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Hacker breached India's Internet registry, security firm claims

A hacker appears to have breached India's national Internet registry and is trying to sell access to servers and a database dump from more than 6000 Indian ISPs, private firms and government agencies through advertisements on the dark web.

Indian security firm Seqrite Cyber Intelligence Labs claims it discovered the advertisement and then made contact with the hacker.

The Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers is governed by the National Internet Exchange of India. Seqrite said it had informed government authorities and the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre about its findings.

The company said in a statement that the entire data dump was being offered for 15 bitcoin (about $80,715). Additionally, the hacker was also offering to take down the networks of organisations whose data was leaked, for the right payment.

After initially making contact with the hacker, Seqrite said it had posed as an interested buyer and had been provided with a small sample of information from the hacked material.

After noticing that the email addresses of a prominent Indian technology firm and a government organisation were present in this sample, the researchers asked for a more detailed list of what was up for sale.

A list of approximately 6000 email contacts was then provided by the hacker which confirmed the researchers' suspicions that the national Internet registry had been breached.

The researchers said the seller claimed to be able to tamper with the IP allocation pool, which could result in outages or a denial of service.

"Along with the access, the hacker is also selling credentials, personally identifiable information and various contractual business documents, and claims to have access to a large database from the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre," Seqrite said.

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.