January 17, 2010
Against the backdrop of concerns over hacking of crucial official
websites, central security agencies have again warned the government
about the use of multi-tasking blackberry instruments by some of the
officials working in sensitive ministries including the Prime Minister.s
Agencies have also cautioned against the practice of connecting official
computers and laptops with unsecured internet connections by some
bureaucrats thus compromising security.
With hackers mainly from China very active and having penetrated deep
into the cyber space, the security agencies had asked all ministries
especially the Defence, External, Home and the PMO to separate their
official computers with those used for internet connection.
The recommendations of the central security agencies seem to have gone
unheeded. An official maintained that their suggestion was only
recommendatory in nature. The National Technical and Research
Organisation (NTRO) also circulated the Do.s and Don.ts to key
ministries recently after attempts from hackers were noticed.
A quick random check was carried out during which it was found that some
of the officials in the Prime Minister.s Office were using Blackberry
services and had linked their official emails on the handset, which is
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