Sources inside India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) have confirmed to the media that “several” of its 600 computers have been infected by spyware.
The spyware is said to affect computers inside the section of the Indian ministry which deals with sensitive Pakistani affairs, and in the offices of senior Secretaries and Joint Secretaries.
The security problem is reported to have been first noticed on computers operated by the personal staff of a Minister of State, as emails were being secretly sent to a third-party address. Discovery of the problem lead to an examination of other computers in the ministry, revealing the problem to be widespread.
Staff have been ordered not to use personal email accounts such as Yahoo and Gmail in the office and to avoid blogs and social networking websites in an attempt to avoid security being…
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