The Indian Army has classified as ‘highest concern’ a data breach at its Northern Command Headquarters in Udhampur.
As an inquiry picks up speed against the Army soldier found to have passed on a disturbingly large cache of tactical and operational Indian military data to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the extent and texture of the breach is still unfolding.
India Today has learnt that the data leaked by the mole-in-uniform includes top secret military maps, deployment specifics, patrolling routes, positions of forward troops and assets on the Line of Actual Control and Line of Control.
Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane is said to have taken an extreme view of the breach — not surprising given the time at which the espionage has come to light.
While all such spy cases are looked upon with seriousness, there are multiple reasons why this latest Northern Command data breach is being seen with an especially harsh glare. Most obviously, the breach comes at a time when India has a live military situation on two fronts — in eastern Ladakh with China, and at the LoC.
How did espionage case come to light?
The breach came to light weeks before India and Pakistan announced a ceasefire on February 25.