French Manufacturer Building Indian Submarines Suffers Major Data Leak
Detailed plans for stealth submarines built by a French military manufacturer for the Indian navy have been leaked, raising concerns over the company’s digital security just months after it signed a multibillion dollar deal to build submarines for Australia.
Officials in France and India were scrambling on Wednesday to assess the damage from the leak, with both countries opening investigations. It appears to be the latest example of a company’s critical internal information falling into the wrong hands, and it comes with the Indian navy scheduled to put the first of the submarines into service later this year.
In all, 22,400 pages detailing “the entire secret combat capability” of six Scorpène-class diesel-electric submarines being built for the Indian navy were leaked to The Australian, the newspaper reported on Wednesday, without identifying its source.
The publication said the leak from the French manufacturer DCNS included technical manuals and other sensitive information, including details of the submarines’ secret stealth technology, torpedo-launching systems and its many intelligence-gathering systems.