INDIA’s Space Research Oragnisation may have been targeted by North Korean hackers as it tried to land a space craft on the moon for the first time in the country’s history.
It’s feared bungling space station employees may have opened standard phishing emails – the kind of spam you get in your inbox on a weekly basis – and released malware into the top-secret space station’s system.
Yash Kadakia, founder of Security Brigade, a Mumbai-based cyber security company told the Financial Times: “This is not really rocket science, it wasn’t really anything cutting edge, it was a phishing email, an unpatched browser and a lack of monitoring.
“They clicked the links and opened the malware.”
However, officials have denied the cyber attack affected the failed moon mission – with Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander disappearing without a trace in September.
Cyber experts say the space station was one of five government agencies targeted by “Lazarus,” a cyber hacking group.
ISRO was warned of the cyber attack before its moon mission went wrong in September – but the space agency insisted that their internal systems had not been “compromised.”
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Prior to the botched landing, Indian PM Narendra Modi had declared India had entered “the super space league.”
He was later seen hugging the visibly distraught chairman of ISRO during an emotional TV interview.
Last week it was also revealed that India’s biggest nuclear power plant had been one of the five government agencies targeted in the cyber attack.
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