Email Inboxes for 100+ Embassies Hacked

User­names and pass­words for more than 100 e-mail accounts at embassies and gov­ern­ments world­wide have been post­ed online. Using the infor­ma­tion, any­one can access the accounts that have been com­pro­mised. InfoWorld broke the news, and The Reg­is­ter has more infor­ma­tion here.

The list of Indi­an hacks includes:

  • Indi­an Embassies in USA, Swe­den, Oman, Italy, Bel­gium, Chi­na, Ger­many, and Fin­land
  • Defence Research & Devel­op­ment Orga­ni­za­tion (DRDO)
  • Nation­al Defence Acad­e­my (NDA)

The Indi­an Express ver­i­fied the accu­ra­cy of the claim: It sent a test mail to the Indi­an Ambas­sador in Chi­na on her offi­cial email ID and was able to read it. It also accessed tran­scripts of high pro­file meet­ings, and com­mer­cial doc­u­ments from NDA and DRDO.

Now, before we go about ask­ing Google to hide sen­si­tive facil­i­ties from Google Earth, we should first get our own house in order.

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  • So, shall we be able to find out more about head­less chick­ens in the net? 🙂

  • Hack­ers are best friends of an orga­ni­za­tion. Crack­ers are not 😉
    I don’t know if this will ever stop. Our stuff gets stolen, so we lock it. Then it gets stolen again, so we use an expen­sive lock. But it is stolen again, and thus…

  • Ram­bodoc: 🙂

    Priyank: No, I don’t think it will ever stop. Soft­ware secu­ri­ty is a con­tin­u­ous­ly evolv­ing cat-and-mouse game…