The Indian Air Force: No data stolen from Rafale office in France

The Indian Air Force on Friday ruled out any data theft from its Rafale office in France. According to the top government sources, the findings were made by an Air Force team. The IAF team was sent to probe the theft attempt at the IAF Rafale team office in France in May 2019.

The 3-member team had left for Paris soon after the reports about a break-in on a weekend were received by the IAF. While in Paris, the IAF team probed if any documents were stolen or copied during the break-in into its Rafale Project management team office.

Defence sources said , “The cyber forensic these of the Air Force consisting three members has found that no data was stolen from the Indian Rafale project management team during the break-in by unidentified personnel there.”

A detailed report has been sent to the Defence Ministry by the IAF in this regard. The possibility of data theft, the sources said, has been completely ruled out.

Unidentified persons broke into the Indian Rafale Project management team office in France in May in what was suspected to be a possible espionage attempt to steal data related to the aircraft critical to India’s national security plans.

Police are currently investigating the case. Sources said the main aim of the break-in could have been to steal data as valuables or money are not kept in these administrative offices. The Indian Rafale team office is situated in the vicinity of French Dassault Aviation office blocks.

 

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