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Power outages in Mumbai could have been cyber sabotage: Minister



(Reuters) – A power outage that paralyzed India's financial capital Mumbai in the western state of Maharashtra last year could have been a case of cyber sabotage, a local minister said on Monday, as China denied a report that it was behind the outage.

Mumbai police further investigated after a preliminary report pointed to possible evidence of 14 "Trojan horse" programs incorporated into the city's power system, Anil Deshmukh, a Maharashtra state minister, told a news conference.

Mr. Deshmukh spoke a day after a New York Times report said the power outage on October 12 last year was part of a Chinese cyber campaign against India, even though the two countries were locked in a fierce border dispute.

A Chinese embassy spokesman denied the allegations in the New York Times report in response to a request for comment from Reuters.

"Speculation and manufacturing have no role to play in the issue of cyberattacks. "It is very irresponsible to accuse a certain party without sufficient evidence in the vicinity," a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in India tweeted late Monday in response to Reuters' request for comment.

Millions were left without power, trains were stranded and college graduation online and mobile phone services collapsed after a network failure that affected the whole of Mumbai and lasted for more than 1

2 hours in some parts of the city.

At the time, local authorities said the error was caused by "technical problems", but an investigation was ordered into the incident.

“The preliminary report was submitted to the Ministry of Power. We will investigate further, "Deshmukh told a news conference on Monday.

Relations between China's and India's nuclear-armed neighbors deteriorated in June last year when 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers were killed in a border battle with the Himalayas. Recent talks have eased tensions. Catalog

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