Websites of Indian government and Tibetan activists in India were attacked in a cyber attack campaign by a Chinese hacker, working with one of the world's largest online retailers Tencent, IT security firm Trend Micro said in report on Friday.
The Luckycat cyber campaign, has been linked with 90 attacks in recent past, against targets in India and Japan, as also Tibetan activists, according to the report released by the Japanese network security firm. 'Luckycat' has been able to compromise around 233 computers many of these in the country.
According to Baburaj Varma, Trend Micro's technical services head for India & SAARC, they were able to track elements of this campaign to hackers based in China.
According to Varma, the victims included Indian military research organisations and shipping companies, besides aerospace, energy and engineering companies in Japan.
The attacker, according to online records, has been identified as, Gu Kaiyuan, a former graduate student at Sichuan University, in Chengdu, China. The university's research in computer network defence is financed by the Chinese government. The hacker is employed with Tencent, China's leading internet company, according to Trend Micro.
The report says the hacker is said to have recruited students to work on the university's research involving computer attacks.