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India's moon mission attacked from North Korea

Christian Fernsby ▼ | November 9, 2019
According to reports, Indian Space Research Organisation was alerted about the potential cybersecurity attack during the Chandrayaan-2 lunar landing mission.
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It was allegedly around the time of the Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 lunar landing mission that the agency was notified about a possible cyberattack on its systems. According to an Indian Express (IE) report on November 6, apart from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu, ISRO was also targeted by the infamous North Korea-based hacker group, Lazarus.

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On September 3, the National Cyber Coordination Centre had received intelligence from a cybersecurity company in the US, about a “threat actor” that has breached master “domain controllers” at the Kudankulam plant and ISRO, with a malware identified as Dtrack, developed by the North Korean hacker group. Breaching the domain controllers would mean that the hackers have access to the server computer, steal data and respond to security authentication requests.

The report also said that on September 4, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), which is the administrative governing body for nuclear power plants in India, and ISRO were alerted.

According to the Quint, an ISRO official confirmed that the agency did receive an alert from the Computer Emergency Response Team, India (CERT-In) during the Chandrayaan-2 mission, which began on July 22. However, the official said that ISRO was not affected.