Hackers make public IT-savvy Naidu's diary
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Hackers make public IT-savvy Naidu's diary

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 17 December 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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HYDERABAD: If you ask the Andhra chief minister's office for a list of Chandra Babu Naidu's engagements next week, you are certain to be told that it is a state secret, reports an Indian daily.

In fact, his security detail, the daily reported, is told about them only 24 hours in advance. But shockingly, hackers have been privy to such information weeks in advance.

For six months now, they have been hacking into the CM's mail server and downloading his schedules for 20 days at a time. This includes his engagements, his tours of the districts, the visitors calling on him — in fact, everything he notes down in his diary.

A day after the details of the fact that Andhra CM’s e-mails and engagement diary were being read online by hackers was dislosed , the government decided to probe the matter and prepared a quick-fix solution to secure the CM’s IT network.

The IT department has asked chief information officer Ganta Subba Rao to look into the technical aspects of the hacking of the CM’s server and suggest ways to prevent such occurrences in future, said principal secretary (information and technology) J C Mohanty.

Hackers knew the little details of his Kurnool programme last week long before it was announced to his security staff. Right now, they know that he is scheduled to attend a wedding at a hotel in Hyderabad on Dec. 17, a state-level bankers' meet at Jubilee Hall. They also know that he is to have a video conference with the Prime Minister on credit cards for artisans.

(Source: Economic Times)

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