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India investigates report of hacking of telecoms carrier by China's Huawei

Published on Feb 6, 2014 8:20 PM

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India has launched an investigation after a media report alleged that Chinese telecoms company Huawei had hacked into state-run telecoms carrier Bharat Sanchar Nigam, a senior government official said.

"An incident about the alleged hacking of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) network by M/S Huawei ... has come to notice," Dr Killi Krupa Rani, junior minister for communications and information technology, said in a written reply to a question from a member of parliament.

"The government has constituted an inter-ministerial committee to investigate the matter," the minister said on Wednesday, without giving details.

A senior government official said the decision to investigate came after a media report said Huawei had hacked a BSNL mobile base station controller. The official declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue.

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