Beijing denies Chinese hackers targeted Indian agency and media group

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The Chinese Foreign Ministry called a report by a US cybersecurity firm “completely made up,” denying claims that Chinese hackers targeted an Indian government agency and a media conglomerate.

Recorded Future Inc. said Chinese state sponsored hackers infiltrated and likely stole data from an Indian government agency responsible for a national ID database and one of the largest media companies from that country in a report released on Tuesday.

“This cybersecurity company has repeatedly fabricated similar incidents to smear the Chinese government,” the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement on Thursday. “It’s unprofessional and irresponsible.”

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Any allegation must be supported by “complete and adequate” evidence, the foreign ministry said, adding that it strongly opposes any form of cyberattack. Beijing had previously dismissed claims that Chinese hackers were responsible for other incidents, including the breach of Microsoft Exchange mail servers earlier this year.

Recorded Future, based near Boston, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Indian government agency also denied the report, saying it was unaware of any such breach and that its database was encrypted and only available to users with multi-factor authentication. Bennett Coleman & Co., a media conglomerate that publishes Times of India, also rejected the report, saying “the alleged exfiltration” was blocked by its cybersecurity defenses.

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