New Delhi: The government today said a
security agency has already launched investigation into theft
of documents from Indian embassies even before reports
of such incidents surfaced.
In a written reply to a query, Minister of State for
Communications and IT Sachin Pilot informed the Rajya Sabha
that "an agency of the government has been investigating such
types of attacks by adversaries for some time. An
investigation had already been launched into the matter prior
to the reports that appeared in the media."
The government is aware of a report which pointed out
penetration into the Indian information systems belonging to
key government organisations, Pilot said.
He added that the said report brought into light certain
documents that have been perceived to be stolen from embassies
Pilot was referring to a report titled -- Shadows in the
cloud-Investigating Cyber Espionage 2.0 -- published by a
group of researchers from the Munk School of Global Affairs,
He added that the concerned government agency is in close
contact with the researchers who had prepared the report.
The agency is working in close coordination with various
agencies and service providers to identify reportedly affected
computer systems, their locations and thereafter sanitising
"The investigation will enable a comprehensive view on
the subject to deal with threats to be worked out," he said.
To another question on whether India has proposed to
collaborate with the US in the area of cyber security, Pilot
said India and the US agreed to identify the areas of
cooperation and explore the posibility of cooperation in those
areas under the aegis of the Indo-US Working Group.