 
set-up: National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan, Cabinet Secretary KM 
Chandrashekhar, PM's Special Envoy Shyam Saran and Deputy National 
Security Advisor Shekhar Dutt. The four and up to 26 others were 
squarely in the crosshairs of the hacking attempt".

"The hacking spyware itself was embedded in a PDF document. And the 
Trojan Horse was programmed to carry out an array of functions, 
including downloading files, accessing emails and passwords and also 
accessing the desktop from a remote location," it said.

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