‘Hacked Pak Cyber Attackers’, a Pakistani hackers group defaced the website of one of the most prestigious Chhattisgarh National Institute of Technology (NIT) in India.
The website was defaced on Thursday, one day after the launch of Digital Indian campaign by Indian PM Narendra Modi. This campaign was initiated, as a result of reform to take place in the country through technology.
The regular landing page of NIT’s website was interchanged with slogan of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ which was followed by “nothing harmed just defaced and deleted some vulnerable files, we are Muslim hackers, we hack for cause, not for fun; contact us.”
After this incident, the admin of the institute shut down the website completely and had to revive and restore it.
Purported to be a Pakistani Hacker from the group, Faisal Afzal posted on his Facebook timeline regarding the hacking incident saying, “National Institute of Technology Raipur Official Website HaCKED AND ROOTED” followed by a picture of the hacked page.
An expert of the cyber security in India, Mohit Sahu explained that he received Afzal’s message on Facebook about the hacking, he said, “He had been accessing NIT’s website for a year and had never been tracked down. By hacking, Afzal wanted to show how vulnerable the websites are which can be easily hacked. He had earlier hacked NIT Kolkata’s website also, link of which is posted on his wall. The mirror link is what the hacker posts and keeps as log about the sites he had hacked and how they looked like after hacking.”
Although the website has been recovered but Mohit still believes that hackers can again attack in future; damaging other website’s as well. He explained that hacker still has the buzz through which he can hack again at any time. Being an open source content management systems, Buzz, is mostly used by amateur users which are in millions. Once the buzz is leaked or decoded it allows anybody to hack the sites.
The NIT officials revealed that Hackers didn’t destroy the site’s database, but now the admin is more alert and will hire a security expert to prevent such attacks in the future. Also, loopholes would be find that made hackers way easier to attack the website and destroy it.
Earlier, Chhattisgarh’s government environment board’s website was also under the attack by Pakistani hackers when the homepage of the website was defaced with “Free Kashmir… Freedom is our goal” along with pictures from occupied J&K protests.
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