Chinese hackers have been accused of causing a blackout in India’s most populous city last year after a US cybersecurity firm linked them to the incident.
Researchers at Recorded Future recently published a report alleging a group called RedEcho said they were linked to China was “targeting the Indian power sector”.
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The report begins by noting that “relations between India and China have deteriorated significantly” following clashes along their border beginning in May last year, and the accusation that a group linked to China may have turned the lights out in Mumbai hasn’t helped.
“As (a) staunch defender of cyber security, China firmly opposes and cracks down on all forms of cyber attacks,” China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Wang Wenbin said last week.
“Speculation and fabrication have no role to play on the issue of cyber attacks, as it is very difficult to trace the origin of a cyber attack,” Mr Wenbin claimed, adding it was “highly irresponsible to accuse a particular party when there is no sufficient evidence around”.
Recorded Future notes “the alleged link between the outage and the discovery of the unspecified malware remains unsubstantiated”.
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