Chinese Hackers Targeted Aadhaar Database, Times Group, Full Report Here

Chinese state-sponsored hackers are believed to have infiltrated and stolen data from UIDAI responsible for a national identification database and one of country's largest media agency, Bennett Coleman & Co (also known as Times Group) according tocybersecurity firm Recorded Future Inc.In a new report. Both UIDAI and Media Agency Dispute the claims.

"Sustained communications across a single session that lasted five days” was observed by the media company’s networks, said Jonathan Condra, Lead analyst on Recorded Future's report.

Softwares Used:

The malware called Winnti, is said to be used by the hackers. Condra described is as a "pretty old tool shared amongst a large number of Chinese APT groups over the course of years." APT is advanced persistent threat, a term that stands for state-sponsored hackers.

Another tool used was Cobalt Strike, this software is typically used for network defense but that "has been adopted by threat hackers, not just in China but everywhere else as a means of ambiguity,"said Mr. Condra.

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Why UIDAI & Times Group?

According to the report, Recorded Future believes the UIDAI got targeted because of its encasing of biometric information of a large population though it's not confirmed if the database was breached. 

The Times Group is a target  is likely motivated by their reports on Indo-Chinese tension across the two nations, the report said.