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India’s Tata Power confirms Cyberattack on its IT Infrastructure

Written by Fizza Akbar ·  1 min read >
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Tata Power, India’s largest power generation corporation, has stated that it was the victim of a cyberattack.

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The Mumbai-based corporation stated in a short statement on Friday that the hack had an impact on several of its IT systems.

“The business has begun retrieving and restoring the systems.” All core operational systems remain working; nevertheless, as a precautionary measure, restricted access and preventative checks have been implemented for staff and customer-facing portals and touchpoints,” the company stated in a filing (PDF) with local stock markets.

Tata Power did not provide any more information on the problem. When approached by TechCrunch, a public relations person refused to address questions about the nature of the assault and its impact on the company, as well as if any data was taken. “The Company, as mentioned in the Statement, has taken measures to retrieve and restore the systems. All major operating systems are operational,” added the spokesperson.

The firm creates, transmits, and retails power in the South Asian country. Its goal is to increase the percentage of renewable energy in its portfolio to 60% in five years, up from around a third presently, to become net zero by 2045. It claims to have the country’s most installed and controlled energy-producing capacity, with 13,974MW.

Tata Power has recently expressed interest in expanding its company through rooftop solar and microgrids, storage solutions, solar pumps, EV charging infrastructure, and home automation. Through its distribution firms, the corporation services over 12 million customers.

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The Indian government has identified cybersecurity as a risk for the country’s countrywide electrical network in public pronouncements. A study published in April by the United States-based cybersecurity firm Recorded Future said that Chinese state-sponsored hackers had targeted the Indian electricity sector in a long-term effort. According to a media source, Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, replied to that story and stated that the nation had not discussed this matter with China. The accusation was apparently disputed by China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Zhao Lijian.