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India’s NIC is one of the targets of Chinese-backed hackers who spy on governments

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News Tech: Attacks by a hacking group purportedly supported by the Chinese government have targeted governments, NGOs, news outlets, and think tanks worldwide, including India’s National Informatics Centre (NIC). Emails were sent to these targets, and once opened, the login information was stolen. RedAlpha, an organisation that oversees the Indian government’s larger IT infrastructure and services, frequently spoofs the login pages for NIC. In just one year, the hacking squad weaponized at least 350 websites.

The gang has also targeted specific individuals and organisations within the Tibetan and Uyghur communities directly, according to a research by the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future. According to the research, “RedAlpha has also demonstrated a particular interest in spoofing political, governmental, and think tank organisations in Taiwan in recent years, probably in an effort to obtain political intelligence.”

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Amnesty International, the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Radio Free Asia (RFA), the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), and other international governmental, think tank, and humanitarian organisations that “fall within the strategic interests of the Chinese government” were among the organisations that the China-sponsored hacking group spoofed.

The China-based hacking gang targeted people by sending emails with links to phishing sites that contained simple PDF files. The emails often instructed recipients to click the links in order to preview or download files. RedAlpha has carried out credential-phishing operations employing sizable operational infrastructure clusters to support campaigns for the previous three years.

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