http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7018604882 Chengdu, China (AHN) - Detailed investigation has revealed that a cyber spy network is operating out of China, which is targeting the Indian business, diplomatic, strategic and academic interests. After this revelation was made, the Indian Army sounded an alert to avoid any damage to its cyber operations. The existence of the â€œfully dedicated India-specific espionage systemâ€ based in China was brought to light in a report â€œShadows in the Cloudâ€. The report has been authored by a Canadian team, which carried out extensive research into this issue. However, experts claim that this revelation is just the tip of an ice-berg with China being involved in a whole lot of other espionage activities against India in the cyberspace. Indiaâ€™s National Technical Facilities Organization (NTRO) has indicated that a command and control system makes use of free web-hosting services and social networking sites like Twitter and Google to manipulate accounts, operated out of a â€œcoreâ€ of servers based in Chengdu in China. The report was published on April 6, 2010 and its circulation increased with the growing realization of the implications that the Chinese cyber activities could have on India. The report says, â€œThe largely India-centric cyber warfare system is called â€˜son of ghost netâ€™.â€ It further states that the email used in ghostnet was investigated under the Shadows research and was found to be associated with Xfocus and Isbase, two of the most popular Chinese hacking forums. The list of Indian computers that were found compromised due to this China-based cyber espionage is staggering. Indian missions in the US, Kabul, Moscow, Dubai, Abuja, Serbia, Belgium, Germany, Cyprus, UK and Zimbabwe were found to be infected. In fact, going a step further, Indian machines, located within India and related to the Indian military engineering services, were also tapped. In fact, the ghostnet targeted not only the military and diplomatic operations but think tanks like the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, publications like India Strategic and FORCE, corporations like DLF Limited, Tata, etc were also hacked at one point or another. The investigations for the report were held at Dharamshala, which is the headquarters of the Tibetan exile community in India. The report informed that the targeted email and social networking accounts were infected with malware, allowing them to receive more sophisticated software through attachments, which allowed the master servers in China to keep a close watch on all types of documents passing through the accounts. While the Indian government suffers silently, China has stepped up its cyber onslaught on Indian machines in the past one and a half years. According to cyber experts, repeated assaults on Indian computers and network accounts provides the Chinese officials an opportunity to familiarize not only with the content of these accounts but also to devise new means of disabling the networks, which might come in handy during a conflict in the future.