BEIJING, June 13 (ChinaMil) -- The devil in the heart of Indian media once again jumped out. New Indian Express published an article titled "Defense forces on alert after Chinese cyber attack" on June 12, claiming that "a cyber attack on government and commercial organizations in India by Chinese military’s western headquarters, which oversees India, has raised alarm bells in the Indian military."
The report said that an alert has been issued to the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force that a Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group called Suckfly, based in Chengdu region, is targeting Indian organizations. India’s defense establishment is its prime target.
According to New Indian Express,the article is the media's "exclusive report." However, the article does not cite any analysis, judgment or allegation from named expert or official sources. Even the "sources" did not appear in the article.
The article said the intention of such attack is to steal data instead of causing damage to the network or organization. The alert issued from the Ministry of Defense states that "It has successfully carried out cyber espionage by infecting computers of both government and commercial houses of India involved in e-commerce, finance, healthcare, shipping and technology. Targeting of military personnel cannot be ruled out, keeping in mind the sensitive nature of data being handled by them."
The report also said that what is alarming for security agencies is that the cyber attack was carried out from the headquarters of China’s People’s Liberation Army. Chengdu Military Command is in charge of security along India’s eastern sector in the Tibet region, including Arunachal Pradesh. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had visited Chengdu Military Command during his visit to Beijing in April.
Qian Feng, councilor of the Chinese Association for South Asian Studies, said June 12 that he participated in the China-India Media Forum last month. They visited the Big Data Applications Exhibition Center in Guiyang of southwest China’s Guizhou Province and saw real-time data on cyber attacks targeting China from around the world and some of the attacks were from India.
Qian Feng said China opposes any form of cyber attacks and the Indian media is apparently speculating negative news related to China without any evidence.
"All countries need to cooperate and formulate rules to combat Internet hacking, rather than attack or smear each other in the Internet age," said Qian.
The author is Cui Jietong, a reporter from the Global Times.