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Chinese surveillance: Congress asks govt to up cyber security

The Congress on Monday urged the government to step up its efforts on cyber security for confronting China’s intentions in the cyber space after a media report claimed that a Shenzen-based firm with links to the Chinese government was monitoring over 10,000 Indian individuals and organisations in its global database of “foreign targets”.

A report in a national daily claimed that the range of targets in India identified and monitored in real time by Zhenhua Data Information Technology Co. Limited was “sweeping” and included President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress’ interim president Sonia Gandhi, and their families, as well as several chief ministers, among others. Tagging the news report, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said on Twitter that the news about Chinese digital surveillance of India’s leaders and others is “worrying”.