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Army officer's computer hacked: govt

Press Trust Of India
May 07, 2010 at 01:45pm IST

New Delhi: An Army investigation has found that the information e-mailed from a Major’s computer was a case of "cyber security breach" and not espionage, said Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday.

"It is a case of alleged misuse of computer by an officer of the Army. The moment we got information, the government took action and we ordered an inquiry. The Army itself ordered the inquiry, which is still going on," he said in New Delhi.

"One thing is clear, established (that) there is a clear case of breach of cyber security. That is proven beyond doubt."

Case of cyber security breach but not espionage: Defence Minister.

Antony was replying to questions about the investigation against the officer, who is posted in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and from whose computer critical information was allegedly e-mailed to a Pakistani agent.

Noting that the officer was questioned by the Army and security agencies, Antony said nothing else has been proved so far. "They have not got any proof (on espionage)," he said.

Hacking was a "serious problem" and there were many complaints that computers containing sensitive information in various organisations had been hacked.

"After that, the government as a whole and the Defence Ministry in particular has taken sufficient precautionary

steps to prevent this kind of misuse and hacking," he said.

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