Rosoboronexport today denied any loss of confidential data that was said to be the result of a targeted cyber attack a fortnight ago.
A group calling itself the ‘Russian Cyber Command’ (RCC) took credit for the attack that reportedly resulted in the loss of hundreds of documents concerning Rosoboronexport’s dealings with India and other countries which import arms from Russia.
“The documents are not connected with confidential information. Anyway we and our partners are working to avoid any leaks of documents in future,” Alexey A. VENTSLOVSKY, a Rosoboronexport spokesperson told Defenseworld.net exclusively.
The documents, posted on Cyberguerrilla.org, appear credible enough if going by a sample of the documents which the RCC displayed including confidential correspondence between India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Rosoboronexport and other Russian agencies.
Some of the documents, published online suggest that the Su-30MKI in service with the Indian Air Force are suffering multiple failures of its cockpit display systemand maintenance issues.
When asked to comment on the authenticity of the documents, an HAL spokesperson admitted that some of documents could be authentic.
“Taken into consideration recent Russian Government delusional attempts to start WWIII, we – Free from Putin – people of Russian Federation - Free computer renegades and outlaws from IT Security – have decided to initiate a true domestic CyberWar on Russian Military Enterprises and eventually we shall deliver critical infrastructure companies on which Russian Putin’s Empire stands on,.” the statement on Cyberguerilla.org said.
The RCC is said to have hacked into the Indian embassy’s systems in Moscow and then used the link to send a maliciously crafted e-mail to the CEO of Rosoboronexport to infect not only the company but other Russian arms companies such as Sukhoi, Oboronprom, Gazflot, Rusal and Veles Capital.