Uncovering a Cybersecurity Crises: Chinese Hackers Take Advantage of Immigration Data from the Indian Government

Chinese hacking organizations have successfully accessed 95.2 terabytes of immigration data from the Indian Government, according to a report by The Washington Post. A thorough reveal of massive cyberattacks that Chinese hacker groups with ties to the state carry out against important infrastructure, businesses, and other governments.

Verified by cybersecurity professionals and shared on Github, the cache dump offers hitherto unseen insights into the operations of companies employed by the Chinese Government organizations to gather vast amounts of data. Contracts about the cyber-extraction of foreign data, targeting 20 governments including Malaysia, Taiwan, India, and the United Kingdom, are revealed in the hacked files.

ISoon, a Shanigai-based business that offers data collection & hacking services to Chinese Government agencies & state-owned enterprises, is at the center of this cyber surveillance. According to SentinelLabs, a cybersecurity firm, ISoon’s intrusion affects colleges, the NATO military alliance, and democratic organizations in Hong Kong and many other countries.

The stolen documents portray India as a successful target and include a spreadsheet that lists 80 possible targets for cyberattacks. Nearly 95.2 terabytes of Indian immigration data were among the leaked files, highlighting the seriousness of the hack. The scope of ISoon’s operation is further demonstrated by a 3-terabyte collection of call logs from South Korea’s LG U Plus telecom services.

The exposed documents highlight ISoon’s internal communication access, even though the company’s official website is no longer accessible. Employee email correspondence from overseas businesses & government agencies is included in this access, which raises questions about the scope & complexity of the hacked data.

The event emphasizes the need for improved cybersecurity measures to secure sensitive data and guard against state-sponsored hacking activities as countries struggle with the sophistication of cyber threats. This paper aims to give a thorough picture of the situation while highlighting the importance of international corporations in tackling these cybersecurity issues head-on.