`Info leaked from Major`s comp, no espionage`

Last Updated: Friday, May 7, 2010 - 15:19

New Delhi: An investigation by the Army and other agencies into classified information leak from a Major`s computer has established "cyber security breach", but not the espionage angle so far, Defence Minister AK Antony said here on Friday.

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

He was replying to questions on the probe against an Army Major posted in Andaman and Nicobar Islands from whose computer critical information had been e-mailed to a Pakistani agent.

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

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

Terming hacking as a "serious problem", the Defence Minister said there were many complaints from various sources of hacking of computers containing very sensitive and
important information in various organisations.

"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.

To another query on a purported complaint by Haryana
Janhit Congress leader Bhajan Lal against an Army officer
posted in Chandigarh for alleged misconduct, Antony said the
Defence Ministry would take action whenever there were
allegations.

"We will not ignore it. Whenever there is any allegation,
there is always an inquiry. I told you once that may be there
are lapses here and there. But compared to other institutions
in our country, the Armed Forces are taking action more
quickly. Still, we have to improve," he said.

Noting that there was one more institution in the form of
Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), he said the present government
had, after 26 years, created the AFT as a "corrections" forum.

Asked about the case of Navy Commodore Sukhjinder Singh
who was allegedly involved with a Russian woman, Antony said
he had not yet received a report on the inquiry in the case
and once he gets the file, action would be taken as per the
probe recommendations.

PTI



First Published: Friday, May 7, 2010 - 15:19

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