India says Scorpene submarines document leak 'a case of hacking'

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • August 24, 2016, 10:28 AM


The leak, which was first reported in The Australian newspaper, contains more than 22,400 pages of data related to the six Scorpene submarines that the French government-owned DCNS was building for the Indian Navy have been leaked.

The submarines are being built at a state-run shipyard in Mumbai in collaboration with France's DCNS Group.


India's defense minister said documents relating to the French Scorpene submarine being built in the country appeared to have been hacked, after an Australian newspaper reported a leak of thousands of pages detailing the vessel's top-secret capability.


"I understand there has been a case of hacking, we will find out what has happened," Manohar Parrikar told reporters.


“The stunning leak… details the entire secret combat capability of the six Scorpene submarines...” The Australian report said, adding that the leaked documents were marked “Restricted Scorpene India” and gave the combat capabilities of India’s new submarine fleet.


In New Delhi, Indian Navy in statement said it was “examining” available information at the ministry of defence and “an analysis is being carried out by the concerned specialists”.


France's DCNS said that it was aware of the articles published in the Australian press and that "national security authorities" had launched an inquiry into the matter, without giving details.



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