Sunday, March 18, 2012

Indian Web Needs Asylum - 112 Indian Websites Hacked in Just 3 Months

According to a report by the Indian news website The Hindu, a staggering one hundred and twelve (112) Indian Government websites were hacked in only three months of time. The report stated that the Government websites have proven to be soft targets for hackers.

“During the period December 2011 to February 2012, a total number of 112 government websites were hacked,” said their Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot addressing their Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Various hacker groups like “H4tr!ck’ have hacked and vandalized websites of their Finance, Health, Human Resource Development ministries and Planning Commission.

The Department of Information Technology and the National Informatics Centre (NIC) that host and control the majority of government websites in India, have claimed to start upgrading their skills to tackle these humiliating attacks from hackers.

It was only last year, when a notorious Pakistani hacker group known as “Pakistan Cyber Army” took down India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) website and kept vandalizing it for weeks on. This attack was in retaliation of attacks on Pakistani Government and Army websites in late 2010. However, this attack was just another move in this cyber war between the two countries which has been going on for quite a while now.

In this growing age of information both countries face challenges in evolving and coping with the ways of this new way of life.

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