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Chinese state-sponsored cyberattacks on six US states should be a wake-up call for India

The hacking group behind these attacks is known for espionage and financial cybercrimes and has previously targetted India.

A Chinese state-sponsored hacking group referred to as APT41 compromised computer systems in at least six US state governments, cybersecurity firm Mandiant revealed in its report published on March 8. The report does not name the states but said that the hacking was carried out between May 2021 and February 2022 and reveals significant new capabilities of APT41. These cybersecurity incidents have taken place despite the US government announcing significant measures to overhaul the country's cybersecurity practices over the last year. This should serve as a wake-up call for Indian policymakers as India still lacks a comprehensive cybersecurity policy and APT41 is a significant threat to government institutions and critical infrastructure in the subcontinent. APT41 is known to have targeted India in the past. What vulnerabilities led to the cyberattacks? According to the report, the hackers breached government networks by exploiting…

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