North Koreans hacked Indian Moon mission: Reports
On the launchpad to come up in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, Sivan said, “apart from the spaceport at Sathish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, the land acquisition for a second one has been initiated in Tuticorin district.”(Photo: LAURENT EMMANUEL/AFP via Getty Images).
Radhakrishna N S
NORTH Korean hackers reportedly attacked Indian space agency systems, media reports have said.
According to cyber experts, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was attacked by hackers when it was on its mission to land a spacecraft on the Moon.
The country’s mission to the Moon faced a setback when a control station in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft in September just minutes before its landing on the Moon.
The reports said an ISRO staff member is feared to have opened phishing emails from North Korean spammers.
Such phishing emails caused the accidental installation of malware on to their systems.
According to a Financial Times report, ISRO was warned of the cyber attack during the Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission.
ISRO insisted that its computer systems and networks had not been ‘compromised’ by the attempted hacking.
The space agency will now have to examine the possible threat from North Korean spammers, reports said.
Meanwhile, Indian officials have denied that a cyber attack affected the Moon mission, which ended after ISROlost contact with the spacecraft.
The latest news has emerged after India’s largest nuclear power plant admitted it had been attacked by hackers.
Last week, Indian authorities had admitted there had been a cyber-attack on the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, located in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
However, the hackers were found to have targeted an administrative computer.
Last month, the US space agency NASA found no evidence of Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander in the latest images captured by its Moon orbiter of the lunar south pole region.
India’s ambitious mission had attempted a historic soft landing on the lunar south pole region.