Chinese spying: Congress urges govt to strengthen cyber security

Randeep Surjewala

Chennai: The Congress has urged the government to step up its efforts on cyber security for confronting China’s intentions in the cyber space after a media report claimed that a Shenzen-based firm with links to the Chinese government is monitoring over 10,000 Indian individuals and organisations in its global database of ‘foreign targets’

Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted, “News about Chinese digital surveillance of India’s leaders & others is worrying. We condemn this unequivocally. Have the Chinese used this 2 yr old Company to influence Govt policies in any manner? Will the Govt investigate & assure the Nation?”

Amid border tensions between India and China, reports claimed that China has hatched an espionage conspiracy against India.

A Shenzen-based company named Zhenhua Data Information Technology Co. Limited has been tasked with monitoring over 10,000 prominent citizens including President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, among others, a report by The Indian Express has said.

Among the politicos, China has also spied on Zee News’ Editor in Chief Sudhir Chaudhary. Notably, Zee News started a ‘Made in India’ campaign against Chinese goods and consistently reported against China’s incursion on LAC.

It is said that Zhenhua Data Information Technology Co. Limited has links to the Chinese government, and the Chinese Communist Party.

Last month, according to a report of the security agencies, a secret unit of the People’s Liberation of Army (PLA) had intensified its activities against India.

Many cases have been reported in the last few months in which Chinese hackers associated with the PLA attempted to gather sensitive information of the country through cyber espionage.

 

NT Bureau