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Manohar Parrikar says submarine document leak is a case of ‘hacking’

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Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said 22,400 pages of documents titled ‘Resticted Scorpene India’ which were leaked is a case of “hacking”. The pages detail the secret combat capabilities of six submarines, designed by French shipbuilder DCNS for the Indian navy, in a $3 billion deal.

“I understand there has been a case of hacking, we will find out what has happened,” Parrikar told reporters. The submarines are currently being built in a shipyard located in Mumbai. The DCNS Group is helping design and construct the equipment. Two-thirds of DCNS is owned by the French government.

The news was first reported in an Australian media report. As the French firm has been built similar submarines for Malaysia, Chile and Brazil, all countries are in danger.  For India, the data can prove useful for rivals, like Pakistan and China.

The report adds, “The leak will spark grave concern in Australia and especially in the US, where senior navy officials have privately expressed fears about the security of top-secret data entrusted to France.” DNC recently won a bid to design Australia’s $50 billion submarine fleet, consisting of 12 vessels.

France is expected to conduct an enquiry into the leak. DNS said, “DCNS has been made aware of articles published in the Australian press related to the leakage of sensitive data about (the) Indian Scorpene. This serious matter is thoroughly investigated by the French national authorities for defense security. This investigation will determine the exact nature of the leaked documents, the potential damages to DCNS customers as well as the responsibilities for this leakage.”

The DCNS implied the leak might have occurred at India’s end and not from France’s.

Newsd cannot verify the authenticity of the documents.