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US suspects India hand behind email hacking

US authorities are investigating allegations that an Indian government spy unit hacked into emails of an official US panel that monitors economic and security relations between US and China, including cyber-security issues.

world Updated: Jan 11, 2012 00:58 IST
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US authorities are investigating allegations that an Indian government spy unit hacked into emails of an official US panel that monitors economic and security relations between US and China, including cyber-security issues.

The request for an investigation came after hackers posted on the Internet what purports to be an Indian military intelligence document on cyber-spying, which discusses plans to target the commission — apparently using technical know-how provided by Western mobile phone manufacturers. Appended to the document are transcripts of what are said to be email exchanges among panel members.

“We are aware of these reports and have contacted relevant authorities to investigate the matter,” said Jonathan Weston, a spokesperson for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

The document’s authenticity could not be independently verified.

Officials in India declined to comment on the document’s content or authenticity.