Hackers allegedly leaks data of Army personnel using Airtel network, a report

As per recent reports, a hacker group has allegedly leaked data of Army personnel using Bharti Airtel NSE -3.25 % network in Jammu and Kashmir, however, the company has denied any breach in its system. Hacker group is suspected to be operating from Pakistan.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 07, 2021 16:16 IST
Hackers allegedly leaks data of Army personnel using Airtel network, a report
Hacker group stole info using Bharti Airtel network

As per recent reports, A hacker group has allegedly leaked data of Army personnel using Bharti Airtel NSE -3.25 % network in Jammu and Kashmir, however, the company has denied any breach in its system.

The group, with the name of the Red Rabbit Team, hacked some Indian websites and posted the data on the web pages of those portals. The hackers shared some links of those web pages on Twitter in a comment over a tweet of cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia and tagged several media organizations.

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The query sent to the Indian Army did not receive any reply but an Army official said "We are not aware of any such information but it appears to be malicious intent of some inimical elements"When contacted by media sources, Bharti Airtel's spokesperson denied any breach of its server.

"We can confirm there is no hack or breach of any Airtel system as claimed by this group. Multiple stakeholders outside of Airtel have access to some data as per regulatory requirements. We have apprised all the relevant authorities of the matter to, therefore, investigate this and take appropriate action."

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"This group has been in touch with our security team for over 15 months now and has made varying claims in addition to posting inaccurate data from one specific region," the spokesperson said. The links shared by the hacker were initially accessible with the mobile number, name, and address of subscribers but stopped working after some time.

According to defense sources, Cyberattacks from across the borders (Pak & China) have increased over recent years. These cyber-attacks are conducted to steal sensitive information related to National security. 

In order to protect the country from such attacks, recently, The Defence Cyber Agency (DCA), a tri-service command of the Indian Armed Forces was set up. It is currently headquartered in New Delhi, the agency is tasked with handling cybersecurity threats.

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