The Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) today said the data leak did not take place from its end and that it was assisting the Navy in the probe.
A day after the data leak on the capabilities of six highly advanced submarines being built for the Indian Navy in Mumbai in collaboration with a French company came to light, an MDL official said there were stringent norms at MDL on data security.
“We are helping Navy in the probe. We are certain the data leak was not from our side. It needs to be verified if the leaked documents are authentic,” an MDL official said reacting to the reports of the massive data leak.
“There are stringent norms at MDL on data security,” the official added.
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Meanwhile, the Indian Navy in a statement on Thursday said that, “Documents posted on the website by an Australian news agency have been examined and do not pose any security compromise as the vital parameters have been blacked out.”
The Navy said that the matter has been taken up with DG of Armament of French Government and it has requested the French authorities to ‘investigate with urgency & share findings with India’.
The Navy added that while an internal audit of procedures to rule out any security compromise is also being undertaken, the matter is being taken up with concerned foreign governments through diplomatic channels to verify the authenticity of the reports.
Also, the GoI is examining impact if info contained in documents claimed to be available with Australian sources is compromised. A detailed assessment of potential impact is being undertaken by a high-level committee constituted by Defence Ministry
According to media reports, the documents running into 22,400 pages detail the combat capabilities of French-designed Scorpene-class submarines.
The combat capability of the scorpene submarines being built at Mazagon dock at a cost of USD 3.5 billion by French shipbuilder DCNS, went public when an Australian newspaper, “The Australian”, put the details on the website.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had yesterday ordered the Navy Chief to go into the “entire issue”. A report is also being sought from DCNS.
“What I understand is there is a hacking. So we will find out all this,” Parrikar had said.